Get certified in infectious disease management

A program co-sponsored by Merck Animal Health aims to teach veterinary professionals the right way to clean and disinfect hospitals.

Merck Animal Health is partnering with Clorox Healthcare to launch the Heroes for Healthy Pets infectious disease management certification program. Veterinary professionals can earn two hours of RACE-approved continuing education credit as they learn about cleaning and disinfecting protocols designed to stop the spread of infectious diseases inside clinics and pet businesses. The program consists […]

Elanco veteran is named AVMA economics chief

Dr. Matthew Salois will take over from Veterinary Economics Division founder Dr. Michael Dicks.

A former chief economist for the Florida Department of Citrus has been named director of the American Veterinary Medical Association’s Veterinary Economics Division. Matthew J. Salois, MA, Ph.D., will replace the division’s chief economist, Michael R. Dicks, who is retiring. Dr. Salois most recently was director of global scientific affairs and policy at Elanco Animal […]

WVC schedules summer veterinary programs

Las Vegas will host veterinary technicians, practitioners and the Women's Veterinary Summit.

WVC’s Oquendo Center will be extra busy this summer when it hosts separate events for veterinary technicians, new and returning veterinarians, and women. The schedule kicks off in Las Vegas on June 25, when the fourth annual Veterinary Technician Symposium begins a three-day run with a focus on behavior, anesthesia and diagnostics. A second symposium, […]

AVMA helps United revise pet flight document

The Veterinary Health Form requires a licensed veterinarian's signature and contains other recommended changes.

United Airlines’ new Veterinary Health Form, which acts as a permission slip for psychiatric service and emotional support animals onboard flights and is intended to help fight the fraudulent transport of pets, has been rewritten following input from the American Veterinary Medical Association. The AVMA reported March 2 that the form, set to go into […]

Pathway hospital group is now Pathway Vet Alliance

The Texas company has an ownership stake in more than 125 hospitals nationwide.

The veterinary management group Pathway has renamed itself Pathway Vet Alliance. The change is intended to “better convey the company’s unique people-focused culture,” the company reported March 2. “This rebrand is an amazing opportunity to better communicate our company culture and values,” said CEO Stephen Hadley, DVM, MS. Pathway Vet Alliance added nearly 100 hospitals […]

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Week of Feb. 27

Consumers grow fond of mass-market pet food According to Petfood Industry, mass-market sales of pet food in the United States reversed a decades-long trend and likely grew faster than pet food specialty retail sales in 2017. Meanwhile, the distinction between pet food specialty and mass-market retailers has begun to disintegrate. “We’re expecting mass to actually […]

Brakke Consulting to remain independent

Europe's Stonehaven Consulting and Dallas-based Brakke won't pursue a merger after all.

Two leading animal health consulting firms have ended merger talks. Switzerland-based Stonehaven Consulting and Dallas-based Brakke Consulting each reported Feb. 23 that the transaction had been called off five weeks after it was first announced. “During the due diligence process it was determined that capturing the operational and financial synergies in this transcontinental merger proved […]

Lincoln Memorial joins RVN credential campaign

"It is essential that the entire profession work together to create a unified public image," administrators say.

The Veterinary Nurse Initiative won another academic supporter Feb. 23 with an endorsement by the Lincoln Memorial University College of Veterinary Medicine and the university’s Veterinary Medical Technology Program. The backing came on the same day that the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine announced its support of an initiative to make “registered veterinary nurse,” […]

General Mills to buy Blue Buffalo for $8 billion

CEO Billy Bishop will continue to lead the Connecticut-based pet food maker.

Blue Buffalo, a major manufacturer of pet food sold at veterinary clinics and retailers, is being purchased by General Mills Inc. in a transaction valued at $8 billion, the companies announced Feb. 23. Minneapolis-based General Mills, whose food brands include Cheerios, Yoplait, Nature Valley and Pillsbury, is getting into the pet channel for the first […]

Purdue says ‘yes’ to Veterinary Nurse Initiative

A coalition of supporters wants 'registered veterinary nurse' as the common title for veterinary technicians.

Support is building across the veterinary industry to make “registered veterinary nurse” the standard title and credential in the U.S. veterinary technician field. The Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine on Feb. 23 became the latest entity to endorse the coalition-driven Veterinary Nurse Initiative. “The credential of registered veterinary nurse is understood by the public […]