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Hospital merger creates Midwest Veterinary Partners

A private equity investment joins Advanced Animal Hospital Group with Progressive Pet Animal Hospitals.

The owners of Advanced Animal Hospital Group and Progressive Pet Animal Hospitals have merged their chains to create the 22-clinic Midwest Veterinary Partners network. Shore Capital Partners, a private equity firm based in Chicago, funded the consolidation, which was announced Nov. 1. The financial terms were not disclosed. Advanced operates nine hospitals in Wisconsin, three […]

Veterinary pharmacy webinar set for Dec. 12

Auburn’s Dr. Sue Hudson Duran will address federal laws and other subjects.

A one-hour webinar hosted by Auburn University Professor Sue Hudson Duran will examine federal pharmacy laws as they pertain to veterinary medicine. “2017 Veterinary Pharmacy Law: New Regulatory Update” will be held Tuesday, Dec. 12 from 1 to 2 p.m. EST. Registration for the fee-based webinar is available at http://bit.ly/2ylp6mW. Among the subjects to be […]

Workplace violence now covered under AVMA PLIT insurance

Employment practices liability policyholders receive additional protections.

AVMA PLIT has expanded its employment practices liability (EPL) insurance policies to include standard coverage of four less common risks. The enhancements, introduced in September, are: Workplace violence: Up to $100,000 for fees and expenses incurred in connection with a workplace violent act, such as “if a practice owner or employee is the victim of […]

Cutting Edge lasers available only from Patterson

The distributor will stock surgical and MLS therapy lasers.

Patterson Animal Health has been named the exclusive U.S. distributor of Cutting Edge Laser Technologies’ surgical lasers and MLS therapy lasers. The agreement was announced Oct. 26 by Fairport, New York-based Cutting Edge. “The partnership will allow Cutting Edge to extend the reach of our product offerings and enable more veterinarians to provide a higher […]

VHMA schedules 2018 Management Exchange

Savannah, Georgia, will host the three-day educational meeting.

Registration has opened for the 2018 Management Exchange, a three-day meeting consisting of panel discussions, workshops and group activities. Organized by the Veterinary Hospital Managers Association, the event will take place Jan. 18 to 20 at The Desoto Savannah in Savannah, Georgia. Registration is limited to 50 attendees. Side trips include a tour of 108-year-old […]

Merck hits $1 billion in Q3 veterinary sales

Bravecto and pet vaccines did well in the third quarter.

Merck Animal Health achieved $1 billion in third-quarter sales on the strength of growing demand for pet vaccines and the Bravecto flea and tick preventive. Pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co. Inc. reported Oct. 27 that third-quarter sales dropped by 2 percent companywide, to $10.3 billion, but jumped by 16 percent within the animal health division. […]

BVA blog addresses antimicrobial resistance

Veterinary experts are writing about antibiotic use, which has been on the wane in the interest of public health.

The British Veterinary Association is hosting a monthlong blog series on antimicrobial resistance amid a government study that found a sharp drop in sales of antibiotics for use in farming. Writing the blog will be the United Kingdom’s chief veterinary officer, Nigel Gibbens, BVetMed, MSc; BVA President John Fishwick, VetMB, DECBHM; and other experts representing […]

iVET360 releases digital marketing benchmarks

The company’s State of the Industry report shows where veterinary practices do well or fall behind.

How does your veterinary practice stack up against the competition from an internet and social media perspective? The practice management services firm iVET360 in October released digital marketing benchmarks after surveying 1,000 U.S. veterinary hospitals. “Our goal is to educate and help hospitals implement innovative and sustainable operational best practices,” said Justin Vandeberghe, managing director […]

Patterson Companies gets new leadership

Mark Walchirk will oversee the distributor’s animal health and dental divisions.

The head of McKesson Corp.’s U.S. Pharmaceutical business unit has been named president and CEO of another major distributor, Patterson Companies Inc. Patterson is made up of dental and animal health divisions, the latter of which is responsible for 56 percent of the St. Paul, Minnesota, company’s $5.6 billion in annual sales. The new CEO, […]

Sale or merger could be in Elanco’s future

Eli Lilly will conduct a strategic review of its veterinary division.

Parent company Eli Lilly reported Oct. 24 that it is weighing the future of Elanco Animal Health, a veterinary drug and vaccines division that has grown since 2014 through three acquisitions. The announcement came on the same day that Lilly’s quarterly earnings report showed continued pressure on the veterinary business from competition and lower prices. […]

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