Ken Niedziela


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AVMA membership reaches all-time high

75 percent of veterinarians are dues-paying members who see “meaning and value” in the organization.

Membership in the American Veterinary Medical Association has reached a record 93,438, a 9 percent jump in three years. The organization, which now represents three out of every four veterinarians, made a concerted effort to not only attract recent graduates but also persuade members to renew or, if they had left, return to the fold. […]

Virbac

Virbac names new head of North America division

François Fournier comes from the human health care company Smith & Nephew.

Virbac Corp., the maker of animal health products such as Sentinel heartworm preventives for dogs, has appointed François Fournier, Pharm.D., MA, as president and CEO of the North America division. Fournier replaces Paul Hays, who spent nearly five years in the position and is now a consultant based in Fort Worth, Texas, the home of […]

veterinarian

CDC reports elevated suicide rates among veterinarians

Federal officials call for a collaborative effort to tackle the issue.

A new study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found that suicide rates for U.S. veterinarians are much higher than those of the general population. The study examined 36 years of death records covering 11,620 veterinarians to conclude that female veterinarians were 3.5 times and male veterinarians 2.1 times as likely […]

A candidate’s job market

If you want to check the pulse of the veterinary industry, I suggest you attend the American Veterinary Medical Association’s next Economic Summit, the latest of which took place in October. The annual conference is where practitioners, analysts, college deans and other industry insiders deliver presentations on how the profession has fared and where it’s […]

California veterinary clinics didn’t escape wildfires

At least two hospitals were ruined in Northern California, but the news was better down south.

An undetermined number of veterinary hospitals were destroyed in California wildfires that have scorched a quarter-million acres and killed more than 80 people. The California Veterinary Medical Association did not know the extent of the damage, but online and social media reports indicated that at least two clinics were lost in Paradise, California. Colyer Veterinary […]

An information leader

What if you could go to one online location and find thousands of manufacturer documents and practice tools — from product detailers, sales sheets and white papers to videos, brochures and dosing charts? Pretty neat, right? Today’s Veterinary Business has all that and more in our new Resource Library. Check it out at www.VeterinaryResourceLibrary.com. The […]

Torigen wins Investment Forum’s Innovation Award

The developer of the VetiVax cancer vaccine was among 12 emerging companies presenting their ideas to judges and investors.

Torigen Pharmaceuticals Inc., whose autologous immunotherapeutic vaccine is touted as a lower-priced option for canine cancer treatment, was named the Innovation Award winner at the KC Animal Health Corridor Investment Forum. Company founder and CEO Ashley Kalinauskas, MS, outperformed 11 other presenters Aug. 21 in her 10-minute address to a panel of judges and hundreds […]

New from Petco: PetCoach

Strolling the exhibitor aisles at the Colorado Convention Center, I came across the industry heavyweights as well as the small vendors and everyone in between. But what grabbed my attention at the American Veterinary Medical Association convention was a company I didn’t expect to see occupying a large island booth: Petco. Petco, like PetSmart, is […]

PetSmart opens door to independent clinic owners

160 stores not aligned with Banfield could make room for a veterinary hospital.

“Space available” is the message from PetSmart to aspiring veterinary practice owners. The national retailer, which plays host to more than 865 Banfield hospitals, reported that at least 160 other PetSmart stores can accommodate an independent veterinary clinic. All but four of the available locations — three in Puerto Rico and one in British Columbia, […]

MyPetDoc encourages people to talk about a pet’s problems

New app uses artificial intelligence to help worried pet owners decide on a next step.

What’s better than a video conference between a veterinarian and an advice-seeking pet owner? Cal Lai, co-founder and CEO of Vet24seven Inc., thinks it’s a simple conversation with Amazon’s Alexa. “Nobody wants to be seen on camera,” Lai said. “Our brains don’t like to see you and talk to you in two different dimensions.” What […]

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