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UC Davis client service representatives

UC Davis gives receptionists a place to call their own

Hundreds of daily phone calls will be answered in a more secluded location.

If you think the phone calls never cease at your clinic, put on a headset at the University of California, Davis. The UC Davis veterinary hospital receives up to 1,800 calls a day, a workload that requires as many as 15 client service representatives during the busiest periods. Rather than spread team members over three […]

Researchers confirm higher veterinary suicide rates

Female veterinarians and male technicians were most at risk, an Auburn/CDC study concluded.

A new study has shed additional light on the high suicide rates of veterinary professionals and raised calls for broader efforts to help individuals at risk of harming themselves. A report published in the Sept. 1, 2019, issue of the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association found that female veterinarians were 2.4 times as […]

Pathway Vet Alliance celebration

Growth spurt puts Pathway on Inc. 500 list

Southern Veterinary Partners places even higher among the fastest-growing U.S. companies.

Pathway Vet Alliance has leapfrogged hundreds of privately held firms to earn a spot on the Inc. 500 list of the fastest-growing companies in the United States. Pathway, which manages more than 200 veterinary hospitals in 33 states, was ranked No. 1,094 in 2018 and now sits at No. 427. The Austin, Texas, company achieved […]

Covetrus connects PIMS users with service partners

The new Covetrus Connect is promoted as a “secure, permissions-based integration platform.”

Veterinary practices using the AVImark, ImproMed or eVetPractice practice management systems can link up with a select number of service providers through Covetrus Connect. The integration platform was unveiled by Covetrus, a distributor and provider of veterinary products and services. “Managing veterinary practice information, technology and workflow is a time-consuming part of day-to-day operations,” said […]

Elanco and Bayer animal health merger

Elanco to pay $7.6 billion for Bayer Animal Health

If regulators approve the acquisition, Elanco would trail only Zoetis in annual sales.

Elanco Animal Health, the maker of antiparasitic brands Trifexis and Credelio, has agreed to acquire Bayer Animal Health in a $7.6 billion cash and stock deal that would create the world’s second-largest animal health company. The transaction, which was announced Aug. 20 after weeks of negotiations, is expected to close in mid-2020 pending regulatory reviews. […]

AVMA awards

AVMA honors Yoho, Mahr, Cox and 8 others

The Bustad Companion Animal Veterinarian of the Year award goes to Dr. Karen Vernau of UC Davis.

A congressman and two former AVMA presidents were among nine veterinarians presented with awards from the American Veterinary Medical Association. Two non-veterinarians also were honored. The annual awards and 11 recipients recognized during the AVMA convention in Washington, D.C., were: Advocacy Award: U.S. Rep. Ted Yoho, DVM, for advancing the AVMA legislative agenda and advocating […]

Small Paws

Hill’s expanding Kansas-based Pet Nutrition Center

The Small Paws addition will focus on the nutritional needs of diminutive dogs.

Hill’s Pet Nutrition has big plans for small dogs. The pet food maker on Aug. 15 broke ground on Small Paws, a $20 million expansion of the Pet Nutrition Center, a Topeka, Kansas, facility where researchers develop and test diets formulated for cats and dogs. Small Paws is expected to house 80 small dogs under […]


Zoetis’ new Stablelab detects equine infections

The handheld, stall-side device delivers results within 10 minutes.

Zoetis Inc. has launched Stablelab, a handheld device designed to check a horse’s blood for biomarkers of inflammation caused by infection. The 10-minute test “quantifies the biomarker serum amyloid A (SAA), which is a major, acute phase protein produced by the liver that rapidly and dramatically increases in response to inflammation caused by infection,” Zoetis […]

cat and dog

Survey: 44% are unaware of pet insurance

Many see value in coverage, but the cost and the perceived necessity are stumbling blocks.

Pet health insurance might have a marketing problem — and an opportunity. The personal finance website found that 44% of U.S. pet owners surveyed did not know insurance coverage existed. But if awareness is the sticking point, the fact that 9 in 10 policyholders thought the expense was worthwhile might do the trick. The […]

Nienke Endenburg

WSAVA survey reveals well-being trouble spots

An “an urgent action plan” is called for to help veterinary professionals deal with mental health issues.

Women, younger veterinary professionals and veterinary nurses make up the groups most seriously affected by stress and diminished well-being, according to preliminary results from a survey conducted by the World Small Animal Veterinary Association. The findings were presented at the WSAVA World Congress by Dutch psychologist Nienke Endenburg, Ph.D., who co-chairs the organization’s Professional Wellness […] Protection Status