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obesity

Weight Issues Bring More Pets to the Doctor

Obesity-related insurance claims have swelled over the past nine years, Nationwide reports.

Obesity is exacting a heavy price on pets and their bill-paying owners. Nationwide pet health insurance reported that claims for conditions linked to or made worse by obesity increased for the ninth straight year in 2020. Over a recent 12-month period, the company stated, obesity-related claims accounted for 20% of insured members’  claims. “Veterinarians have […]

collegiality

Veterinary Leaders: Let’s Learn to Get Along

Collegiality is important for the well-being of the entire veterinary team.

“Open, honest, yet respectful communication” and resolving to never denigrate a colleague in front of someone else are among 10 “Global Principles of Veterinary Collegiality” unveiled by two international veterinary groups. The document, available at bit.ly/3qrThPS, was released Jan. 18 by the World Small Animal Veterinary Association and the Federation of European Companion Animal Veterinary […]

Randolph Legg

Boehringer Ingelheim Names New U.S. President

Randolph Legg replaces Everett Hoekstra, who played a key role in the 2017 merger with Merial.

Randolph Legg has been promoted to president of U.S. operations at Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health, the world’s second-largest animal health company. Legg, a 26-year veteran of Boehringer Ingelheim’s human and veterinary pharmaceutical divisions, replaced Everett Hoekstra, CPA, who retired after two years in the job. Hoekstra helped integrate Merial Ltd. after the two companies merged […]

new drugs

FDA Endorses Canine Epilepsy and Lymphoma Drugs

Medications from Pegasus Laboratories and Anivive Lifesciences earned conditional approvals.

Two new oral medications — one for the control of seizures in dogs with idiopathic epilepsy and the other for the treatment of canine lymphoma — have received conditional approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The epilepsy drug, KBroVet-CA1 (potassium bromide chewable tablets), was developed by Pegasus Laboratories Inc., a contract manufacturer and […]

FIRSTract

Antech Introduces Rapid UTI Test

Swift results from the FIRSTract assay can help prevent the overprescribing of antibiotics.

Antech Diagnostics has released what it calls a faster way of detecting bacterial infections in cat and dog urine cultures, a development that supports the more prudent use of antibiotics. The FIRSTract test is run at an Antech reference laboratory and has a turnaround time of 24 hours. The automated assay uses light-scattering technology to […]

faculty

Texas Tech Hires More Founding Faculty Members

Newly hired professors include an animal welfare expert and a practicing veterinarian.

The next U.S. veterinary school, Texas Tech University, is rapidly adding faculty members as it prepares to begin instruction in August 2021. The School of Veterinary Medicine, headquartered in Amarillo, anticipates an inaugural class of 60 students. About 30 faculty and staff members were hired as of September 2020. Recent appointees include: Arlene Garcia-Marquez, Ph.D., […]

Zimeta

Dechra will distribute KindredBio’s Zimeta

The Dechra catalog now includes the equine pyrexia drug and the previously purchased Mirataz.

Dechra Veterinary Products has acquired the distribution rights to Zimeta, the first FDA-approved drug for the control of pyrexia in horses. Zimeta (dipyrone injection) was developed by Kindred Biosciences Inc. and earned the approval of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Veterinary Medicine in November 2019. Dechra received the exclusive marketing, sales and […]

Cat Friendly Practices

Cat Friendly Practices Won’t Do Elective Declaws

The AAFP gives member practices six months to transition away from medically unnecessary onychectomies.

The American Association of Feline Practitioners has enacted a policy banning newly certified Cat Friendly Practices from performing elective declaw procedures and ordered the group’s 1,015 current member practices to stop elective onychectomies within six months. The AAFP in 2017 issued a policy statement strongly opposing the declawing of cats as an elective procedure. The […]

pet blood transfusion

BluePearl Asks for More Pet Blood Donations

Pandemic restrictions likely discouraged clients from volunteering their cats and dogs as donors.

The BluePearl veterinary hospital network is appealing to pet owners to consider donating blood from their cats and dogs due to a significant shortfall. BluePearl, which operates 11 pet blood banks from Florida to Washington State, reported that donations fell by 19% in 2020, possibly because of the COVID-19 pandemic. “Changes to hospital processes, increased […]

Midmark

Midmark Veteran Will Become CEO in April

Jon Wells replaces John Baumann, who led the equipment manufacturer “though a period of tremendous growth.”

Jon Wells, whose 30-year career at Midmark Corp. included jobs in sales and marketing, will take over as CEO on April 1. The Dayton, Ohio, company, which manufactures equipment for use in the veterinary, dentistry and human medicine professions, reported that Wells will replace CEO John Baumann, who is keeping his seat on the board […]

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