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Nutraceutical experts to speak at free seminar

The two-day event is scheduled for mid-July at the University of Wisconsin, Stout.

Probiotics, CBD and joint health will be addressed during a free two-day seminar sponsored by nutraceutical manufacturer Vets Plus Inc. The International Conference on Animal Health Nutraceuticals will take place July 18 and 19 at the University of Wisconsin’s Stout campus in Menomonie. The event coincides with the release of the book “Nutraceuticals in Veterinary […]

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Insured pet population grows by 18%

Dog and cat owners favor accident and illness plans over accident-only coverage.

Nearly 2.2 million U.S. pets were covered by health insurance in 2018, an 18% jump from the prior year, according to a new study. The North American Pet Health Insurance Association’s 2019 State of the Industry report found that gross written premiums across the United States rose by 24% in 2018, to a total of […]

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Banfield appoints new chief medical officer

Dr. Molly McAllister replaces Dr. Daniel Aja, who gets another role with the company.

Banfield Pet Hospital’s vice president of veterinary science has been promoted to chief medical officer for the network of 1,050 clinics. Molly McAllister, DVM, MPH, replaces Daniel Aja, DVM, who will take on a new role “focused on advancing the veterinary profession in partnership with industry organizations and academia,” according to Banfield. The Vancouver, Washington, […]

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Dr. Bonnie Rush is named K-State veterinary dean

The interim officeholder replaces Dr. Tammy Beckham after a nearly two-year search.

Kansas State University has removed “interim” from Dr. Bonnie Rush’s job title and made her dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Rush, DVM, MS, DACVIM, served as interim dean since September 2017 following the resignation of Tammy Beckham, DVM, Ph.D. Dr. Rush’s appointment is effective June 16. Kansas State conducted a national search […]

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Rayne Nutrition offers veterinary diet consults

“Unbiased expertise” is available by phone throughout Canada.

Canadian veterinarians — and U.S. practitioners later in 2019 — can receive free pet nutrition advice from an independent panel of experts assembled by food maker Rayne Clinical Nutrition. Rayne, which sells veterinary-exclusive therapeutic diets, reported that the Clinical Advisory Team is made up of independent veterinarians and board-certified specialists who will provide “unbiased expertise […]

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Banfield Pet Hospital speaks 350 languages

Clients can receive translation help at one of six Southern California clinics.

How’s this for client communication? Pet owners visiting one of six Banfield Pet Hospitals will be able to converse with the veterinary team in any of 350 languages. The company unveiled a 60-pay pilot program June 5 that utilizes a contractor, Lionbridge Technologies, to interpret for clients who speak anything from Mandarin, French or Portuguese […]

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Survey identifies where veterinary clinics fall short

High costs, excessive wait times and less-than-gentle patient handling are areas of client concern.

Long waits and the markups on tests and vaccines are among the top gripes of veterinary clients. An online survey commissioned by the United Veterinary Services Association found that while 95% of respondents walked away happy about the medical care provided, at least 1 in 4 found deficiencies in the overall clinic experience. Convenience was […]

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WSAVA committee explores veterinary well-being

Survey results being presented at the WSAVA World Congress are seen as an “important first step.”

Preliminary results of a study into the well-being of veterinary professionals will be unveiled July 17 during the World Small Animal Veterinary Association’s World Congress. Nienke Endenburg, Ph.D., co-chair of WSAVA’s Professional Wellness Group, will release the findings, which are based on a 4,000-person online survey. “Veterinarians care for our animal companions, but the question […]

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Compassion-First promotes executives, adds hospital

The company, under “Industry Icon” John Payne, is opening a West Coast corporate office.

Compassion-First Pet Hospitals, a network of 42 veterinary practices, has promoted group president Ryan Buck, MBA, MS, to executive vice president. Buck will oversee the newly created business development department as well as marketing, talent development, customer development and client experience. The Tinton Falls, New Jersey, company also reported: The promotion of chief financial officer […]

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Midmark acquires kennel manufacturer Mason Company

The two Ohio businesses are more than a century old.

Veterinary equipment maker Midmark Corp. is expanding its animal boarding and containment offerings through the acquisition of a competitor, Mason Company. Terms of the transaction, announced June 4, were not revealed. Mason focuses on kennel systems, grooming tables and accessories. Midmark sells an array of veterinary equipment, including monitors, treatment tables and lighting, and also […]

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