Today's Veterinary Business

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Bravecto Plus

FDA approves broad-spectrum Bravecto Plus for cats

Veterinary sales of the topical parasiticide should start soon in the United States.

Bravecto Plus, a spot-on medication formulated to fight a variety of feline parasites for up to two months, has earned U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval. The product is expected to ship to veterinarians “in the coming months,” manufacturer Merck Animal Health reported. Bravecto Plus has been available on the European market for over a […]


Varian radiotherapy units coming to VCA cancer centers

All 35 hospitals eventually will install TrueBeam or Halcyon systems.

Five VCA Pet CancerCare Centers will be the first of 35 to house Varian radiotherapy systems under a partnership announced between the national hospital chain and manufacturer. VCA Animal Hospitals reported in August that nearly three dozen of its more than 930 clinics would be branded Pet CancerCare Centers and employ board-certified oncology teams that […]

Puerto Rico

BI’s NexGard will be made in Puerto Rico

A plant expansion will supply the North American market with the canine drug NexGard.

Boehringer Ingelheim will manufacture the flea and tick preventive NexGard (afoxolaner) in Puerto Rico upon expansion of a plant in the northern city of Barceloneta. The $50 million project will lead to 105 additional full-time jobs at the factory, which now employs about 200 people. Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health in recent years has expanded vaccine […]

Heidi Sirota

Nationwide insurance appoints chief pet officer

Heidi Sirota has experience in the human health care field.

Industry leader Nationwide pet health insurance has named Heidi Sirota its chief pet officer, replacing Anthony Sharett, who stepped down in August. Sirota’s last post was vice president of retirement plans marketing at parent company Nationwide’s Columbus, Ohio, headquarters. She previously held executive positions at ConnectiCare, Aetna and UnitedHealth Group, according to her LinkedIn profile. […]

National Veterinary Council to focus on advocacy

A new group looking to help animals is made up of 10 veterinarians from California to Massachusetts.

Two animal welfare groups have created the National Veterinary Council, a panel of 10 veterinarians who will perform policy and advocacy work. “Veterinarians have the training and practical experience not only to help animals, but also to guide political leaders, corporations and average citizens to do better when it comes to individual and institutional treatment […]

veterinary school

Vet school application period to start earlier

Students have four extra months to request letters of recommendation and transcripts.

Students who hope to enroll in veterinary school in fall 2021 can start the application process months earlier than normal. The Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges reported that the next application cycle will open Jan. 22, 2020 — compared to the tradition May date — and close Sept. 15, 2020. While applicants won’t be […]


3 Florida hospitals join Compassion-First network

SCAN and First Coast are the latest additions to the 14-state family of specialty and emergency veterinary hospitals.

Compassion-First Pet Hospitals has acquired a trio of Florida veterinary practices — two focusing on neurology and one on emergency and specialty care. The takeover of Specialists in Companion Animal Neurology in the cities of Clearwater and Naples and First Coast Veterinary Specialists and Emergency in Jacksonville Beach gives 5-year-old Compassion-First nearly 50 hospitals in […]


Fear Free improves clinic revenue, study finds

Research finds that alleviating fear, anxiety and stress in pets leads to more patients and more business.

A study of 20 veterinary hospitals has shown that reducing fear, anxiety and stress in pets through the use of Fear Free techniques pays off with more patient visits and greater revenue. “It’s very exciting to see hard evidence confirming what we know intuitively: What’s best for the pet and client is also great for […]


Too many British vets refuse to call in sick

The BVA reminds members that staying home when ill is their right and a smart decision.

The British Veterinary Association is raising the alarm over practitioners showing up to work when they’re sick. A spring survey of more than 1,300 veterinarians found that 63% went to work over the past year when they didn’t feel well enough. Nearly 1 in 5 said they “do not take sick leave as I do […]


As patient count grows, so does DoveLewis

Oregon hospital’s caseload has increased as other clinics struggle to find veterinarians.

DoveLewis Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Hospital has wrapped up a yearlong expansion project designed to accommodate more patients and improve team communication and client management. The Portland, Oregon, hospital grew by 8,500 square feet, adding three wards, a third surgery suite, six exams rooms, a redesigned emergency lobby and a second comfort room for end-of-life […] Protection Status