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Zoetis donates $200,000 for heartworm research

Three research teams will work to identify new preventive strategies.

University researchers studying heartworm disease will share $200,000 in grants from drug maker Zoetis Inc. The awards are intended to help improve understanding of the fundamentals of heartworm disease and explore potential novel interventions to help prevent it, Zoetis reported June 7. “Heartworm disease is a debilitating and potentially fatal condition, particularly in dogs and […]

Ethos group adds 3 specialty hospitals

The company owns clinics from Massachusetts to Hawaii.

Ethos Veterinary Health has raised its holdings to 17 specialty hospitals after the acquisition of practices in Chicago, Honolulu and suburban Sacramento, California. Terms were not disclosed. The network, which now stretches from Massachusetts to Hawaii, also operates two reference laboratories, a compounding pharmacy and the online learning platform VetBloom. The latest additions are: Integrative […]

Webinar to explore veterinary hot topics

Brakke’s John Volk will address current issues and the implications.

Are preventive-care plans essential to a veterinary practice’s future? Are corporate takeovers of hospitals a bubble or a long-term trend? Brakke Consulting senior consultant John Volk will host a 75-minute webinar June 27 and 28 that aims to answer those questions and others. “The webinar will include up-to-the-minute data on important issues facing the industry […]

MVS Pet Care awards first mobile franchises

Six house-call vans will take to the streets of Atlanta, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.

Two investors have signed the first franchise agreements with MVS Pet Care, a start-up company looking to deliver mobile veterinary services to client homes nationwide. Non-veterinarians and business partners Ian Haywood and Emanuel Graves plan to operate six mobile vans — two each in Atlanta, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. But first, they need to hire veterinarians […]

Aratana’s Nocita seeks feline label claim

The FDA will consider whether the canine pain drug is appropriate for declaw surgery.

Aratana Therapeutics Inc. has asked regulators to approve feline use of Nocita, its post-surgery canine pain drug. The label expansion, if supported by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Veterinary Medicine, would designate Nocita as a peripheral nerve block to provide regional analgesia following an onychectomy, the Leawood, Kansas, company reported June 1. […]

New: ‘Boosting Your Financial IQ’ webinars

VMAE and VHMA plan four online meetings starting June 27.

Two veterinary leadership groups are teaming up to teach business skills to hospital decision makers. A four-part webinar series, “Boosting Your Financial IQ to Maximize Fiscal Performance,” is free to all members of veterinary medical associations. The organizers — Veterinary Medical Association Executives and the Veterinary Hospital Managers Association — scheduled these sessions: 1 to […]

Brakke report examines hospitals’ internet sales

The chance of an independent practice doing business online is 50-50.

Brakke Consulting has released an in-depth report exploring online sales at small animal veterinary practices. The Veterinary Practice Home Delivery Report, available for $8,900, finds a lot of room for growth in the online business arena. Data compiled from more than 1,100 respondents showed that: Half of independently owned practices operate an online store or […]

News briefs: Week of June 12

Sign up now for VMX 2019 VMX attendees can save up to 20 percent on registration fees through Oct. 5. Early registration for the 2019 conference, scheduled for Jan. 19 to 23 in Orlando, Florida, is available at The meeting will take place in the South Concourse of the Orange County Convention Center. The […]

Germinder selects next Power of Pink winner

NAVC exhibits leader Manolita Moore is among 20 being honored in 2018.

Manolita Moore, MBA, the NAVC’s vice president of exhibit sales and operations, has been named one of Germinder and Associates’ Power of Pink honorees. The award is being bestowed on 20 people in celebration of the New York public relation firm’s 20th anniversary and to recognize the recipients’ inspirational stories. Manolita Moore, MBA, the first […]

Dog owners appear to be downsizing

Smaller dogs are growing in popularity, a survey finds.

Americans are big fans of small dogs. A survey conducted by the market research firm Packaged Facts found that nearly half of U.S. pet owners care for a small or very small dog, a trend that presents opportunities for veterinarians. The first-quarter survey found that 32 percent of pet owners who had recently acquired a […]