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Merck updates Prestige equine influenza vaccines

The vaccines feature the most current clade 1 and clade 2 influenza strains.

Merck Animal Health has updated its Prestige line of equine influenza vaccines. “For the past 10 years, we’ve been monitoring influenza, along with other common infectious upper respiratory diseases, through the Merck Animal Health Biosurveillance Program, a partnership with the University of California, Davis,” said D. Craig Barnett, director of equine veterinary professional services. “It […]

Arizona hires assistant dean for proposed vet school

Dr. Jim Maciulla will manage clinical rotations and partnerships.

Still lacking the official go-ahead to open a college of veterinary medicine, the University of Arizona is moving forward with assembling an administrative team. Jim Maciulla, DVM, MS, most recently the owner of a Flagstaff, Arizona, mixed-animal practice, was named assistant dean for clinical relations and outreach, the university announced May 16. UA plans to […]

Southern Veterinary Partners grows to 50 hospitals

“We look forward toward the next 50,” its CEO says.

Southern Veterinary Partners, a rapidly expanding hospital management company based in Birmingham, Alabama, has acquired numbers 49 and 50. The newest members are Tender Paws Animal Hospital in Conroe, Texas, and Crossroads Animal Hospital in Newnan, Georgia. Founded in 2014, Southern Veterinary Partners acquired 22 hospitals in 2017, ending the year with 39. The company’s […]

Zoetis to buy Abaxis for $1.9 billion

The takeover gives the drug maker a larger foothold in the veterinary diagnostics arena.

Veterinary drug giant Zoetis Inc. has agreed to acquire diagnostic equipment maker Abaxis Inc. for $1.9 billion, the companies announced May 16. “Together we can bring more veterinarian customers a broader range of products that fit into our comprehensive solutions and innovations, from prediction and early detection of disease in animals to prevention and treatment,” […]

Zoetis adds scours product to livestock portfolio

Zoetis Inc. has acquired the global rights to Detach, a non-antibiotic solution for controlling scours, or diarrhea, in livestock and horses. The product’s developer, Australia-based Anatara Lifesciences, reported May 15 that Zoetis will exclusively manufacture, distribute and market Detach worldwide in exchange for an upfront payment, milestone payments and royalties. Specific financial terms were not […]

Vet’s Plus puts probiotic to the test

Vet’s Plus Inc. is offering dog and cat owners a free sample of its probiotic powder supplement Probios Intelliflora. The supplement is formulated to support gastrointestinal health and promote normal immune system function, the Menomonie, Wisconsin, company reported. “Some people aren’t aware of the benefits their pet can receive from a daily probiotic,” said chief […]

Lincoln Memorial’s first class set to graduate

87 students completed four years in the College of Veterinary Medicine.

Eighty-seven new veterinarians will begin launching their careers when they graduate May 19 from the Lincoln Memorial University College of Veterinary Medicine. The students made up the inaugural class when they started their studies four years ago in Harrogate, Tennessee. About 30 percent have accepted job offers in the Appalachian region, the university reported. “Our […]

AVMA delegates to scrutinize debarking policy

A resolution strongly opposing the debarking, or devocalizing, of dogs for reasons of convenience will be considered in July by the American Veterinary Medical Association’s House of Delegates. The proposed revision would strengthen the organization’s current policy, which calls non-therapeutic devocalization surgery “a final alternative to euthanasia” after behavioral modification efforts have failed. Some dog […]

NAVTA President Kara Burns joins Today’s Veterinary Nurse

The new editor-in-chief also will serve as director of veterinary nursing for NAVC Publishing.

The North American Veterinary Community, the profession’s largest publisher, on May 9 announced the hiring of Kara M. Burns, MS, MEd, LVT, VTS (Nutrition), VTS-H (Internal Medicine, Dentistry), as editor-in-chief of the peer-reviewed journal Today’s Veterinary Nurse and director of veterinary nursing for NAVC Publishing. Burns currently serves as president of the National Association of […]

News briefs: Week of May 7

Legislation could tighten airline travel restrictions for pets Lawmakers in Washington, D.C., will consider tightening restrictions on which animals will be allowed to accompany passengers when they fly commercially. The bill, introduced by North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr, seeks to align the definition of a service animal for air carriers with the current definition from […]