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Cynthia Otto is named Bustad vet of the year

The AVMA also identifies the winners of its animal welfare and humane awards.

The American Veterinary Medical Association has revealed the winners of three awards that will be handed out July 13 in Denver during the organization’s annual convention. The awards and honorees are: Bustad Companion Animal Veterinarian of the Year Award: Cynthia Otto, DVM, Ph.D., the founder and executive director of the Penn Vet Working Dog Center […]

New KindredBio drug manages feline weight loss

Mirataz helps maintain body weight when an underlying disease is present.

Kindred Biosciences Inc. is planning the summer 2018 release of what the company describes as the first and only FDA-approved transdermal medication for the management of weight loss in cats. Mirataz (mirtazapine transdermal ointment) can be used to manage feline weight loss associated with underlying illnesses, the San Francisco biopharmaceutical company reported May 7. The […]

VetSummit scheduled for October in Dallas

The Henry Schein annual event will emphasize business matters.

Building a stronger veterinary practice is the theme of the 2018 VetSummit, a continuing education conference organized by Henry Schein Inc. and set for Oct. 10 to 12 in Dallas. The annual event, formerly called the Veterinary Technology Summit, will focus on business, practice management and technology subjects. The target audience consists of veterinarians, veterinary […]

Petland appoints consulting veterinarian

Dr. Thomas Edling is a former vice president of veterinary medicine at Petco.

A veterinary industry consultant and former Petco executive has been named consulting veterinarian for the Petland retail chain. Thomas Edling, DVM, MSpVM, MPH, will help Petland, which sells puppies and kittens in addition to pet supplies, “evolve our industry-leading animal health protocols,” company President and CEO Joe Watson said. “Petland cares about the health of […]

News briefs: Week of April 30

Survey: U.S. pet obesity rose in 2017 Sixty percent of U.S. cats and 56 percent of U.S. dogs were classified as overweight in 2017, according to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention. The 10th annual survey revealed that an estimated 50.2 million dogs and 56.5 million cats were above a healthy weight. In 2016, 54 […]

Veterinary business seminar set for June 22

Kansas practice owner and organizer Dr. Nels Lindberg aims to help veterinarians ‘figure all of this out.’

Kansas veterinarian Nels Lindberg, DVM, readily admits that he has erred as a practice owner, and he is happy to share the lessons learned. Dr. Lindberg’s second annual Vet Leader conference, taking place June 22 in Great Bend, Kansas, will address leadership, marketing, recruitment, and finance and accounting. “Vet school does a great job of […]

Year 7 is often the time for a career change

British veterinarians looking for a new challenge or a better work-life balance tend to leave clinical practice at the seven-year mark of their career, a survey shows. The British Veterinary Association reported April 25 that the finding should spark discussion over the issue of staff recruitment and retention. “This has to be a wakeup call […]

VHMA launches online test preparation course

The program is aimed at hospitals managers and those on the path to certification.

The Veterinary Hospital Managers Association is introducing an online study group designed to help managers prepare for the VHMA certification exam or refine their skills. Nine study sessions will be held on consecutive Saturdays from June 2 to July 21, 2018, and last 90 minutes each. Led by facilitator Jessie Merritt, CVPM, each meeting will […]

News briefs:
Week of April 23

Rottweilers are most prone to canine osteoarthritis Rottweilers are the most predisposed dog breed to suffer from osteoarthritis, according to research from the Royal Veterinary College. Osteoarthritis is the most common joint disease diagnosed in dogs. The study, covering 455,557 dogs, was the largest ever conducted into the condition in dogs under veterinary care. Among […]

WVC switches annual conference to February

Attendee feedback and better hotel rates are among the reasons for the schedule changes.

WVC’s annual conference will move from March to February in 2019 and last four days instead of five. The schedule changes followed a survey of conference attendees. “WVC’s goal is to always respond to the needs of the profession and our participants,” CEO David Little said. “Moving the WVC annual conference back to February means […]