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55% of clients visit independent practices

Non-traditional formats, especially in-store clinics, deliver increased competition for the veterinary dollar.

Independent veterinary hospitals see the majority of animal patients but face pressure from in-store clinics and the willingness of younger pet owners to embrace non-traditional care providers, according to a new report. The market research firm Packaged Facts found that 55% of dog or cat owners who sought veterinary care within the past 12 months […]

Daniel Givens

Virginia-Maryland chooses Auburn executive as dean

Dr. Daniel Givens will lead a veterinary program that has become extremely popular with applicants.

An Auburn University administrator has been named dean of the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, filling the seat vacated in 2017 by Dr. Cyril Clarke. The new dean, Daniel Givens, DVM, Ph.D., DACT, DACVM, is associate dean for academic affairs in Auburn’s College of Veterinary Medicine and a professor in the department of pathobiology. He […]

Industry Icon Eleanor Green

Bridge Club selects its next Industry Icon

Texas A&M veterinary college dean Eleanor Green will be recognized Jan. 18 in Orlando, Florida.

Eleanor Green, DVM, DACVIM, DABVP, the outgoing dean of the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine, has been named a Bridge Club Industry Icon. Dr. Green, who is leaving academia for a job with the lobbying firm Animal Policy Group, will be honored Jan. 18 at the Hyatt Regency Orlando. Tickets are available for […]

Audrey Ruple

Dog Aging Project needs more canine participants

A newly launched longitudinal study aims to better understand canine health and maybe human longevity.

Who is the oldest dog in the United States? A team of researchers wants to answer that question and many others during a 10-year longitudinal study of canine health and wellness. Owners of purebred and mixed-breed dogs of all ages are invited to participate by registering at The Dog Aging Project also has a […]

Ryan Buck

Compassion-First appoints a new COO

Ryan Buck is a former group president with the company, which operates 47 hospitals.

Compassion-First Pet Hospitals, a network of 47 specialty and emergency veterinary practices, has elevated Ryan Buck, MBA, MS, to chief operating officer, his second promotion in six months. Buck, who was promoted from group president to executive vice president in June 2019, will oversee several areas as chief operating officer. Among them: hospital operations, business […]


Equine fever drug Zimeta wins FDA approval

The injectable NSAID is Kindred Biosciences’ second product to hit the U.S. market.

The first FDA-approved medication for the control of pyrexia in horses is headed to market from Kindred Biosciences Inc., developer of the feline weight-control drug Mirataz. KindredBio reported that Zimeta, a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug, potentially could be prescribed to 1 million U.S. horses each year, given that about one-eighth of the population is diagnosed with […]

Trupanion Express

Trupanion processes a record 1 million invoices

A second achievement, the Innovation in Insurance Award, recognizes the company’s cutting-edge claims payment system.

Trupanion, the nation’s second-largest pet health insurer, is celebrating a record and an international award. The Seattle company reported processing 1 million policyholder invoices in 2019, an all-time yearly high, as of Nov. 21. Two weeks earlier, Trupanion received an Innovation in Insurance Award for its proprietary software and claims automation. The 1 millionth invoice […]

Zoetis expands footprint with purchase of ZNLabs

The company’s reference laboratory network now stretches from Seattle to Louisville.

Zoetis Inc. has acquired a second veterinary clinical reference laboratory less than a month after entering the space. The purchase of ZNLabs shifts Zoetis’ diagnostic laboratory focus from the Pacific Northwest to markets east of the Mississippi. Terms of the acquisition were not released. In late October, Zoetis bought Seattle-based Phoenix Central Laboratory, which serves […]


AAVMC co-sponsors post-suicide action plan

The AVMA and a suicide-prevention group assist with detailing best practices for colleges of veterinary medicine.

Three organizations have teamed up to create a 47-page document designed to help colleges of veterinary medicine respond promptly and properly to a student suicide and support grieving classmates. The resource, “After a Suicide: A Toolkit for Colleges of Veterinary Medicine,” is available at Veterinarians are more than twice as likely as the general […]


AVMA achieves record membership of 95,000

Newly added programs give veterinarians even more reasons to join, executives say.

Membership in the American Veterinary Medical Association has set another record, increasing by 2% in 2019 to more than 95,000. The organization, which represents about 3 out of 4 U.S. veterinarians, has realized membership growth every year since 2011, when the number dipped to 82,686. The AVMA has added more than 1,500 veterinarians to its […] Protection Status