AAHA honors New Jersey, California hospitals

Saint Francis Veterinary Center and Pet Specialists of Monterey are 2019 practices of the year.

The third time was the charm for Saint Francis Veterinary Center, which has been named one of two practices of the year by the American Animal Hospital Association. The southern New Jersey hospital received the 2019 AAHA-Accredited Practice of the Year award during the organization’s Connexity conference in Indianapolis. Saint Francis was a runner-up for […]

Banfield steps up suicide-prevention training

The ASK program will be shared with the entire profession and includes a two-hour staff meeting at each Banfield clinic.

Each of Banfield Pet Hospital’s more than 1,000 clinics will close for two hours of suicide-prevention training as part a new company program that aims to improve the well-being and mental health of veterinary professionals throughout the industry. The initiative, called “Assess, Support, Know,” or ASK, has the support of the American Veterinary Medical Association […]

ASPCA horse insurance expands to 12 states

Coverage for companion horses comes to California, Colorado, Connecticut, Kentucky, Oklahoma and Texas.

Health insurance for companion horses is now available in 12 states through ASPCA Pet Health Insurance, a brand of Crum & Forster Pet Insurance Group. The company reported that California, Colorado, Connecticut, Kentucky, Oklahoma and Texas are the newest insurance territories, joining New York, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin. The ASPCA plans cover […]

Eleanor Green

Texas A&M dean to step down by mid-2020

Dr. Eleanor Green accepts a job at Animal Policy Group to work on regulatory, policy and strategic issues.

Eleanor Green, DVM, DACVIM, DABVP, is ending a decade of service as dean of the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine to join the policy and lobbying firm Animal Policy Group. Dr. Green was named a senior adviser and consultant effective immediately, and she will hold the Carl B. King deanship until her replacement […]

Boehringer Ingelheim funds Georgia pet adoption center

The Atlanta Humane Society facility opens in a storefront location.

Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health has given back to its hometown of Duluth, Georgia, by supporting the Atlanta Humane Society’s newest pet adoption center. The drug maker’s financial donation is an investment in the local community, said Everett Hoekstra, president of Boehringer Ingelheim’s U.S. Animal Health business. “Boehringer Ingelheim believes in a future where no animal […]

New AAHA report emphasizes preventive care

Implementing protocols benefits patients, clients and the practice.

Conveying the importance of preventive care through client education and staff engagement is the focus of a new resource from the American Animal Hospital Association. The publication, “Implementing Preventive Care Protocols,” points out how routine diagnostic screenings, as shown in a study conducted by Idexx Laboratories Inc., can reveal underlying conditions in need of follow-up […]

Study sheds light on pet adoption trends

One-third of cats and dogs come from a shelter or rescue.

About one-third of cats and dogs brought into a household over the previous 12 months came from an animal shelter or rescue, according to a new study. The market research firm Packaged Facts found that shelters and rescues make up the leading single source of cats and dogs and that adults ages 25 to 44 […]

PIJAC backs the judicious use of pet vaccines

The trade group urges pet owners to consult with their veterinarian.

The Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council is supporting the judicious use of vaccines and recommending that pet owners “work closely with their veterinarian to determine an effective and safe vaccination program.” A statement released by PIJAC CEO Mike Bober followed the lead of the organization’s Zoonoses Committee, which discussed the need to “protect the health […]

Clinics urged to sign up for diabetes campaign

The Diabetes Pet Care Alliance product giveaway runs through Dec. 31.

Merck Animal Health, Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets and Zoetis Inc. are teaming up again to encourage veterinarians and clients to screen cats and dogs for diabetes. The annual Diabetes Pet Care Alliance program, started in 2014, offers three free products to the owners of newly diagnosed diabetes patients. Nearly 900 pets were diagnosed during […]

Pet owners find a way to pay for emergencies

37% of respondents to a LendingTree survey would pull out a credit card to cover a $1,000 expense.

Fifty percent of pet owners would go into debt — either with a credit card or personal loan — to pay a $1,000 emergency pet expense, according to The finding was part of an online survey of 760 people that revealed what they would do to cover a pet-related emergency. “Even though there’s a […] Protection Status