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WSAVA schedules Virtual Congress 2020

Online learning will be available worldwide in collaboration with The Webinar Vet.

For veterinarians unable to attend the World Small Animal Veterinary Association convention in July, the organization will bring an online version of the event to them. Virtual Congress 2020 is scheduled for Feb. 1, 2020, and will be free for WSAVA members from developing countries and at a discount for other members. The offering is […]

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Pet osteoarthritis cases continue to climb

Banfield’s State of Pet Health Report finds that about half of osteoarthritis patients are overweight.

The joint condition osteoarthritis was present in 6.1% of dogs and 1.1% of cats examined at a Banfield Pet Hospital in 2018, the company reported in its annual State of Pet Health Report. While the percentage of osteoarthritis patients rests in the single digits, the progressive and painful degenerative disease is on the rise and […]

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KindredBio partners with Veterinary Hospitals Association

The feline drug Mirataz and products still under development will be available at hundreds of member clinics.

Kindred Biosciences Inc. has reached an agreement to stock Mirataz and future biopharmaceuticals at more than 420 clinics represented by the Veterinary Hospitals Association. The South St. Paul, Minnesota, association acts as a group purchasing organization and provider of business services and continuing education for member clinics. “Partnering with an innovative pioneer in animal medicine […]

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Compassion-First owner to acquire National Veterinary Associates

JAB expands its veterinary hospital holdings with the purchase from two other investors.

One of the largest animal hospital chains, National Veterinary Associates, is getting a new owner. Ares Management Corp. and partner OMERS Private Equity have agreed to sell majority control of the 670-hospital network to another group, JAB Investors. Terms were not disclosed. Earlier in 2019, JAB Investors bought its way into the veterinary industry with […]

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Texas Tech gets go-ahead for new veterinary school

More than $17 million in state funding will be spent on curriculum development, faculty recruitment and other needs.

Texas Tech University is on track to open the School of Veterinary Medicine after Gov. Greg Abbott approved a state budget containing $17.35 million in initial funding. The DVM program could enroll its first 60-student class in fall 2021 if remaining hurdles are cleared and public and private funding holds up. Texas Tech reported that […]

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Nutraceutical experts to speak at free seminar

The two-day event is scheduled for mid-July at the University of Wisconsin, Stout.

Probiotics, CBD and joint health will be addressed during a free two-day seminar sponsored by nutraceutical manufacturer Vets Plus Inc. The International Conference on Animal Health Nutraceuticals will take place July 18 and 19 at the University of Wisconsin’s Stout campus in Menomonie. The event coincides with the release of the book “Nutraceuticals in Veterinary […]

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Insured pet population grows by 18%

Dog and cat owners favor accident and illness plans over accident-only coverage.

Nearly 2.2 million U.S. pets were covered by health insurance in 2018, an 18% jump from the prior year, according to a new study. The North American Pet Health Insurance Association’s 2019 State of the Industry report found that gross written premiums across the United States rose by 24% in 2018, to a total of […]

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Banfield appoints new chief medical officer

Dr. Molly McAllister replaces Dr. Daniel Aja, who gets another role with the company.

Banfield Pet Hospital’s vice president of veterinary science has been promoted to chief medical officer for the network of 1,050 clinics. Molly McAllister, DVM, MPH, replaces Daniel Aja, DVM, who will take on a new role “focused on advancing the veterinary profession in partnership with industry organizations and academia,” according to Banfield. The Vancouver, Washington, […]

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Dr. Bonnie Rush is named K-State veterinary dean

The interim officeholder replaces Dr. Tammy Beckham after a nearly two-year search.

Kansas State University has removed “interim” from Dr. Bonnie Rush’s job title and made her dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Rush, DVM, MS, DACVIM, served as interim dean since September 2017 following the resignation of Tammy Beckham, DVM, Ph.D. Dr. Rush’s appointment is effective June 16. Kansas State conducted a national search […]

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Rayne Nutrition offers veterinary diet consults

“Unbiased expertise” is available by phone throughout Canada.

Canadian veterinarians — and U.S. practitioners later in 2019 — can receive free pet nutrition advice from an independent panel of experts assembled by food maker Rayne Clinical Nutrition. Rayne, which sells veterinary-exclusive therapeutic diets, reported that the Clinical Advisory Team is made up of independent veterinarians and board-certified specialists who will provide “unbiased expertise […]

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