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Petco says ‘no’ to artificial food ingredients

Manufacturers are invited “to join us on this journey,” an executive says.

Petco, North America’s second-largest pet supplies chain, intends to pull from store shelves all dog and cat foods and treats that contain artificial ingredients. The move, which also applies to Petco’s online sales, is set to start in January 2019 and conclude by May. The San Diego-based retailer said the policy change would make it […]

MWI Animal Health merges 4 U.K. brands

Centaur, St. Francis, Vetswest and Vet Space move under the MWI corporate umbrella.

MWI Animal Health has folded its four U.K. subsidiaries into the parent company under a restructuring announced Nov. 12. The four entities now known collectively as MWI Animal Health are: Centaur Services, a supplier of animal health products and services to more than 1,200 veterinary practices in the United Kingdom. MWI, one of the world’s […]

Online pet drugs are withdrawn amid FDA scrutiny

A warning letter accused No More Fleas Please of marketing unapproved new animal drugs.

A pet drug reseller has removed from its website four purported parasiticides called into question by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The company, No More Fleas Please Inc., marketed the products under the brand name Queen City Animals. The parasiticides were sold alongside approved mainstream preventives such as Merial’s Frontline Plus and Bayer’s Advantage […]

Free: Diabetes education for clinics and clients

The Pet Diabetes Resource Center is a service of Henry Schein Animal Health.

Henry Schein Animal Health has launched the Pet Diabetes Resource Center, a web-based collection of articles, videos, webinars, infographics and other materials designed to raise awareness and improve management of the disease. Located at www.henryscheinvet.com/petdiabetes, the resource center was released in November as part of Pet Diabetes Awareness Month. “Education and knowledge are the most […]

Trupanion reports $67 million in ‘Express’ payments

Vet Direct Pay swiftly reimburses veterinary clinics.

Trupanion’s speedy claims system has paid out $67 million to veterinary practices within minutes of client checkout, the pet health insurer reported. Part of Trupanion Express, the web application also known as Vet Direct Pay integrates with practice management systems to quickly approve claims and reimburse hospitals for services rendered. “Trupanion is the only pet […]

Lincoln Memorial professor wins e-learning prize

Dr. Jamie Perkins is using Alexa to improve veterinary students’ clinical reasoning.

Hey, Alexa, who won first place in the 2018 Hyperdrive contest at the DevLearn Conference in Las Vegas? “Lincoln Memorial University clinical skills veterinarian Jamie Perkins.” The university’s College of Veterinary Medicine reported that Dr. Perkins, DMV, wowed the judges at the e-learning conference in late October when she gave a presentation on the use […]

COE renews accreditation of St. George’s vet school

The Caribbean institution draws 89 percent of its students from the United States.

The St. George’s University School of Veterinary Medicine has earned full reaccreditation from the American Veterinary Medical Association’s Council on Education. The designation, a seven-year renewal of the 2011 accreditation, permits U.S. students enrolled at St. George’s to apply for lower-interest federal loans and in-school deferments through the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program, […]

New fund invests in booming pet industry

Pet Care ETF is unique, according to ProShares.

How would you like to own a small piece of Idexx Laboratories, Dechra Pharmaceuticals and PetMed Express? The Bethesda, Maryland, firm ProShares on Nov. 5 launched an exchange-traded investment fund called Pet Care ETF. Shares of Idexx, Dechra, PetMed Express and about 20 other pet-related companies are among the initial holdings. ProShares called Pet Care […]

Heska to pay $6.75 million over ‘junk’ faxes

Illinois veterinarian Dr. Shaun Fauley will get $15,000 as the lead plaintiff.

Veterinary diagnostic equipment maker Heska Corp. has agreed to pay $6.75 million to settle a class-action lawsuit alleging the company sent unsolicited faxes to an Illinois veterinarian and more than 40 other recipients in violation of the Junk Fax Prevention Act. The Loveland, Colorado, company denied the claims but confirmed the settlement in documents filed […]

Ex-Banfield execs plan new veterinary hospital chain

Heart + Paw, with $100 million in funding, will focus first on the East Coast.

Banfield Pet Hospital’s former CEO, Vincent Bradley, and two other former executives are leading a well-funded start-up company that plans to build 200 full-service veterinary clinics starting in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic states. The brand, Heart + Paw, is backed by $100 million from the Chicago-based private equity firm Waud Capital Partners. Bradley stepped down […]

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