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SediVue Dx analyzers

Idexx announces several product upgrades

Key changes are coming to SediVue Dx, Catalyst Dx, Catalyst One and Web PACS.

Idexx Laboratories Inc. is launching enhancements to three point-of-care analyzers and the company’s Web PACS cloud-based diagnostic imaging software. “These updates target important medical conditions [and] were influenced by customer input,” said Jay Mazelsky, Idexx’s president and CEO. Among the highlights: The SediVue Dx urine sediment analyzer will feature advanced bacteria detection. “The latest artificial […]

Merck Veterinary Manual

Merck Veterinary Manual website gets a makeover

The digital reference guide is free of advertising and free to use.

The owner of the widely used Merck Veterinary Manual has redesigned the website version to improve navigation and search capabilities. The website, www.MerckVetManual.com, offers free, unlimited access to veterinary professionals and students. Among the enhancements, according to Merck & Co. Inc., are: A more prominent search box. An alphabetical “letter spine” for locating animal health […]

Bob Capobianco

Insurance veteran takes over at Crum & Forster

Bob Capobianco, formerly of American Modern Insurance, replaces longtime executive and NAPHIA co-founder Dennis Rushovich.

Crum & Forster Pet Insurance Group, provider of the ASPCA, Hartville and PetPremium insurance brands, has a new leader: Bob Capobianco, MBA. Capobianco replaced Senior Vice President Dennis Rushovich, who spent 15 years at Crum & Forster until his retirement and was a founding member and past president of the North American Pet Health Insurance […]

embrace

NAVC launches national advocacy program

“embrace” starts with a call to action in support of National Animal Rescue Day and two other initiatives.

The North American Veterinary Community, publisher of Today’s Veterinary Business, announced “embrace,” an advocacy program that gives veterinary professionals and pet owners a platform to advocate for animals everywhere. “What makes ‘embrace’ and the NAVC so unique is we bring together all members of the pet-loving community — veterinary professionals and pet owners — to […]

new parents

Pathway provides 8 weeks of paid parental leave

New employee benefit covering mothers and fathers could help with recruitment, the company says.

Employees of Pathway Vet Alliance and its 225 hospitals are now eligible for eight weeks of paid parental leave to help care for a newborn or an adopted or foster child. The new policy applies not only to birth mothers but also spouses, domestic partners and cases where a surrogate mother was involved. “With the […]

Scil and Heska

Heska to acquire Scil Animal Care for $125 million

Covertus is selling a business unit inherited from Henry Schein Animal Health.

Heska Corp., a manufacturer of point-of-care diagnostics equipment and imaging devices, will expand its reach across Europe with the $125 million purchase of Scil Animal Care Co. The seller, Covetrus Inc., will shed a division acquired by Henry Schein Animal Health in 2015. Henry Schein Animal Health later merged with Vets First Choice to create […]

cats

AVMA formally discourages declawing of cats

The House of Delegates approves language respecting “the veterinarian’s right to use professional judgment.”

The American Veterinary Medical Association has revised its policy on cat declaws, opting to discourage the procedure rather than rely on client education as a way to shed light on other options. The updated policy was approved by 84% of the House of Delegates after a 90-minute floor discussion during a meeting in Chicago. Some […]

animal health

Apply now to present at 2020 Investment Forum

Young animal health companies with a product to pitch are encouraged to share the idea with potential investors.

The K.C. Animal Health Corridor is looking for a dozen or so emerging companies that could use investment dollars and expert advice. Selected companies will each send a representative onstage Sept. 1 at the Kansas City Convention Center to introduce a promising animal health product and talk about its financial prospects. In the audience will […]

Compensation and Benefits

AAHA updates ‘Compensation and Benefits’ guide

The newly released book explores what veterinary hospitals are paying employees and reveals other inside information.

The American Animal Hospital Association has released the latest version of its benchmarking guide “Compensation and Benefits,” a detailed look at pay and perks for all members of the veterinary practice team. The findings in the ninth edition were based on surveys returned by more than 600 U.S. clinics — AAHA accredited or not. Among […]

Essentials PetCare

Essentials PetCare expands Walmart connection

Seven of the company’s nine preventive care practices are in Texas.

Essentials PetCare has opened its sixth and seventh walk-in veterinary clinics inside Dallas-area Walmart stores. The newest practices, in the cities of Fort Worth and Weatherford, provide preventive care, lab work, exams and treatment of minor illnesses in dogs and cats. Patients needing emergency care or surgery are referred to nearby full-service veterinary hospitals. Essentials […]

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