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VetPartners unveils new and improved website

A more robust search function makes finding an expert easier.

Do you need to find a specialist in practice management, financial services or human resources? What about an expert in information technology, marketing, legal services or another area of veterinary practice? VetPartners reported that its redesigned website — vetpartners.org — is more user-friendly, easing the search for a veterinary expert or speaker and guiding practice […]

New name coming for American Veterinary Distributors Association

The United Veterinary Services Association will work to “maintain a healthy, robust veterinary channel.”

Active for more than 40 years, the American Veterinary Distributors Association is moving forward with a name change and a new focus. The new name, the United Veterinary Services Association, or UVSA, will go into effect after legal documents are filed. The transformation, which includes updated bylaws, was set in motion last summer. “Participants, including […]

Phibro acquires Israeli fish vaccine developer

The purchase of Kovax includes product lines and the R&D team.

Phibro Animal Health Corp., a manufacturer of vaccines and medicated feed additives, has acquired aquaculture vaccine maker KoVax Ltd. Terms of the transaction between New Jersey-based Phibro and Israel’s KoVax were not released. “The acquisition strengthens Phibro’s position in fish vaccine innovation and expands its portfolio of aquaculture products,” the company announced. Phibro will retain […]

Arizona veterinary college hires founding dean

Dr. Julie Funk is expected to steer the proposed program through the accreditation process and beyond.

Julie Funk, DVM, MS, Ph.D., has been named founding dean of the University of Arizona’s proposed veterinary college, a job that will entail preparing for a 2019 visit from national accreditors. Dr. Funk will move from the Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine, where she serves as associate dean for professional academic programs and […]

VCA unveils Alexa connection for pet owners

The virtual assistant can facilitate appointments and reminders.

VCA Animal Hospitals is encouraging clients to use Amazon Alexa smart speakers to schedule appointments and receive health care reminders. The Los Angeles-based network of more than 750 veterinary hospitals reported that its new technological offering makes VCA “the first in the animal hospital industry to introduce voice command to manage pets’ health care.” Clients […]

U.S. launch date for BI’s Pexion is uncertain

Plant capacity constraints will delay the noise aversion drug’s introduction.

Boehringer Ingelheim has earned U.S. approval of the noise aversion drug Pexion, but sales won’t begin anytime soon. Pexion (imepitoin tablets) will be launched “in the future” for dogs sensitive to loud noises, spokesman Mark Bixler said. “The company does not envision introducing Pexion in the United States in 2019, mainly as a result of […]

Dogs aren’t as popular in New England states

An AVMA survey reveals where canines and felines are least likely, and most likely, to be found in the United States.

Who let the dogs out of New Hampshire and Connecticut? Those two New England states possess the lowest percentage of dog owners, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association’s 2017-2018 Pet Ownership and Demographics Sourcebook. The nationwide survey revealed that just 24 percent of New Hampshire and Connecticut households had a dog at the end of […]

New canine supplement helps with anxiety issues

Purina Pro Plan’s Calming Care contains a probiotic and is intended for daily use.

Nestlé Purina PetCare is releasing a nutritional supplement formulated to support dogs suffering from fear or anxiety. Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Supplements Calming Care contains the probiotic strain Bifidobacterium longum (BL999), which studies have shown helps dogs maintain calm behavior. The product, which will be sold exclusively to U.S. and Canadian veterinarians starting in January […]

Pets played key role in executives’ early life

A Banfield survey finds a correlation between pets and career accomplishments.

C-suite executives have more in common than just their professional achievements. A Banfield Pet Hospital survey revealed that 93 percent of them grew up with a pet. If the number seems remarkable, it is. The American Veterinary Medical Association’s new Pet Ownership and Demographics Sourcebook showed that, comparatively speaking, just 59 percent of U.S. households […]

CE company partners with Australian veterinary chain

Animal Emergency Australia will lend its expertise in the development of classes.

A network of after-hours veterinary hospitals will work closely with Improve International Australia to enhance the continuing education provider’s online and onsite courses. Animal Emergency Australia, which operates hospitals on the nation’s east coast and in Perth, will help develop and grow educational courses for Australian veterinarians and veterinary nurses. “We see continuing education as […]

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