BI donates rabies vaccines to Madagascar

The company’s donation will be used to inoculate tens of thousands of dogs.

Drug maker Boehringer Ingelheim is donating 75,000 doses of rabies vaccine to support the mass vaccination of dogs on the African island nation of Madagascar. The vaccination campaign is organized by the Global Alliance for Rabies Control and coincides with World Rabies Day on Sept. 28. “Dog owners in Madagascar want to vaccinate their dogs […]

Morris Animal Foundation names new CEO

Acting chief Tiffany Grunert was chosen following a nationwide search.

Morris Animal Foundation’s vice president of marketing and brand strategy has been promoted to president and CEO, the research-funding organization reported Sept. 19. Tiffany Grunert, MS, APR, replaces John J. Reddington, Ph.D., DVM, who retired in early 2018 after serving less than two years as the Denver-based foundation’s top executive. Grunert was named acting president […]

Petplan earns AAHA preferred-provider status

The pet health insurer partners with the American Animal Hospital Association.

The pet health insurance company Petplan has been named a preferred provider of the American Animal Hospital Association. Petplan joins about a dozen other companies, including Bank of America for practice financing and MWI Animal Health for veterinary drugs and supplies, that have AAHA’s stamp of approval. “Pet health insurance is important because it offers […]

AAVSB supports veterinary telemedicine reform

Individual state boards are free to adopt the national policy.

The Association of American Veterinary State Boards, completing a multiyear review at its annual meeting, has approved a comprehensive policy opening the door to the use of telemedicine for animal care in the United States. Veterinarians may rely on their judgment and training in determining the means required to have sufficient understanding of an animal’s […]

Vetsource purchases controlling interest in VetSuccess

Acquisition allows the prescription management company to dive deeper into data.

Reinforced with $50 million in investor capital, Vetsource has paid an undisclosed price to acquire a majority share of the veterinary data analytics company VetSuccess. Vetsource, which serves veterinary practices through marketing and prescription management tools as well as the home delivery of food and brand-name and compounded pet drugs, called the transaction “a natural choice.” […]

AAHA welcomes 2018-2019 board of directors

President Dr. Darren Taul owns two Kentucky animal hospitals.

Kentucky practice owner Darren Taul, DVM, assumed the presidency of the American Animal Hospital Association during the organization’s Connexity conference in Denver. A 1996 Auburn University graduate, Dr. Taul opened AAHA-accredited Animal Hospital of Lancaster in 1999 and bought Animal Hospital of Danville in 2017. He is a member of AAHA-Accredited Veterinary Management Groups, the […]

Purdue to open National Academy for Veterinary Medicine

The federally funded program aims to tackle diversity and rural veterinarian shortages.

The Purdue College of Veterinary Medicine has been awarded a $3.18 million federal grant to launch a program designed to increase diversity in the profession and address veterinarian shortages in rural areas. The Vet Up! program —short for Vet Up! The National Health Careers Opportunity Program Academy for Veterinary Medicine — will complement Purdue’s Center […]

Zoetis’ Cytopoint earns allergic dermatitis indication

Cytopoint and Apoquel give veterinarians “much needed flexibility,” one practitioner says.

Cytopoint, which was licensed in 2016 for use in canine atopic dermatitis cases, is now approved for the treatment of allergic dermatitis. The expanded indication, announced Sept. 14, gives manufacturer Zoetis Inc. two leading treatments for allergic and atopic dermatitis in dogs. Cytopoint, a monoclonal antibody (mAb) therapy, is injected every four to eight weeks, […]

Wisconsin clinic wins AAHA Practice of the Year award

Country Hills Pet Hospital was a 2016 finalist.

Being named a 2016 finalist was a huge achievement for Country Hills Pet Hospital. But this year, the Eden, Wisconsin, clinic did even better in winning the 2018 AAHA-Accredited Practice of the Year award. The American Animal Hospital Association handed out the annual award Sept. 13 at the Connexity by AAHA conference. Country Hills was […]

Torigen wins Investment Forum’s Innovation Award

The developer of the VetiVax cancer vaccine was among 12 emerging companies presenting their ideas to judges and investors.

Torigen Pharmaceuticals Inc., whose autologous immunotherapeutic vaccine is touted as a lower-priced option for canine cancer treatment, was named the Innovation Award winner at the KC Animal Health Corridor Investment Forum. Company founder and CEO Ashley Kalinauskas, MS, outperformed 11 other presenters Aug. 21 in her 10-minute address to a panel of judges and hundreds […]