Scout Bio raises $20 million in biotech funding

The new company is going after chronic kidney disease, chronic pain and atopic dermatitis.

The startup company Scout Bio is building a war chest in preparation for the development of veterinary therapeutics targeting chronic kidney disease, chronic pain and atopic dermatitis. The Philadelphia biotechnology company has raised $20 million in Series B financing from a group of investment firms, among them Digitalis Ventures, RiverVest Venture Partners, GreenSpring Associates, Frazier […]

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Study identifies ways to improve heartworm drug compliance

Better communication goes a long way in clearing up confusion among pet owners, Ceva reports.

Having frequent and frank conversations with veterinary clients is effective at getting pet owners to stay current with heartworm preventives, according to a study sponsored by pharmaceutical maker Ceva Animal Health. The report also found confusion among dog owners as 1 in 4 believed they were giving a heartworm preventive when in reality they were […]

Richard Lichter Emergency Room

Penn Vet opens expanded emergency room

An aging Ryan Hospital is undergoing $14 million in renovations.

The University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine has completed the first phase of a $14 million project designed to renovate 38-year-old Ryan Hospital. The Richard Lichter Emergency Room, named after the benefactor who donated $2.7 million, adds 2,000 square feet, more than doubling the clinical space. The emergency room provides separate areas for dogs […]

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Former Calgary dean is moving to Tufts

Dr. Alastair E. Cribb will oversee the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine.

The founding dean of the University of Calgary veterinary college will cross the Canadian-U.S. border to lead Tufts University’s Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. Alastair E. Cribb, DVM, Ph.D., is scheduled to start July 15 as the fifth dean in Cummings’ 40-year history. About 425 veterinary students are enrolled at Tufts, which offers DVM degrees, […]


KindredBio unveils website for worried cat owners

PickyOrSick.com advises whether a change in a pet’s eating and drinking is cause for concern.

Kindred Biosciences Inc. is helping to take the guesswork out of deciding whether a cat needs urgent veterinary care. The biopharmaceutical company has launched the website PickyOrSick.com, which invites cat owners to answer five questions related to changes in the animal’s eating and drinking behavior. If the condition is deemed worthy of a veterinary visit, […]

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Nestlé Purina enters veterinary services market

The food manufacturer acquires a piece of the European chain IVC Group.

Nestlé Purina PetCare has acquired a minority stake in a European veterinary hospital chain, becoming the second major U.S. pet food maker to enter the clinic space. The size of Nestlé Purina’s share in Independent Vetcare Group International and what the company paid were not announced. The seller, the private equity group EQT, remains the […]


AVMA releases Market Share Estimator tool

Practice owners can use the resource to identify realistic goals for growth.

Estimating a veterinary hospital’s market share and findings ways to improve it is the objective of a new downloadable worksheet offered by the American Veterinary Medical Association. AVMA members can access the Market Share Estimator at http://bit.ly/2ZddCfb. The worksheet “provides companion animal practices — those that treat dogs, cats, birds, and horses kept as pets […]

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For veterinary readers: 2 new books

One looks at well-being and suicide. The other takes a walk on the wild side of animal care.

An English-born psychologist who researched the mental well-being of veterinarians has published a book that aims to fight the profession’s high suicide rate. “Coping With Stress and Burnout as a Veterinarian,” by Nadine Hamilton, Ph.D., examines how practitioners’ mental health is influenced by their daily work. “The effects of working long hours, performing euthanasia on […]

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Registration opens for free service animal eye exams

Thousands of screenings will be done in May with the support of Stokes Pharmacy and the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists.

Owners of service animals and working animals have until April 30 to register for free veterinary eye exams. The 12th annual event is sponsored by the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists and Stokes Pharmacy. Registering at www.ACVOeyeexam.org will connect an owner or handler with one of 300 board-certified veterinary ophthalmologists who volunteer to provide vision […]


European Commission OK’s equine stem cell therapy

Boehringer Ingelheim’s new Arti-Cell Forte is indicated for the treatment of mild to moderate recurrent lameness.

Boehringer Ingelheim has received authorization from the European Commission for a stem cell therapy designed for the treatment of equine lameness. The company reported that Arti-Cell Forte is the first approved stem cell-based product in animal health. The therapy, which uses “specifically primed, chondrogenic induced stem cells,” according to BI, was developed in partnership with […]

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