AVMA awards

AVMA honors Yoho, Mahr, Cox and 8 others

The Bustad Companion Animal Veterinarian of the Year award goes to Dr. Karen Vernau of UC Davis.

A congressman and two former AVMA presidents were among nine veterinarians presented with awards from the American Veterinary Medical Association. Two non-veterinarians also were honored. The annual awards and 11 recipients recognized during the AVMA convention in Washington, D.C., were: Advocacy Award: U.S. Rep. Ted Yoho, DVM, for advancing the AVMA legislative agenda and advocating […]

Small Paws

Hill’s expanding Kansas-based Pet Nutrition Center

The Small Paws addition will focus on the nutritional needs of diminutive dogs.

Hill’s Pet Nutrition has big plans for small dogs. The pet food maker on Aug. 15 broke ground on Small Paws, a $20 million expansion of the Pet Nutrition Center, a Topeka, Kansas, facility where researchers develop and test diets formulated for cats and dogs. Small Paws is expected to house 80 small dogs under […]


Zoetis’ new Stablelab detects equine infections

The handheld, stall-side device delivers results within 10 minutes.

Zoetis Inc. has launched Stablelab, a handheld device designed to check a horse’s blood for biomarkers of inflammation caused by infection. The 10-minute test “quantifies the biomarker serum amyloid A (SAA), which is a major, acute phase protein produced by the liver that rapidly and dramatically increases in response to inflammation caused by infection,” Zoetis […]

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Survey: 44% are unaware of pet insurance

Many see value in coverage, but the cost and the perceived necessity are stumbling blocks.

Pet health insurance might have a marketing problem — and an opportunity. The personal finance website found that 44% of U.S. pet owners surveyed did not know insurance coverage existed. But if awareness is the sticking point, the fact that 9 in 10 policyholders thought the expense was worthwhile might do the trick. The […]


Veterinarians sell 74% of pet medications

Online merchants are expected to claim 20% of the market by 2022.

E-commerce’s growing share of the pet medications market stands at 15%, but veterinarians maintain majority control and are fighting back with internet pharmacies of their own, according to a new report. The market research firm Packaged Facts estimates that U.S. sales of drugs made for dogs and cats reached $9 billion in 2018, a nearly […]

Nienke Endenburg

WSAVA survey reveals well-being trouble spots

An “an urgent action plan” is called for to help veterinary professionals deal with mental health issues.

Women, younger veterinary professionals and veterinary nurses make up the groups most seriously affected by stress and diminished well-being, according to preliminary results from a survey conducted by the World Small Animal Veterinary Association. The findings were presented at the WSAVA World Congress by Dutch psychologist Nienke Endenburg, Ph.D., who co-chairs the organization’s Professional Wellness […]

The Pet Vet

Petco plans 55 more in-store vet clinics

Partnerships with five providers will result in 111 full-service hospitals in 21 states by year’s end.

Petco plans to double the number of in-store, full-service veterinary hospitals by the end of 2019. Fifty-five clinics are expected to open through agreements with Global Veterinary Partners, The Pet Vet, Thrive Affordable Vet Care, VetnCare and VitalPet. Petco already plays host to 55 hospitals operated by Thrive or The Pet Vet and one through […]

Summus Medical Laser

K-Laser is now Summus Medical Laser

The Tennessee company’s rebranding coincides with major internal growth.

After achieving new heights as a company, therapeutic laser manufacturer K-Laser USA has chosen a fitting new name: Summus Medical Laser. “Summus in Latin means ‘the highest of all, superior, best of the best,’” said founder and CEO Richard Albright, DC. “It reflects our commitment to the highest level of service, the greatest user experience […]

Robbins and Ruggiero

Hill’s hires two board-eligible nutritionists

Drs. Michael Robbins and Catherine Ruggiero will provide consultations and education.

Two veterinarians who recently completed clinical nutrition residencies have been hired by Hill’s Pet Nutrition to share their knowledge with practitioners and others. Michael Robbins, DVM, joined the U.S. Professional Affairs Team as a scientific communication specialist. Dr. Robbins, whose residency was done at the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine, will speak […]

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Revised AVMA policy urges pet insurance education

Veterinary teams are now encouraged to make clients aware of insurance as a financial option.

The American Veterinary Medical Association is encouraging practitioners and their teams to proactively educate clients about the existence of pet health insurance as a way to help defray the cost of medical care. The House of Delegates approved a policy change Aug. 2 that elevates pet health insurance from merely being endorsed by the AVMA […] Protection Status