AVMA might toughen cat declaw policy

Elective onychectomies would be discouraged in favor of non-surgical alternatives and a veterinarian’s professional judgment.

The declawing of cats would be discouraged as an elective procedure but not outright opposed under a policy revision scheduled for consideration by the American Veterinary Medical Association’s House of Delegates. AVMA policy now “strongly encourages” veterinarians to educate clients about the potential risks of an onychectomy and why scratching is a normal feline behavior. […]


Cash infusion provides a lifeline to VitalPet

Three veterinarians seeking $1.37 million brought about a bankruptcy filing.

VitalPet, a network of 24 veterinary hospitals in seven states, has secured $5.5 million in financing as the company tries to emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The Texas-based company was pushed into involuntary bankruptcy in October 2019 on claims by three veterinarian partners that they held promissory notes totaling $1.37 million. The petitioners and the […]

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NAVC launches VMX Virtual expo hall

The online ​trade show will go live Jan. 8, 2020, ​b​lending virtual reality and ​gamification​ technology.

The North American Veterinary Community, publisher of Today’s Veterinary Business, has announced VMX Virtual, a 3D, immersive and interactive platform that will help transform the trade show industry experience, connecting conference exhibitors and attendees 24/7, 365 days a year. VMX Virtual introduces advanced gamification and simulation technology developed by Simulocity LLC and applies it for […]


Vet students get free admission to VMX

Next-generation veterinary professionals can attend the world’s largest continuing education conference for free, courtesy of Compassion-First Pet Hospitals.

Compassion-First Pet Hospitals has partnered with the North American Veterinary Community to cover registration costs for all veterinary students who wish to attend Veterinary Meeting & Expo. VMX, the world’s leading veterinary conference, will be held Jan. 18 to 22 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. On average, approximately 735 veterinary students […]

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BluePearl offers emergency cash to stricken associates

The Better Together Fund provides $500 to $3,000 in tax-free grants.

The BluePearl veterinary hospital chain’s 5,300 employees can apply for $500 to $3,000 in financial assistance under a program launched by sister company Banfield Pet Hospital. The Better Together Fund is designed to help employees who are in dire financial straits because of domestic violence or a disaster such as a fire, flood, tornado, hurricane […]


Investors sink $8 million into Petabyte Technology

The Seattle-area company recently released Rhapsody practice management software.

Petabyte Technology, a new developer of veterinary practice management software, has raised $8 million in Series A funding in support of its flagship product, Rhapsody. The investment round was led by Acrew Capital and followed by Greycroft Partners, Correlation Ventures and Ridge Ventures, according to Petabyte. The seed round was led by Greycroft and included […]

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VCA empowers clients through online access

A patient portal and online store is designed to create “more confident pet owners and healthier pets,” a spokesperson says.

Clients can look up pet health information, manage appointments and order refills through VCA Animal Hospitals’ new patient portal and online store. The app, called myVCA, is available at Users also can set up automatic reminders and read educational articles curated for their pet’s specific health needs, VCA reported. In the online store, medications […]

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MetLife to acquire PetFirst health insurance

Offering policies as a voluntary employee benefit is seen as a great market opportunity.

PetFirst, a small player in the pet health insurance market, has agreed to a takeover by one of the world’s largest financial services companies. MetLife Inc. reported that its purchase of privately held PetFirst is expected to close in the first quarter of 2020. Terms were not disclosed. MetLife plans to work with other companies […]

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AAVMC chooses top educators of the year

Ohio State’s Dr. Jerome Masty will receive the Distinguished Veterinary Teacher Award at a March event.

An Ohio State University associate professor has been named the recipient of the 2019 AAVMC Distinguished Veterinary Teacher Award. Jerome Masty, DVM, MS, Ph.D., will be recognized in early March at the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges’ annual conference and Iverson Bell Symposium in Washington, D.C. The Distinguished Veterinary Teacher Award, presented by Zoetis, […]

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55% of clients visit independent practices

Non-traditional formats, especially in-store clinics, deliver increased competition for the veterinary dollar.

Independent veterinary hospitals see the majority of animal patients but face pressure from in-store clinics and the willingness of younger pet owners to embrace non-traditional care providers, according to a new report. The market research firm Packaged Facts found that 55% of dog or cat owners who sought veterinary care within the past 12 months […] Protection Status