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Tiana Rangchi business award

Tufts Student Displays Business Know-How

Tiana Rangchi’s work on a case study earns her $35,000 from Simmons Educational Fund.

A fourth-year Tufts University veterinary student who is determined to become a practice owner has been named the winner of the $35,000 National Business Aptitude Award, a Simmons Educational Fund program. Tiana Rangchi was selected from among participants in a case study, which, according to Simmons Educational Fund, “Asked for solutions to current challenges in […]


Ready for Veterinary School? Apply Now

The current cycle ends Sept. 15. Fee waivers are available in some cases.

Students hoping to enroll in a college of veterinary medicine in 2022 can begin working on their applications and, if they qualify, receive a fee waiver. The Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges reported that application fees stayed the same in 2021: $220 for the first selected program and $120 for each additional one. The […]

Animal Health Summit

Animal Health Summit Stays Online in ’21

Another industry event, the VHMA annual conference, will be in-person in September.

The KC Animal Health Corridor’s annual Summit, traditionally held in August in Kansas City, Missouri, will be online for a second straight year. Another organization, the Veterinary Hospital Managers Association, is moving forward with plans for an in-person conference in September in Philadelphia. The Corridor event, scheduled for August 24 to 26, will include the […]


Weight Issues Bring More Pets to the Doctor

Obesity-related insurance claims have swelled over the past nine years, Nationwide reports.

Obesity is exacting a heavy price on pets and their bill-paying owners. Nationwide pet health insurance reported that claims for conditions linked to or made worse by obesity increased for the ninth straight year in 2020. Over a recent 12-month period, the company stated, obesity-related claims accounted for 20% of insured members’  claims. “Veterinarians have […]


Veterinary Leaders: Let’s Learn to Get Along

Collegiality is important for the well-being of the entire veterinary team.

“Open, honest, yet respectful communication” and resolving to never denigrate a colleague in front of someone else are among 10 “Global Principles of Veterinary Collegiality” unveiled by two international veterinary groups. The document, available at bit.ly/3qrThPS, was released Jan. 18 by the World Small Animal Veterinary Association and the Federation of European Companion Animal Veterinary […]

Randolph Legg

Boehringer Ingelheim Names New U.S. President

Randolph Legg replaces Everett Hoekstra, who played a key role in the 2017 merger with Merial.

Randolph Legg has been promoted to president of U.S. operations at Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health, the world’s second-largest animal health company. Legg, a 26-year veteran of Boehringer Ingelheim’s human and veterinary pharmaceutical divisions, replaced Everett Hoekstra, CPA, who retired after two years in the job. Hoekstra helped integrate Merial Ltd. after the two companies merged […]

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FDA Endorses Canine Epilepsy and Lymphoma Drugs

Medications from Pegasus Laboratories and Anivive Lifesciences earned conditional approvals.

Two new oral medications — one for the control of seizures in dogs with idiopathic epilepsy and the other for the treatment of canine lymphoma — have received conditional approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The epilepsy drug, KBroVet-CA1 (potassium bromide chewable tablets), was developed by Pegasus Laboratories Inc., a contract manufacturer and […]


Antech Introduces Rapid UTI Test

Swift results from the FIRSTract assay can help prevent the overprescribing of antibiotics.

Antech Diagnostics has released what it calls a faster way of detecting bacterial infections in cat and dog urine cultures, a development that supports the more prudent use of antibiotics. The FIRSTract test is run at an Antech reference laboratory and has a turnaround time of 24 hours. The automated assay uses light-scattering technology to […]


Texas Tech Hires More Founding Faculty Members

Newly hired professors include an animal welfare expert and a practicing veterinarian.

The next U.S. veterinary school, Texas Tech University, is rapidly adding faculty members as it prepares to begin instruction in August 2021. The School of Veterinary Medicine, headquartered in Amarillo, anticipates an inaugural class of 60 students. About 30 faculty and staff members were hired as of September 2020. Recent appointees include: Arlene Garcia-Marquez, Ph.D., […]


Dechra will distribute KindredBio’s Zimeta

The Dechra catalog now includes the equine pyrexia drug and the previously purchased Mirataz.

Dechra Veterinary Products has acquired the distribution rights to Zimeta, the first FDA-approved drug for the control of pyrexia in horses. Zimeta (dipyrone injection) was developed by Kindred Biosciences Inc. and earned the approval of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Veterinary Medicine in November 2019. Dechra received the exclusive marketing, sales and […]