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Banfield to help DVMs repay their student loans

A new program gives company veterinarians three ways to lower their school loan balance.

Banfield Pet Hospital has launched a debt-relief program that should bring sighs of relief from many of the company’s 3,500 veterinarians. The Banfield Veterinary Student Debt Relief Pilot Program, announced Nov. 8, will see the Vancouver, Washington, company help its veterinarians reduce the burden of paying back college loans. Veterinarians entering the workforce now graduate […]

Brooklyn veterinary hospital gets new address

VERG North provides around-the-clock emergency and specialty care.

Veterinary Emergency & Referral Group is celebrating the relocation of its north Brooklyn hospital, a two-floor facility with separate outpatient and inpatient treatment areas and a rooftop exercise area. “Moving to our new home has been a massive undertaking,” said VERG founder and medical director Brett Levitzke, DVM. “This new space allows our doctors, specialists […]

VetCell Therapeutics partners with vet school

Western University researchers will look into a possible stem cell treatment of canine atopic dermatitis.

The Western University of Health Sciences veterinary college is collaborating with VetCell Therapeutics to explore the efficacy and safety of using allogeneic mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) to treat canine atopic dermatitis. VetCell, headquartered in Santa Ana, California, is a 2-year-old division of PrimeGen Biotech. The company will supply allogeneic MSCs for the study. Researchers at […]

Henry Schein posts higher third-quarter sales

The veterinary division’s performance jumped by more than 11 percent.

Henry Schein Animal Health was responsible for just over one-fourth of its parent company’s revenue during a record-breaking third quarter. Henry Schein Inc., which supplies products and services to the veterinary, dental and human medicine industries, reported net third-quarter sales of $3.2 billion. The animal health division contributed $882.6 million, an increase of 11.7 percent […]

Webinar on animal health innovation set for Nov. 14

Zoetis’ director of strategic alliances will be one of three panelists.

A consultant and two corporate executives will discuss innovation in the animal health world during a free webinar set for 10 a.m. EST Nov. 14. The one-hour session will be hosted by the market analysis firm Animal Pharm in partnership with Animal Health Investment Europe. The moderator, Animal Pharm editor Joseph Harvey, will interview: Theo […]

Merck launches diabetes website for pet owners

Online educational tools include a diabetes symptoms quiz, checklist and video.

Merck Animal Health has started a campaign designed to teach pet owners about animal diabetes and encourage them to see a veterinarian to discuss a treatment plan. The website www.sugarandspike.com offers numerous resources, including: An interactive diabetes symptoms quiz featuring the characters Sugar the cat and Spike the dog. A downloadable symptoms checklist that may […]

Ceva offers solution for errant cat scratching

Feliscratch by Feliway is designed to get cats to focus on their scratching post.

“Save the couches” is Ceva Animal Health’s rallying cry for a new product formulated to move feline scratching behavior away from furniture and curtains to where it belongs: the scratching post. The Lenexa, Kansas, company is counting on drug-free, pheromone-based Feliscratch by Feliway to ultimately reduce the numbers of felines that frustrated owners put up […]

Florida veterinarians treat victim of bear attack

An injured pit bull terrier was referred to Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists.

Two South Florida veterinary hospitals came to the rescue of an American pit bull terrier that was attacked by three not-so-little bears. The 3-year-old female dog, Mary Jane, is believed to have encountered the bears after she ran off during a walk Nov. 3 on the Big Cypress Indian Reservation. Suffering from deep puncture wounds, […]

Trupanion names director of ‘people operations’

Valerie Danna will fill an H.R. role after four years at Starbucks.

Pet health insurer Trupanion Inc. has hired a former Starbucks executive to oversee its human relations department. Valerie Danna was appointed head of people operations, a term the online publication ReWork describes as one that “has gained popularity among tech companies, including Google, Slack, Uber, Instacart and Square.” “Danna is responsible for the team member’s […]

3 veterinary colleges win HEED awards

Purdue, Texas A&M and Ohio State University are honored for their commitment to diversity and inclusion.

The Purdue, Texas A&M and Ohio State University veterinary colleges have been named winners of the 2017 Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award. The award is bestowed upon U.S. veterinary, human medicine, nursing and allied health schools that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion. “This award makes an important statement […]