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AAHA unveils Healthy Workplace Culture Initiative

The objective is improved well-being and mental health within a veterinary practice.

The American Animal Hospital Association, responding to the call for more mental health resources in the veterinary field, has introduced the Healthy Workplace Culture Initiative. “The initiative will address well-being from an alternative perspective that utilizes a positive, proactive approach to help prevent or mitigate mental health issues in veterinary practice teams,” the Lakewood, Colorado, […]

Merck releases BRD-detecting Whisper stethoscope

Company spent nearly a year and a half fine-tuning the technology.

The Whisper Veterinary Stethoscope System is available again 17 months after Merck Animal Health acquired worldwide rights to it. The Whisper system uses a transmitting stethoscope and computer software to detect bovine respiratory disease and gauge the severity. “This innovative instrument improves the diagnosis accuracy of BRD when cattle are brought into the chute for […]

Manna Pro acquires PetzLife Products

PetzLife is known widely for its all-natural Complete Oral Care product line.

PetzLife Products Inc., whose Complete Oral Care line is sold at thousands of veterinary clinics and retailers nationwide, has been sold itself. Manna Pro Products of Chesterfield, Missouri, reported September 19 that it acquired PetzLife. The terms were not disclosed. “PetzLife all-natural products have won the trust and confidence of pet owners, veterinarians, groomers and […]

Sonoma Pharmaceuticals hires veterinary adviser

Dr. Chelsea Tripp will help introduce veterinary-exclusive MicrocynVS to the industry.

A board-certified veterinary oncologist will serve as a strategic adviser to Sonoma Pharmaceuticals as the company prepares to roll out a veterinary-exclusive formulation of its Microcyn product line. Chelsea Tripp, DVM, MS, DACVIM, will focus on veterinarian outreach to support the anticipated November 2017 launch of MicrocynVS, a topical skin, wound, ear and eye medication. […]

ViralVet app surpasses 10,000 users

The educational platform supports the sharing of and collaboration on veterinary cases.

ViralVet, a 2-year-old mobile app that allows veterinary professionals to share and comment on strange, challenging or thought-provoking clinical cases, has reached more than 10,000 users. App developer XPrep Learning Solutions Inc. reported Sept. 18 that the Facebook-like educational tool is used globally. “Veterinary professionals from around the world have been able to see, share […]

BIVI spreads the word about rabies prevention

A client education kit and webinar are among the resources available to veterinarians.

Drug maker Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica Inc. is promoting educational initiatives designed for veterinarians and pet owners in the lead-up to World Rabies Day. “It’s important that pet owners understand the risk of rabies and the essential role of vaccinating their pets against this disease,” said Mike Hamby, MBA, head of Boehringer Ingelheim’s U.S. pet business. […]

Smart-toy manufacturer works hard for a treat

The interactive dog product PupPod is named best in show at the Kansas City Investment Forum.

Lots of practice made perfect for Erick Eidus and his young company, PupPod Inc., which captured the Innovation Award at the KC Animal Health Corridor’s ninth annual Investment Forum. Eidus’ presentation, which followed about 200 rehearsals, earned the admiration of judges, a $10,000 check and applause from hundreds of potential investors and business partners who […]

Brakke examines the state of pet cancer

How often the disease strikes, the clinical options and costs are broken down in a new report.

Brakke Consulting has taken a comprehensive look at pets and oncology in the Dallas firm’s new report, “Cancer in Dogs and Cats.” According to Brakke, the study examines: The incidence of cancer in pets. How cancer is diagnosed and treated in veterinary medicine. Estimated treatment costs. FDA-approved cancer treatments that are on the market. New […]

Rabbits and hamsters grow in popularity

Small mammals usually aren’t the only pets at home. A dog or cat is probably there, too.

Veterinarians may want to ask cat- or dog-owning clients whether any other pets could use a checkup. The market research firm Packaged Facts revealed in September that 300,000 more U.S. households are caring for a pet hamster or rabbit in 2017 compared with a year earlier. The 1.8 million households that fall into this category […]

Buying equipment soon could lower your tax bill

Veterinary practices should explore IRS sections 179 and 168(k) as a money-saving tactic.

Sections 179 and 168(k) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code can become glorious, money-saving strategies for smart veterinary practices. Here’s why: Practices that need to purchase new equipment may be able to deduct the full price of qualifying equipment during the tax year in which it was placed into service if they elect to do […]