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Diabetes Pet Care Alliance ends clinic enrollment cap

Owners of newly diagnosed diabetic pets can receive product samples if their veterinary hospital registers by Oct. 31.

The owner of any cat or dog diagnosed with diabetes in November or December may be eligible to receive a free disease management kit from the sponsors of the Diabetes Pet Care Alliance. Merck Animal Health, Nestlé Purina PetCare and Zoetis reported Sept. 6 that a previous enrollment limit of 1,000 veterinary clinics has been […]

Pet evacuation kit educates vets and clients

AVMA promotes numerous resources in advance of Hurricane Irma.

Pet owners fleeing a potential disaster zone should carry a one-week supply of food and water for the animal and enough medication to last two weeks, the American Veterinary Medical Association advises. The Schaumburg, Illinois, organization has created an online pet evacuation kit that veterinary teams may share with clients. The resources, found at http://bit.ly/2j2NC54, […]

Early registration gets underway for 2018 WVC

More than 14,000 people attended the Las Vegas conference this year.

Veterinarians and other practice team members have until Oct. 31 to save on registration fees to WVC’s 90th annual conference. Early registration opened Sept. 5 for the gathering at Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. The conference will be held March 4 to 8, 2018. “The 90th annual conference is a milestone for WVC […]

Pet Insurance Review website gets new look

New owners stress the importance of early veterinary care.

Pet Insurance Review, a resource for pet owners seeking policy information and price quotes, has redesigned its website. The update followed the May 2017 sale of the website — www.petinsurancereview.com — from founder Mike Hemstreet to London-based Equimedia and owners Andrew and Louise Burgess. The expanded website includes articles, a blog and 45,000 insurance reviews […]

Veterinary Cooperative marks fifth year in business

2,600 member practices agree the price is right.

Aiming to recruit 2,000 members within a decade, The Veterinary Cooperative reached the mark in less than five years. Celebrating its fifth anniversary Sept. 4, the not-for-profit cooperative today has more than 2,600 member veterinary practices that benefit from discounts and rebates they might not be eligible for otherwise. “Cooperatives are a way for independent […]

Henry Schein to buy Merritt Veterinary Supplies

Regional distributor serves thousands of clinics in the Eastern and Southeastern U.S.

Henry Schein Animal Health, a giant among veterinary product distributors, will grow even larger upon the acquisition of Merritt Veterinary Supplies Inc. The purchase was announced Aug. 28 by parent company Henry Schein Inc. Merritt, based in Columbia, South Carolina, reported 2016 sales of $115 million to 4,500 veterinary clinics across the Eastern and Southeastern […]

VCA buyer Mars agrees to divest 12 hospitals

The threat of a monopoly leads to a government deal involving potential purchasers NVA, PetVet and Pathway.

Mars Inc., which owns the Banfield and BluePearl veterinary hospital networks and is finalizing the $9.1 billion purchase of the VCA chain, has agreed to divest 12 clinics to satisfy monopoly issues. The Federal Trade Commission is accepting public comment until Sept. 29 on a consent agreement that calls on Mars to spin off VCA […]

Seeing is believing: winning BVA photos

Camera-toting veterinary professionals showcase animals in a different light.

A picture-perfect approach was all it took for two veterinarians to win top honors in the British Veterinary Association’s second annual photo competition. Mandy Knight, who last worked at Vets4Pets in Gosport, England, captured a stunning image: a smiley squeeze toy being removed from the stomach of a Labrador retriever. The photo was named the […]

Florida hospital invests in CT scanner

Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists is growing through its equipment and patient services.

A Fort Lauderdale, Florida, referral hospital is heralding the acquisition of two high-tech pieces of equipment: a CT scanner and a blood cell washer. The Toshiba Aquilion 16 CT scanner delivers 16-slice, 3-D diagnostic images of patients’ tissues, organs and other internal structures. The Haemonetics Cell Saver 5+ Autologous Blood Recovery System allows surgeons and […]

AVMA hard at work on hurricane relief

Veterinarians providing care to displaced pets can apply for reimbursement grants.

The American Veterinary Medical Association is assisting hurricane victims by offering online resources and $100,000 in grant support to veterinarians and by working closely with public and private responders. “In addition to providing financial support, the AVMA is playing an important role in helping to disseminate information within the veterinary community, between the veterinary community […]