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VCA hospitals now under Mars ownership

VCA will be run independently under co-founder Bob Antin.

Mars Inc. has completed its $9.1 billion acquisition of VCA Inc., which operates more than 800 veterinary hospitals across the United States and Canada. VCA co-founder and CEO Bob Antin, MBA, will continue to oversee the hospitals and a network of reference laboratories, Mars announced Sept. 12. The transaction, set at $93 per share, was […]

FDA issues Micotil 300 user safety alert

Elanco voluntarily discontinues 100-milliliter bottles of the animal drug in the United States.

Micotil 300, a prescription injectable antibiotic used to treat respiratory disease in cattle and sheep, has been voluntarily withdrawn amid a government alert about human exposure to the drug. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Sept. 11 advised veterinarians, cattle and sheep owners, farmworkers, and other health care providers about the potential hazards of […]

Who’s contributing to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts

From the AVMA to Zoetis, many companies and organizations are stepping up.

The veterinary industry has responded to the devastation of Hurricane Harvey by donating millions of dollars in cash and supplies to help animals and people. Among the contributors: American Veterinary Medical Association: $100,000 in reimbursement grants through the American Veterinary Medical Foundation. Additional donations may be made at www.AVMF.org/Donate. Use the code “Disaster Relief” to […]

BVA wants vets to become breeding educators

Inherited canine health issues emerge as a top concern of practitioners.

British veterinarians consider breeding and hereditary defects to be most pressing animal health and welfare issue, a survey found. The British Veterinary Association urged its members to speak to clients about responsible dog breeding and purchasing. “It is more important than ever to screen before breeding dogs,” said BVA President Gudrun Ravetz, BVSc, MRCVS. “Vets […]

Connecticut clinic joins Community Veterinary Partners

Countryside Veterinary Hospital is AAHA-accredited.

Community Veterinary Partners (CVP) has grown to 31 hospitals with the purchase of Countryside Veterinary Hospital in Shelton, Connecticut. CVP’s business model is to buy a large stake in a hospital and take over management of the practice, leaving the partner veterinarian to focus on patient care. “It was essential for me to find a […]

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 […]