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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 […]

VCA offers free post-hurricane pet boarding

Limited space is available in Houston, Dallas, San Antonio and New Orleans.

VCA Animal Hospitals across parts of Texas and Louisiana are promoting free boarding services for the pets of Hurricane Harvey victims. “Our thoughts are with the many families who are being impacted by this devastating hurricane and severe flooding,” said Art Antin, CEO of the Los Angeles-based VCA hospital chain. “We are extending free boarding […]

Disaster communication tools available for download

Veterinary hospitals can educate stranded pet owners and issue online status reports.

Digital marketing guru Eric D. Garcia is inviting veterinary practices to download a free resource kit designed to help them communicate with pet owners during a natural disaster like the one that struck Texas in late August. The offerings include a client letter, in English and Spanish, that explains how to care for pets when […]

Hurricane devastates some vet clinics but spares others

TV star Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists suffers a big loss.

Veterinarians across the Houston area are assessing damage to their hospitals — or counting themselves lucky — in the days after Hurricane Harvey carved a deadly path through southern Texas. Amy Garrou, DVM, DABVP, who practices at Memorial-610 Hospital for Animals in Houston’s Memorial Close neighborhood, reported minimal damage to the property. “I know there […]

What you might see soon from animal health industry

The ninth annual Investment Forum will showcase 18 emerging companies and what they are working on.

Four companies headquartered in the KC Animal Health Corridor are among 18 young businesses that will present their innovative ideas and growth plans to hundreds of potential investors and partners during the annual Investment Forum. The event, now in its ninth year, will take place Aug. 29 at the Kansas City Convention Center. A representative […]

These women lead by example

12 female executives reflect on life in the KC Animal Health Corridor.

A dozen women who hold leadership roles in the KC Animal Health Corridor, home to more than 300 animal health companies, gathered Aug. 27 to talk about their careers and corporate life. The panel discussion was held in Overland Park, Kansas, as part of Global Animal Health Week. Tiffany Fairchild, pet channel business manager at […]