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Within DVM Programs, Expectations Are Building

Ohio State unveils a newly completed veterinary clinic, while Lincoln Memorial starts work on an expansion.

Ohio State and Lincoln Memorial universities are answering the call for more practice-ready veterinarians. The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine on June 1 opened the Frank Stanton Veterinary Spectrum of Care Clinic, a 35,000-square-foot building focused on clinical training of DVM students and teaching business and communication skills. “The spectrum of care concept […]

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WhiskerDocs Expands Into Avian Telehealth

According to the company, millions of pet birds make up “a highly underserved market.”

As far as veterinary telehealth goes, this one is for the birds. WhiskerDocs, which provides medical advice to dog and cat owners by phone, text, email and video, reported that it will expand into avian telehealth sometime this summer. The new service was “driven by customer feedback,” the company stated, citing statistics showing that 7% […]

Jenni Jones

WellHaven Pet Health COO Is Now the CEO

Jenni Jones replaces company founder John Bork as chief executive officer.

Jenni Jones has been promoted from chief operating officer to CEO of the 41-hospital WellHaven Pet Health network. Jones joined Vancouver, Washington-based WellHaven in January 2019 after holding executive positions with Midwest Dental and Minute Clinic Inc. “I’ve previously led health care professionals in both human nursing and dentistry and have now found my true […]

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Sam’s Club Joins Pet Rx Express Program

Nationwide policyholders receive preferred pricing on pet drugs at Walmart and its members-only chain.

Nationwide has expanded its partnership with Walmart to permit policyholders to fill their pet prescriptions at 566 Sam’s Club pharmacies. The move came three months after the pet health insurer introduced the Pet Rx Express program at 4,700 Walmart stores. “We’re working to give every pet owner access to affordable treatment on their schedule,” said […]

Lemonade pet insurance

Insurer Won’t Allege Lightning-Fast Claims Processing

Lemonade voluntarily discontinues three statements challenged by Trupanion.

Lemonade pet health insurance has voluntarily withdrawn three marketing assertions challenged by a competitor, Trupanion. According to the self-regulating National Advertising Division, Lemonade agreed to no longer say: “World’s fastest claims payment.” “Pay the vet in minutes.” “Lemonade pays your vet instantly.” The claims appeared in online advertisements and on social media, the National Advertising […]


Mars Petcare Grabs a Bigger Slice of Vetsource

No changes are expected in management or with other veterinary industry investors.

Mars Petcare is now the majority owner of Vetsource, an online prescription management and analytics platform serving thousands of U.S. veterinary practices and providing home delivery to pet owners nationwide. As the controlling partner, Mars Petcare is “eager to help accelerate” Vetsource, said Doug Drew, president of Mars Veterinary Health North America. “Like Vetsource, Mars […]

Vet-AI telemedicine

British Study Shows Effectiveness of Virtual Care

Joii app users more often than not sought assistance with low-risk pet health issues.

Vet-AI, the developer of a British veterinary telemedicine app, has calculated that more than 80% of the consultations were manageable by remote means and that few cases resulted in an adverse event. Based on 38,449 remote consultations completed during the pandemic, the report showed the value of veterinary telemedicine, said Vet-AI co-founder and certified veterinary […]

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Rarebreed Partners Gets a Second Cash Infusion

The owner of 33 veterinary hospitals is planning further growth.

Rarebreed Veterinary Partners, a network of 33 clinics scattered across the Northeastern United States, has raised an undisclosed amount of money to support the acquisition of more practices. The private equity firms Halle Capital Management and Trilantic North America, which purchased minority stakes in Rarebreed in September 2020, invested additional sums during the latest financing […]

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Walmart Adds Another In-House Pet Food Brand

Pure Balance PRO+ is promoted as “veterinarian formulated” and “super premium.”

Walmart has launched a “veterinarian formulated” pet food line, Pure Balance PRO+, for dogs and cats, complementing the 9-year-old Pure Balance brand. The nine new diets, which Walmart promotes as “super premium,” are made with either chicken, turkey or salmon as the first ingredient. “The super-premium formulation is made with natural ingredients, plus added vitamins, […]

Jason Coe

University Researcher Wins Bustad Award

Dr. Jason Coe is the AVMA’s Companion Animal Veterinarian of the Year. Dr. Jeff Boehm and Valerie Fenstermaker also are honored.

Ontario Veterinary College professor Jason Coe, DVM, Ph.D., has been named the 2021 Bustad Companion Animal Veterinarian of the Year, one of the profession’s highest honors. Dr. Coe was among three recipients of annual awards administered by the American Veterinary Medical Association. The two others were Jeff Boehm, DVM, DACAW, the CEO of The Marine […]