Nienke Endenburg

WSAVA survey reveals well-being trouble spots

An “an urgent action plan” is called for to help veterinary professionals deal with mental health issues.

Women, younger veterinary professionals and veterinary nurses make up the groups most seriously affected by stress and diminished well-being, according to preliminary results from a survey conducted by the World Small Animal Veterinary Association. The findings were presented at the WSAVA World Congress by Dutch psychologist Nienke Endenburg, Ph.D., who co-chairs the organization’s Professional Wellness […]

The Pet Vet

Petco plans 55 more in-store vet clinics

Partnerships with five providers will result in 111 full-service hospitals in 21 states by year’s end.

Petco plans to double the number of in-store, full-service veterinary hospitals by the end of 2019. Fifty-five clinics are expected to open through agreements with Global Veterinary Partners, The Pet Vet, Thrive Affordable Vet Care, VetnCare and VitalPet. Petco already plays host to 55 hospitals operated by Thrive or The Pet Vet and one through […]

Summus Medical Laser

K-Laser is now Summus Medical Laser

The Tennessee company’s rebranding coincides with major internal growth.

After achieving new heights as a company, therapeutic laser manufacturer K-Laser USA has chosen a fitting new name: Summus Medical Laser. “Summus in Latin means ‘the highest of all, superior, best of the best,’” said founder and CEO Richard Albright, DC. “It reflects our commitment to the highest level of service, the greatest user experience […]

Robbins and Ruggiero

Hill’s hires two board-eligible nutritionists

Drs. Michael Robbins and Catherine Ruggiero will provide consultations and education.

Two veterinarians who recently completed clinical nutrition residencies have been hired by Hill’s Pet Nutrition to share their knowledge with practitioners and others. Michael Robbins, DVM, joined the U.S. Professional Affairs Team as a scientific communication specialist. Dr. Robbins, whose residency was done at the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine, will speak […]

veterinary client

Revised AVMA policy urges pet insurance education

Veterinary teams are now encouraged to make clients aware of insurance as a financial option.

The American Veterinary Medical Association is encouraging practitioners and their teams to proactively educate clients about the existence of pet health insurance as a way to help defray the cost of medical care. The House of Delegates approved a policy change Aug. 2 that elevates pet health insurance from merely being endorsed by the AVMA […]

AVMA presidents

AVMA’s de Jong exposes ‘tough, honest truths’

The departing president says the industry faces a number of hurdles. He calls on veterinarians to “protect, promote and advance our profession.”

The outgoing president of the American Veterinary Medical Association shared what he called “some tough, honest truths” about the profession during remarks delivered to the House of Delegates. John de Jong, DVM, speaking Aug. 2 at the AVMA convention in Washington, D.C., touched on everything from an acute shortage of veterinarians to a lack of […]

charitable giving

IRS grants tax-free status to MightyVet

The industry-supported nonprofit organization sets its sights on further fundraising.

Continuing education provider MightyVet has earned 501(c)(3) nonprofit status from the IRS, making donations fully tax-deductible. Started in March 2018, MightyVet offers on-demand non-clinical courses on topics such as business, careers and personal well-being. A recently launched mentorship program is aimed to supporting veterinary students, veterinarians and other practice staff members. “With our new 501(c)(3) […]


AAHA names VetSuccess a preferred provider

The Canadian company generates data reports and provides other services for veterinary practices.

VetSuccess has become the America Animal Hospital Association’s newest preferred provider, joining companies like CareCredit and MWI Animal Health as recommended vendors. AAHA endorsed the Toronto-based company in the category of analytics, practice performance reports and dashboards. “We chose VetSuccess as an AAHA Preferred Provider because they demonstrate expertise in not only data and analytics, […]


Trupanion appoints ex-Sears GM as head of conversion

The insurer’s new e-commerce and content directors will report to Bradley Lamb.

Pet health insurer Trupanion has hired Bradley Lamb, JD, as the head of conversion, a job that entails turning leads into enrolled members. Lamb last worked at Sears Holdings Corp., the parent company of Sears, as general manager and director of strategic partnerships for the retailer’s loyalty program. Before that she was head of global […]


Fear Free partners with WSAVA to expand training worldwide

The Veterinary Professional Certification Program offers discounted or no-cost registration.

Veterinary associations in Armenia, Kenya and 14 other countries will receive free registration on behalf of members who desire to become certified in Fear Free practice. The Veterinary Professional Certification Program is offering three price levels to groups affiliated with the World Small Animal Veterinary Association. Complimentary registration is being provided in 16 developing regions, […] Protection Status