Bayer plans to leave animal health industry

Unable to provide “necessary investments,” the company will find a new owner for its veterinary business.

Bayer Animal Health, the maker of Advantage flea treatments and Seresto flea and tick collars, could be on the sales block. Parent company Bayer AG reported Nov. 29 that it will shed its animal health unit as part of a financial shakeup that includes 12,000 job cuts company-wide. Whether the veterinary division will be sold […]

Zoetis introduces 6-in-1 parasiticide Revolution Plus

The topical product fights fleas, ticks, ear mites, roundworms, hookworms and heartworms.

Zoetis Inc. has earned U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval of Revolution Plus, a broad-spectrum parasiticide for cats at least 8 weeks old. The monthly spot-on preventive is formulated to protect against fleas, three types of ticks — blacklegged, Gulf Coast and American dog — ear mites, roundworms, hookworms and heartworms. The active ingredients are sarolaner […]

WSAVA pleads for health-conscious pet breeding

Greater use of genetic testing is among the recommendations in a new position paper.

The World Small Animal Veterinary Association is urging veterinarians and breeders to make full use of genetic testing and counseling in an effort to reduce the frequency of hereditary diseases in cats and dogs. A position statement prepared by WSAVA’s Hereditary Disease Committee and posted at takes issue with “extreme conformations” popular with breeders […]

Hill’s to sponsor K-State vet school facelift

The new Pet Health & Nutrition Center will be part of a 16,000-square-foot renovation project.

The largest corporate gift in the history of the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine will fund a major makeover of Mosier Hall. The size of the donation from food maker Hill’s Pet Nutrition was not disclosed, but KSNT-TV reported the gift was more than $2 million. Some 16,000 square feet inside Mosier Hall […]

Community Veterinary Partners unveils University Relations Initiative

Hospital owner looks to cultivate relationships at the student level.

The 55-hospital Community Veterinary Partners chain hopes to build an employee pipeline by establishing closer ties to veterinary schools. The Philadelphia-based consolidator reported that Laura Strong, DVM, will manage the CVP University Relations Initiative. The goals include: Developing partnerships with university veterinary programs. Engaging student ambassadors to administer student outreach programs. Offering externship and mentorship […]

AAHA offers infection-control standards for clinics

“We believe the time is right to make certain the veterinary profession remains up to date,” CEO Michael Cavanaugh says.

The American Animal Hospital Association has released what it calls first-of-their-kind guidelines designed to prevent the spread of hospital-acquired infections. The document, available at, outlines standard operating procedures in areas such as cleaning and disinfection, hand hygiene, personal protective equipment, identifying high-risk patients, and managing contagious patients in isolation. “Infection prevention and biosecurity are […]

Vets Plus to expand Wisconsin factory

CEO Raj Lall cites “market demand and internal growth.”

Vets Plus Inc., a contract manufacturer and the maker of animal health products such as Probios probiotics, will expand its Menomonie, Wisconsin, plant by 30,000 square feet, the company announced. “Market demand and internal growth necessitates that we continue to expand our production footprint,” founder and CEO Raj Lall said. “We are planning for our […]

AVMA survey explores pet ownership trends

59 percent of U.S. households cared for an animal in 2016.

Veterinarians can expect to see a dog-owning client about three times a year and the average cat-owning client 2.4 times a year, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association’s new Pet Ownership and Demographics Sourcebook. The statistics, based on a 2016 survey, again confirm what the veterinary industry has long held: that dogs receive more […]

California veterinary clinics didn’t escape wildfires

At least two hospitals were ruined in Northern California, but the news was better down south.

An undetermined number of veterinary hospitals were destroyed in California wildfires that have scorched a quarter-million acres and killed more than 80 people. The California Veterinary Medical Association did not know the extent of the damage, but online and social media reports indicated that at least two clinics were lost in Paradise, California. Colyer Veterinary […]

BVA study finds gender bias has persisted

Discrimination deniers displayed cloudy judgment, British researchers report.

Practice leaders who think gender discrimination is a thing of the past engaged in it during a study conducted in collaboration with the British Veterinary Association. Two University of Exeter researchers shared identical job reviews with 260 U.K.-based employers and practice managers. Half of the participants read the review of a fictional veterinarian identified only […] Protection Status