Vet Chat

Banfield launches Vet Chat telehealth service

The hospital network offers one-on-one discussions through the Banfield app.

Banfield Pet Hospital’s 2 million Optimum Wellness Plan clients can obtain veterinary advice remotely through the Banfield mobile app. The new telehealth service, called Vet Chat, is available 24 hours a day. Users won’t receive a diagnosis or prescription order, but they will be told whether their pet should see a veterinarian. “Vet Chat marks […]

Sonoran Desert

VHMA selects Arizona for 2019 annual conference

Up to 26 CE hours will be available in September through three separate programs.

Registration has opened for the Veterinary Hospital Managers Association’s annual meeting and conference. The three-day event kicks off Sept. 26 at the Renaissance Phoenix Glendale Hotel and Spa in Glendale, Arizona. Attendees can earn as many as 26 continuing education hours during the conference, a pre-conference legal symposium and post-conference software user groups workshops. Among […]

PhytoMAXX Bites

Veterinary-exclusive CBD supplement is released

PhytoMAXX Bites is intended for pets with joint, immune, skin or stress issues, according to the manufacturer.

Animal Nutritional Products has introduced a veterinary-exclusive CBD (cannabidiol) chew formulated for pets suffering from pain, stress and other conditions. PhytoMAXX Bites contains a hemp extract as well as capsicum, which the manufacturer stated “activates the TRPV1 receptor that can influence pain perception.” Among other ingredients in the supplement are glucosamine, hyaluronic acid, omega-3 fatty […]

pet supplements

Veterinarians sell nearly half of all pet supplements

The profession’s 48% market share has been buoyed by rising interest in CBD products.

The veterinary industry is the leading seller of pet supplements, easily outdistancing the pet specialty channel, mass-market retailers and online merchants, according to a new report from Packaged Facts. The market research firm reported that U.S. retail sales of pet supplements rose by 5% in 2018, to $636 million, of which the veterinary channel captured […]


Already in Walmart, VetIQ is expanding to Meijer

More wellness clinics are expected to open across the Midwest.

VetIQ Petcare, which operates veterinary walk-in clinics at nearly two dozen Walmart stores, has opened its first practice at a Meijer Supercenter. Parent company PetIQ reported that “several” other VetIQ clinics are planned at Meijer locations. Meijer is a Midwest-based chain similar to Walmart in the products and services offered. The new VetIQ clinic is […]

“Complete Guide to Pet Health, Behavior and Happiness”

California veterinarian writes another pet book

The author, Dr. Gary Weitzman, is president of the San Diego Humane Society.

Why does some pet food contain ash? Should I get one kitten or two? How do I know if my pet is happy? Those are a few of the subjects that veterinarian Gary Weitzman, DVM, MPH, CAWA, addresses in a new 400-page book written for pet owners. “Complete Guide to Pet Health, Behavior and Happiness” […]

Dr. Linda Rhodes

2019 Iron Paw winner: Dr. Linda Rhodes

The KC Animal Health Corridor will recognize the founding CEO of Aratana Therapeutics and current Zoetis board member.

The founding CEO of Aratana Therapeutics, who started in veterinary medicine as a bovine veterinarian and today champions women in animal health through the Feather in Her Cap Association, has been named the 2019 winner of the Iron Paw Award. Linda Rhodes, VMD, Ph.D., will be honored Aug. 26 at the KC Animal Health Corridor’s […]

IDT Biologika

Ceva grows livestock portfolio with takeover of IDT

The agreement between two European companies gives Ceva a larger stake in animal vaccines.

Ceva Animal Health has agreed to acquire IDT Biologika’s veterinary division, a manufacturer of swine, cattle and poultry vaccines. The deal between France-based Ceva and privately owned IDT is subject to regulatory approval and is expected to close by July 1. The terms were not disclosed. “IDT has significant expertise in a number of other […]

veterinary practice

eVetPractice gets prescription management upgrade

Real-time integration of Covetrus’ prescription management platform is designed to improve compliance.

Real-time prescription management has come to the eVetPractice cloud-based software from Covetrus. The company’s eVetPractice, AVImark and ImproMed practice information management systems are used by more than 16,000 veterinary practices throughout the United States. The real-time integration of prescription management technology with eVetPractice, AVImark and ImproMed has three key benefits, Covetrus reported. Synchronization between online […]

Essentials PetCare

Veterinary clinic opens in Texas Walmart store

Essentials PetCare is building eight more preventive-care hospitals in the Dallas area.

Essentials PetCare has jumped halfway across the country with the opening of the first of nine walk-in veterinary clinics planned at Dallas-area Walmart stores. The company, whose lone clinic before May 22 was at a Walmart in Port Richey, Florida, is partnering with the retailer to occupy space in a select number of Texas stores. […] Protection Status