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TeleVet

Investors shower TeleVet with $2 million

The company’s telemedicine app connects pet owners with veterinarians.

TeleVet has secured an additional $2 million in funding as the 4-year-old company looks to further develop its veterinary telemedicine app and hire additional employees. The seed round was co-led by Dundee Venture Capital of Omaha, Nebraska, and Houston-based Mercury Fund. TeleVet had raised $300,000 before the latest investment. The Austin, Texas, company’s mobile app […]

Brent Mayabb

Royal Canin names global chief medical officer

Dr. Brent Mayabb previously served as chief veterinary officer with the company’s U.S. division.

Pet food maker Royal Canin has promoted Brent Mayabb, DVM, to global chief medical officer, a new position that places him as medical liaison between the company and large veterinary practice groups. Dr. Mayabb spent the past six years as chief veterinary officer and vice president of corporate affairs for Royal Canin USA. “There is […]

mirtazapine recall

Drug maker recalls mirtazapine tablets

The medication is prescribed as an antidepressant for people and off-label as an appetite stimulant for cats.

A small amount of a human antidepressant drug sometimes used in cats to stimulate appetite has been voluntarily recalled because of a label error. The manufacturer, Aurobindo Pharma USA Inc., recalled mirtazapine tablets from lot number 03119002A3 and with an expiration date of March 2022. The medication contained in some bottles labeled Mirtazapine Tablets 7.5 […]

Therrien and Pletz

Women’s leadership group welcomes new president

Banfield’s Dr. Kimberly-Ann Therrien will lead the Women’s Veterinary Leadership Development Initiative, followed by Dr. Laura Pletz.

The Women’s Veterinary Leadership Development Initiative, established in 2013 to support women in seeking and achieving leadership, policy and decision-making positions within the profession, has a new president and president-elect. Kimberly-Ann Therrien, DVM, who serves as vice president of veterinary quality for Banfield Pet Hospital’s Midwest region, became president, a voluntary role, on Jan. 1. […]

Adobe Animal Hospital acquisition

Adobe Animal Hospital gets a new owner

SAGE Veterinary Centers grows its network with the takeover of two Bay area clinics and a pet supplies store.

A West Coast hospital network, SAGE Veterinary Centers, is continuing a buying spree with the acquisition of Adobe Animal Hospital, which operates two practices in the San Francisco Bay area. Terms were not disclosed. The purchase delivers general practice to the SAGE network, which until now has focused on specialty and emergency care. The acquisition […]

declaw

AVMA might toughen cat declaw policy

Elective onychectomies would be discouraged in favor of non-surgical alternatives and a veterinarian’s professional judgment.

The declawing of cats would be discouraged as an elective procedure but not outright opposed under a policy revision scheduled for consideration by the American Veterinary Medical Association’s House of Delegates. AVMA policy now “strongly encourages” veterinarians to educate clients about the potential risks of an onychectomy and why scratching is a normal feline behavior. […]

VitalPet

Cash infusion provides a lifeline to VitalPet

Three veterinarians seeking $1.37 million brought about a bankruptcy filing.

VitalPet, a network of 24 veterinary hospitals in seven states, has secured $5.5 million in financing as the company tries to emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The Texas-based company was pushed into involuntary bankruptcy in October 2019 on claims by three veterinarian partners that they held unpaid promissory notes totaling $1.37 million. The petitioners and […]

Virtual VMX

NAVC launches VMX Virtual expo hall

The online ​trade show will go live Jan. 8, 2020, ​b​lending virtual reality and ​gamification​ technology.

The North American Veterinary Community, publisher of Today’s Veterinary Business, has announced VMX Virtual, a 3D, immersive and interactive platform that will help transform the trade show industry experience, connecting conference exhibitors and attendees 24/7, 365 days a year. VMX Virtual introduces advanced gamification and simulation technology developed by Simulocity LLC and applies it for […]

VMX

Vet students get free admission to VMX

Next-generation veterinary professionals can attend the world’s largest continuing education conference for free, courtesy of Compassion-First Pet Hospitals.

Compassion-First Pet Hospitals has partnered with the North American Veterinary Community to cover registration costs for all veterinary students who wish to attend Veterinary Meeting & Expo. VMX, the world’s leading veterinary conference, will be held Jan. 18 to 22 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. On average, approximately 735 veterinary students […]

Better Together Fund

BluePearl offers emergency cash to stricken associates

The Better Together Fund provides $500 to $3,000 in tax-free grants.

The BluePearl veterinary hospital chain’s 5,300 employees can apply for $500 to $3,000 in financial assistance under a program launched by sister company Banfield Pet Hospital. The Better Together Fund is designed to help employees who are in dire financial straits because of domestic violence or a disaster such as a fire, flood, tornado, hurricane […]

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