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Mars Veterinary Health

Mars Veterinary Health Invests in Its Employees

The $500 million campaign includes a $15 minimum wage, student debt counseling, and diversity and inclusion programs.

Mars Veterinary Health North America will spend $500 million to improve employee pay, benefits, diversity and career opportunities across its brands, including Banfield, VCA and BluePearl animal hospitals and Antech diagnostic laboratories. The initiative calls for minimum hourly pay of $15 by the end of 2022, student debt relief and up to 80 more hours […]

Tanovea

VetDC’s Canine Lymphoma Drug Makes History

Full FDA approval of Tanovea is the first of its kind, offering hope to the owners of tens of thousands of dogs.

For the first time, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has fully approved a treatment for canine lymphoma, awarding the status to VetDC Inc. and its drug Tanovea. “Today’s approval shows that drugs to treat rare animal diseases, like canine lymphoma, can go through the FDA’s conditional approval pathway to reach full approval,” said Steven […]

MetLife Pet Insurance

MetLife Enters Pet Insurance Market

Some preexisting conditions are automatically covered when a pet owner who purchases a policy through an employer switches from another carrier.

The $2 billion U.S. pet insurance industry has attracted another competitor, MetLife, which in an attempt to convert other companies’ policyholders has agreed to cover a dog or cat’s preexisting conditions in some cases. MetLife Pet Insurance is a new product offered by one of the nation’s largest life insurance companies. Another company, Independence American […]

VCP wellness

Covetrus to Acquire Veterinary Care Plans

Pet wellness programs will be integrated into Covetrus’ practice information management systems.

Veterinary Care Plans (VCP), which administers pet wellness programs on behalf of 1,000 clinics, has agreed to be acquired by Covetrus. Terms of the transaction were not revealed. The takeover will lead to the integration of the VCP platform into Covetrus’ practice management and prescription management software systems, the companies reported. “By adding VCP’s technology […]

NVA SAGE Veterinary Centers

Industry Giant NVA Acquires SAGE Veterinary Centers

The transaction expands National Veterinary Associates’ family of specialty and emergency practices.

The 1,150-hospital National Veterinary Associates network has acquired SAGE Veterinary Centers, an emergency and specialty group operating in four states. The price tag was not announced, but the companies reported that “SAGE’s management, their founding veterinarians and Chicago Pacific Founders will roll over a portion of their investment proceeds into stock in NVA.” Chicago Pacific […]

KindredBio

Elanco Plans $440 Million Takeover of KindredBio

The young company’s product pipeline includes dermatologic therapeutics and treatments for canine parvovirus and inflammatory bowel disease.

Kindred Biosciences, which is developing therapeutics to treat parvovirus and inflammatory bowel disease in dogs, has agreed to be acquired by Elanco Animal Health in a deal valued at $440 million. San Francisco-based KindredBio sold its breakthrough product, the feline weight-management drug Mirataz, to Dechra Pharmaceuticals in early 2020, eight years after its founding. However, […]

Shawl Wilkie Talkatoo

Talkatoo Wins 2021 Pet Pitch Competition

The Canadian company’s dictation software is designed to save time throughout the veterinary practice.

Talkatoo, a dictation tool designed for veterinarians and other pet health professionals, won the Startup Circle’s Pet Pitch Competition at VMX 2021. The Halifax, Nova Scotia, company’s CEO, Shawn Wilkie, calls Talkatoo a game-changer for veterinarians, cutting their documentation time. The subscription-based, HIPAA-compliant dictation software utilizes artificial intelligence. In the Beginning As a technology guy, […]

ezyVet

Idexx Adds a Third PIMS Platform

Cloud-based ezyVet is an option for veterinary practices alongside Cornerstone and Neo.

Idexx Laboratories Inc. has acquired ezyVet, a New Zealand-based practice information management system, and a satellite company, Vet Radar. Terms were not disclosed. EzyVet joins two other Idexx PIMS products: Cornerstone and Neo. “EzyVet is a truly impressive cloud-native software solution that continues to transform the industry and the software experience for veterinary practitioners,” said […]

veterinary building

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 […]

pet birds medicine

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% […]

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