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Investors sink $8 million into Petabyte Technology

The Seattle-area company recently released Rhapsody practice management software.

Petabyte Technology, a new developer of veterinary practice management software, has raised $8 million in Series A funding in support of its flagship product, Rhapsody. The investment round was led by Acrew Capital and followed by Greycroft Partners, Correlation Ventures and Ridge Ventures, according to Petabyte. The seed round was led by Greycroft and included […]

VCA online

VCA empowers clients through online access

A patient portal and online store is designed to create “more confident pet owners and healthier pets,” a spokesperson says.

Clients can look up pet health information, manage appointments and order refills through VCA Animal Hospitals’ new patient portal and online store. The app, called myVCA, is available at vcahospitals.com/login. Users also can set up automatic reminders and read educational articles curated for their pet’s specific health needs, VCA reported. In the online store, medications […]

PetFirst Metlife

MetLife to acquire PetFirst health insurance

Offering policies as a voluntary employee benefit is seen as a great market opportunity.

PetFirst, a small player in the pet health insurance market, has agreed to a takeover by one of the world’s largest financial services companies. MetLife Inc. reported that its purchase of privately held PetFirst is expected to close in the first quarter of 2020. Terms were not disclosed. MetLife plans to work with other companies […]

Jerome Masty

AAVMC chooses top educators of the year

Ohio State’s Dr. Jerome Masty will receive the Distinguished Veterinary Teacher Award at a March event.

An Ohio State University associate professor has been named the recipient of the 2019 AAVMC Distinguished Veterinary Teacher Award. Jerome Masty, DVM, MS, Ph.D., will be recognized in early March at the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges’ annual conference and Iverson Bell Symposium in Washington, D.C. The Distinguished Veterinary Teacher Award, presented by Zoetis, […]

independent practitioner

55% of clients visit independent practices

Non-traditional formats, especially in-store clinics, deliver increased competition for the veterinary dollar.

Independent veterinary hospitals see the majority of animal patients but face pressure from in-store clinics and the willingness of younger pet owners to embrace non-traditional care providers, according to a new report. The market research firm Packaged Facts found that 55% of dog or cat owners who sought veterinary care within the past 12 months […]

Daniel Givens

Virginia-Maryland chooses Auburn executive as dean

Dr. Daniel Givens will lead a veterinary program that has become extremely popular with applicants.

An Auburn University administrator has been named dean of the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, filling the seat vacated in 2017 by Dr. Cyril Clarke. The new dean, Daniel Givens, DVM, Ph.D., DACT, DACVM, is associate dean for academic affairs in Auburn’s College of Veterinary Medicine and a professor in the department of pathobiology. He […]

Industry Icon Eleanor Green

Bridge Club selects its next Industry Icon

Texas A&M veterinary college dean Eleanor Green will be recognized Jan. 18 in Orlando, Florida.

Eleanor Green, DVM, DACVIM, DABVP, the outgoing dean of the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine, has been named a Bridge Club Industry Icon. Dr. Green, who is leaving academia for a job with the lobbying firm Animal Policy Group, will be honored Jan. 18 at the Hyatt Regency Orlando. Tickets are available for […]

Audrey Ruple

Dog Aging Project needs more canine participants

A newly launched longitudinal study aims to better understand canine health and maybe human longevity.

Who is the oldest dog in the United States? A team of researchers wants to answer that question and many others during a 10-year longitudinal study of canine health and wellness. Owners of purebred and mixed-breed dogs of all ages are invited to participate by registering at http://bit.ly/33OodOI. The Dog Aging Project also has a […]

Ryan Buck

Compassion-First appoints a new COO

Ryan Buck is a former group president with the company, which operates 47 hospitals.

Compassion-First Pet Hospitals, a network of 47 specialty and emergency veterinary practices, has elevated Ryan Buck, MBA, MS, to chief operating officer, his second promotion in six months. Buck, who was promoted from group president to executive vice president in June 2019, will oversee several areas as chief operating officer. Among them: hospital operations, business […]

Zimeta

Equine fever drug Zimeta wins FDA approval

The injectable NSAID is Kindred Biosciences’ second product to hit the U.S. market.

The first FDA-approved medication for the control of pyrexia in horses is headed to market from Kindred Biosciences Inc., developer of the feline weight-control drug Mirataz. KindredBio reported that Zimeta, a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug, potentially could be prescribed to 1 million U.S. horses each year, given that about one-eighth of the population is diagnosed with […]

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