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student loans

Could loan relief be coming for veterinarians?

Lobbying is underway to include DVMs in the still-pending Student Loan Forgiveness for Frontline Health Workers Act.

The Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges is raising the possibility of veterinarians being included in legislation that would wipe out some or all of their federal student loans. A bill introduced May 5 by New York Democratic Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney would forgive the eligible loan debt of health care workers “on the front line […]

client communication

VitusVet earns preferred vendor status

Victor Medical will market the digital platform to 4,000 West Coast veterinary practices.

VitusVet’s client engagement platform has received a premium position with West Coast veterinary distributor Victor Medical Co. The 4,000 veterinary practices supplied by Victor Medical in California, Arizona, Nevada, Oregon and Washington State can subscribe to the VitusVet tool at a special price. VitusVet was named a Preferred Client Communication Technology Partner. The Baltimore company’s […]

pet insurance

Pet insurance continues double-digit growth

Owners of 2.5 million U.S. dogs and cats paid $1.56 billion in premiums in 2019.

U.S. dog and cat owners spent $1.56 billion on pet health insurance in 2019, a 24.3% jump, as the number of covered animals rose by 16.7%, to just over 2.5 million. The performance was outlined in the North American Pet Health Insurance Association’s 2020 State of the Industry Report, an accounting of business in the […]

avian veterinarian

Have no fear, avian certification is here

A new Fear Free veterinary course strives to produce “happier birds and owners.”

The Fear Free organization, which has taught tens of thousands of veterinary professionals to reduce fear, anxiety and stress in feline and canine patients, has launched an online program designed to support feathered animals. The avian certification program is a nine-module course that offers eight RACE-approved continuing education hours. Among the lessons covered in video […]

Animal Health Summit

KC Corridor summer events go virtual

The renamed Animal Health Summit will offer webinars, speakers and attendee networking.

Global Animal Health Week, an annual Kansas City get-together of industry and veterinary professionals, has been rebranded the Animal Health Summit in 2020 and moved online because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The largest traditional event, the Homecoming Dinner, won’t take place, but the scheduled keynote speaker, David Hughes, an expert on food industry issues, will […]

State Farm Trupanion pet insurance

State Farm markets Trupanion insurance in 49 states

Pet policies now sold by agents in six states eventually could be written nationwide.

Trupanion, the nation’s second-largest pet health insurance provider, is expanding its partnership with State Farm, the leading U.S. seller of homeowners insurance. Under the agreement, State Farm will promote Trupanion insurance in 49 states and the District of Columbia through www.statefarm.com/insurance/pet. Pet owners are directed to Trupanion for a quote. Pet owners in six states […]

veterinary care

Chapter 10: Tales from the COVID-19 front lines

“Now is the time to make lemonade out of the lemons we’ve been handed.”

This week: Curbside care is still the norm as veterinary practices think about a post-COVID world and the future of telemedicine. Read other installments in this series: Chapter 1   Chapter 2   Chapter 3   Chapter 4   Chapter 5  Chapter 6    Chapter 7   Chapter 8   Chapter 9  Chapter 11  Chapter 12  Chapter 13 Creative Disruption columnist and […]

Virbac

Merck to purchase Virbac’s Sentinel line

The $400 million deal adds Flavor Tabs and Spectrum to a Merck parasiticide catalog that already includes Bravecto.

Virbac Corp. has agreed to sell two popular parasiticides to Merck Animal Health for $400 million five years after purchasing the U.S. rights from Eli Lilly and Co. The two canine products, Sentinel Flavor Tabs and Sentinel Spectrum, generated $70 million in U.S. sales in 2019. “These brands are well-known and trusted parasiticide products that […]

Makenzie Peterson

AAVMC hires its first well-being director

Makenzie Peterson and on-campus mental health professionals will implement programs designed for veterinary students, faculty and staff.

The Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges has appointed a well-being specialist as part of an initiative to support the mental health of students, faculty and staff at member institutions. As the AAVMC’s first director for well-being, Makenzie Peterson will develop and implement specific programs, often in collaboration with mental health professionals already working at […]

Cardio Pro

VetriScience releases Cardio Pro heart supplement

Veterinary-exclusive chew contains Hawthorn phytosome and 10 other ingredients.

The Pro Line brand of veterinary-exclusive supplements has grown by one with the introduction of Cardio Pro, a heart health product for dogs and cats. The manufacturer, VetriScience Laboratories, reported that Cardio Pro is recommended for dogs and cats with heart issues as well as senior pets and breeds predisposed to cardiovascular issues. Cardio Pro […]

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