GuardianVets app now has a curbside feature

Veterinary teams are notified when a client has arrived outside.

The GuardianVets mobile app has been updated to support curbside, contactless appointments with pet owners. Parking lot signage prompts pet owners to check in on the GuardianVets app upon their arrival. Veterinary team members are alerted and then bring the patient inside the clinic, the Chicago company reported. “Meanwhile, the pet owner uses the GuardianVets […]

hyperbaric oxygen therapy

Sechrist introduces HBOT advocacy team

Four veterinary professionals will raise awareness about the clinical use of hyperbaric oxygen therapy.

Sechrist Veterinary Health has formed a four-person advisory board to spread the word about hyperbaric oxygen therapy. “The Clinical Advisory Board for Veterinary Medical Affairs will consist of independent thought leaders in the veterinary medical community with a shared passion for advancing hyperbaric oxygen therapy as a clinically proven modality,” Sechrist reported. “One of the […]


Tuskegee receives $40,000 scholarship grant

Zoetis is the inaugural sponsor of the American Humane Scholars Fund.

Zoetis Inc. and American Humane have teamed up to donate $40,000 to support students enrolled in the Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine The American Humane Scholars Fund is designed to “help build a more diverse, equitable and inclusive new generation of medical professionals committed to caring for our animals,” the animal welfare group reported. […]

Katherine Polak

American Humane honors veterinary ‘Heroes’

Dr. Katherine Polak and veterinary nurse Julie Nettifee are committed to animal welfare causes.

A veterinarian who works for the Four Paws international charity and a veterinary nurse lauded for her “can-do spirit” have been named American Humane Heroes. Katherine Polak, DVM, MPH, MS, DACVPM, DABVP, and Julie Nettifee, RVT, VTS (Neurology), were honored Oct. 19 during the American Humane Hero Dog Awards, an annual event broadcast on the […]

South Saunders emergency hospital

N.C. clinic to become 24/7 emergency practice

Oak Heart Veterinary Hospital at South Saunders opened a year ago as a general practice.

A 1-year-old North Carolina general practice will more than double its office hours and staffing when it evolves into a 24-hour-a-day emergency hospital. Oak Heart Veterinary Hospital at South Saunders, part of the Vets Pets network, expects to unveil the transformation in the summer of 2021. “Our flagship hospital at South Saunders has become a […]

veterinary school

Veterinary school applicants soar by 19%

More than 10,000 students sought admission to DVM programs during the latest VMCAS cycle.

The number of applicants to DVM programs through the Veterinary Medical College Application Service jumped by 19% during the 2020-21 admissions cycle. Overall, 10,273 people applied to at least one veterinary school, an increase from 8,645 last year, according to the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges. The 19% increase compared with recent annual rises […]


Airvet expands video calls to computers, tablets

Veterinary teams can connect with clients in real time and in a variety of formats.

Telemedicine platform developer Airvet has added a video call feature to its desktop portal, permitting veterinary teams to see and speak with clients from an office computer or tablet. “This new feature provides more convenience for the veterinary professionals we serve, opening up telemedicine usage to the entire staff, namely technicians and CSRs,” said Brandon […]


Pets remain in high demand during COVID

An estimated 11.38 million U.S. households have gotten a new pet during the pandemic.

One thing the pandemic hasn’t changed much is society’s love of pets. The American Pet Products Association reported in its latest “COVID-19 Pulse Study” that 11.38 million U.S. households have gotten a new pet during the pandemic. Furthermore, the human-animal bond remains strong, with 3 out of 4 pet owners saying that spending time with […]

VSG and Covetrus

Covetrus invests in Veterinary Study Groups

VSG will operate independently under the Covetrus corporate umbrella.

Veterinary product and service provider Covetrus has made what it called a “strategic investment” in Veterinary Study Groups Inc., which runs dozens of peer-to-peer, members-only management groups. Financial terms were not announced, but Covetrus reported that Georgia-based VSG will operate as a standalone company inside of Covetrus. VSG’s Veterinary Management Groups (VMG) have over 1,100 […]


WSAVA elects its first female president

Thai veterinarian Siraya Chunekamrai vows to lead efforts “to increase our inclusivity.”

The founder of Thailand’s first private equine surgery practice has been named the first female president of the World Small Animal Veterinary Association, a conglomeration of 113 veterinary organizations across the globe. Siraya Chunekamrai, DVM, Ph.D., is a former president of the Veterinary Practitioners’ Association of Thailand. She earned her veterinary degree from Kasetsart University […]