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Scratchpay

Scratchpay offers client financing in Canada

The company is licensed across the United States and in nearly all provinces.

Scratchpay has expanded into Canada weeks after its veterinary client payment plans became available in all 50 states. The 3-year-old company, which launched first in California in 2016, finances veterinary care in partnership with more than 3,500 participating clinics. The Canadian rollout occurred in all provinces except for Quebec. Scratchpay is working to obtain a […]

Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists

Houston hospital rebounds from 2017 hurricane

Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists and its 50-plus doctors move into a 50,000-square-foot building.

As promised, Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists is “bigger and better and stronger” less than two years after Hurricane Harvey destroyed the Houston hospital. The practice, which sees more than 50,000 patients a year, has opened a 50,292-square-foot hospital about three miles away from the old location, which was wiped out by floodwaters. The new hospital, […]

Melissa Bain

WSAVA names 2019 animal welfare award winner

UC Davis’ Dr. Melissa Bain is called “a visionary veterinary and animal welfare leader.”

A UC Davis professor who studies enrichment for confined cats and stress in shelter animals will receive the World Small Animal Veterinary Association’s 2019 Companion Animal Welfare Award. Melissa Bain, DVM, MS, DACVB, DACAW, is being recognized for her contributions to animal welfare through integrating the field of human-animal interactions with veterinary clinical behavior, WSAVA […]

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Rapidly growing Pathway needs 175 more veterinarians

The management company also has openings for office and headquarters staff.

Pathway Vet Alliance is going on a hiring spree in an attempt to fill hundreds of positions at the veterinary hospitals it manages and at its Austin, Texas, headquarters. The company has openings for more than 175 veterinarians at hospitals located from Hawaii to Massachusetts as well as for practice managers and support staff. In […]

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U.S. veterinary care is a nearly $19 billion market

A pet industry group predicts total spending will reach a record $75 billion across all categories in 2019.

The American Pet Products Association is forecasting a 4.8 percent increase in spending on veterinary care in 2019, largely because of millennial pet owners. The trade group’s annual pet industry spending breakdown found that clients spent $18.11 billion on veterinary care in 2018, a rise of 6.1 percent over the previous year. The total is […]

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Hill’s expands recall of canned dog food

The vitamin D-linked alert covers a select number of Prescription Diet and Science Diet recipes.

Hill’s Pet Nutrition has voluntarily recalled eight additional SKUs of canned dog food because of elevated levels of vitamin D discovered in a supplier’s vitamin premix. The newly flagged Prescription Diet and Science Diet wet foods include: Too much vitamin D in a dog’s diet has been linked to hypercalcemia, which the U.S. Food and […]

SynDaver Surgical Canine

SynDaver plays a role at 3 highly ranked vet schools

Veterinary students learn surgical skills on the company’s canine simulator.

The Tampa, Florida, company SynDaver is touting the fact that its lifelike Surgical Canine simulator is used at three of the nation’s top 10 veterinary colleges. Cornell University, Texas A&M University and the University of Florida placed second, fourth and ninth, respectively, on U.S. News & World Report’s 2019 rankings of 26 U.S. veterinary schools. […]

Burlington Emergency & Veterinary Specialists

Vermont specialty practice celebrates a big move

Burlington Emergency & Veterinary Specialists opens an 18,000-square-foot hospital.

A northern Vermont veterinary hospital has moved into an 18,000-square-foot building featuring a dedicated intensive care unit, an oncology ward and three operating rooms. Burlington Emergency & Veterinary Specialists, which is open around the clock, counts four board-certified specialists among its 12 doctors: medical director Bryan Harnett, DVM, DACVIM; Elisabeth Zenger, DVM, Ph.D., DACVIM (SAIM); […]

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No surprise: Americans love the Labrador retriever

The breed is the most popular for the 28th consecutive year.

If your veterinary hospital sees a lot of Labrador retrievers, German shepherds and golden retrievers, you’re not alone. Those three canine breeds are the most popular in the United States, with the Labrador retriever taking the No. 1 spot for the 28th year in a row, the American Kennel Club’s latest registry list shows. Among […]

Varian Trilogy

Oregon VCA hospital to install a linear accelerator

The specialty center is investing in advanced radiation therapy technology to serve oncology patients.

A suburban Portland, Oregon, specialty hospital is expanding to accommodate a linear accelerator for cancer treatment. VCA Northwest Veterinary Specialists, which employs nearly 40 veterinarians, 20 of them board-certified, expects the Varian Trilogy radiotherapy system to become operational in late 2019. Ground was broken in mid-March on the hospital addition. “Our team is very excited […]

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