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AAHA, Kansas State back Veterinary Nurse Initiative

KSU veterinary technicians get a new job title, at least on campus.

The American Animal Hospital Association and the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine have thrown their support behind the Veterinary Nurse Initiative, a campaign aimed at formally changing the job title of veterinary technicians nationwide. AAHA’s board of directors voted in favor of the initiative at a fall meeting. “At AAHA, we are all […]

Georgia clinic capitalizes on Sun Belt location

At Shiloh Veterinary Hospital, solar panels make financial sense.

Practice owners wondering how they can save on energy bills might want to gaze skyward for guidance. Shiloh Veterinary Hospital in Kennesaw, Georgia, is promoting the fact that a 39-kilowatt solar panel array recently installed on the practice’s roof has cut utility costs by 40 to 45 percent. “I look at my app and feel […]

New dog food is veterinarian approved

Five Chi Dog diets are rooted in Eastern medicine.

Two Southern California veterinarians are making use of Eastern medicine to produce a new brand of fresh dog food whose five recipes are based on the principles of tai chi. The line, called Chi Dog, arose from the collaboration between husband-and-wife veterinarians Chris Berg, DVM, and Susan Bohrer, DVM, CVA, CVFT, and consultant Laurie Hatfield. […]

Petco partners with Express Scripts on drug orders

For pet owners, the business model is called “more affordable, faster and more convenient.”

Prescription service provider Express Scripts will work with retail giant Petco to fulfill veterinary medication orders. The arrangement, announced Nov. 19, will see Petco continue to sell prescription and over-the-counter drugs on its website but hand off orders to Express Scripts for processing and home delivery. “By leveraging the industry-leading technology and fulfillment processes Express […]

Petco says ‘no’ to artificial food ingredients

Manufacturers are invited “to join us on this journey,” an executive says.

Petco, North America’s second-largest pet supplies chain, intends to pull from store shelves all dog and cat foods and treats that contain artificial ingredients. The move, which also applies to Petco’s online sales, is set to start in January 2019 and conclude by May. The San Diego-based retailer said the policy change would make it […]

MWI Animal Health merges 4 U.K. brands

Centaur, St. Francis, Vetswest and Vet Space move under the MWI corporate umbrella.

MWI Animal Health has folded its four U.K. subsidiaries into the parent company under a restructuring announced Nov. 12. The four entities now known collectively as MWI Animal Health are: Centaur Services, a supplier of animal health products and services to more than 1,200 veterinary practices in the United Kingdom. MWI, one of the world’s […]

Online pet drugs are withdrawn amid FDA scrutiny

A warning letter accused No More Fleas Please of marketing unapproved new animal drugs.

A pet drug reseller has removed from its website four purported parasiticides called into question by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The company, No More Fleas Please Inc., marketed the products under the brand name Queen City Animals. The parasiticides were sold alongside approved mainstream preventives such as Merial’s Frontline Plus and Bayer’s Advantage […]

Free: Diabetes education for clinics and clients

The Pet Diabetes Resource Center is a service of Henry Schein Animal Health.

Henry Schein Animal Health has launched the Pet Diabetes Resource Center, a web-based collection of articles, videos, webinars, infographics and other materials designed to raise awareness and improve management of the disease. Located at www.henryscheinvet.com/petdiabetes, the resource center was released in November as part of Pet Diabetes Awareness Month. “Education and knowledge are the most […]

Trupanion reports $67 million in ‘Express’ payments

Vet Direct Pay swiftly reimburses veterinary clinics.

Trupanion’s speedy claims system has paid out $67 million to veterinary practices within minutes of client checkout, the pet health insurer reported. Part of Trupanion Express, the web application also known as Vet Direct Pay integrates with practice management systems to quickly approve claims and reimburse hospitals for services rendered. “Trupanion is the only pet […]

Lincoln Memorial professor wins e-learning prize

Dr. Jamie Perkins is using Alexa to improve veterinary students’ clinical reasoning.

Hey, Alexa, who won first place in the 2018 Hyperdrive contest at the DevLearn Conference in Las Vegas? “Lincoln Memorial University clinical skills veterinarian Jamie Perkins.” The university’s College of Veterinary Medicine reported that Dr. Perkins, DMV, wowed the judges at the e-learning conference in late October when she gave a presentation on the use […]

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