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Heartworm 2020 aims to protect more dogs

Boehringer Ingelheim urges clinics to start 20 additional dogs on a heartworm preventive.

Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health, the maker of Heartgard Plus, is challenging veterinary practices to protect 20 new dogs in each clinic by Jan. 1, 2020. The campaign, announced at the 2019 VMX conference, followed a report from the American Heartworm Society that found a 21 percent rise in heartworm incidence in three years. “If every […]

Everett Hoekstra

BI names new president of U.S. business

Former CFO Everett Hoekstra replaces Paul Fonteyne.

Boehringer Ingelheim, the maker of popular veterinary drugs such as Frontline and NexGard, has promoted Everett Hoekstra, CPA, to president of its U.S. animal health business. Hoekstra, most recently the unit’s chief financial officer, replaces Paul Fonteyne, who retired. “Together with Timothy Bettington, who leads the company’s U.S. commercial operations, Hoekstra will oversee the company’s […]


Purchasing Services changes name to PSIvet

New programs are being rolled out for 5,000 member practices.

Goodbye, Purchasing Services Inc. Hello, PSIvet. The St. Petersburg, Florida, group purchasing organization has shortened its name to reflect offerings in the areas of education, training, benchmark data and technology. PSIvet, whose membership consists of 5,000 independent veterinary practices, will continue to negotiate discounted prices on selected vendors’ pharmaceuticals, supplies and services. “By adding these […]

Caroline Wilde

Trupanion hires insurance appeals specialist

Dr. Caroline Wilde “will be a go-to for complex case reviews.”

A Chicago practitioner has joined Trupanion Inc. as the pet health insurer’s appeals specialist in charge of overseeing complicated claims. Caroline Wilde, DVM, moves to the Seattle company, the nation’s second-largest insurer, from Portage Park Animal Hospital and Dental Clinic. Trupanion reported that Dr. Wilde “will be a go-to for complex case reviews, including those […]

Oak Heart Veterinary Hospital

Vets Pets opens 23rd North Carolina hospital

The management company is readying two more clinics in Raleigh.

Vets Pets, a North Carolina veterinary hospital network, has entered the city of Raleigh with the first of three clinics. Oak Heart Veterinary Hospital at Longview celebrated its grand opening Jan. 26 and will be joined later this year by Oak Heart clinics in the Dixie Trail and South Saunders neighborhoods. The three Raleigh hospitals […]

Paul Guyardo

Petplan insurance hires communications veteran as CEO

Paul Guyardo’s former work included positions at Discovery Communications and DirecTV.

A business executive with experience growing television audiences has been named president and CEO of Petplan and given responsibility for expanding the pet health insurance company’s customer base. Paul Guyardo was chief commercial officer at Discovery Communications until December 2017 and before that was chief revenue and marketing officer at DirecTV. Petplan reported that Guyardo […]

Bruce Truman

BabelBark names sales and marketing chief

Bruce Truman “arrives during an expanded growth phase,” the software company reports.

VetPartners’ immediate past president has been appointed vice president of sales and marketing at pet software developer BabelBark Inc. Bruce Truman, MBA, who owns a business consultancy, “arrives during an expanded growth phase at BabelBark,” the Newton, Massachusetts, company reported. “Truman has the leadership experience and a proven track record in nurturing startups in the […]


AAZV comes to the aid of unpaid federal vets

Association members can request no-interest loans of up to $5,000.

The American Association of Zoo Veterinarians will dip into its reserve fund to offer interest-free loans to member veterinarians who stopped drawing paychecks because of the partial government shutdown. About 20 of AAZV’s 1,250 members are eligible for loans, said executive director Robert Hilsenroth, DVM. “It’s kind of like the old-fashioned signature loan, Dr. Hilsenroth […]

Anthony Sharett

Nationwide pet insurance hires new president

Anthony Sharett succeeds Scott Liles, who moved to another corporate position.

Pet health insurance leader Nationwide has appointed financial services veteran Anthony Sharett, JD, as president and chief pet insurance officer. He replaces Scott Liles, who was named innovation leader at Nationwide’s corporate headquarters in Columbus, Ohio. Sharett comes to the pet insurance business, based in Brea, California, from Nationwide’s other divisions. He previously served as […]


Bayer launches Coraxis topical heartworm preventive

The prescription-only canine medication is rapidly absorbed and is effective for 30 days.

Bayer Animal Health has released a monthly spot-on heartworm preventive formulated for dogs as young as 7 weeks old. Coraxis (moxidectin) Topical Solution for Dogs, available only by prescription, prevents heartworm disease and treats and controls hookworms, roundworms and whipworms, according to Bayer. “Coraxis is a unique addition to the veterinarian’s anti-parasite toolbox,” said Robert […]

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