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Petco establishes veterinarian-led Pet Wellness Council

The advisers will share their expertise on the science of pet care.

Seven veterinarians have been selected to serve on Petco’s new advisory board, the Petco Pet Wellness Council. The pet-specialty retailer reported that the group will advise Petco executives on pet health matters and “guide the development and aggregation of credible pet care science to help educate pet care professionals and, ultimately, all who care for […]

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New York State bans most cat declaws

Veterinarians face a $1,000 fine for an onychectomy that isn’t directly linked to the patient’s health.

New York veterinarians who perform medically unnecessary declaw procedures on cats could be fined $1,000 under a new law that made the state the first in the nation to enact such a ban. Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the legislation after its passage in the New York Senate and Assembly. “Declawing is a cruel and painful […]


Petriage signs exclusive telemedicine deal with PSIvet

5,000 independent practices get special pricing through their membership in the group purchasing organization.

Petriage has been named the exclusive provider of telemedicine services to veterinary practices that do business with the group purchasing organization PSIvet. The Bellevue, Washington, company offers a proprietary mobile app that connects veterinarians with their clients after normal business hours and allows practitioners to remotely assess the need for veterinary care. “Petriage integrates with […]

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AVMA conferences to address economics, well-being

The annual meetings are scheduled for October and November, respectively.

The American Veterinary Medical Association has opened registration for two annual fall conferences taking place in suburban Chicago. The Economic Summit, set for Oct. 22 and 23, will examine the economy, veterinary compensation, student debt, pet ownership and veterinary innovation, among other topics. More information is available at The Veterinary Wellbeing Summit, planned for […]

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Elanco draws closer to acquiring Aratana Therapeutics

Nearly all Aratana shareholders agree to the deal, which still has conditions attached.

Stockholders at Aratana Therapeutics, which makes Galliprant, a canine osteoarthritis NSAID, have approved a takeover bid from Elanco Animal Health. The companies did not report the current value of the sale, but it was estimated at $245 million when first announced in April 2019. Besides Galliprant (grapiprant tablets), Elanco will get the canine appetite stimulant […]

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Zoetis to buy supplement maker Platinum Performance

Founded by a veterinarian, 23-year-old Platinum produces equine, canine and feline lines.

Veterinary drug and vaccine maker Zoetis Inc. intends to grow its animal supplements business through the acquisition of Platinum Performance, a manufacturer of nutritional products for horses, dogs and cats. The transaction terms were not disclosed, but Zoetis stated that it reached an agreement to purchase Platinum Performance. Buellton, California-based Platinum Performance, which employs 80 […]

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Zoetis accepts advance orders for ProHeart 12

The newly approved heartworm preventive will reach veterinarians in August.

Zoetis Inc.’s new 12-month heartworm preventive, ProHeart 12, will begin shipping to U.S. practitioners in early August. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Veterinary Medicine on July 2 announced the regulatory approval of ProHeart 12 (moxidectin), a once-a-year injection formulated to prevent heartworm disease and treat hookworms. Zoetis is taking online orders for […]

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BVA photo contest enters its fourth year

Shutterbugs have until Sept. 1 to submit images capturing the veterinary profession and animals.

The British Veterinary Association is encouraging members to focus on life inside and outside of the practice as part of the organization’s fourth annual photography contest. Entries are being accepted through Sept. 1 in two categories: One Veterinary Community: Photos documenting the work environment or veterinary education. Celebrating diversity is a plus. All Creatures Great […]

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MedVet’s expansion strategy gets financial backing

Goldman Sachs and SkyKnight Capital invest in the Ohio-based network of specialty hospitals.

MedVet, a chain of specialty and emergency veterinary hospitals, is planning further expansion after receiving an investment from SkyKnight Capital and the Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking Division. Harris Williams LLC reported advising MedVet during the negotiations, but the company did not disclose the size of the investment. Previous financing provided by Stonehenge Partners and SkyKnight […]

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Pathway and Thrive chains share executive talent

Odis Pirtle joins Pathway Vet Alliance as COO and stays as Thrive Affordable Vet Care’s CEO.

Pathway Vet Alliance has hired the CEO of Thrive Affordable Vet Care to serve as chief operating officer. Odis Pirtle will keep his title at Thrive while leading practice support and business operations at Pathway. Thrive’s chief operating officer, Kirk Pozadzides, will look after day-to-day operations. Pathway Vet Alliance is a primary shareholder in Thrive […] Protection Status