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Clinic Franchisor Targets Metropolitan Washington

PetWellClinic plans to open 25 walk-in veterinary practices in the D.C. area and dozens more nationwide.

PetWellClinic, a franchisor of walk-in veterinary clinics, plans to open 25 practices in and around Washington, D.C., in cooperation with two fitness studio operators. The new co-franchisees, Dave Ballow and Liz Overmann, are involved with Orangetheory Fitness, a national chain. Ballow is the managing partner behind 14 Orangetheory franchise locations in Maryland and Overmann is […]


Practice Consolidators Show No Sign of Slowing

Veterinary Integration Solutions releases a report on the state of corporate ownership.

A census of corporate-owned veterinary practices shows dozens of companies operating at least 7,800 clinics across North America, a sign of “the accelerating pace of veterinary consolidation,” according to Veterinary Integration Solutions. The Canada-based data and analytics company posted a report, “Veterinary Consolidators: North American Market Analysis,” at bit.ly/3xaXSdo. The breakdown includes: The source of […]

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Merck Veterinary Manual Hires a New Editor

Dr. Alexandra L. Winter formerly worked on JAVMA and is associate editor of the Journal of Exotic Pet Medicine.

A medical educator has been named editor-in-chief of The Merck Veterinary Manual, a 66-year-old animal health reference guide now in its 11th edition. Alexandra L. Winter, BVSc, DACVS, previously served as an editor at the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association. She remains on the editorial board of the journal Veterinary Surgery and is […]

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Lap of Love Appoints President/COO

Amy Christensen has leadership experience with Banfield, 24 Hour Fitness and Starbucks.

Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice, which provides end-of-life care in 35 states, has hired Amy Christensen, a former Banfield Pet Hospital executive, as president and chief operating officer. “Our leadership team felt that Amy was the ideal candidate for this role, as she brings a high level of business education and vast experience in the […]

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AVMA Opts for an Online Convention in 2021

The organization cites COVID and “the popularity of our fully virtual 2020 meeting.”

The American Veterinary Medical Association’s annual convention will be online only for the second straight year because of the pandemic. The 2021 event had been scheduled to start July 29 in Minneapolis. But like with San Diego in 2020, conventioneers will participate from afar. “The decision to host an all-virtual 2021 convention was influenced by […]

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Wind Powers Boehringer’s St. Joseph Plant

A 76% reduction in carbon emissions is expected as part of a companywide sustainability campaign.

In a development that might make some competitors green with envy, Boehringer Ingelheim has transitioned to wind power at its St. Joseph, Missouri, vaccine plant. The company signed a 10-year contract with energy provider Evergy Inc., which operates the Cimarron Bend Wind Farm in Clark County, Kansas. The St. Joseph location, Boehringer Ingelheim’s largest U.S. […]


Social Media Content Provider Partners With IVPA

A new company, SimplyDONEsocial, tries to ease the strain of updating a practice’s platforms.

More than 400 members of the Independent Veterinary Practitioners Association can get assistance with their digital marketing through a partnership with the start-up company SimplyDONEsocial. The arrangement provides IVPA members with hospital-specific social media posts that can be updated daily, weekly or monthly. “The SimplyDONEsocial platform provides an easy connection to the veterinary practice’s social […]


AAVMC Changes Its Name Slightly

Say hello to the American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges.

The Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges has rearranged three words in its name to become the American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges. “The wording change, although subtle, now correctly denotes that our international members are part of an American-based association, linked by a common accreditation system,” the organization reported. “In contrast, the former name […]


Vetoquinol Warns of Counterfeit Zylkene Capsules

Bottles were sold on Amazon through a third-party retailer.

Vetoquinol USA is cautioning veterinarians and pet owners about the discovery of counterfeit Zylkene sold by a third-party seller on Amazon. Genuine Zylkene is a supplement given to cats and dogs to promote calmness. The fake 75-milligram capsules come in 120-count bottles bearing the lot number 048019 and the expiration date 05/2021. Vetoquinol is offering […]

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New for Cats: YuMove Advance 360

The nutritional supplement from Lintbells is formulated to assist with mobility and joint issues.

Lintbells has released a feline version of its YuMove Advance 360 nutritional supplement, which like the canine equivalent comes with a money-back guarantee. YuMove Advance 360 for Cats, formulated to support joint health and the body’s anti-inflammatory process, is available exclusively from veterinary channel distributor MWI Animal Health. The new product is made from New […]