British veterinarians report widespread discrimination

BVA leaders want to spark a discussion about equality and inclusion in the veterinary professions.

The British Veterinary Association is calling for a “big conversation” after a study found a “truly shocking” amount of discrimination occurring across the profession. A questionnaire and a follow-up survey involving a few thousand respondents revealed that 1 in 4 veterinarians and veterinary students had experienced or witnessed discrimination over the past year on the […]

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Essentials PetCare hosts pet adoption handoffs

Allowing people to meet inside a clinic helps ensure that exchanges are legitimate and safe.

Essentials PetCare has found another way to get pet owners into its veterinary clinics, if only for a few minutes. The small chain is encouraging people who connect through the Get Your Pet website to conduct the pet handoff in the safe confines of an Essentials PetCare hospital. The walk-in clinics are located inside Walmart […]

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Frontline’s branding goes to the front of the line

Boehringer Ingelheim wins a global award from the World Branding Forum.

Boehringer Ingelheim’s Frontline has been named a global Brand of the Year in a competition organized by the non-profit group World Branding Forum. Frontline, a family of flea and tick preventives, was recognized during public online voting. “As consumer votes constitute 70% of the final score, winners of the awards must have strong brand recall […]

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Compassion-First acquires hospitals in Texas, Florida

An executive moves over from human health care to become group president.

Compassion-First Pet Hospitals has expanded to 44 locations and hired a group president to oversee eight Texas hospitals. The company took over two established practices: Animal Emergency Hospital of North Texas in Grapevine, Texas, and Florida Veterinary Referral Center and 24-Hour Emergency Hospital in Estero, Florida. Terms were not disclosed. “We have entered an age […]

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Pet services make up for decline in product sales

A Packaged Facts report shows how businesses big and small are competing with e-commerce.

Online sellers will capture an estimated 20% of the U.S. pet products market in 2019, but brick-and-mortar businesses are responding to e-commerce’s growing challenge by emphasizing and expanding pet services. A new study published by the market research firm Packaged Facts pointed to PetSmart and Petco as examples of pet specialty retailers that have adapted […]


Portable ioLight microscope is granted U.S. patent

Captured images can be displayed on laptops, tablets and smartphones.

The British company ioLight has received a U.S. patent for its foldable microscope. The high-resolution portable microscope is available from distributors New York Microscope Co. of Hicksville, New York, and Forestry Suppliers of Jackson, Mississippi. “The U.S. patent further enables our U.S. commercial strategy and will allow us to concentrate on bringing this innovative technology […]

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Zoetis launching 12-month heartworm preventive

ProHeart 12 will use the same RiskMAP associated with six-month ProHeart to ensure safety.

Zoetis Inc. has earned U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval of ProHeart 12 (moxidectin), an injectable heartworm preventive with a 12-month duration of action. The extended-release prescription drug is indicated for dogs at least 1 year old to prevent heartworm disease caused by Dirofilaria immitis and to treat existing larval and adult hookworm infections. The […]

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Heart + Paw chain partners with Covetrus

The young company expects to have five clinics operating by year’s end and many more in the years to come.

Covetrus  will serve as the chief supplier to Heart + Paw, a startup veterinary clinic chain headed by former Banfield Pet Hospital CEO Vincent Bradley. The multiyear agreement allows Covetrus  to team up with a company that opened its first location, featuring veterinary care and grooming, on June 22 in suburban Philadelphia and is planning […]

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BI veterinary scholars program marks 30th year

200 DVM students are immersed in research this summer.

Drug maker Boehringer Ingelheim knows what more than 200 veterinary students are doing during their summer vacation: Conducting research into everything from cancer and diabetes to antibiotic resistance and emerging diseases. The Veterinary Scholars program, now in its 30th year, awards $5,000 stipends to rising second-year students from schools of veterinary medicine across North America […]

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Blue Buffalo unveils second pet food plant

The Indiana factory can produce over 500 tons of dry food a day.

Blue Buffalo, the manufacturer of veterinary-exclusive dog and cat food as well as pet food brands sold in the mass market, has opened its second factory. The 400,000-square-foot Richmond, Indiana, plant is large enough to turn out more than 1 million pounds of dry food a day under the Life Protection Formula, Wilderness, Basics and Freedom brands. […] Protection Status