Vital Care Petco

Petco introduces Vital Care wellness plan

For $19 a month, dogs and cats get unlimited veterinary visits. Canine nail trims and tooth brushings are free.

Dogs enrolled in Petco’s new $19-a-month wellness plan will receive unlimited veterinary exams, nail trims and teeth brushings. The program, Vital Care, is being rolled out at Vetco veterinary clinics inside 22 Petco stores and at Petco grooming salons nationwide. Cats qualify for unlimited veterinary exams. Petco, which operates 100 onsite veterinary hospitals through corporate […]

Manheim Pike Practice of the Year

Pennsylvania clinic wins AAHA Practice of the Year

Manheim Pike Veterinary Hospital is credited with having a positive workplace culture.

A Lancaster, Pennsylvania, veterinary hospital hailed for its positive workplace culture has been named the 2020 AAHA-Accredited Practice of the Year. Manheim Pike Veterinary Hospital was honored during Connexity by AAHA, the American Animal Hospital Association’s annual conference. The event took place online because of the COVID-19 pandemic. “We were very impressed by the dedication […]

retirement planning

AVMA Trust launches 401(k) plan for clinics

Practice owners can start a retirement program for themselves and their staffs.

Veterinary practice owners can start a 401(k) plan for themselves and their employees under a new retirement program from the American Veterinary Medical Association. The AVMA Trust Retirement Plan is offered by way of financial services giant Transamerica, which in late September launched an initiative centered on small businesses nationwide. “The plan will alleviate virtually […]

Women’s Veterinary Leadership Forum

Register for the Women’s Veterinary Leadership Forum

The Royal Canin-sponsored webinar series runs through Nov. 16.

The Royal Canin Women’s Veterinary Leadership Forum will kick off the week of Oct. 12 with the “Know Your Worth” webinar series featuring Drs. Amanda Donnelly, Joy Fuhrman and Jessica Vogelsang. The Women’s Veterinary Leadership Forum had its inaugural event in 2019. Each year, the presentations are designed to develop leaders for the benefit of […]

Elanco layoffs

Elanco to shed 900 post-merger jobs

Nearly $200 million in severance costs will be offset by other long-term savings.

Elanco Animal Health will eliminate more than 900 jobs as part of a restructuring brought about by the company’s $6.89 billion acquisition of Bayer Animal Health. The cuts will take place worldwide, affecting employees in sales and marketing, research and development, manufacturing and quality control, and back-office support. Workers in Basel, Switzerland, where Bayer Animal […]


Sign up now for the 2020 VetSummit

The Covetrus-sponsored event will occur online Oct. 16 to 18.

Dr. Temple Grandin and three other keynote speakers will address attendees during Covetrus’ annual VetSummit conference, which has been moved online in 2020 because of the pandemic. Registration for the live event, which will take place Oct. 16, 17 and 18, is available at www.vetsummit.com. Veterinarians, veterinary technicians and practice managers can earn up to […]

Hallmarq MRI

Hallmarq updates MRI unit for small animals

A Tennessee practice is among the first to use the second-generation system.

Hallmarq Veterinary Imaging, whose products include a standing MRI machine for horses, has released a second-generation MRI system for large-breed dogs and other small animals. The 1.5T high-field unit comes with five coils, including a 1-meter-long V-shaped spine coil and bed, to assist with the imaging of large-breed dogs. “This coil fits closely to the […]

Rarebreed Veterinary Partners

Private equity firm buys a piece of Rarebreed Partners

The investment will allow the young 17-hospital network to continue growing.

Rarebreed Veterinary Partners, the owner of 17 clinics in the Northeastern United States, has sold a minority share of the company to the private equity firm Trilantic North America. The investment, the terms of which were not disclosed, will help fund Rarebreed’s expansion. The co-founders — CEO Dan Espinal and chief operating officer Sean Miller […]

Texas Tech

Texas Tech is looking for veterinary students

Applications for entry into the inaugural class will be taken starting Sept. 30.

Holding a letter of reasonable assurance of accreditation, the Texas Tech University School of Veterinary Medicine is on pace to enroll its inaugural class in fall 2021. The green light from the American Veterinary Medical Association’s Council on Education was followed quickly by word that Texas Tech will begin accepting student applications Sept. 30. Like […]


For Petco, California veterinary clinic is No. 100

The pet store chain partners with Thrive Affordable Vet Care, which opened the first Petco-affiliated clinic in 2017.

Petco’s 100th in-store veterinary hospital has opened in suburban San Diego, not far from the national retailer’s headquarters. The new clinic is operated by Thrive Affordable Vet Care, whose hospital in Aldine, Texas, was Petco’s first. The suburban Houston clinic opened in October 2017 as part of Petco’s expansion into veterinary medicine. Petco had about […]