AVMA membership reaches all-time high

75 percent of veterinarians are dues-paying members who see “meaning and value” in the organization.

Membership in the American Veterinary Medical Association has reached a record 93,438, a 9 percent jump in three years. The organization, which now represents three out of every four veterinarians, made a concerted effort to not only attract recent graduates but also persuade members to renew or, if they had left, return to the fold. […]


Virbac names new head of North America division

François Fournier comes from the human health care company Smith & Nephew.

Virbac Corp., the maker of animal health products such as Sentinel heartworm preventives for dogs, has appointed François Fournier, Pharm.D., MA, as president and CEO of the North America division. Fournier replaces Paul Hays, who spent nearly five years in the position and is now a consultant based in Fort Worth, Texas, the home of […]

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Banfield veterinarians receive $4 million in debt relief

A company program pays $150 a month toward loans and offers other money-saving benefits.

Banfield Pet Hospital veterinarians have reduced their student debt load by more than $4 million through direct company contributions. The Vancouver, Washington, network of more than 1,000 hospitals reported that its Veterinary Student Debt Relief Pilot Program also facilitated the refinancing of more than $10 million in loans. “We hope to not only alleviate the […]

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Covetrus identifies founding board of directors

The official merger of Henry Schein Animal Health and Vets First Choice is planned for early February.

Covetrus, the new company arising from the merger of Henry Schein Animal Health and Vets First Choice, now has a tentative board of directors. The previously announced board chairman is David E. Shaw, co-founder and chairman of Vets First Choice. Expected to be appointed to the board of directors are: Benjamin Shaw, president and CEO […]


NAVC and LifeLearn partner on all-new VetFolio

“We’re now making CE more engaging and will soon unveil initiatives such as gamification, social learning and social sharing.”

The North American Veterinary Community has partnered with LifeLearn Animal Health to bring a smarter, more personalized and engaging VetFolio to the veterinary community. VetFolio offers one-stop access to hundreds of online veterinary medical courses and programs for veterinarians, veterinary students, veterinary nurses/technicians, practice managers and practice staff. “We are incredibly excited to partner with […]

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Brakke Consulting plans gradual leadership change

Founder Ron Brakke will relinquish daily oversight to Dr. Bob Jones.

Brakke Consulting founder Ron Brakke has turned over day-to-day management of the firm to animal health industry veteran Robert “Bob” Jones, MS, Ph.D. The firm, whose clients include companies in animal health and nutrition, pet care and veterinary services, announced what it called “a seamless leadership transition over the coming year and beyond.” Ron Brakke […]

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LMU and Midwestern earn full accreditation

The Tennessee and Arizona veterinary schools opened more than four years ago.

The American Veterinary Medical Association’s Council on Education has awarded full accreditation to the two newest colleges of veterinary medicine. Both Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee, and Midwestern University in Glendale, Arizona, opened in the fall of 2014 and until recently were operating under provisional accreditation. “This achievement is a testament to the collaborative […]


Ceva launches heartworm preventive MilbeGuard

Generic milbemycin oxime earns FDA approval for use in dogs and cats.

Ceva Animal Health has introduced a heartworm preventive containing the active ingredient used in popular canine medications such as Interceptor Plus, Trifexis and Sentinel Flavor Tabs. The company’s new MilbeGuard (milbemycin oxime) Flavored Tablets are indicated for both dogs and cats to prevent heartworm disease and control hookworms and roundworms. The beef-flavored chewable, given monthly, […]


Merck helps fund AAHA well-being initiative

Veterinary practices can use educational resources to improve their workplace culture.

Merck Animal Health has signed on as the corporate supporter of the American Animal Hospital Association’s Healthy Workplace Culture Initiative. The initiative’s mission is to help veterinary teams create work environments that foster overall well-being. An education grant from Merck will pay for in-hospital presentations on culture and a series of educational modules. “We are […]

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WellHaven to offer telemedicine consultations

The hospital network will use a mobile app from Petriage to communicate with clients.

WellHaven Pet Health’s 40 veterinary hospitals will begin using a telemedicine app that includes a symptom analysis tool for pet owners. The mobile app, developed by Petriage Inc., provides clients with recommendations about what do for the pet — is urgent care needed? — and permits real-time chatting with a WellHaven veterinarian. “The use of […]

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