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Laser therapy provider LiteCure gets new owner

Medical device maker DJO gains a foothold in the veterinary field.

LiteCure, the parent company of Companion Animal Health, has been acquired by DJO LLC, a maker of braces, supports and orthopedic devices used in human medicine. Terms of the transaction were not revealed. Delaware-based LiteCure is a leading manufacturer of veterinary laser therapy equipment. The company also sells platelet-rich plasma kits, stem cell therapy products, […]

The Veterinary Fee Reference

AAHA Updates Guide to Veterinary Fees

More than 950 practices contributed data on what they charge for hundreds of services.

The American Animal Hospital Association has released the latest edition of The Veterinary Fee Reference, a price benchmarking guide. The 464-page paperback breaks down fee pricing data from more than 950 veterinary practices, AAHA Press reported. Over 500 services are presented in table form, including first-time listings for telemedicine and laser therapy. “Fees are broken […]


Virbac teams with QBiotics on cancer product

FDA-approved Stelfonta is an injectable treatment for certain mast cell tumors in dogs.

Virbac Corp. is getting into the veterinary oncology business through a partnership with QBiotics, the developer of an FDA-approved treatment for canine mast cell tumors. The prescription product, Stelfonta (tigilanol tiglate), is an intratumoral injection indicated for use on non-metastatic cutaneous or subcutaneous mast cell tumors located at or distal to the canine elbow. “Although […]

Hambone Award

Unusual cases? Nationwide insurance gets a few

An injured boxer cared for at a Virginia practice is the 2020 Hambone winner.

A Springfield, Virginia, veterinary hospital received a $10,000 prize after treating a dog whose window-busting adventure made her the winner of pet insurer Nationwide’s 2020 Hambone Award. The Regional Veterinary Referral Center cared for Chopper, a boxer who upon seeing a visitor suffered cuts to her paws and tendons when she broke through a glass […]


FirstVet rolls out U.S. telemedicine service

Now operating in parts of Europe and flush with cash, the company sets its sights on Canada and France.

Veterinary telemedicine provider FirstVet has crossed the Atlantic to launch its service in the United States. The Swedish company reported raising $35 million from a group of investors, including Mubadala Capital and Cathay Innovation, to fund the expansion. The app-based video consultations connect pet owners in all 50 states with a FirstVet veterinarian. A 15-minute […]

Bond Vet

Small N.Y. chain plans $17 million expansion

Bond Vet will use investor money to grow from four clinics to 14 or more.

Bond Vet, which opened the first of its four veterinary clinics in the summer of 2019, has raised $17 million to launch at least 10 more by the end of 2021. The New York chain reported that the private investment firm Talisman Capital Partners will pay for the expansion after a Series A funding round. […]


AVMA, AAVMC kick off diversity initiative

Stakeholders from across the veterinary profession will set goals for improving diversity, equity and inclusion.

A Zoetis Inc. executive and a veterinary college dean will lead a new group that aims to enhance diversity, equity and inclusion throughout the veterinary profession. The initiative was organized by the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges. The newly formed group, the Commission for a Diverse, Equitable and […]


New veterinarians earn average pay of $70,045

An AVMA report finds that starting salaries jumped by 6% in 2019 and 18% of graduates bore no student debt.

The average starting salary for newly graduated veterinarians rose by 6% in 2019 and a record 18% of them entered the profession debt-free, according to a new report from the American Veterinary Medical Association. The 2020 Economic State of the Veterinary Profession study also reported low unemployment and high rates of job offers among DVM […]


Zoetis wins European approval of Librela

The monthly injectable monoclonal antibody fights osteoarthritis pain in dogs.

The European Commission has approved Zoetis Inc.’s new medicine Librela, a first-of-its-kind injectable monoclonal antibody formulated to alleviate osteoarthritis pain in dogs. Librela contains bedinvetmab, which Zoetis said binds to nerve growth factor and “functions like naturally occurring antibodies, with minimal involvement of the liver or kidneys in its metabolism and elimination from the body.” […]


Vetster matches pet owners with veterinary advisers

Hundreds of veterinarians and veterinary technicians are available for telehealth consultations.

More than 1,800 veterinarians and veterinary technicians in the United States and Canada have signed on to participate in a new telehealth platform from Vetster. The Toronto company’s service allows pet owners to schedule an online consultation with a nearby veterinary professional. Video, chat and voice-enabled appointments are offered. “The platform’s filters allow consumers to […]