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COE renews accreditation of St. George’s vet school

The Caribbean institution draws 89 percent of its students from the United States.

The St. George’s University School of Veterinary Medicine has earned full reaccreditation from the American Veterinary Medical Association’s Council on Education. The designation, a seven-year renewal of the 2011 accreditation, permits U.S. students enrolled at St. George’s to apply for lower-interest federal loans and in-school deferments through the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program, […]

New fund invests in booming pet industry

Pet Care ETF is unique, according to ProShares.

How would you like to own a small piece of Idexx Laboratories, Dechra Pharmaceuticals and PetMed Express? The Bethesda, Maryland, firm ProShares on Nov. 5 launched an exchange-traded investment fund called Pet Care ETF. Shares of Idexx, Dechra, PetMed Express and about 20 other pet-related companies are among the initial holdings. ProShares called Pet Care […]

Heska to pay $6.75 million over ‘junk’ faxes

Illinois veterinarian Dr. Shaun Fauley will get $15,000 as the lead plaintiff.

Veterinary diagnostic equipment maker Heska Corp. has agreed to pay $6.75 million to settle a class-action lawsuit alleging the company sent unsolicited faxes to an Illinois veterinarian and more than 40 other recipients in violation of the Junk Fax Prevention Act. The Loveland, Colorado, company denied the claims but confirmed the settlement in documents filed […]

Ex-Banfield execs plan new veterinary hospital chain

Heart + Paw, with $100 million in funding, will focus first on the East Coast.

Banfield Pet Hospital’s former CEO, Vincent Bradley, and two other former executives are leading a well-funded start-up company that plans to build 200 full-service veterinary clinics starting in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic states. The brand, Heart + Paw, is backed by $100 million from the Chicago-based private equity firm Waud Capital Partners. Bradley stepped down […]

Southern Veterinary Partners CEO makes ‘Rising Star’ list

Company founder oversees 65 hospitals in 10 states.

Jay Price, DVM, who has seen his company, Southern Veterinary Partners, grow from three practices in 2014 to 65 today, has been named a Rising Star by a national publisher. The Business Journals, a network of 40 publications, identified what it called “100 younger executives who already are having an impact on business being done […]

Purina launches canned HA Hydrolyzed diet

The chicken-flavored formula is recommended for food-allergic dogs.

Nestlé Purina PetCare has introduced a wet, chicken-flavored variety of HA Hydrolyzed, a Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets formula for dogs. The new canned diet contains hydrolyzed chicken liver. It and two existing dry choices — HA Hydrolyzed Chicken Flavor and HA Hydrolyzed Vegetarian — are formulated to help minimize adverse food reactions, the manufacturer […]

SAGE hospital chain is ready to expand the brand

Chicago Pacific Founders invests in the Northern California specialty and emergency practice.

SAGE Centers for Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Care, a network of four Bay Area hospitals, is plotting an expansion in partnership with a private equity firm. The size of the investment and where additional SAGE hospitals might open were not disclosed. Executives with Chicago Pacific Founders Fund L.P. appeared to suggest the expansion will occur […]

Trupanion ends rewards program, defends business practices

State regulators are investigating the insurer’s relationship with veterinarians.

Trupanion is shutting down a veterinarian rewards program amid an investigation into how the pet health insurer’s policies are sold. The Washington state Office of the Insurance Commissioner is looking into whether the company “is offering inducements to organizations in exchange for referrals to purchase Trupanion’s insurance products,” according to The Wall Street Journal. Insurance […]

Healthy Paws reveals disorders that perturb pets

Dermatology is the leading canine trouble area. For cats, digestion is a problem.

When it comes to common pet ailments, itchy skin seems to distress dogs the most and an upset stomach concerns cats. Healthy Paws Pet Insurance dug into almost 500,000 claims to learn what brought its enrolled dogs and cats to a veterinarian over the 12-month period ending May 31. Skin conditions were the most-cited canine […]

Trupanion hits insurance milestone: 500,000 pets

Enrollment skyrockets by 18 percent in under 11 months.

Enrollment in Trupanion, one of North America’s largest pet health insurers, has reached the half-million mark. CEO Darryl Rawlings called the milestone, which was achieved Oct. 19, “not one we take lightly.” “We are humbled by the trust and loyalty of our members,” Rawlings said. “Pet owners understand that worrying about the cost of care […]

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