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One Health champion Michael Day dies

The Australian-born veterinarian served the World Small Animal Veterinary Association since 2003 and now has a scholarship named in his honor.

Michael J. Day, founder of the World Small Animal Veterinary Association’s One Health Committee and longtime chair of the organization’s Vaccination Guidelines Group, has died. No date of death or cause was released, but WSAVA reported that Dr. Day, BVMS, Ph.D., DECVP, relinquished his responsibilities in March 2020 because of failing health. He is survived […]

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Chapter 9: Tales from the COVID-19 front lines

“Cash-strapped, underemployed and unemployed pet owners will desperately seek deals and discounts if unemployment persists more than another few weeks.”

This week: The veterinary industry is in a state of flux as some stay-at-home restrictions are eased, pets are adopted in record numbers, and team members return to work or choose not to. The next few weeks could answer a lot of questions. Read other installments in this series: Chapter 1  Chapter 2  Chapter 3 […]

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2 Fetch shows canceled due to COVID-19

Conferences in Baltimore and Kansas City won’t take place, but K.C. Animal Health Corridor events remain on the calendar for now.

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced the cancellation of more veterinary industry meetings. MJH Life Sciences pulled the plug on Fetch conferences scheduled for mid-July in Baltimore and late August in Kansas City, Missouri. The Baltimore event originally was set for early April but was postponed weeks earlier. “We had been working over the past month […]

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Zoetis bond sale will raise additional cash

Low interest rates and COVID-19 uncertainty push the company to take action.

Zoetis Inc. intends to strengthen its cash reserves and retire costlier debt by issuing $1.25 billion worth of corporate bonds. The world’s largest manufacturer of animal drugs and vaccines reported May 7 that the company expects to sell $750 million in senior notes at 2% interest and an additional $500 million at 3%. The first […]

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Penn Vet launches pet behavior advice app

A fee-based telehealth service connects veterinarians and their clients with veterinary behaviorists.

The University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine is offering pet behavior consultations to general practitioners and their clients through a new web-based app. The telehealth service allows veterinarians to “integrate a specialized level of care into their individual practices,” Penn Vet reported, and provides expert advice in a field of study that has fewer […]

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Graduating veterinary technicians can celebrate online

The Class of 2020 will be honored May 24 during a virtual commencement ceremony.

Dr. Andy Roark sure knows how to draw a crowd. The popular speaker and media personality brought together nearly 2,000 people May 3 for the College of Veterinary Medicine Virtual Graduation, a bittersweet alternative to university commencements called off because of COVID-19. Now, the South Carolina veterinarian will host a free online graduation ceremony Sunday, […]

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May business starts well after April nosedive

Tracking companies iVET360 and VetSuccess report an uptick in year-over-year revenue, although transactions remain down.

Two companies that monitor the financial performance of U.S. veterinary hospitals are seeing signs of improvement as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to play out. iVET360 found that revenue on Wednesday, May 6 at 786 veterinary clinics was 7.2% higher than on the same weekday one year earlier. While the number of transactions was down 2%, […]

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AVMA honors 2 veterinarians and professor

Robin Downing is the Bustad Companion Animal Veterinarian of the Year. Harry Werner and Janice Siegford receive animal welfare and humane awards.

Pain expert Robin Downing, equine practitioner Harry Werner and Michigan State University Professor Janice Siegford are the recipients of American Veterinary Medical Association awards. The honors, announced May 6, are as follows: Bustad Companion Animal Veterinarian of the Year: Dr. Downing A graduate of the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Downing was […]

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Brakke teams up with vaccine developer

Tejas Discovery and Research received a patent for its veterinary snakebite vaccine.

Brakke Consulting will help with the sale and licensing of technology used in a Texas company’s newly patented snakebite vaccine for companion animals and horses. Tejas Discovery and Research’s technology “provides for encapsulation and a steady, slow-release presentation of detoxified rattlesnake venom to the immune system, which results is a high-titer, long-lasting antibody response without […]

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Pandemic could cut into clinical rotations

A survey of veterinary students reveals some unease about their education and job prospects.

Nearly 9 out of 10 veterinary students are “very” or “somewhat” concerned about the availability of clinical hours — a key educational requirement — during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a survey conducted by the networking website The survey of 184 students representing 24 veterinary schools found that all of the third-year students are […] Protection Status