Trupanion Express

Trupanion processes a record 1 million invoices

A second achievement, the Innovation in Insurance Award, recognizes the company’s cutting-edge claims payment system.

Trupanion, the nation’s second-largest pet health insurer, is celebrating a record and an international award. The Seattle company reported processing 1 million policyholder invoices in 2019, an all-time yearly high, as of Nov. 21. Two weeks earlier, Trupanion received an Innovation in Insurance Award for its proprietary software and claims automation. The 1 millionth invoice […]

Zoetis expands footprint with purchase of ZNLabs

The company’s reference laboratory network now stretches from Seattle to Louisville.

Zoetis Inc. has acquired a second veterinary clinical reference laboratory less than a month after entering the space. The purchase of ZNLabs shifts Zoetis’ diagnostic laboratory focus from the Pacific Northwest to markets east of the Mississippi. Terms of the acquisition were not released. In late October, Zoetis bought Seattle-based Phoenix Central Laboratory, which serves […]


AAVMC co-sponsors post-suicide action plan

The AVMA and a suicide-prevention group assist with detailing best practices for colleges of veterinary medicine.

Three organizations have teamed up to create a 47-page document designed to help colleges of veterinary medicine respond promptly and properly to a student suicide and support grieving classmates. The resource, “After a Suicide: A Toolkit for Colleges of Veterinary Medicine,” is available at Veterinarians are more than twice as likely as the general […]


AVMA achieves record membership of 95,000

Newly added programs give veterinarians even more reasons to join, executives say.

Membership in the American Veterinary Medical Association has set another record, increasing by 2% in 2019 to more than 95,000. The organization, which represents about 3 out of 4 U.S. veterinarians, has realized membership growth every year since 2011, when the number dipped to 82,686. The AVMA has added more than 1,500 veterinarians to its […]

Embrace Pet Insurance

Insurance outsider takes over at Embrace

Brian Macias, formerly of National General Insurance, is named president.

The new owner of Embrace Pet Insurance has hired Brian Macias as Embrace’s president, replacing CEO Ambrish Jaiswal, who led the company through its April 2019 sale. Macias previously served as senior vice president of sales at National General Insurance Co. “Brian brings with him an energy that’s simply contagious,” said Bill McKernan, president of […]

Bravecto Plus

FDA approves broad-spectrum Bravecto Plus for cats

Veterinary sales of the topical parasiticide should start soon in the United States.

Bravecto Plus, a spot-on medication formulated to fight a variety of feline parasites for up to two months, has earned U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval. The product is expected to ship to veterinarians “in the coming months,” manufacturer Merck Animal Health reported. Bravecto Plus has been available on the European market for over a […]


Varian radiotherapy units coming to VCA cancer centers

All 35 hospitals eventually will install TrueBeam or Halcyon systems.

Five VCA Pet CancerCare Centers will be the first of 35 to house Varian radiotherapy systems under a partnership announced between the national hospital chain and manufacturer. VCA Animal Hospitals reported in August that nearly three dozen of its more than 930 clinics would be branded Pet CancerCare Centers and employ board-certified oncology teams that […]

Puerto Rico

BI’s NexGard will be made in Puerto Rico

A plant expansion will supply the North American market with the canine drug NexGard.

Boehringer Ingelheim will manufacture the flea and tick preventive NexGard (afoxolaner) in Puerto Rico upon expansion of a plant in the northern city of Barceloneta. The $50 million project will lead to 105 additional full-time jobs at the factory, which now employs about 200 people. Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health in recent years has expanded vaccine […]

Heidi Sirota

Nationwide insurance appoints chief pet officer

Heidi Sirota has experience in the human health care field.

Industry leader Nationwide pet health insurance has named Heidi Sirota its chief pet officer, replacing Anthony Sharett, who stepped down in August. Sirota’s last post was vice president of retirement plans marketing at parent company Nationwide’s Columbus, Ohio, headquarters. She previously held executive positions at ConnectiCare, Aetna and UnitedHealth Group, according to her LinkedIn profile. […]

National Veterinary Council to focus on advocacy

A new group looking to help animals is made up of 10 veterinarians from California to Massachusetts.

Two animal welfare groups have created the National Veterinary Council, a panel of 10 veterinarians who will perform policy and advocacy work. “Veterinarians have the training and practical experience not only to help animals, but also to guide political leaders, corporations and average citizens to do better when it comes to individual and institutional treatment […] Protection Status