Mars wins OK to acquire European veterinary chain

AniCura operates 200 hospitals and owns a purchasing subsidiary that must be divested.

Mars Petcare, the owner of two large U.S. veterinary hospital chains — Banfield and VCA — will be permitted to take over AniCura and its 200 European clinics. The European Commission reported that the acquisition approved by regulators is contingent on Mars selling VetFamily, an AniCura-owned purchasing group serving 1,000 veterinary clinics across Europe. The […]

Midmark celebrates new Ohio headquarters

The manufacturer’s makeover began in August with a freshened logo and tagline.

Two months after rebranding itself as a “clinical environmental design company,” veterinary equipment maker Midmark Corp. has finished moving into its new Dayton, Ohio, headquarters. “This is a pivotal, exciting time for Midmark as we continue to strengthen our role in the health care industry and maintain our position as a strong, active member of […]

PetWell earns AAHA Practice Network Accreditation

The Houston company is the first of its kind to receive business-focused certification.

The American Animal Hospital Association, which has accredited an estimated 15 percent of veterinary clinics in the United States and Canada, has extended the honor to a hospital network for the first time. PetWell Partners, a Houston company operating 31 hospitals in five states, was granted Practice Network Accreditation by meeting a set of standards […]

BabelBark establishes 10-member advisory board

Software company’s new advisers represent a cross-section of the veterinary industry.

Ten veterinary industry veterans have been named founding members of software developer BabelBark Inc.’s advisory board. “Their impressive expertise and unique perspectives will inform BabelBark’s strategy tomorrow and beyond as we continue to help veterinarians thrive with technology and a new age of clientele,” said founder and CEO Roy Stein. The Newton, Massachusetts, company’s products […]

Merck Manual advisers get personal in online videos

Three editorial board members discuss their careers and current issues in veterinary medicine.

Why they got into the profession and advice for young practitioners are among the topics explored in new online videos featuring The Merck Veterinary Manual’s editorial board. The interviews, posted at, provide “these veterinary thought leaders with an opportunity to discuss their backgrounds, areas of expertise and professional passions,” said the manual’s editor-in-chief, Scott […]

WSAVA celebrates record attendance at 2018 Congress

Singapore hosted more than 3,350 delegates as the location proved popular with Asian practitioners.

The World Small Animal Veterinary Association has set its sights on 2019 and Canada after setting an attendance record at the 2018 World Congress in Singapore. The organization, made up of 110 member associations and more than 200,000 veterinarians worldwide, reported that over 3,350 people attended the Singapore conference in late September. The crowd count […]

LMU students stayed close after graduation

In need of practitioners, the Appalachian region is benefiting from Lincoln Memorial’s young veterinary program.

Lincoln Memorial University has gotten off to a good start in its quest to improve access to veterinary care across the Appalachian region. The College of Veterinary Medicine reported that 27 percent of the 87-member Class of 2018 are living and working in Appalachia months after graduation. Appalachia students comprised one-fourth of the inaugural class. […]

New Brakke report explores veterinary telehealth

Survey results are included in “The Companion Animal Veterinary Telehealth Landscape” study.

Telehealth and possible impediments to its continued growth are the focus of a new Brakke Consulting study. “The Companion Animal Veterinary Telehealth Landscape,” available for $5,500, also profiles more than 20 telehealth providers and reveals what hundreds of veterinarians and pet owners had to say in surveys. “There are a lot of questions about veterinary […]

Humane Pennsylvania puts donation to good use

A “21st century vision” of low-cost veterinary services gets major financial support.

A $3.1 million grant from the Giorgi Family Foundation is helping to fund discounted or free veterinary services for southeastern Pennsylvania pet owners. Humane Pennsylvania, a coalition of animal welfare groups, reported that the gift will permit the expansion of community veterinary services in the Reading area. The first Healthy Pets, Healthy Lives clinic took […]

Survey: Kids favor rats over other pets

“Creepy cute” animals that drive parents nuts appeal to young people.

Who knew that rats were so popular with kids? The website RightPet says a survey of registered users found that children and teenagers get more satisfaction from owning a domesticated rat than they do from a cat or dog. “Small pets like rats are often the first living creatures, not counting goldfish, a young person […] Protection Status