Registration begins for summer AVMA convention

Networking, entertainment and, of course, CE will take place in San Diego.

A battle of the bands aboard the USS Midway, 900 educational sessions and a keynote address by author Patrice Washington are among the events awaiting attendees at the American Veterinary Medical Association convention in San Diego. The AVMA opened registration for the meeting, which will be held from July 31 to Aug. 4, at […]


SAGE buys second Washington state hospital

Mid-Columbia Pet Emergency Service serves the Tri-Cities area of Pasco, Kennewick and Richland.

Mid-Columbia Pet Emergency Service, a 24/7 specialty practice, has joined the SAGE Veterinary Centers network, strengthening the parent company’s presence in central Washington state. Acquisition of the 24-year-old hospital came two months after SAGE purchased Adobe Animal Hospital, a twin practice in the San Francisco Bay area, and 10 months after adding Yakima Pet Emergency […]

Human-Animal Bond Certified

Nationwide becomes Human-Animal Bond Certified Company

The certification program is sponsored by the North American Veterinary Community and the Human Animal Bond Research Institute.

The North American Veterinary Community and the Human Animal Bond Research Institute, joint founders of the Human-Animal Bond Certification program, announced that Nationwide, the first and largest provider of pet health insurance in the U.S., has become a Human-Animal Bond Certified Company. “Nationwide has earned this meaningful recognition through its significant commitment to human-animal bond […]

AVMA offers an array of coronavirus resources

As veterinary groups weigh in on the global outbreak, Trupanion finds “no unusual increase or change in the frequency” of pet illnesses.

Veterinary professionals looking to educate themselves and pet owners about coronaviruses, including one that has infected thousands of people worldwide, are invited to access several documents compiled by the American Veterinary Medical Association. The newest coronavirus, abbreviated COVID-19, is not believed to pose a threat to pets, and they are not known carriers or transmitters […]

Simparica Trio

FDA approves Simparica Trio from Zoetis

The chewable canine drug fights heartworm disease, ticks and fleas, roundworms and hookworms.

A newly approved chewable parasiticide from Zoetis Inc. is expected to reach U.S. veterinary clinics by late April. Simparica Trio, which received U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval, is a monthly prescription medication formulated to protect dogs against heartworm disease, ticks and fleas, roundworms and hookworms. The drug began selling in Europe this month. “Combining […]


VCA stops elective declaw surgeries nationwide

Nearly 900 VCA hospitals join sister companies Banfield and BluePearl in forbidding most onychectomies.

Elective declaw surgery is now banned at all 875 VCA Animal Hospitals across the United States. The policy change, which went into effect this month, follows similar moves at 1,050 Banfield Pet Hospitals and 80 BluePearl practices. All three companies are owned by Mars Inc. “At Mars Veterinary Health, we believe every pet deserves a […]

Junior Vet Camp

Who wants to go to vet camp?

Vet Set Go will sponsor three youngsters at Auburn’s weeklong, hands-on summer program.

An organization that encourages young people to consider careers in veterinary medicine is inviting three middle schoolers to attend Auburn University’s Junior Vet Camp this summer free of charge. Applications for Vet Set Go’s “Become a Veterinarian Camp Contest” will be accepted starting March 2 at The opportunity, which is limited to students in […]

$1 billion

Trupanion pays $1 billion in claims over 20 years

A Canadian veterinary practice was paid $3,982 for TPLO surgery on a policyholder’s dog.

A nearly $4,000 payout after a golden retriever’s surgery means pet health insurer Trupanion has disbursed $1 billion over the company’s 20-year history. The milestone was reached in the case of Paddington Bear, a 6-year-old golden retriever from Vancouver Island, Canada, who needed tibial plateau leveling osteotomy (TPLO) surgery. The veterinary hospital that performed the […]

Scopio Labs

Scopio Labs launches high-res digital cytology system

ScopioVet delivers “gold standard” 100X magnification, according to the manufacturer.

The ScopioVet digital cytology system is now available commercially throughout the United States and Canada, manufacturer Scopio Labs reported. The proprietary digital microscopy system uses an intuitive pathology consultation service and artificial intelligence to automate routine diagnostic tests, the company stated. “To provide a conclusive diagnosis for the range of sample types our customers process, […]

Elanco and Bayer animal health merger

Elanco continues pre-merger drug sell-off

Vecoxan, Osurnia and Capostar find new owners as Elanco awaits final approval of its marriage to Bayer Animal Health.

Elanco Animal Health and Bayer Animal Health are preparing for their $7.6 billion merger by divesting a number of products, the latest being Elanco’s Vecoxan scours treatment for $55 million to Merck Animal Health. The sale of Vecoxan, Osurnia and Capstar by Elanco and Drontal and Profender by Bayer is designed to earn regulators’ approval […] Protection Status