Compassion-First chain gets new majority owner

JAB Ltd. moves into pet care with a veterinary company valued at more than $1 billion.

The owner of consumer brands Krispy Kreme and Panera Bread has purchased a majority stake in Compassion-First Pet Hospitals, a chain of 41 specialty, emergency and general practices. The buyer, JAB Ltd., and the seller, the private equity firm Quad-C Management Inc., placed the total value of Compassion-First at $1.215 billion, or more than $29.6 […]

Dr. Don Waldron

WVC honors dozens at annual conference

The Distinguished Service Award went to Dr. Don Waldron.

WVC’s former education manager and chief veterinary officer has received the Distinguished Service Award in recognition of his longtime work with the organization. Don Waldron, DVM, DACVS, was honored at WVC’s 91st annual conference for what was called “his unselfish dedication to veterinary education and the advancement of veterinary knowledge, and for his significant contribution […]


Mirataz puts KindredBio on the right track

The feline drug is the first product to hit the veterinary market.

The veterinary biotechnology company Kindred Biosciences is generating revenue for the first time thanks to its breakthrough feline weight-loss drug Mirataz. The San Francisco company, founded in 2012, suffered a net loss of $49.7 million in 2018 as it plowed money into launching Mirataz and continuing research and development into other promising biologics. Mirataz (mirtazapine […]

Pets Best

Pets Best insurance is now under CareCredit

Veterinary clients can obtain both financing and pet health insurance.

Health care financing provider CareCredit will offer pet health insurance under the Pets Best brand after parent company Synchrony purchased one of the insurance industry’s smaller operators. Terms of the transaction were not announced. “With Pets Best, we now have unique insight into the fast-growing pet health insurance market and can offer pet owners more […]


ASPCA pet insurance opens 24/7 hotline

Policyholders can get quick answers to reimbursement questions.

ASPCA pet health insurance policyholders now have around-the-clock access to someone who can answer the question, “Is the emergency veterinary procedure covered?” Parent company Crum & Forster Pet Insurance Group reported that the new 24/7 service also can provide an estimate of how much of the veterinary bill will be reimbursed. The hotline used to […]

young veterinarian

Royal Canin sponsors ‘Become a Veterinarian’ contest

Three middle school students will be chosen to attend Auburn’s Junior Vet Camp.

Pet food maker Royal Canin will help send three schoolchildren to Auburn University’s Junior Vet Camp this summer under a partnership with Vet Set Go, an initiative designed to interest young people in veterinary careers. Three students entering sixth, seventh or eighth grades will be selected to receive free tuition, meals and housing at Auburn’s […]

pet food

Amazon pet food shoppers like Blue Buffalo

The online merchant is closing the gap on veterinary practices.

Amazon.com sold an estimated $1 billion worth of pet food in 2018 as the online retailer continued to eat away at a traditional veterinary revenue category. The market insights firm Edge by Ascential reported that Blue Buffalo products were most popular on Amazon, making up 11 percent of total pet food sales. Blue produces mainstream […]


VHMA schedules workplace well-being seminars

Regional workshops are set for New Orleans, Sacramento, Massachusetts and two other locations.

The Veterinary Hospital Managers Association has scheduled a series of regional workshops on how to improve business outcomes through workplace well-being. The presenters are Marianne Mallonee, CVPM, co-owner of Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital in Colorado, and former practice owner Josh Vaisman. The first workshop will take place March 27 in New Orleans, followed by May […]

Dr. Ashley Geoghegan

Louisiana veterinarian to open holistic hospital

VetNaturally will provide acupuncture, Chinese herbal therapy and other services.

An integrative medicine practitioner is breaking ground on a Louisiana veterinary hospital that will offer acupuncture, Chinese herbal therapy, food therapy, canine rehabilitation and day care. Ashley Geoghegan, DVM, CVA, CVFT, CVCH, the owner of VetNaturally, has been seeing patients at Mandeville Animal Hospital, across Lake Pontchartrain from New Orleans. The Louisiana State University veterinary […]

Mount Laurel Animal Hospital

N.J. veterinary hospital completes major expansion

Mount Laurel Animal Hospital launches neurology and dermatology departments.

A suburban Philadelphia veterinary hospital has opened neurology and dermatology departments and added 14 exam rooms as part of an 18,000-square-foot expansion. Mount Laurel Animal Hospital, located in Mount Laurel, New Jersey, is a 24-hour emergency, specialty and general practice employing 35 veterinarians on a total staff of 140. The hospital, founded in 1975, more […]

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