News briefs: Week of May 21

Midmark supports Veterinary Nurse Initiative Veterinary equipment maker Midmark Corp. announced its support of the effort to make “registered veterinary nurse” the standard credential in the U.S. veterinary technician profession. Launched in 2016 by the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America, the initiative aims to drive passage of legislative amendments in every state to […]

VIP Petcare expands to 4 more states

The company’s pop-up clinics can be found now in Kansas, Louisiana, Maine and Washington.

VIP Petcare, which offers vaccinations and other low-level services in non-traditional settings, has added Kansas, Louisiana, Maine and Washington to its location map. Now doing business in 38 states, VIP Petcare reported that the new clinics will be held at three retailers: Tractor Supply, Pet Supplies Plus and Petsense. “As always, we are excited to […]

Merck updates Prestige equine influenza vaccines

The vaccines feature the most current clade 1 and clade 2 influenza strains.

Merck Animal Health has updated its Prestige line of equine influenza vaccines. “For the past 10 years, we’ve been monitoring influenza, along with other common infectious upper respiratory diseases, through the Merck Animal Health Biosurveillance Program, a partnership with the University of California, Davis,” said D. Craig Barnett, director of equine veterinary professional services. “It […]

Arizona hires assistant dean for proposed vet school

Dr. Jim Maciulla will manage clinical rotations and partnerships.

Still lacking the official go-ahead to open a college of veterinary medicine, the University of Arizona is moving forward with assembling an administrative team. Jim Maciulla, DVM, MS, most recently the owner of a Flagstaff, Arizona, mixed-animal practice, was named assistant dean for clinical relations and outreach, the university announced May 16. UA plans to […]

Southern Veterinary Partners grows to 50 hospitals

“We look forward toward the next 50,” its CEO says.

Southern Veterinary Partners, a rapidly expanding hospital management company based in Birmingham, Alabama, has acquired numbers 49 and 50. The newest members are Tender Paws Animal Hospital in Conroe, Texas, and Crossroads Animal Hospital in Newnan, Georgia. Founded in 2014, Southern Veterinary Partners acquired 22 hospitals in 2017, ending the year with 39. The company’s […]

Zoetis to buy Abaxis for $1.9 billion

The takeover gives the drug maker a larger foothold in the veterinary diagnostics arena.

Veterinary drug giant Zoetis Inc. has agreed to acquire diagnostic equipment maker Abaxis Inc. for $1.9 billion, the companies announced May 16. “Together we can bring more veterinarian customers a broader range of products that fit into our comprehensive solutions and innovations, from prediction and early detection of disease in animals to prevention and treatment,” […]

Zoetis adds scours product to livestock portfolio

Zoetis Inc. has acquired the global rights to Detach, a non-antibiotic solution for controlling scours, or diarrhea, in livestock and horses. The product’s developer, Australia-based Anatara Lifesciences, reported May 15 that Zoetis will exclusively manufacture, distribute and market Detach worldwide in exchange for an upfront payment, milestone payments and royalties. Specific financial terms were not […]

Registration opens for Veterinary Marketing Summit

A one-day marketing seminar designed for veterinarians and other practice leaders will take place July 27 in San Diego. The Veterinary Marketing Summit will address brand building, websites, search engine optimization and social media, among other subjects. Five presenters are scheduled: Meghan Burns, DVM, owner of Connect Veterinary Consulting. Wendy Hauser, DVM, president and founder […]

Vet’s Plus puts probiotic to the test

Vet’s Plus Inc. is offering dog and cat owners a free sample of its probiotic powder supplement Probios Intelliflora. The supplement is formulated to support gastrointestinal health and promote normal immune system function, the Menomonie, Wisconsin, company reported. “Some people aren’t aware of the benefits their pet can receive from a daily probiotic,” said chief […]

News briefs: Week of May 14

AVMA: Antimicrobial research is a priority Antimicrobial resistance is a global threat that requires the development of new drugs to protect people and animals, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association. The organization’s revised research priorities, passed by the board of directors, added language describing the threat of antimicrobial resistance and the need for antimicrobial […]