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BabelBark, KindredBio endorsed as AAHA vendors

They are among a relatively small number of companies selected as Preferred Providers or GPO participants.

The American Animal Hospital Association has given the stamp of approval to pet software developer BabelBark and drug maker Kindred Biosciences. BabelBark became a Preferred Provider, identifying the Newton, Massachusetts, company as a trusted provider of essential business services for AAHA members. San Francisco-based Kindred Bio is an Advantage vendor, part of AAHA’s group purchasing […]

Dr. Cynthia Courtney

U.S. veterinarian earns Next Generation Award

Dr. Cynthia Courtney will be honored at the WSAVA World Congress.

Missouri veterinarian Cynthia Courtney, DVM, will receive the Hill’s Pet Nutrition Next Generation Veterinary Award in recognition of her work to improve the well-being of veterinary professionals. Dr. Courtney, who practices at Grandview Animal Hospital, south of Kansas City, will be honored in July at the World Small Animal Veterinary Association’s World Congress in Toronto. […]

Flexprofen

Vetoquinol USA launches osteoarthritis drug Flexprofen

The new generic also is formulated to help alleviate postoperative pain in dogs.

Vetoquinol USA has released Flexprofen, a beef-flavored chewable tablet containing carprofen, for the treatment of osteoarthritis pain and inflammation in dogs. The new generic product also is indicated to relieve postoperative pain in dogs after soft tissue and orthopedic surgeries. Eric Alsup, Vetoquinol USA’s country manager, said osteoarthritis and joint care is a key strategic […]

business acquisition

Elanco plans $245 million takeover of Aratana

The smaller company’s growing portfolio of pet therapeutics includes Galliprant, Entyce and Nocita.

Elanco Animal Health has agreed to purchase Aratana Therapeutics, developer of the canine osteoarthritis drug Galliprant, in a stock transaction valued at $245 million. The purchase is expected to close by mid-2019. Elanco, the world’s fourth-largest animal health company, was an early backer of 9-year-old Aratana as the smaller firm ramped up its research and […]

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Heartworm and Lyme disease are on the march

The Companion Animal Parasite Council forecasts problem areas, blaming weather and the “ever-changing nature of parasites.”

Pets living in or traveling to certain parts of the United States face a higher risk of contracting heartworm or Lyme disease this year, the Companion Animal Parasite Council reports. The organization warned that mosquito-transmitted heartworm disease poses a bigger threat in the Southeastern United States because of weather that is predicted to be warmer […]

CBD oil

Trupanion reports a spike in CBD insurance claims

Pet owners in Washington state and New Jersey lead the way in embracing the emerging treatment option.

Trupanion policyholders have become more accepting of cannabis-derived cannabidiol (CBD) as a treatment for pet health conditions such as seizures, anxiety and arthritis. The Seattle pet health insurer reported that reimbursement claims for CBD veterinary products rose to about 300 in 2018, a threefold increase from the previous year. The rise coincided with expanded legalization […]

laboratory

Scout Bio raises $20 million in biotech funding

The new company is going after chronic kidney disease, chronic pain and atopic dermatitis.

The startup company Scout Bio is building a war chest in preparation for the development of veterinary therapeutics targeting chronic kidney disease, chronic pain and atopic dermatitis. The Philadelphia biotechnology company has raised $20 million in Series B financing from a group of investment firms, among them Digitalis Ventures, RiverVest Venture Partners, GreenSpring Associates, Frazier […]

heartworm medication

Study identifies ways to improve heartworm drug compliance

Better communication goes a long way in clearing up confusion among pet owners, Ceva reports.

Having frequent and frank conversations with veterinary clients is effective at getting pet owners to stay current with heartworm preventives, according to a study sponsored by pharmaceutical maker Ceva Animal Health. The report also found confusion among dog owners as 1 in 4 believed they were giving a heartworm preventive when in reality they were […]

Richard Lichter Emergency Room

Penn Vet opens expanded emergency room

An aging Ryan Hospital is undergoing $14 million in renovations.

The University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine has completed the first phase of a $14 million project designed to renovate 38-year-old Ryan Hospital. The Richard Lichter Emergency Room, named after the benefactor who donated $2.7 million, adds 2,000 square feet, more than doubling the clinical space. The emergency room provides separate areas for dogs […]

Tufts veterinary school dean

Former Calgary dean is moving to Tufts

Dr. Alastair E. Cribb will oversee the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine.

The founding dean of the University of Calgary veterinary college will cross the Canadian-U.S. border to lead Tufts University’s Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. Alastair E. Cribb, DVM, Ph.D., is scheduled to start July 15 as the fifth dean in Cummings’ 40-year history. About 425 veterinary students are enrolled at Tufts, which offers DVM degrees, […]

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