end-of-life care

AAHA expands accreditation to end-of-life care

The program is limited to hospice and euthanasia providers that are already AAHA members.

The American Animal Hospital Association has created a separate accreditation program for member veterinary practices that focus on end-of-life care or want to add it as a standalone service. The program is available to mobile and brick-and-mortar practices that provide palliative, hospice or euthanasia services. “Today’s pet owners view their pets as family members,” said […]


Antech introduces PCR ringworm panel

The DNA-based test can be performed on dogs, cats, horses, rabbits and small rodents.

Antech Diagnostics has launched a DNA-based test that can tell a veterinarian within one to three days whether a patient is positive or negative for a ringworm-causing fungal organism. The FastPanel Ringworm PCR panel uses fungal cultures from sources such as plucked hair samples, skin scrapings or hairbrushes. The cultures are sent to an Antech […]

Marie Kerl

VCA names new chief medical officer

Dr. Marie Kerl is a former University of Missouri professor and a disaster responder.

Marie Kerl, DVM, MPH, DACVIM, DACVECC, has been promoted to chief medical officer of the VCA Animal Hospitals network. Dr. Kerl, VCA’s former regional medical director and regional operations director, replaced long-time chief medical officer Todd Tams, DVM, DACVIM. Dr. Tams is the new chief medical officer for external affairs at parent company Mars Veterinary […]

veterinary professionals

Banfield commits to greater employee diversity

The company and several industry partners launch initiatives to recruit more minority veterinary professionals and improve access to care for millions of pets.

A new study warns that 75 million U.S. pets could go without medical care by 2030 because of a veterinarian shortage, yet the crisis could be alleviated if more minority students were to enter the profession. Banfield Pet Hospital, which released study results Sept. 14, announced that the company will strive to create a more […]

John August

Texas A&M fills dean’s job for now

Dr. John August will lead the veterinary college until a replacement is found by way of a national search.

John August, BVetMed, MS, DACVIM, has been appointed dean of the Texas A&M University veterinary college while administrators search for a long-term successor. Dr. August, former interim dean of the School of Public Health and most recently of the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, replaced Eleanor Green, DVM, DACVIM, DABVP. Dr. Green left […]

wildfire pet care

Chapter 16: Tales from the COVID-19 front lines

“The human-animal bond has never been stronger. During times of really challenging situations, people need pets.”

This week: Dr. Peter Weinstein on wildfires and pet care, Dr. Bob Lester on a checkmark-shaped recovery, Debbie Boone on her “Open Letter to Clients,” and more. Read the first 15 installments in this series: Chapter 1  Chapter 2  Chapter 3  Chapter 4  Chapter 5  Chapter 6   Chapter 7 Chapter 8  Chapter 9  Chapter 10  Chapter […]

Vetscan Imagyst

Vetscan Imagyst delivers fast parasite analysis

The point-of-care Zoetis product checks a pet’s fecal sample using image recognition, algorithms and artificial intelligence.

A new diagnostic platform from Zoetis Inc. uses image recognition, algorithms and cloud-based artificial intelligence to identify parasites inside cats and dogs within nine minutes. Vetscan Imagyst is a point-of-care tool designed to locate, classify and identify parasite eggs and cysts in a single fecal sample. “Veterinarians will now be able to share results with […]

Stacy Anderson

Lincoln Memorial welcomes new dean

Dr. Stacy Anderson is a large animal expert who previously served as LMU’s associate dean for academic affairs.

Stacy Anderson, DVM, Ph.D., DACVS, has been promoted to dean of the Lincoln Memorial University College of Veterinary Medicine, replacing Jason W. Johnson, DVM, MS, DACT, who accepted a job with Idexx Laboratories. Dr. Anderson was associate dean for academic affairs when she was elevated to the dean’s position. She previously was director of large […]


Boehringer introduces once-daily ProZinc for dogs

One insulin injection can control clinical signs for up to 24 hours.

The prescription medication ProZinc may be injected once a day to reduce hyperglycemia and hyperglycemia-associated clinical signs in most diabetic dogs, according to the manufacturer, Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health. “Once-daily dosing with ProZinc is a breakthrough for pet owners with diabetic dogs,” said Grant Beckett, BVSc, MRCVS, senior associate director of technical marketing at Boehringer […]

mixed-breed dogs

Study: Delayed neutering benefits larger dogs

UC Davis researchers recommend waiting at least 12 months if a mixed-breed dog will grow to over 43 pounds.

Veterinarians and animal shelters might want to reconsider the custom of sterilizing some young puppies. A study conducted at the University of California, Davis, discovered that larger mixed-breed dogs — those weighing at least 43 pounds as adults — have a significantly heightened risk of certain joint disorders if they are spayed or neutered before […]