UF’s Macpherson takes over as AAEP president

Three other veterinarians join the American Association of Equine Practitioners board of directors.

University of Florida Professor Margo Macpherson, DVM, MS, DACT, has been installed as president of the American Association of Equine Practitioners, replacing R. Reynolds Cowles Jr., DVM. The changeover occurred Nov. 20 in San Antonio, Texas, during the AAEP’s 63rd annual convention. Dr. Macpherson is a professor of large animal clinical sciences and former chief […]

Fear Free to roll out hospital certification

Ceva Animal Health veterinarians will play a key role in the campaign.

The Fear Free organization will begin certifying veterinary practices in April 2018 with the assistance of Ceva Animal Health. The Fear Free concept, which aims to reduce fear, anxiety and stress in veterinary patients, has certified individuals since March 2016. More than 20,000 veterinary professionals have enrolled in an online program that leads to Level […]

Vet school applications rise again in 2017

Students applied to nearly five DVM programs each, according to the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges.

The number of people applying to veterinary college has jumped for the third straight year amid a government prediction of rosy job opportunities in the veterinary industry through 2026. The Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges reported Nov. 21 that 7,507 individuals applied for admission to nearly 40 DVM programs through the Veterinary Medical College […]

Become an H.R. master

Registration opens for a six-month, VHMA-sponsored program.

The Veterinary Hospital Managers Association has launched registration for a Mastermind Group focused on advanced human resources skills. The 14-person group will convene online for 90 minutes on the second Thursday of the month from January to June 2018. Topics to be covered include compliance, recruiting, retention, performance management, compensation and human resource technology. Up […]

Video: What the Veterinary Nurse Initiative would do

Ken Yagi and Mark Cushing sound off on the nationwide effort.

What do you know about the Veterinary Nurse Initiative? And what don’t you know about it? Launched in May 2017, the nationwide initiative would replace “registered veterinary technician,” “certified veterinary technician” and similar titles with the one-size-fits-all label “veterinary nurse.” “It’s the standardizing of credentials, it’s about title protection, and [it’s about something] that the […]

Pet insurer educates about peanut butter risk

Crum & Forster provides a couple of informational tools for veterinary practices.

The provider of ASPCA pet health insurance is reminding pet owners — and veterinary teams — about the danger of feeding certain peanut butter to dogs. The artificial sweetener xylitol makes peanut butter more palatable to people, but it is potentially lethal to dogs. “If consumed by a dog, xylitol can cause a rapid drop […]

Advanced Medical researches tumor-fighting RadioGel

The company will work with the University of Missouri on animal testing of brachytherapy.

A company headquartered in the Pacific Northwest is investigating the use of a radioactive isotope-infused gel to treat canine soft-tissue sarcomas and feline sarcomas. Advanced Medical Isotope Corp. of Richland, Washington, has asked the FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine to classify RadioGel as a brachytherapy device. Advanced Medical describes RadioGel as “a hydrogel liquid containing […]

WSAVA names new One Health chairman

Colorado State’s Dr. Michael Lappin takes the reins from Dr. Michael Day.

Colorado State University infectious diseases Professor Michael Lappin has taken over as chairman of the World Small Animal Veterinary Association’s One Health Committee, the organization announced Nov. 20. Dr. Lappin, DVM, Ph.D., DACVIM, directs the Center for Companion Animal Studies in the CSU veterinary college’s department of clinical sciences. “Mike Lappin has been an active […]

South Carolina hospital partners with PetCure Oncology

SCVS becomes the eighth provider of PetCure’s stereotactic radiation therapy.

PetCure Oncology, which provides stereotactic radiation therapy at partner veterinary hospitals across the United States, has opened an eighth location. The new host is South Carolina Veterinary Specialists and Emergency Care in Columbia. Stereotactic radiosurgery, often used in human medicine, is designed to precisely deliver high doses of radiation to a tumor or localized cancer […]

Poll: Millennials go to great lengths for a pet

Trupanion reports that “we consider them part of the family now more than ever.”

Millennials love their “fur babies” so much that 43 percent use the term for their pet and two-thirds occasionally make home-prepared meals for the animal. The Trupanion Inc. survey of 1,250 U.S. and Canadian pet owners also found that 12 percent of Millennials have chosen their four-legged companion over a romantic partner. “The aim of […] Protection Status