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Dr. Michael Topper takes over as AVMA president

Michael J. Topper, DVM, Ph.D., DACVP, assumed the role of president of the American Veterinary Medical Association in late July during the organization’s convention in Indianapolis. Dr. Topper, a recently retired veterinary pathologist living in Harleysville, Pennsylvania, will serve as president for one year. He has held numerous leadership roles. They include representing the Pennsylvania […]

Bayer parasiticide plant to undergo expansion

Germany-based Bayer plans to spend more than $100 million to upgrade its factory in the northern city of Kiel as part of a strategy to grow the company’s animal health business. “The rising demand for collars against fleas and ticks requires further investments into new production facilities and sophisticated filling and packaging lines,” the company […]

Nextmune buys allergy products maker Spectrum

Spectrum Labs is now Spectrum Veterinary LLC after its purchase by the Swedish company Nextmune. Spectrum, based in Phoenix, provides tests and treatments for allergies in pets. The transaction terms were not disclosed. Spectrum founder Mervyn Levin, Ph.D., will leave the company within the next year. With the addition of Spectrum, “Nextmune goes from a […]

Mesa Labs cuts prices for AAHA member hospitals

Mesa Laboratories Inc. will provide discounts to American Animal Hospital Association members under the Lakewood, Colorado, organization’s Member Values Program. Mesa, also headquartered in Lakewood, offers spore-testing services.

Kansas veterinary hospital launches boarding facility

McPherson Veterinary Clinic, in central Kansas, is preparing to open a luxury boarding and day care center one block away, the McPherson Sentinel reported. McPherson Pet Resort will accept up to 50 dogs and exercise them in nearly four dozen 4-by-8-foot runs. Five luxury suites will have an at-home feel.

New Zealand vet erases ‘parenting’ comment

A New Zealand veterinarian looking for an internal medicine resident edited a help-wanted advertisement that stated the position would not suit “someone who plans to take long periods of time off for parenting.” Clinic owner Mark Robson, BVSc, DACVIM, deleted the offending line on the New Zealand Veterinary Association jobs web page. Left in place […]

Panacea feature enables Facebook appointments

Users of the cloud-based practice management system Panacea can accept real-time online bookings through their clinic website and Facebook page. “Over 50 percent of vet clients surveyed indicated that they would book more appointments with their vet if it was more convenient to do so,” the New Zealand company stated.

Florida hospital workers volunteer at SPCA shelter

A veterinary team from Day and Evening Pet Hospital and Surgical Center in Palm Harbor, Florida, assisted for a day at the financially distressed SPCA Suncoast shelter, Fox 13 reported. Dozens of dogs and cats received everything from sterilizations and vaccinations to microchips and other veterinary care.

Phibro to make vaccines in India for domestic market

Phibro Animal Health Corp. of Teaneck, New Jersey, is extending its 20-year partnership with India-based drug maker Zydus Cadila. Phibro poultry vaccines will be manufactured at a new plant in India for sale in the nation’s poultry market.

300 eye doctors team up to screen service animals

About 7,450 animals, ranging from dogs and cats to horses and alpacas, were screened during the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists’ 10th annual National Service Animal Eye Exam Event. A record 300 board-certified veterinary ophthalmologists in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico donated their time and equipment. The event was sponsored by Stokes Pharmacy.

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