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FDA Endorses Canine Epilepsy and Lymphoma Drugs

Medications from Pegasus Laboratories and Anivive Lifesciences earned conditional approvals.

Two new oral medications — one for the control of seizures in dogs with idiopathic epilepsy and the other for the treatment of canine lymphoma — have received conditional approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The epilepsy drug, KBroVet-CA1 (potassium bromide chewable tablets), was developed by Pegasus Laboratories Inc., a contract manufacturer and […]


Antech Introduces Rapid UTI Test

Swift results from the FIRSTract assay can help prevent the overprescribing of antibiotics.

Antech Diagnostics has released what it calls a faster way of detecting bacterial infections in cat and dog urine cultures, a development that supports the more prudent use of antibiotics. The FIRSTract test is run at an Antech reference laboratory and has a turnaround time of 24 hours. The automated assay uses light-scattering technology to […]


Texas Tech Hires More Founding Faculty Members

Newly hired professors include an animal welfare expert and a practicing veterinarian.

The next U.S. veterinary school, Texas Tech University, is rapidly adding faculty members as it prepares to begin instruction in August 2021. The School of Veterinary Medicine, headquartered in Amarillo, anticipates an inaugural class of 60 students. About 30 faculty and staff members were hired as of September 2020. Recent appointees include: Arlene Garcia-Marquez, Ph.D., […]


Dechra will distribute KindredBio’s Zimeta

The Dechra catalog now includes the equine pyrexia drug and the previously purchased Mirataz.

Dechra Veterinary Products has acquired the distribution rights to Zimeta, the first FDA-approved drug for the control of pyrexia in horses. Zimeta (dipyrone injection) was developed by Kindred Biosciences Inc. and earned the approval of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Veterinary Medicine in November 2019. Dechra received the exclusive marketing, sales and […]

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Cat Friendly Practices Won’t Do Elective Declaws

The AAFP gives member practices six months to transition away from medically unnecessary onychectomies.

The American Association of Feline Practitioners has enacted a policy banning newly certified Cat Friendly Practices from performing elective declaw procedures and ordered the group’s 1,015 current member practices to stop elective onychectomies within six months. The AAFP in 2017 issued a policy statement strongly opposing the declawing of cats as an elective procedure. The […]

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BluePearl Asks for More Pet Blood Donations

Pandemic restrictions likely discouraged clients from volunteering their cats and dogs as donors.

The BluePearl veterinary hospital network is appealing to pet owners to consider donating blood from their cats and dogs due to a significant shortfall. BluePearl, which operates 11 pet blood banks from Florida to Washington State, reported that donations fell by 19% in 2020, possibly because of the COVID-19 pandemic. “Changes to hospital processes, increased […]


Midmark Veteran Will Become CEO in April

Jon Wells replaces John Baumann, who led the equipment manufacturer “though a period of tremendous growth.”

Jon Wells, whose 30-year career at Midmark Corp. included jobs in sales and marketing, will take over as CEO on April 1. The Dayton, Ohio, company, which manufactures equipment for use in the veterinary, dentistry and human medicine professions, reported that Wells will replace CEO John Baumann, who is keeping his seat on the board […]


Elanco Obtains Rights to KindredBio Parvovirus Therapy

The monoclonal antibody KIND-030 has shown promise on its path to possible regulatory approval.

Kindred Biosciences Inc. could earn tens of millions of dollars as part of an agreement with Elanco Animal Health involving KindredBio’s promising canine parvovirus treatment, KIND-030. An estimated 250,000 cases of canine parvovirus occur annually in the United States, according to Banfield Pet Hospital. Dogs can be vaccinated against the deadly disease, which has no […]

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Laser therapy provider LiteCure gets new owner

Medical device maker DJO gains a foothold in the veterinary field.

LiteCure, the parent company of Companion Animal Health, has been acquired by DJO LLC, a maker of braces, supports and orthopedic devices used in human medicine. Terms of the transaction were not revealed. Delaware-based LiteCure is a leading manufacturer of veterinary laser therapy equipment. The company also sells platelet-rich plasma kits, stem cell therapy products, […]

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AAHA Updates Guide to Veterinary Fees

More than 950 practices contributed data on what they charge for hundreds of services.

The American Animal Hospital Association has released the latest edition of The Veterinary Fee Reference, a price benchmarking guide. The 464-page paperback breaks down fee pricing data from more than 950 veterinary practices, AAHA Press reported. Over 500 services are presented in table form, including first-time listings for telemedicine and laser therapy. “Fees are broken […]