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Dr. Bonnie Rush is named K-State veterinary dean

The interim officeholder replaces Dr. Tammy Beckham after a nearly two-year search.

Kansas State University has removed “interim” from Dr. Bonnie Rush’s job title and made her dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Rush, DVM, MS, DACVIM, served as interim dean since September 2017 following the resignation of Tammy Beckham, DVM, Ph.D. Dr. Rush’s appointment is effective June 16. Kansas State conducted a national search […]


Rayne Nutrition offers veterinary diet consults

“Unbiased expertise” is available by phone throughout Canada.

Canadian veterinarians — and U.S. practitioners later in 2019 — can receive free pet nutrition advice from an independent panel of experts assembled by food maker Rayne Clinical Nutrition. Rayne, which sells veterinary-exclusive therapeutic diets, reported that the Clinical Advisory Team is made up of independent veterinarians and board-certified specialists who will provide “unbiased expertise […]

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Banfield Pet Hospital speaks 350 languages

Clients can receive translation help at one of six Southern California clinics.

How’s this for client communication? Pet owners visiting one of six Banfield Pet Hospitals will be able to converse with the veterinary team in any of 350 languages. The company unveiled a 60-pay pilot program June 5 that utilizes a contractor, Lionbridge Technologies, to interpret for clients who speak anything from Mandarin, French or Portuguese […]

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Survey identifies where veterinary clinics fall short

High costs, excessive wait times and less-than-gentle patient handling are areas of client concern.

Long waits and the markups on tests and vaccines are among the top gripes of veterinary clients. An online survey commissioned by the United Veterinary Services Association found that while 95% of respondents walked away happy about the medical care provided, at least 1 in 4 found deficiencies in the overall clinic experience. Convenience was […]


WSAVA committee explores veterinary well-being

Survey results being presented at the WSAVA World Congress are seen as an “important first step.”

Preliminary results of a study into the well-being of veterinary professionals will be unveiled July 17 during the World Small Animal Veterinary Association’s World Congress. Nienke Endenburg, Ph.D., co-chair of WSAVA’s Professional Wellness Group, will release the findings, which are based on a 4,000-person online survey. “Veterinarians care for our animal companions, but the question […]

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Compassion-First promotes executives, adds hospital

The company, under “Industry Icon” John Payne, is opening a West Coast corporate office.

Compassion-First Pet Hospitals, a network of 42 veterinary practices, has promoted group president Ryan Buck, MBA, MS, to executive vice president. Buck will oversee the newly created business development department as well as marketing, talent development, customer development and client experience. The Tinton Falls, New Jersey, company also reported: The promotion of chief financial officer […]

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Midmark acquires kennel manufacturer Mason Company

The two Ohio businesses are more than a century old.

Veterinary equipment maker Midmark Corp. is expanding its animal boarding and containment offerings through the acquisition of a competitor, Mason Company. Terms of the transaction, announced June 4, were not revealed. Mason focuses on kennel systems, grooming tables and accessories. Midmark sells an array of veterinary equipment, including monitors, treatment tables and lighting, and also […]

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Trupanion prepares to light up Times Square

Veterinary Appreciation Day messages will be shared with the public June 18.

Pet owners will show their love for veterinarians on June 18 in New York’s Times Square. Veterinary Appreciation Day, an annual celebration started by pet health insurer Trupanion, invites clients to share thoughtful messages about the heroic and everyday work of veterinary professionals. The notes will be hard to miss. “We are asking pet owners […]

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Banfield launches Vet Chat telehealth service

The hospital network offers one-on-one discussions through the Banfield app.

Banfield Pet Hospital’s 2 million Optimum Wellness Plan clients can obtain veterinary advice remotely through the Banfield mobile app. The new telehealth service, called Vet Chat, is available 24 hours a day. Users won’t receive a diagnosis or prescription order, but they will be told whether their pet should see a veterinarian. “Vet Chat marks […]

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VHMA selects Arizona for 2019 annual conference

Up to 26 CE hours will be available in September through three separate programs.

Registration has opened for the Veterinary Hospital Managers Association’s annual meeting and conference. The three-day event kicks off Sept. 26 at the Renaissance Phoenix Glendale Hotel and Spa in Glendale, Arizona. Attendees can earn as many as 26 continuing education hours during the conference, a pre-conference legal symposium and post-conference software user groups workshops. Among […] Protection Status