New veterinary algorithm reads between the lines

DeepTag scrutinizes a practitioner’s clinical notes to identify a likely diagnosis.

The diagnosis might be hiding in your clinical notes. A newly developed algorithm has shown promise in its ability to burrow into a veterinarian’s typed notes from a patient encounter and predict diseases the animal might have, Stanford University reported. Colorado State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine contributed to the creation of DeepTag, a form […]


LifeLearn WebDVM websites now link to Vetsource

Clients can order pet food and drugs for home delivery.

Veterinary hospitals using LifeLearn Animal Health’s WebDVM websites can offer clients the opportunity to purchase medications and pet food directly from Vetsource. A new agreement between the two companies led to the integration of Vetsource into WebDVM effective mid-December. Clients need only click an online pharmacy link. “By partnering with LifeLearn, practice websites become a […]

Dodd Animal Hospital

Texas clinic becomes consolidator’s 70th location

Southern Veterinary Partners acquires Dodd Animal Hospital in San Antonio.

Hospital consolidator Southern Veterinary Partners will end 2018 with 70 practices across 10 states following the acquisition of Dodd Animal Hospital in San Antonio. The Birmingham, Alabama, chain’s rapid expansion from 39 hospitals just 12 months ago can be tied to the equity firm Shore Capital Partners, which first invested in Southern Veterinary Partners in […]

Priority 4 Paws

Purdue mobile clinic credited with 14,000 surgeries

Sterilized shelter animals often find a home “the very next day.”

Purdue University’s mobile veterinary service is celebrating a couple of milestones: more than 14,000 spays or neuters of shelter animals and over 100,000 miles traveled since 2012. The clinic, staffed by veterinarians and fourth-year students from the College of Veterinary Medicine, typically hits the road twice a week, stopping at Indiana animal shelters. “When the […]

canine research

2018 was productive year for AKC Canine Health Foundation

More than 120 active research grants have one objective: “Better health for all dogs.”

The AKC Canine Health Foundation in 2018 managed over 120 active research grants worth more than $8 million, the charitable organization’s year-end report revealed. Some 38 new grants were awarded, including support for research into hemangiosarcoma, tick-borne disease and epilepsy. Among other highlights: Educational grants were awarded to two residents through the Theriogenology Foundation’s Theriogenology […]

Vets Plus

Vets Plus acquires animal nutrition company Merrick’s

The Wisconsin companies offer complementary product lines.

Animal health company Vets Plus Inc. has expanded its Wisconsin footprint with the takeover of Merrick’s Inc., a manufacturer of boluses, tablets, powders and electrolytes for livestock. Vets Plus, whose product array includes supplements, treats and Probios probiotics, reported that Merrick’s will operate as a subsidiary under the name Merrick’s Animal Health. Financial terms were […]

pet food

Pet food sales drop nearly 6% at veterinary hospitals

A Nielson report finds that e-commerce’s share of the pet consumables market is climbing.

Sales of pet food and treats fell by 5.8 percent over the past year at U.S. veterinary clinics as more consumers turned to online sources, according to a Nielsen Co. study. Overall, the estimated 27,000 to 30,000 veterinary practices sold $1.6 billion worth of food and treats in the 12 months ended June 2018. The […]


CDC reports elevated suicide rates among veterinarians

Federal officials call for a collaborative effort to tackle the issue.

A new study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found that suicide rates for U.S. veterinarians are much higher than those of the general population. The study examined 36 years of death records covering 11,620 veterinarians to conclude that female veterinarians were 3.5 times and male veterinarians 2.1 times as likely […]

Ben Shaw

Henry Schein Animal Health + Vets First Choice = Covetrus

A planned merger of the two companies will result in a new company name.

Henry Schein Animal Health and Vets First Choice will be known by a new name, Covetrus, when their merger becomes official in early 2019. The name is different from what the veterinary industry distributors announced in April 2018: Vets First Corp. “It was important to create a new brand and new name that demonstrates our […]

Doreen Carpenter

NAVC Media appoints associate publisher

Industry veteran Doreen Carpenter has responsibilities for Today’s Veterinary Business and other publications.

The North American Veterinary Community is pleased to announce that Doreen Carpenter has been promoted to associate publisher of NAVC Media with responsibilities across various NAVC titles including Today’s Veterinary Practice, Today’s Veterinary Nurse, Today’s Veterinary Business and Veterinary Advantage. Carpenter has over 10 years of animal health experience, most currently as director of sales […]

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