personal attacks

BVA president criticizes vicious online behavior

Too many people resort to “wholly inappropriate … personal attacks” on veterinary colleagues, an open letter says.

The British Veterinary Association has a message for members who engage in online debate and commentary: Be kind. The open letter from BVA President Daniella Dos Santos, BVetMed, MRCVS, pointed to “derogatory and offensive language” found in online posts. Women and minorities are often targeted, she noted. “Online veterinary forums can be a fantastic place […]

Viticus Group

WVC rebrands as the Viticus Group

The new name arrives as preparations are made for a second CE site serving veterinary and human medicine professionals.

Months away from opening a second continuing education building, the organization known as WVC has a new name: Viticus Group. The rebranding was announced at the 92nd annual WVC veterinary conference, which wrapped up Feb. 19 in Las Vegas. WVC will still be used to identify the conference and veterinary education, including year-round Academy courses. […]


Purina unveils an allergen-reducing cat food

Pro Plan LiveClear contains an egg protein that counteracts a feline protein shed during grooming.

Nestlé Purina PetCare has engineered a new cat food formulated to neutralize a feline protein that affects many allergen-sensitive people. The diet, Purina Pro Plan LiveClear, will be available starting in April at veterinary hospitals, online retailers and pet specialty stores. Nestlé Purina is promoting the food as the first and only one that reduces […]

Michael Cavanaugh

AAHA’s chief executive is leaving in June

The hospital accreditation organization will replace longtime CEO Michael Cavanaugh.

The American Animal Hospital Association, which accredits up to 15% of veterinary clinics in the United States and Canada, is looking to replace Michael Cavanaugh, DVM, DABVP (emeritus), who will step down June 30 after 10 years as CEO. The Lakewood, Colorado, association credited Dr. Cavanaugh with a multitude of achievements, among them overseeing the […]

Critter Fixers

TV’s critter fixers

A new Nat Geo Wild program showcases two Georgia veterinarians who were also Tuskegee classmates.

It’s a tense moment at Critter Fixer Veterinary Hospital in Bonaire, Georgia, as Vernard L. Hodges, DVM, struggles to get a French bulldog puppy to breathe after a planned C-section. Earlier, Dr. Hodges and his business partner, Terrence Ferguson, DVM, did pregnancy checks on four alpacas and treated a skin condition on a rescue horse. […]

Randy Valpy

Trupanion looks to Canada for more business

Pet health insurer hires Randy Valpy as president of Canadian underwriting.

Randy Valpy, the former CEO of LifeLearn Animal Health, has joined pet health insurer Trupanion as president of a planned Canadian underwriting company. Seattle-based Trupanion sees additional sales opportunities across Canada, which currently brings in about 20% of the company’s revenue. Trupanion is the second-largest pet insurer in North America, with more than 610,000 covered […]

WSAVA: Pets aren’t a coronavirus threat

The World Small Animal Veterinary Association issues advice for veterinarians amid the global outbreak.

Dogs and cats do not pose a known threat of transmitting the new coronavirus, which has killed more than 1,000 people worldwide, the World Small Animal Veterinary Association is reminding veterinarians. The advisory, issued Feb. 11, was an attempt to allay the fears of pet owners who think their dog or cat is a coronavirus […]

Nasalgen 3

Merck introduces three-way cattle vaccine

Nasalgen 3 protects against infectious bovine rhinotracheitis, BRSV and PI3.

Merck Animal Health has received U.S. Department of Agriculture approval of Nasalgen 3, an intranasal vaccine formulated to protect beef and dairy cattle from common pneumonia-causing viral pathogens. The vaccine provides a 6½-month duration of immunity against infectious bovine rhinotracheitis (IBR), 11 weeks’ protection against bovine respiratory syncytial virus (BRSV) and three months’ protection against […]

Zoetis buys Ethos Diagnostic Science

Zoetis acquires another veterinary reference lab

The addition of Ethos Diagnostic Science follows the purchase of Phoenix Central Laboratory and ZNLabs.

Zoetis Inc. has acquired its third veterinary reference laboratory in less than four months, the latest being Ethos Diagnostic Science, which operates laboratories in Boston, Denver and San Diego. Terms were not disclosed. Ethos Diagnostic Science was part of Ethos Veterinary Health, a 21-hospital network stretching from Massachusetts to Southern California. Its three laboratory locations […]

hero veterinarian

Nominate an unsung hero

Veterinarians and veterinary nurses are eligible for special recognition from American Humane and Zoetis.

Do you know a veterinary hero? The animal welfare group American Humane and sponsor Zoetis Inc. are soliciting nominations for the seventh annual Hero Veterinarian and Hero Veterinary Nurse awards. Veterinarians and nurses identified by April 2 at will be cut to five finalists, who will be put to a public vote running from […] Protection Status