WVC to open second CE building in 2020

The 71,000-square-foot facility will provide expanded programming in veterinary and human medicine.

WVC is doubling its year-round meeting and education space in Las Vegas through the acquisition of a second building near the 10-year-old Oquendo Center. The organization, which plays host to the veterinary industry’s WVC Annual Conference at Mandalay Bay Convention Center, expects to have the 71,000-square-foot facility ready to open in June 2020 as a […]


Zoetis enters reference laboratory business

Phoenix Lab, headquartered in the Pacific Northwest, works with veterinarians in 20 states.

Zoetis Inc. has expanded into veterinary reference laboratory services with the purchase of Phoenix Central Laboratory, beating back an apparent acquisition bid by Idexx Laboratories. Terms were not disclosed, but VIN News Service reported in September that Idexx had offered $29 million for the Seattle laboratory, which serves veterinary clinics in 20 states. “Phoenix Lab […]

Veterinary Specialists of Alaska

SAGE takes over Veterinary Specialists of Alaska

The Anchorage practice and a Yakima, Washington, hospital are the latest additions to the SAGE Veterinary Centers network.

SAGE Veterinary Centers has expanded beyond Northern California for the second time with the acquisition of Veterinary Specialists of Alaska. Terms of the purchase of the Anchorage referral practice were not announced. Mike Edwards, DVM, MS, DACVS, opened the practice in 2003. “I am excited to join the SAGE organization because I feel that our […]

PhytoMAXX Plus

ANP launches liquid hemp extract for pets

Veterinary-exclusive PhytoMAXX Plus is administered orally as a joint supplement.

Animal Nutritional Products has released a liquid formulation of its veterinary-exclusive PhytoMAXX Bites hemp extract for pets. The new PhytoMAXX Plus is marketed to support joint health in dogs and cats and as a possible answer for stress-induced urinary problems and separation anxiety. The dietary supplement is available in 30-milliliter bottles that come with a […]

separation anxiety

Mizner Bioscience releases anti-anxiety drug

The generic medication is FDA-approved for dogs at least 6 months old.

Elanco Animal Health’s anti-anxiety medication Clomicalm (clomipramine hydrochloride) has a generic competitor. Mizner Bioscience, a privately held, Miami-based veterinary drug manufacturer, reported earning U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval of Clomipramine Hydrochloride Tablets, the company’s first product. The prescription medication is indicated for the treatment of separation anxiety in dogs at least 6 months old. […]

Caleb Morse and John Keatley

Scratchpay raises $65 million to fund expansion

The young firm has helped more than 70,000 pets receive veterinary care.

Scratchpay, a 3-year-old company that lends money to veterinary clients, has secured $65 million in Series B financing to reach more pet owners and expand internally. The funding consists of two parts. “The equity portion of the round … will be used to invest in product development and advancing Scratchpay’s proprietary underwriting model,” the company […]

Andrea Davis

WVC appoints new chief executive

Andrea Davis previously worked in human medicine and pharmaceutical sales.

Andrea Davis, MPA, has been named the new leader of WVC, a nonprofit group whose annual conference draws thousands of veterinary professionals to Las Vegas each February. Davis replaces interim CEO Stephanie Gerling, who took over when longtime chief David Little left the organization in February 2019. “After a long, competitive selection process, we are […]

Benjamin Shaw

Covetrus CEO is out months after merger

Benjamin Wolin is appointed acting chief executive and president.

Covetrus has announced the resignation of CEO and president Benjamin Shaw, who led the young company for less than a year. No reason was given for Shaw’s departure. The company, which arose from the merger of Henry Schein Animal Health and Vets First Choice, reported that Shaw will serve as an adviser. Board chairman Benjamin Wolin […]

Proin ER

Proin ER incontinence drug debuts in November

The once-a-day prescription medication for dogs is expected to help with owner compliance.

PRN Pharmacal has scheduled the release of new once-a-day Proin ER, a treatment for urethral sphincter mechanism incontinence in dogs. Three dosages, for dogs weighing 10 to 80 pounds, will be available in November. A fourth formulation, for dogs weighing 81 to 125 pounds, will be ready in January 2020, the company reported. Proin ER […]

Animal Medical Center

N.Y. veterinary hospital raises $43 million

The non-profit Animal Medical Center is readying for a massive renovation and construction project.

The 109-year-old, 109-doctor Animal Medical Center is more than halfway to its $70 million fundraising goal. The New York institution, which calls itself the world’s largest non-profit animal hospital, is relying on the Gift of Love capital campaign to cover the cost of renovating 26,000 square feet of clinical and client space and adding more […] Protection Status