Lincoln Memorial’s first class set to graduate

87 students completed four years in the College of Veterinary Medicine.

Eighty-seven new veterinarians will begin launching their careers when they graduate May 19 from the Lincoln Memorial University College of Veterinary Medicine. The students made up the inaugural class when they started their studies four years ago in Harrogate, Tennessee. About 30 percent have accepted job offers in the Appalachian region, the university reported. “Our […]

AVMA delegates to scrutinize debarking policy

A resolution strongly opposing the debarking, or devocalizing, of dogs for reasons of convenience will be considered in July by the American Veterinary Medical Association’s House of Delegates. The proposed revision would strengthen the organization’s current policy, which calls non-therapeutic devocalization surgery “a final alternative to euthanasia” after behavioral modification efforts have failed. Some dog […]

NAVTA President Kara Burns joins Today’s Veterinary Nurse

The new editor-in-chief also will serve as director of veterinary nursing for NAVC Publishing.

The North American Veterinary Community, the profession’s largest publisher, on May 9 announced the hiring of Kara M. Burns, MS, MEd, LVT, VTS (Nutrition), VTS-H (Internal Medicine, Dentistry), as editor-in-chief of the peer-reviewed journal Today’s Veterinary Nurse and director of veterinary nursing for NAVC Publishing. Burns currently serves as president of the National Association of […]

News briefs: Week of May 7

Legislation could tighten airline travel restrictions for pets Lawmakers in Washington, D.C., will consider tightening restrictions on which animals will be allowed to accompany passengers when they fly commercially. The bill, introduced by North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr, seeks to align the definition of a service animal for air carriers with the current definition from […]

Cynthia Otto is named Bustad vet of the year

The AVMA also identifies the winners of its animal welfare and humane awards.

The American Veterinary Medical Association has revealed the winners of three awards that will be handed out July 13 in Denver during the organization’s annual convention. The awards and honorees are: Bustad Companion Animal Veterinarian of the Year Award: Cynthia Otto, DVM, Ph.D., the founder and executive director of the Penn Vet Working Dog Center […]

New KindredBio drug manages feline weight loss

Mirataz helps maintain body weight when an underlying disease is present.

Kindred Biosciences Inc. is planning the summer 2018 release of what the company describes as the first and only FDA-approved transdermal medication for the management of weight loss in cats. Mirataz (mirtazapine transdermal ointment) can be used to manage feline weight loss associated with underlying illnesses, the San Francisco biopharmaceutical company reported May 7. The […]

VetSummit scheduled for October in Dallas

The Henry Schein annual event will emphasize business matters.

Building a stronger veterinary practice is the theme of the 2018 VetSummit, a continuing education conference organized by Henry Schein Inc. and set for Oct. 10 to 12 in Dallas. The annual event, formerly called the Veterinary Technology Summit, will focus on business, practice management and technology subjects. The target audience consists of veterinarians, veterinary […]

Petland appoints consulting veterinarian

Dr. Thomas Edling is a former vice president of veterinary medicine at Petco.

A veterinary industry consultant and former Petco executive has been named consulting veterinarian for the Petland retail chain. Thomas Edling, DVM, MSpVM, MPH, will help Petland, which sells puppies and kittens in addition to pet supplies, “evolve our industry-leading animal health protocols,” company President and CEO Joe Watson said. “Petland cares about the health of […]

News briefs: Week of April 30

Survey: U.S. pet obesity rose in 2017 Sixty percent of U.S. cats and 56 percent of U.S. dogs were classified as overweight in 2017, according to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention. The 10th annual survey revealed that an estimated 50.2 million dogs and 56.5 million cats were above a healthy weight. In 2016, 54 […]

Veterinary business seminar set for June 22

Kansas practice owner and organizer Dr. Nels Lindberg aims to help veterinarians ‘figure all of this out.’

Kansas veterinarian Nels Lindberg, DVM, readily admits that he has erred as a practice owner, and he is happy to share the lessons learned. Dr. Lindberg’s second annual Vet Leader conference, taking place June 22 in Great Bend, Kansas, will address leadership, marketing, recruitment, and finance and accounting. “Vet school does a great job of […]