WVC switches annual conference to February

Attendee feedback and better hotel rates are among the reasons for the schedule changes.

WVC’s annual conference will move from March to February in 2019 and last four days instead of five. The schedule changes followed a survey of conference attendees. “WVC’s goal is to always respond to the needs of the profession and our participants,” CEO David Little said. “Moving the WVC annual conference back to February means […]

Pet grooming is a nearly
$3 billion business

Packaged Facts finds that most pet owners want a clean and fresh-smelling animal.

Veterinary practices looking for an additional revenue stream might want to consider offering grooming services. The market research firm Packaged Facts reported April 23 that sales of pet grooming and spa services and products across the United States continued to grow in 2017. Total spending in all sectors fell just short of $3 billion, representing […]

Henry Schein to spin off veterinary business

A tax-free deal involving Vets First Choice will create a new company called Vets First Corp.

Henry Schein Animal Health, which distributes products and services to 75 percent of U.S. veterinarians, will merge with the prescription management and analytics company Vets First Choice, the two sides announced April 23. The deal, which is expected to close by late 2018, would leave parent company Henry Schein Inc. with its human medicine and dental […]

CAPC predicts geographic shift in pet parasites

2018 forecast shows where pet owners and veterinarians need to be on alert against heartworm, Lyme disease, anaplasmosis and Ehrlichiosis.

The invading forces will arrive by land and air. The Companion Animal Parasite Council says four common pet diseases will show up in more places this year or at least pose a higher risk, courtesy of the ticks or mosquitoes that help transmit the infections. The nonprofit group released its forecasts April 18 as an […]

Kitten health insurance grows in popularity

Crum & Forster says its finding presents a marketing opportunity for veterinarians.

Crum & Forster Pet Insurance Group has seen a spike in the number of enrolled kittens. The Akron, Ohio, company, which sells plans under its ASPCA, Hartville and PetPremium brands, reported April 9 that kitten enrollment jumped by 62 percent from 2012 to 2016. “While dogs still outnumber cats in terms of overall enrollments, this […]

News briefs:
Week of April 16

SmartShop assists pet owners with food choices Petnet launched SmartShop, a web page designed to help customers choose the appropriate foods for their pet. Users enter their pet’s age, weight, activity level, allergies and breed, and then a curated list of pet foods tailored to the animal’s needs is displayed. Pet owners also can compare […]

Kentucky approves veterinary services tax

Companion animal veterinary services will be subject to a 6 percent levy starting July 1.

The Kentucky Legislature literally pulled a fast one last week. Locked in a battle between the Republican-controlled House and Senate and Republican Gov. Matt Bevin, the Legislature sent him a 378-page budget and tax bill — partly aimed at ending teacher strikes — that included a 6 percent tax on the gross receipts of companion […]

Ex-practice owner joins Lincoln Memorial faculty

Dr. Kimberly Carney spent four years in Bolivia on a Christian Veterinary Mission posting.

Kimberly Carney, DVM, took the long route to go from Harrogate, Tennessee, to Harrogate, Tennessee. Dr. Carney, the former owner of Harrogate Hospital for Animals, moved in 2014 to Santa Cruz, Bolivia, to take a faculty position at Gabriel Rene Moreno University. This month, the Lincoln Memorial University College of Veterinary Medicine reported that she […]

Merial aims to improve heartworm drug compliance

The “Take the Paw Pledge” campaign is designed to jump-start conversations about heartworm prevention.

Dog owners are being asked to “Take the Paw Pledge” and help reverse what drug maker Merial Ltd. says is a decline in compliance involving heartworm preventives. The Duluth, Georgia, company reported April 11 that its new campaign will assist veterinary practices in educating clients about the benefits of heartworm protection, particularly Merial’s Heartgard Plus […]

BI constructing French avian vaccine plant

The factory is scheduled to produce its first batch in 2020.

Germany-based Boehringer Ingelheim is spending $80 million to construct an avian vaccine plant in Lyon, France. The factory, set to open in spring 2020 on the company’s Lyon Porte-des-Alpes site, will serve the world market with the exception of the United States. “As poultry consumption continues to rise around the world, there is an increasing […] Protection Status