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Brakke examines the state of pet cancer

How often the disease strikes, the clinical options and costs are broken down in a new report.

Brakke Consulting has taken a comprehensive look at pets and oncology in the Dallas firm’s new report, “Cancer in Dogs and Cats.” According to Brakke, the study examines: The incidence of cancer in pets. How cancer is diagnosed and treated in veterinary medicine. Estimated treatment costs. FDA-approved cancer treatments that are on the market. New […]

Rabbits and hamsters grow in popularity

Small mammals usually aren’t the only pets at home. A dog or cat is probably there, too.

Veterinarians may want to ask cat- or dog-owning clients whether any other pets could use a checkup. The market research firm Packaged Facts revealed in September that 300,000 more U.S. households are caring for a pet hamster or rabbit in 2017 compared with a year earlier. The 1.8 million households that fall into this category […]

Buying equipment soon could lower your tax bill

Veterinary practices should explore IRS sections 179 and 168(k) as a money-saving tactic.

Sections 179 and 168(k) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code can become glorious, money-saving strategies for smart veterinary practices. Here’s why: Practices that need to purchase new equipment may be able to deduct the full price of qualifying equipment during the tax year in which it was placed into service if they elect to do […]

Purdue set to host annual veterinary conference

Four special lectures are on the schedule along with CE classes and a fun run.

The annual Purdue Veterinary Conference will kick off Sept. 19 with a One Health lecture titled “Human’s Best Friend: The Reciprocal Relationship between Human and Canine Health.” The presenters will be Libby Richards, Ph.D., MSN, RN, an assistant professor of nursing, and Niwako Ogata, BVSc, Ph.D., DACVB, an assistant professor of animal behavior in the […]

American Humane pays tribute to vet and vet tech of the year

A Colorado practitioner and an Illinois technician do a lot of good for animals outside of their day jobs.

A shelter veterinarian who operates a low-cost pet health clinic and a pet food bank and a veterinary technician who started a rescue group serving special-needs puppies were named American heroes Sept. 16. Patricia Canchola, DVM, of Pueblo, Colorado, was honored as the 2017 American Hero Veterinarian and Jeni Hudson, CVT, of Decatur, Illinois, as […]

13 Banfield hospitals still closed after hurricanes

Hundreds of volunteer hours go toward helping displaced pets.

More than a dozen Banfield animal hospitals remained closed Sept. 15 as Texas, Puerto Rico and the Southeastern United States continued to clean up after hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Some 112 Banfield hospitals across Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Puerto Rico were closed at the height of Hurricane Irma, the company reported. In […]

Veterinarians sell 62% of pet drugs

Packaged Facts says the veterinary channel is doing well despite competition from traditional retailers and the internet.

The market research firm Packaged Facts estimates that 2017 retail sales of pet medications across the United States will hit $8.55 billion, of which veterinarians will capture 62 percent. The total revenue represents a 12.6 percent jump over 2016 figures. Retail sales are expected to top $9.1 billion in 2018 and reach $11.2 billion by […]

Dechra honors high-achieving sales team

Awards are handed out at the drug maker’s North American sales meeting.

Dechra Veterinary Products, which makes animal drugs such as Vetoryl Capsules and Zycortal Suspension, saluted more than a dozen employees during the company’s North American sales meeting in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The awards came just before the parent company, U.K.-based Dechra Pharmaceuticals, reported that North American sales revenue nearly doubled in the fiscal year ended […]

VCA hospitals now under Mars ownership

VCA will be run independently under co-founder Bob Antin.

Mars Inc. has completed its $9.1 billion acquisition of VCA Inc., which operates more than 800 veterinary hospitals across the United States and Canada. VCA co-founder and CEO Bob Antin, MBA, will continue to oversee the hospitals and a network of reference laboratories, Mars announced Sept. 12. The transaction, set at $93 per share, was […]

FDA issues Micotil 300 user safety alert

Elanco voluntarily discontinues 100-milliliter bottles of the animal drug in the United States.

Micotil 300, a prescription injectable antibiotic used to treat respiratory disease in cattle and sheep, has been voluntarily withdrawn amid a government alert about human exposure to the drug. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Sept. 11 advised veterinarians, cattle and sheep owners, farmworkers, and other health care providers about the potential hazards of […]

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