Embrace Pet Insurance

NSM acquires Embrace Pet Insurance

The Embrace executive team will continue to manage the Cleveland-based company.

One month after Pets Best became a part of CareCredit, another pet health insurer has a new owner. Embrace Pet Insurance, headquartered in Cleveland, was acquired by NSM Insurance Group for an undisclosed price. Like Pets Best, Embrace is among a group of smaller insurers with a market share in the single digits. NSM Insurance […]

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British vets are competing with Dr. Google

82% say internet-using clients challenged a diagnosis, recommendation or professional opinion.

The British Veterinary Association says 67% of veterinarians surveyed have encountered clients who, for better or worse, conducted online research before a visit. The problem is that in some cases pet owners put their trust in often-inaccurate information harvested from online forums and social media sites. “The internet is a great tool for research, but […]

Marcie Whichard

NAVC welcomes VP of professional and community relations

Marcie Whichard joins the not-for-profit, bringing more than 18 years’ experience in animal health from Petco and Pet Partners.

The North American Veterinary Community, publisher of Today’s Veterinary Business, welcomes Marcie Whichard to lead its innovation and advocacy programs as the new vice president of professional and community relations. Whichard has served in retail corporate management for more than 30 years, most recently as vice president of industry and public affairs and previously as […]

Paul Hays

Former CEO of Virbac US moves to Vets Plus

Paul Hays is the nutraceutical manufacturer’s new chief commercial officer.

Contract and nutraceutical manufacturer Vets Plus Inc. has hired the former president and CEO of Virbac US as its chief commercial officer. Paul Hays will oversee the sales, marketing and commercial development activities for all Vets Plus brands and for the company’s Noble Pharma manufacturing division, Vets Plus reported. “Paul’s broad leadership experience, extensive list […]


New Orleans to host fall heartworm symposium

Registration is underway for the triennial meeting of the American Heartworm Society.

Registration has opened for the 16th Triennial Heartworm Symposium, a meeting that aims to teach veterinary professionals just about everything they should know about heartworm disease. The event, sponsored by the American Heartworm Society, will take place Sept. 8 to 11, 2019, at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in New Orleans. “Every three years, this symposium brings […]

Dr. René Carlson

Former AVMA president René Carlson dies

She also served as president of the World Veterinary Association.

The American Veterinary Medical Association on March 27 reported the death of former president René Carlson, DVM. The statement read: Dr. René Carlson, who served as president of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the World Veterinary Association (WVA), has died. “René was an exceptional leader and voice for our profession,” said Dr. John […]


Scratchpay offers client financing in Canada

The company is licensed across the United States and in nearly all provinces.

Scratchpay has expanded into Canada weeks after its veterinary client payment plans became available in all 50 states. The 3-year-old company, which launched first in California in 2016, finances veterinary care in partnership with more than 3,500 participating clinics. The Canadian rollout occurred in all provinces except for Quebec. Scratchpay is working to obtain a […]

Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists

Houston hospital rebounds from 2017 hurricane

Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists and its 50-plus doctors move into a 50,000-square-foot building.

As promised, Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists is “bigger and better and stronger” less than two years after Hurricane Harvey destroyed the Houston hospital. The practice, which sees more than 50,000 patients a year, has opened a 50,292-square-foot hospital about three miles away from the old location, which was wiped out by floodwaters. The new hospital, […]

Melissa Bain

WSAVA names 2019 animal welfare award winner

UC Davis’ Dr. Melissa Bain is called “a visionary veterinary and animal welfare leader.”

A UC Davis professor who studies enrichment for confined cats and stress in shelter animals will receive the World Small Animal Veterinary Association’s 2019 Companion Animal Welfare Award. Melissa Bain, DVM, MS, DACVB, DACAW, is being recognized for her contributions to animal welfare through integrating the field of human-animal interactions with veterinary clinical behavior, WSAVA […]


Rapidly growing Pathway needs 175 more veterinarians

The management company also has openings for office and headquarters staff.

Pathway Vet Alliance is going on a hiring spree in an attempt to fill hundreds of positions at the veterinary hospitals it manages and at its Austin, Texas, headquarters. The company has openings for more than 175 veterinarians at hospitals located from Hawaii to Massachusetts as well as for practice managers and support staff. In […] Protection Status