Report predicts rapid growth in U.S. pet insurance

The billion-dollar market will double in size by 2022, Packaged Facts states.

Pet health insurance is exploding in popularity because of a strong economy, improved consumer awareness and easier claims processing, according to the market research firm Packaged Facts. The Rockville, Maryland, firm’s new report projects that insurers writing policies in the United States will do $2 billion in business by 2022, nearly double 2017’s total. “Consumers […]

Huvepharma introduces cattle pinkeye vaccine

Infectious bovine keratoconjunctivitis is blamed for $150 million in annual losses.

Huvepharma has released a conditionally licensed vaccine formulated to prevent what The Merck Veterinary Manual describes as the “most common ocular disease of cattle.” The vaccine, Moraxella Bovoculi Bacterin, blocks infectious bovine keratoconjunctivitis, or pinkeye caused by the bacterium Moraxella bovoculi. Pinkeye costs the cattle industry more than $150 million a year, said Sean O’Hare, […]

NAVC regains ownership of VetFolio CE platform

Educational content for AAHA members will remain available.

The North American Veterinary Community, publisher of Today’s Veterinary Business, announced Oct. 3 that it has regained ownership of its online learning platform, VetFolio. Originally founded in 2014 by the NAVC, VetFolio has been under joint ownership of the NAVC and the American Animal Hospital Association for the past 3½ years. “The support of the […]

WVC kicks off conference registration

The four-day event is set for February in Las Vegas.

Registration has opened for the 2019 WVC conference, an annual gathering of veterinary professionals featuring continuing education, exhibits, networking and entertainment. The 91st annual conference will take place Feb. 17 to 20 at Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. Hands-on labs will be held at the nearby Oquendo Center. The 2018 conference attracted nearly […]

AAHA selects VCP as preferred provider

Veterinary Care Plans works with clinics to design pet wellness programs.

AAHA-accredited hospitals looking to establish or improve upon a pet wellness plan can look to an approved vendor for guidance. Irvine, California-based Veterinary Care Plans (VCP) reported Oct. 2 that the American Animal Hospital Association has named the company a preferred provider of managed wellness plans. “Our relationship with AAHA opens the door for veterinarians […]

Royal Canin unveils veterinary-exclusive Pill Assist

New treat fools dogs into swallowing their medication.

Pet food maker Royal Canin has released veterinary-exclusive Pill Assist, a treat designed to conceal medications from fussy dogs. A study commissioned by the St. Charles, Missouri, company found that 1 in 3 dog owners reported their pets spit out pills. “A dog’s medication cannot help if it is not taken,” said scientific affairs manager […]

Ultrasound developer E.I. Medical updates website

Internet visitors will enjoy “a better user experience,” the company says.

E.I. Medical Imaging is celebrating a website makeover that the manufacturer says is more user-friendly. The website,, offers a new look and improved navigation, the Loveland Colorado, company stated. Product, education, sales and support information are available through drop-down lists. “We felt it was important to update our website to provide a better user […]

BI introduces blood pressure drug for cats

Semintra is promoted as an easy-to-administer liquid solution for feline hypertension.

Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health has released to U.S. veterinarians the first FDA-approved liquid solution for the control of feline systemic hypertension. Semintra (telmisartan oral solution) earned U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval in May 2018. The drug was introduced to a select number of European countries in September. “With Semintra, we offer a pet owner-friendly, […]

Japanese company launches canine pancreatitis drug

Brenda is approved for use in Japan and at any early stage with U.S. regulators.

A manufacturer of industrial chemicals has earned Japanese approval of its first veterinary product, a treatment for acute pancreatitis in dogs, and is working to eventually deliver the drug to U.S. practitioners. The company, Ishihara Sangyo Kaisha Ltd., reported Sept. 28 that the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries approved Brenda (fuzapladib sodium hydrate) […]

American Humane honors veterinary volunteers

A practitioner and a nurse are recognized for their service to needy animals.

A New York veterinarian and a New Jersey veterinary nurse who each dedicate countless hours to volunteer activities were the two-legged winners at the eighth annual Hero Dog Awards. David Chico, VMD, MPH, who practices at Burnt Hills Veterinary Hospital in Albany, New York, was named the 2018 American Humane Hero Veterinarian during a ceremony […] Protection Status