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Elanco and Bayer animal health merger

Elanco completes acquisition of Bayer Animal Health

The $6.89 billion cash and stock transaction joins two big producers of drugs for pets and livestock.

Bayer Animal Health is no more. The one-time subsidiary of Germany-based Bayer AG has been absorbed by Elanco Animal Health in a merger that creates the world’s second-largest manufacturer of pet and livestock medicines and vaccines. Elanco announced the closing of the acquisition Aug. 3. The price tag of $6.89 billion was down from the […]

veterinary care

Chapter 15: Tales from the COVID-19 front lines

“In the face of the current normal, being busy isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. The busyness is not necessarily good for business.”

This week: Dr. Peter Weinstein on the best and worst of times, Dr. Wendy Hauser on communicating lifetime cost of care, Wendy S. Myers on credit card fees, and much more. Read the first 14 installments in this series: Chapter 1  Chapter 2  Chapter 3  Chapter 4  Chapter 5  Chapter 6 Chapter 7  Chapter 8  Chapter […]

Cardalis

Cardalis heart drug for dogs wins approval

The Ceva-produced prescription medication is indicated for use in AVVI cases.

Ceva Animal Health has received U.S. approval of Cardalis, a chewable tablet formulated for the management of clinical signs of congestive heart failure in dogs due to atrioventricular valvular insufficiency. The prescription drug is an alternative to the off-label use of human-approved products containing benazepril and spironolactone. “Today’s approval is novel because the drugs are […]

Petriage

Telehealth service provider Petriage shuffles leadership

Joseph Coury takes the reins from co-founder Allon Freiman, who was named chief strategy officer.

Petriage, whose mobile app connects pet owners with veterinarians, has brought in a new CEO to lead the 4-year-old company. Joseph Coury, former CEO of the business services firm Omni Practice Group, took over from Petriage co-founder Allon Freiman, who became chief strategy officer. The appointment is effectively immediately. The Bellevue, Washington, company also announced […]

Midmark Multiparameter Monitor

Midmark releases 12-inch Multiparameter Monitor

A pre-procedure checklist and waveform libraries are among the features.

Midmark Corp. has launched the Midmark Multiparameter Monitor for use during patient exams, treatment, surgery and recovery. The monitor includes a 12.1-inch LCD touch-sensitive screen, Cardell blood pressure technology, veterinary-specific algorithms, a pre-procedure checklist, a carbon dioxide soda lime absorbent reminder, and ECG and CO2 waveform libraries. “When you question a waveform, you can quickly […]

CubexPMP

New Cubex software automates PMP reporting

Integration with veterinary practice management software smooths the process of complying with Prescription Monitoring Program rules.

Cubex LLC has released software designed to automate the recording and submitting of prescriptions under state-run Prescription Monitoring Programs. The new platform, CubexPMP, can stop prescription drug misuse by preventing multiple pharmacies from filling the same prescription, the company stated. “Now, more and more states are requiring veterinarians, who have traditionally been exempt, to report […]

VHMA survey

Veterinary clinics report double-digit growth in June

Revenue and new-client numbers rose sharply compared with 12 months earlier, a VHMA survey shows.

Companion animal practices fared well in June despite the pandemic and economic recession, according to the Veterinary Hospital Managers Association. A survey of 644 member practices revealed average revenue growth of 14.6% in June compared with the same month in 2019. The number of new clients jumped by 14%. June 2020 had one additional workday […]

Garth Jordan

American Animal Hospital Association gets a new CEO

Garth Jordan most recently was chief strategy officer at the Healthcare Financial Management Association.

The American Animal Hospital Association, an accreditor of more than 4,500 veterinary clinics in the United States and Canada, has hired Garth Jordan, MBA, as CEO. Jordan will leave the Chicago-based Healthcare Financial Management Association, where he has served for four years as senior vice president and chief strategy officer. His appointment is effective Aug. […]

Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets Urinary Health

New treat supports feline urinary health

The veterinary-exclusive product can be offered alongside Purina’s UR Urinary St/Ox cat food.

Nestlé Purina PetCare has released a veterinary-exclusive treat formulated to assist with feline urinary health. The new product, Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets Urinary Health, contains corn gluten meal, chicken and poultry by-product meal, among other ingredients. “When fed in conjunction with UR Urinary St/Ox feline formula, these treats can help reduce the risk of […]

VHMA 2020 conference

Hospital managers conference goes online

The VHMA, like other groups, has called off a big meeting due to the pandemic.

On-site veterinary conferences have fallen like dominoes in 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic, the latest being the annual meeting of the Veterinary Hospital Managers Association. The VHMA’s three-day event scheduled to take place in Orlando, Florida, this fall instead will occur online over nine days: Sept. 1, 3, 10, 11, 15, 17, 18, 22 […]

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