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New report from Brakke analyzes parasiticide market

Next-generation flea and ticks products are “transforming the landscape.”

Brakke Consulting has released an annual study that explores the market for flea, tick and heartworm products. The updated report, “The US Flea Control and Heartworm Markets,” is available for $7,750. “The flea control and heartworm preventatives market has been one of the most innovative areas in animal health, with a variety of new active […]

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Luitpold renames itself American Regent Animal Health

The Adequan manufacturer will fold two subsidiaries into the rebranded company.

Luitpold Animal Health, the maker of the injectable joint medication Adequan, will ring in the new year by unveiling a new name. Starting Jan. 1, Luitpold Animal Health will be known as American Regent Animal Health. The name change will occur as Luitpold absorbs two subsidiaries, American Regent Inc. and PharmaForce Inc. “While our company […]

Vet schools to collaborate on teaching methods

The Southeast Veterinary Educational Consortium will combine “the mindset of professional veterinarians with that of teachers.”

Six U.S. universities aiming to encourage faculty collaboration and improve the teaching of veterinary medicine have teamed up to form the Southeast Veterinary Educational Consortium. The participants are the University of Florida, the University of Georgia, Lincoln Memorial University, North Carolina State University, the University of Tennessee and the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. […]

FDA works with Pfizer to reduce drug shortage

Imported injectable opioids are seen as a temporary solution through early 2019.

Veterinary practices struggling to stock enough injectable opioids for patient pain control could see some relief under a new U.S. Food and Drug Administration policy. The federal agency stated that the ongoing shortage, which has seen Pfizer Inc. restrict sales of opioid pain medications to human medicine providers, can be alleviated through greater imports. “In […]

CareCredit now accessible through AVImark, ImproMed

A software update allows pet owners to apply for credit and practices to process CareCredit transactions.

Veterinary practices can use their AVImark or ImproMed practice management software to process CareCredit transactions under a new arrangement with the client financing company. Henry Schein Veterinary Solutions reported that the integration also speeds credit approval by automatically transferring information to the CareCredit application. “As a result, practice teams can spend less time on administrative […]

VetPartners unveils new and improved website

A more robust search function makes finding an expert easier.

Do you need to find a specialist in practice management, financial services or human resources? What about an expert in information technology, marketing, legal services or another area of veterinary practice? VetPartners reported that its redesigned website — vetpartners.org — is more user-friendly, easing the search for a veterinary expert or speaker and guiding practice […]

New name coming for American Veterinary Distributors Association

The United Veterinary Services Association will work to “maintain a healthy, robust veterinary channel.”

Active for more than 40 years, the American Veterinary Distributors Association is moving forward with a name change and a new focus. The new name, the United Veterinary Services Association, or UVSA, will go into effect after legal documents are filed. The transformation, which includes updated bylaws, was set in motion last summer. “Participants, including […]

Phibro acquires Israeli fish vaccine developer

The purchase of Kovax includes product lines and the R&D team.

Phibro Animal Health Corp., a manufacturer of vaccines and medicated feed additives, has acquired aquaculture vaccine maker KoVax Ltd. Terms of the transaction between New Jersey-based Phibro and Israel’s KoVax were not released. “The acquisition strengthens Phibro’s position in fish vaccine innovation and expands its portfolio of aquaculture products,” the company announced. Phibro will retain […]

Arizona veterinary college hires founding dean

Dr. Julie Funk is expected to steer the proposed program through the accreditation process and beyond.

Julie Funk, DVM, MS, Ph.D., has been named founding dean of the University of Arizona’s proposed veterinary college, a job that will entail preparing for a 2019 visit from national accreditors. Dr. Funk will move from the Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine, where she serves as associate dean for professional academic programs and […]

VCA unveils Alexa connection for pet owners

The virtual assistant can facilitate appointments and reminders.

VCA Animal Hospitals is encouraging clients to use Amazon Alexa smart speakers to schedule appointments and receive health care reminders. The Los Angeles-based network of more than 750 veterinary hospitals reported that its new technological offering makes VCA “the first in the animal hospital industry to introduce voice command to manage pets’ health care.” Clients […]

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