Jonathan Ayers and Jay Mazelsky

Idexx’s Ayers steps down as CEO and president

The longtime executive, now replaced by Jay Mazelsky, was paralyzed in a summer bike accident.

Jay Mazelsky, MBA, has been named president and CEO of Idexx Laboratories Inc. four months after his predecessor was seriously injured in a bicycle accident. Mazelsky was elevated to interim president and CEO on June 28, one day after Jonathan Ayers suffered a spinal cord injury “when riding with my regular early morning cycling group,” […]

2,500 clinics reach heartworm prevention goal

Boehringer Ingelheim’s ongoing Heartworm 2020 initiative has helped more than 51,000 dogs.

Boehringer Ingelheim is declaring success in the company’s campaign to get a lot more dogs onto heartworm preventives. The Heartworm 2020 initiative, launched in January 2019, urges veterinary practices to start at least 20 dogs on heartworm prevention drugs by year’s end. The current tally, Boehringer Ingelheim reported Oct. 23, is more than 51,000 dogs […]

Long Island University College of Veterinary Medicine

Long Island vet school earns COE approval

Programs will start in fall 2020 in metropolitan New York and Arizona.

Make that 32 U.S. veterinary schools. Long Island University has received a Letter of Reasonable Assurance of accreditation for its College of Veterinary Medicine and will join the University of Arizona in welcoming inaugural classes in fall 2020. Arizona received its letter from the American Veterinary Medical Association’s Council on Education in mid-October. Long Island […]

Viscaya-Prado Veterinary Hospital

Florida private practice to open third hospital

Viscaya-Prado Veterinary Hospital, near Fort Myers, is AAHA-accredited.

A Gulf Coast veterinary practice has broken ground on a third hospital, an 11,630-square-foot facility that will be open 24 hours a day to serve dogs, cats, reptiles and exotic animals. Viscaya-Prado Veterinary Hospital now consists of a full-service hospital and an outpatient clinic in Cape Coral, Florida, a suburb of Fort Myers. The new […]

NVA selects prescription management vendor

The Covetrus platform provides “more convenient options to get the medications our patients need,” an NVA executive says.

National Veterinary Associates, which operates nearly 600 hospitals, has chosen Covetrus as the chain’s preferred prescription management partner. “With this expanded partnership, we are looking forward to giving our hospitals and clients more convenient options to get the medications our patients need,” said Erik Philipp, senior director of category management at NVA. The Covetrus prescription […]

Pathway Vet Alliance

Pathway Vet Alliance isn’t done expanding

The company added 15 hospitals in the third quarter and is on the prowl for more.

Pathway Vet Alliance acquired 15 practices in the third quarter of 2019, giving the Texas-based veterinary hospital chain more than 200 locations in 33 states. “For Pathway, 2019 has been a whirlwind year and we fully intend to continue our momentum into the final quarter,” said company CEO Stephen Hadley, DVM, MS, MBA. “We’re making […]

University of Arizona

COE green-lights new Arizona vet school

A Letter of Reasonable Assurance is granted for a three-year program launching in 2020.

The University of Arizona has earned a Letter of Reasonable Assurance of accreditation for its start-up veterinary medicine program, which is expected to offer a three-year DVM program starting in 2020. The announcement, made Oct. 17, followed a site visit in May by the American Veterinary Medical Association’s accreditation-granting Council on Education. The University of […]

Banfield clients can make vet tech appointments

300 hospitals will offer the opportunity in an effort to increase availability and accessibility.

Banfield Pet Hospital will schedule appointments with credentialed veterinary technicians at nearly one-third of its locations by the end of October. Having credentialed technicians provide services such as vaccinations, heartworm tests and nutritional counseling — all under a veterinarian’s direction — will create “increased availability and accessibility for our clients,” said Jim Ashby, chief operating […]

U.S. Sen. David Perdue

BI unveils expansion of Georgia vaccine plant

Capacity doubles at the Athens factory, whose output includes the Recombitek, PureVax and IMRAB lines.

Boehringer Ingelheim has completed a $76 million expansion of an Athens, Georgia, factory that makes more than 150 vaccines for dogs, cats, poultry and wildlife. The doubling of the plant’s capacity will enable 440 employees to produce hundreds of millions of vaccine doses a year for sale in the United States and abroad. Among the […]

Equine vet assists in hurricane-ravaged Bahamas

Dr. Bess Darrow was part of a team organized by the Animal Wellness Foundation.

A Florida veterinarian joined a team from the Animal Wellness Foundation on a one-day trip to the Bahamas, where they delivered hay to 19 equine survivors of Hurricane Dorian. Bess Darrow, DVM, the owner of Tune Ups Veterinary Equine Dentistry and Services in Williston, Florida, traveled to three farms on the island of Grand Bahama. […] Protection Status