Merck hits $1 billion in Q3 veterinary sales

Bravecto and pet vaccines did well in the third quarter.

Merck Animal Health achieved $1 billion in third-quarter sales on the strength of growing demand for pet vaccines and the Bravecto flea and tick preventive. Pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co. Inc. reported Oct. 27 that third-quarter sales dropped by 2 percent companywide, to $10.3 billion, but jumped by 16 percent within the animal health division. […]

BVA blog addresses antimicrobial resistance

Veterinary experts are writing about antibiotic use, which has been on the wane in the interest of public health.

The British Veterinary Association is hosting a monthlong blog series on antimicrobial resistance amid a government study that found a sharp drop in sales of antibiotics for use in farming. Writing the blog will be the United Kingdom’s chief veterinary officer, Nigel Gibbens, BVetMed, MSc; BVA President John Fishwick, VetMB, DECBHM; and other experts representing […]

iVET360 releases digital marketing benchmarks

The company’s State of the Industry report shows where veterinary practices do well or fall behind.

How does your veterinary practice stack up against the competition from an internet and social media perspective? The practice management services firm iVET360 in October released digital marketing benchmarks after surveying 1,000 U.S. veterinary hospitals. “Our goal is to educate and help hospitals implement innovative and sustainable operational best practices,” said Justin Vandeberghe, managing director […]

Patterson Companies gets new leadership

Mark Walchirk will oversee the distributor’s animal health and dental divisions.

The head of McKesson Corp.’s U.S. Pharmaceutical business unit has been named president and CEO of another major distributor, Patterson Companies Inc. Patterson is made up of dental and animal health divisions, the latter of which is responsible for 56 percent of the St. Paul, Minnesota, company’s $5.6 billion in annual sales. The new CEO, […]

Sale or merger could be in Elanco’s future

Eli Lilly will conduct a strategic review of its veterinary division.

Parent company Eli Lilly reported Oct. 24 that it is weighing the future of Elanco Animal Health, a veterinary drug and vaccines division that has grown since 2014 through three acquisitions. The announcement came on the same day that Lilly’s quarterly earnings report showed continued pressure on the veterinary business from competition and lower prices. […]

Midmark introduces low-dose TotalView DR

The imaging system uses cesium oxide to optimize patient and employee safety.

Midmark Corp. is promoting its new TotalView DR radiographic system as a low-radiation option for veterinary practices switching from film to digital imaging. Among other system attributes, according to Dayton, Ohio-based Midmark, are web-based software and cloud storage to enable remote viewing of X-rays and a full-field automatic exposure detection to simplify patient positioning. TotalView […]

Oklahoma State hires UF professor as dean

Dr. Carlos A. Risco will lead the Center for Veterinary Health Sciences.

Large animal specialist Carlos A. Risco, DVM, DACT, has been named dean of the Oklahoma State University Center for Veterinary Health Sciences. The appointment, approved Oct. 20, takes Dr. Risco away from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, where he earned his DVM in 1980 and currently serves as a professor and chairman […]

Southern Veterinary Partners buys more hospitals

Two clinics each in North Carolina, Alabama and Florida raise the ownership total to 34.

The Southern Veterinary Partners network has grown to 34 hospitals across the southeastern United States with the acquisition of two North Carolina clinics. The newest locations, reported Oct. 19, are Wilkinson Animal Hospital in Gastonia and Charlotte Street Animal Hospital in Asheville. Southern Veterinary Partners previously reached deals with two Montgomery, Alabama, clinics — Goodwin […]

UC Davis rescuers go fishing for koi

30 koi found in wildfire areas are recuperating on campus.

Members of the UC Davis Veterinary Emergency Response Team put their MacGyver-like problem-solving skills to good use in wildfire-ravaged Northern California. Led by team director and Professor John Madigan, DVM, MS, the volunteers found an ash-contaminated koi pond on private property in Sonoma County. “Being an equine veterinarian, Dr. Madigan was unfamiliar with the best […]

Young vet sets up full-service practice

From surgery to pampering, Spot On Veterinary Hospital and Hotel will have almost everything a pet needs.

Eight years out of veterinary school, Connecticut practitioner Philip Putter, DVM, is preparing to open a 16,000-square-foot clinic and pet resort. Spot On Veterinary Hospital and Hotel is set to launch in November in Stamford, about 30 miles northeast of New York City, and serve pets from Fairfield and Westchester counties. Among the offerings will […] Protection Status