Scil and Heska

Heska to acquire Scil Animal Care for $125 million

Covertus is selling a business unit inherited from Henry Schein Animal Health.

Heska Corp., a manufacturer of point-of-care diagnostics equipment and imaging devices, will expand its reach across Europe with the $125 million purchase of Scil Animal Care Co. The seller, Covetrus Inc., will shed a division acquired by Henry Schein Animal Health in 2015. Henry Schein Animal Health later merged with Vets First Choice to create […]


AVMA formally discourages declawing of cats

The House of Delegates approves language respecting “the veterinarian’s right to use professional judgment.”

The American Veterinary Medical Association has revised its policy on cat declaws, opting to discourage the procedure rather than rely on client education as a way to shed light on other options. The updated policy was approved by 84% of the House of Delegates after a 90-minute floor discussion during a meeting in Chicago. Some […]

animal health

Apply now to present at 2020 Investment Forum

Young animal health companies with a product to pitch are encouraged to share the idea with potential investors.

The K.C. Animal Health Corridor is looking for a dozen or so emerging companies that could use investment dollars and expert advice. Selected companies will each send a representative onstage Sept. 1 at the Kansas City Convention Center to introduce a promising animal health product and talk about its financial prospects. In the audience will […]

Compensation and Benefits

AAHA updates ‘Compensation and Benefits’ guide

The newly released book explores what veterinary hospitals are paying employees and reveals other inside information.

The American Animal Hospital Association has released the latest version of its benchmarking guide “Compensation and Benefits,” a detailed look at pay and perks for all members of the veterinary practice team. The findings in the ninth edition were based on surveys returned by more than 600 U.S. clinics — AAHA accredited or not. Among […]

Essentials PetCare

Essentials PetCare expands Walmart connection

Seven of the company’s nine preventive care practices are in Texas.

Essentials PetCare has opened its sixth and seventh walk-in veterinary clinics inside Dallas-area Walmart stores. The newest practices, in the cities of Fort Worth and Weatherford, provide preventive care, lab work, exams and treatment of minor illnesses in dogs and cats. Patients needing emergency care or surgery are referred to nearby full-service veterinary hospitals. Essentials […]

State of the Veterinary Profession

Coming Jan. 21 at VMX: State of the Veterinary Profession

Register for free to attend a session on industry trends and forecasts.

The State of the Veterinary Profession, an exclusive annual event that brings together leading experts in the fields of veterinary economics, animal health market intelligence, and pet owner and consumer insights, will take place Tuesday, Jan. 21 in Orlando, Florida, during the VMX conference. The session, which will reveal the latest industry trends and forecasts, […]


Retriever upgrade makes job search easier

A new web platform incorporates Google’s search engine to identify work opportunities available to veterinary professionals of all types.

The North American Veterinary Community and guavaVet have announced the launch of a new web platform that utilizes Google’s search engine, enabling users to search for job opportunities in the veterinary industry unlike ever before. This feature enhances the NAVC Retriever app, giving veterinary professionals the ability to browse hiring organizations and opportunities that interest […]


Investors shower TeleVet with $2 million

The company’s telemedicine app connects pet owners with veterinarians.

TeleVet has secured an additional $2 million in funding as the 4-year-old company looks to further develop its veterinary telemedicine app and hire additional employees. The seed round was co-led by Dundee Venture Capital of Omaha, Nebraska, and Houston-based Mercury Fund. TeleVet had raised $300,000 before the latest investment. The Austin, Texas, company’s mobile app […]

Brent Mayabb

Royal Canin names global chief medical officer

Dr. Brent Mayabb previously served as chief veterinary officer with the company’s U.S. division.

Pet food maker Royal Canin has promoted Brent Mayabb, DVM, to global chief medical officer, a new position that places him as medical liaison between the company and large veterinary practice groups. Dr. Mayabb spent the past six years as chief veterinary officer and vice president of corporate affairs for Royal Canin USA. “There is […]

mirtazapine recall

Drug maker recalls mirtazapine tablets

The medication is prescribed as an antidepressant for people and off-label as an appetite stimulant for cats.

A small amount of a human antidepressant drug sometimes used in cats to stimulate appetite has been voluntarily recalled because of a label error. The manufacturer, Aurobindo Pharma USA Inc., recalled mirtazapine tablets from lot number 03119002A3 and with an expiration date of March 2022. The medication contained in some bottles labeled Mirtazapine Tablets 7.5 […] Protection Status