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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

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 […]

TeleVet

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 […]

Therrien and Pletz

Women’s leadership group welcomes new president

Banfield’s Dr. Kimberly-Ann Therrien will lead the Women’s Veterinary Leadership Development Initiative, followed by Dr. Laura Pletz.

The Women’s Veterinary Leadership Development Initiative, established in 2013 to support women in seeking and achieving leadership, policy and decision-making positions within the profession, has a new president and president-elect. Kimberly-Ann Therrien, DVM, who serves as vice president of veterinary quality for Banfield Pet Hospital’s Midwest region, became president, a voluntary role, on Jan. 1. […]

Adobe Animal Hospital acquisition

Adobe Animal Hospital gets a new owner

SAGE Veterinary Centers grows its network with the takeover of two Bay area clinics and a pet supplies store.

A West Coast hospital network, SAGE Veterinary Centers, is continuing a buying spree with the acquisition of Adobe Animal Hospital, which operates two practices in the San Francisco Bay area. Terms were not disclosed. The purchase delivers general practice to the SAGE network, which until now has focused on specialty and emergency care. The acquisition […]

declaw

AVMA might toughen cat declaw policy

Elective onychectomies would be discouraged in favor of non-surgical alternatives and a veterinarian’s professional judgment.

The declawing of cats would be discouraged as an elective procedure but not outright opposed under a policy revision scheduled for consideration by the American Veterinary Medical Association’s House of Delegates. AVMA policy now “strongly encourages” veterinarians to educate clients about the potential risks of an onychectomy and why scratching is a normal feline behavior. […]

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