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Garth Jordan

American Animal Hospital Association gets a new CEO

Garth Jordan most recently was chief strategy officer at the Healthcare Financial Management Association.

The American Animal Hospital Association, an accreditor of more than 4,500 veterinary clinics in the United States and Canada, has hired Garth Jordan, MBA, as CEO. Jordan will leave the Chicago-based Healthcare Financial Management Association, where he has served for four years as senior vice president and chief strategy officer. His appointment is effective Aug. […]

Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets Urinary Health

New treat supports feline urinary health

The veterinary-exclusive product can be offered alongside Purina’s UR Urinary St/Ox cat food.

Nestlé Purina PetCare has released a veterinary-exclusive treat formulated to assist with feline urinary health. The new product, Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets Urinary Health, contains corn gluten meal, chicken and poultry by-product meal, among other ingredients. “When fed in conjunction with UR Urinary St/Ox feline formula, these treats can help reduce the risk of […]

VHMA 2020 conference

Hospital managers conference goes online

The VHMA, like other groups, has called off a big meeting due to the pandemic.

On-site veterinary conferences have fallen like dominoes in 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic, the latest being the annual meeting of the Veterinary Hospital Managers Association. The VHMA’s three-day event scheduled to take place in Orlando, Florida, this fall instead will occur online over nine days: Sept. 1, 3, 10, 11, 15, 17, 18, 22 […]

veterinary analytics

For clinics, a few good financial signs

Revenue and purchasing are in positive territory, a pair of industry trackers show.

Many U.S. veterinary practices are seeing increased revenue amid the COVID-19 pandemic, according to two industry observers. The data analytics company Animalytix noted in its weekly VetWatch report that year to date, 40 states “are now net positive in terms of total revenues” compared with the same period in 2019. States “struggling to meet the […]

Elanco and Bayer animal health merger

FTC approves merger of Elanco and Bayer

Osurnia and Capstar are among the products to be divested as a condition of the $7.6 billion transaction.

The $7.6 billion merger of Elanco Animal Health and Bayer Animal Health has passed an antitrust review by the Federal Trade Commission and is expected to close in early August. The federal agency issued the approval July 15 with the expectation that Elanco will divest three products: Osurnia to Dechra Pharmaceuticals, Capstar to PetIQ Inc. […]

Antech releases first-of-its-kind IBD test

The assay, performed off-site, identifies biomarkers that could point to canine inflammatory bowel disease.

Antech Diagnostics has introduced what the company calls the first blood test for inflammatory bowel disease in dogs. The Canine CE-IBD assay checks for three biomarkers — gliadin (gluten) sensitivity, bacterial proliferation and intestinal inflammation — and returns a reading of consistent or not consistent with inflammatory bowel disease. A serum sample needs to be […]

FortiFlora SA

Purina launches FortiFlora SA supplement

Cats and dogs with gastrointestinal issues could benefit from a combined probiotic and prebiotic.

A new veterinary-exclusive nutritional supplement containing both a prebiotic and probiotic is designed to assist cats and dogs suffering from diarrhea and support a healthy intestinal microbiome. FortiFlora SA Synbiotic Action, part of the Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Supplements line, comes in separate formulas for cats and dogs. Made with the probiotic Enterococcus faecium SF68 […]

Lemonade pet health insurance debuts

The seller of homeowners and renters policies offers veterinary care coverage for cats and dogs in 32 states.

Homeowners insurance provider Lemonade has squeezed into the veterinary sector with the launch of pet health insurance plans. The New York company is selling policies to the owners of cats and dogs in 32 states and the District of Columbia. The insurance ranges from basic plans to add-on packages focused on preventive care or expanded […]

Bravecto 1-Month

New from Merck: Bravecto 1-Month for dogs

The monthly chewable for puppies and older canines wards off fleas and ticks.

Dogs as young as 8 weeks old can be protected from fleas and ticks through the use of Bravecto 1-Month, a chewable medication newly approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The manufacturer, Merck Animal Health, did not announce a launch date for the product, which like other Bravecto preventives contains the active ingredient […]

veterinary stress

Chapter 14: Tales from the COVID-19 front lines

“If you take care of your staff and yourself today, they and you will be around tomorrow.”

This week: Dr. Peter Weinstein on the need to pace yourself, Sandy Walsh on staff burnout, Kara Burns on the importance of self-care, and more. Read other installments in this series: Chapter 1  Chapter 2  Chapter 3  Chapter 4  Chapter 5  Chapter 6 Chapter 7  Chapter 8  Chapter 9  Chapter 10  Chapter 11  Chapter 12  Chapter […]