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European firm to acquire Brakke Consulting

Stonehaven Consulting will expand its “transatlantic reach and expertise.”

Switzerland-based Stonehaven Consulting is acquiring Brakke Consulting, a leading animal health market research firm. Ron Brakke, founder and president of Dallas-based Brakke Consulting, will serve as a Stonehaven consultant for at least a year, the companies announced Jan. 16. Brakke’s other consultants, including veterinarians Lynn Fondon and Cary Christensen and analyst and project manager John […]

Nomination period opens for 2018 Iron Paw award

The recipient will be celebrated in August at the Homecoming Dinner in Kansas City.

The Kansas City Animal Health Corridor is looking for an industry contributor to honor at its next Homecoming Dinner. Nominations are being taken until Feb. 23 for the 2018 Iron Paw, an award given annually to someone who has furthered the animal health industry through innovation, education, public awareness, market expansion or employment. The 2018 […]

Canine DNA test identifies more disease markers

Glaucoma, muscular dystrophy and epilepsy are among the inherited conditions that can be flagged using Orivet’s improved kit.

Orivet Genetic Pet Care has updated its Dog DNA Health Screen to check for more than 50 additional inherited conditions, such as glaucoma, muscular dystrophy and epilepsy. The collection kits are marketed to veterinarians, dog owners and breeders as a means to detect heightened health risks and promote their early treatment. More than 150 canine […]

European Commission authorizes Aratana’s Galliprant

Co-promoter Elanco Animal Health is allowed to market the anti-inflammatory for dogs.

Galliprant, an anti-inflammatory drug developed by Aratana Therapeutics Inc., has been approved for European distribution. Elanco Animal Health, which manufactures and markets Galliprant (grapiprant tablets) under a license from Aratana, reported Jan. 11 that the European Commission granted marketing authorization in the European Union. The decision came about two months after the European Medicine Agency’s […]

Petplan to honor NFL’s Danny Shelton

Veterinary Excellence Awards will be handed out Feb. 2.

Professional football player Danny Shelton is insurance provider Petplan’s 2018 Pet Parent of the Year. Shelton, a defensive lineman with the Cleveland Browns, will be honored Feb. 2 in Orlando, Florida, during the company’s Veterinary Excellence Awards. “Danny Shelton is not only a role model on the field, he’s a model pet parent to boot,” […]

Help wanted: Texas A&M telehealth director

The veterinary college plans to launch a telemedicine program.

Texas A&M University is looking for a veterinarian to develop and implement a telemedicine program within the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. The person filling the newly created faculty position will work closely with colleagues in the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital to promote the use of digital tools to remotely examine and diagnose […]

Mars Petcare buys Finnish genetics lab

Genoscoper Laboratories partnered with Mars on the Wisdom Panel Health and Optimal Selection Feline tests.

Mars Petcare, whose Wisdom Panel test identifies the ancestry of mixed-breed dogs, is venturing deeper into the science of detecting inherited health conditions through the acquisition of Genoscoper Laboratories. The transaction, announced Jan. 11, expands on Mars’ recent introduction of Wisdom Panel Health, which combines canine breed ancestry with the detection of genetic health markers. […]

Embrace Pet Insurance launches claims app

Embrace360 is touted as a way to save time and paper.

Embrace Pet Insurance is offering electronic claims submissions for veterinary practices through a new web-based app called Embrace360. Integrated into practice management systems such as Cornerstone, AVImark, ImproMed and IntraVet, the app is designed to eliminate paperwork. The app also emails pet insurance quotes to clients. The Cleveland-based insurer reported Jan. 8 that it is […]

Nutramax updates Cobalequin, launches Quinicarn

Both supplements are formulated for dogs and cats.

Nutramax Laboratories Veterinary Sciences Inc. has tweaked one supplement’s formula and launched another supplement containing L-carnitine. Cobalequin, made for dogs and cats, now contains the biologically active form of folate, or vitamin B12, the Lancaster, South Carolina manufacturer reported. “Many cobalamin-deficient patients also lack total serum folate, and when being supplemented with cobalamin, their folate […]

AAVMC to honor 4 for professional excellence

Virginia-Maryland’s Dr. Jennifer Hodgson will receive the Distinguished Teacher Award.

The Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges will pay tribute to four educators during the organization’s 2018 annual conference in Washington, D.C. The awards, which recognize professional excellence, achievement and service in academic veterinary medicine, and the honorees are: 2017 AAVMC Distinguished Teacher Award: Jennifer Hodgson, BVSc, Ph.D., DACVM, of the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary […]