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American Humane pays tribute to vet and vet tech of the year

A Colorado practitioner and an Illinois technician do a lot of good for animals outside of their day jobs.

A shelter veterinarian who operates a low-cost pet health clinic and a pet food bank and a veterinary technician who started a rescue group serving special-needs puppies were named American heroes Sept. 16. Patricia Canchola, DVM, of Pueblo, Colorado, was honored as the 2017 American Hero Veterinarian and Jeni Hudson, CVT, of Decatur, Illinois, as […]

13 Banfield hospitals still closed after hurricanes

Hundreds of volunteer hours go toward helping displaced pets.

More than a dozen Banfield animal hospitals remained closed Sept. 15 as Texas, Puerto Rico and the Southeastern United States continued to clean up after hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Some 112 Banfield hospitals across Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Puerto Rico were closed at the height of Hurricane Irma, the company reported. In […]

Veterinarians sell 62% of pet drugs

Packaged Facts says the veterinary channel is doing well despite competition from traditional retailers and the internet.

The market research firm Packaged Facts estimates that 2017 retail sales of pet medications across the United States will hit $8.55 billion, of which veterinarians will capture 62 percent. The total revenue represents a 12.6 percent jump over 2016 figures. Retail sales are expected to top $9.1 billion in 2018 and reach $11.2 billion by […]

Dechra honors high-achieving sales team

Awards are handed out at the drug maker’s North American sales meeting.

Dechra Veterinary Products, which makes animal drugs such as Vetoryl Capsules and Zycortal Suspension, saluted more than a dozen employees during the company’s North American sales meeting in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The awards came just before the parent company, U.K.-based Dechra Pharmaceuticals, reported that North American sales revenue nearly doubled in the fiscal year ended […]

VCA hospitals now under Mars ownership

VCA will be run independently under co-founder Bob Antin.

Mars Inc. has completed its $9.1 billion acquisition of VCA Inc., which operates more than 800 veterinary hospitals across the United States and Canada. VCA co-founder and CEO Bob Antin, MBA, will continue to oversee the hospitals and a network of reference laboratories, Mars announced Sept. 12. The transaction, set at $93 per share, was […]

FDA issues Micotil 300 user safety alert

Elanco voluntarily discontinues 100-milliliter bottles of the animal drug in the United States.

Micotil 300, a prescription injectable antibiotic used to treat respiratory disease in cattle and sheep, has been voluntarily withdrawn amid a government alert about human exposure to the drug. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Sept. 11 advised veterinarians, cattle and sheep owners, farmworkers, and other health care providers about the potential hazards of […]

Who’s contributing to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts

From the AVMA to Zoetis, many companies and organizations are stepping up.

The veterinary industry has responded to the devastation of Hurricane Harvey by donating millions of dollars in cash and supplies to help animals and people. Among the contributors: American Veterinary Medical Association: $100,000 in reimbursement grants through the American Veterinary Medical Foundation. Additional donations may be made at www.AVMF.org/Donate. Use the code “Disaster Relief” to […]

BVA wants vets to become breeding educators

Inherited canine health issues emerge as a top concern of practitioners.

British veterinarians consider breeding and hereditary defects to be most pressing animal health and welfare issue, a survey found. The British Veterinary Association urged its members to speak to clients about responsible dog breeding and purchasing. “It is more important than ever to screen before breeding dogs,” said BVA President Gudrun Ravetz, BVSc, MRCVS. “Vets […]

Connecticut clinic joins Community Veterinary Partners

Countryside Veterinary Hospital is AAHA-accredited.

Community Veterinary Partners (CVP) has grown to 31 hospitals with the purchase of Countryside Veterinary Hospital in Shelton, Connecticut. CVP’s business model is to buy a large stake in a hospital and take over management of the practice, leaving the partner veterinarian to focus on patient care. “It was essential for me to find a […]

Diabetes Pet Care Alliance ends clinic enrollment cap

Owners of newly diagnosed diabetic pets can receive product samples if their veterinary hospital registers by Oct. 31.

The owner of any cat or dog diagnosed with diabetes in November or December may be eligible to receive a free disease management kit from the sponsors of the Diabetes Pet Care Alliance. Merck Animal Health, Nestlé Purina PetCare and Zoetis reported Sept. 6 that a previous enrollment limit of 1,000 veterinary clinics has been […]

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