News briefs:
Week of March 12

News briefs: <br>Week of March 12

Some hospital salaries rose in 2017

The Veterinary Hospital Managers Association announced the results of its 2017 Compensation and Benefits Survey. In general, the 2017 results showed a rebound in salary and hourly wages for office managers. Practice managers reported no change, and hospital administrators registered an increase in both salary and hours worked. From 2015 to 2017, the median salary for practice managers remained static, but the median salary for office managers increased by 9 percent, and hospital administrators saw a 4 percent rise.

Henry Schein donates supplies to CSU

Henry Schein Inc. is supporting a three-year residency position at Colorado State University’s Small Animal Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation service. The company’s donation of health care supplies supports second-year resident Ilan Frank, DVM. The sports medicine and rehabilitation team provides non-surgical orthopedic care to sporting, hunting, working and service animals, as well as to pets with mobility issues. The donation is an initiative of Henry Schein Animal Health, Henry Schein Medical and Henry Schein Cares, the company’s corporate social responsibility program.

Banfield releases Corporate Social Responsibility Report

Banfield Pet Hospital released its 2017 Corporate Social Responsibility Report and its charitable arm, the Banfield Foundation, released its 2017 Impact Report. Highlights included: More than $2.7 million invested in pets through HOPE Funds, shelter services and Banfield Foundation grants; more than 526,000 pets and people assisted by the combined efforts of Banfield and its foundation; and more than 26,000 pets and their families helped in the aftermath of natural disasters. The foundation awarded more than $530,000 in grants to support disaster relief efforts in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and California. Industry-wide initiatives on behalf of veterinary medicine saw $212,000 in sponsorships.

Global veterinary CE provider enters U.S.

Veterinary continuing education provider Improve International is expanding into the United States by offering a range of two-day courses in Miami. The company’s series designed for U.S. veterinarians will take place from April to July 2018 and feature speakers such as University of Wisconsin Professor Kenneth Waller III, DVM, MS, DACVR, and Colorado State University professors Eric Monnet, DVM, Ph.D., FAHA, DACVS, DECVS, and Howard Seim III, DVM, DACVS.

Nevada notifies 18 states about equine herpes case

The Associated Press reported that Nevada officials warned 18 states after a horse that participated in a Las Vegas show was diagnosed with equine herpes virus-1. The Arizona Department of Agriculture quarantined a cutting horse training facility in northern Maricopa County after confirming the infection. The animal participated in a cutting horse event in Las Vegas and at another event in Queen Creek, Arizona, before showing serious neurological symptoms.

USDA rescinds swine diseases federal order

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is rescinding the swine enteric coronavirus diseases federal order and will no longer require producers, veterinarians or laboratories to report cases to federal officials, according to the American Association of Swine Veterinarians. The action was effective March 6. The USDA issued the federal order in 2014 to help address newly identified viruses that were harming the swine industry.