News briefs: Week of June 12
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Henry Schein selects two new directors
Shira Goodman and Anne Margulies were elected to one-year terms on the Henry Schein Inc. board of directors. They replaced Donald J. Kabat, who retired, and Lawrence S. Bacow, Ph.D., who declined to stand for re-election. Goodman served as CEO of office supplies company Staples until January 2018. She will serve on Henry Schein’s Nominating and Governance Committee. Margulies is vice president and chief information officer at Harvard University, responsible for information technology strategy, policies and services. She will serve on Henry Schein’s Regulatory, Compliance and Cyber Security Risk Management Subcommittee. In addition, board member Kurt P. Kuehn was appointed Audit Committee chairman. Henry Schein is a leading distributor in the veterinary, human medicine and dental industries.
Uptick reported in N.Y. canine flu cases
The New York Times reported that calls to more than a dozen local veterinarians and animal hospitals since mid-April revealed that at least three dozen dogs had been infected with canine flu, including a few that were hospitalized. The outbreak has made dog owners across the city anxious about socializing their dogs and led some to consider vaccination. “We should be concerned but not panicked,” said Dennis J. Slade, DVM, DACVIM, an internist at Animal Medical Center.
Animal physical rehab bill is halted
According to VIN News Service, California legislation that would have established training and permitting requirements for physical therapists working with animals did not pass the Assembly Appropriations Committee, effectively killing the bill for the session. AB3013 would have allowed certified animal physical rehabilitation therapists with a veterinarian’s referral to work on a patient away from the veterinarian’s premises. The bill was sponsored by the Animal Physical Therapy Coalition. Opposition came from the California Veterinary Medical Association, the California Veterinary Medical Board and registered veterinary technicians. The CVMA was particularly critical about the referral approach, warning: “This proposed model puts the animal at risk and puts undue liability on the referring veterinarian.”
NAVC Media hires account executive Chelsea Elbert
NAVC Media announced that Chelsea Elbert was hired as a senior account executive. NAVC Media publications include Today’s Veterinary Business, Today’s Veterinary Practice, Today’s Veterinary Nurse, Veterinary Advantage and the Fountain Report. Elbert has extensive experience in print and digital media. “Chelsea brings a strong work ethic, a high level of energy, publishing expertise and multiple relationships across the animal health industry,” said Rick Boggess, vice president of sales and marketing for NAVC Media. “She is well-suited to help us better serve our customers, grow our current publication business and bring additional value to our readers.”
Producers for Progress applications are due July 1
Drug maker Boehringer Ingelheim is accepting applications for its Producers for Progress Recognition Program, which commends people who have shown a commitment to the well-being of their animals through the judicious use of antibiotics.
Application forms are due July 1 and can be found at www.Producers4Progress.com or by contacting a BI representative.
The top producer, as determined by a panel of industry experts, will receive the grand prize of a John Deere Gator utility vehicle.
Neogen introduces Fly-Die Ultra equine spray
Neogen has added to its line of Prozap equine fly protection products with Fly-Die Ultra.
The product is formulated to fend off stable flies, horn flies, house flies, horse flies, deer flies, face flies, gnats, ticks, lice and mosquitoes.
The sweat- and water-resistant formula binds to the hair shaft, providing up to 14 days of protection, Neogen stated.