Today’s Veterinary Business Staff
Rowan Names Veterinary School After Benefactor
Rowan University’s DVM program, scheduled to launch in 2025, has an official name: the Shreiber School of Veterinary Medicine. The title followed a $30 million gift to the school from New Jersey businessman Gerald B. Shreiber, the chairman of J&J Snack Foods Corp. The gift is the third largest in the university’s history and the second largest from an individual. Shreiber pledged $3 million in 2019 to establish Rowan’s Shreiber Family Pet Therapy Program.
Patterson Releases Pet Owner-Facing App
Patterson Veterinary Supply launched the Tail HQ mobile app through cloud-based NaVetor practice management software. “With Tail HQ, pet owners can easily access reminders of upcoming services due, obtain health and rabies certificates, schedule appointments, and correspond with veterinarians and staff members,” the company stated. “On the practice side, veterinarian staff can receive client inquiries and respond directly through NaVetor cloud software or the NaVetor mobile app.”
New Premix Factory Is Planned in Kansas
Netherlands-based DSM plans to build a premix plant in Tonganoxie, Kansas, to supply manufacturers of branded pet food products. The facility is expected to break ground in July, be fully operational by early 2025 and create 28 jobs.
Kentucky Equine Hospital Offers Standing MRI
Park Equine Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky, installed Hallmarq Veterinary Imaging’s Standing Equine MRI system. “With standing MRI, high-quality images are captured with the use of light sedation instead of general anesthesia,” the manufacturer noted. Park offers ambulatory and in-house services.
Bimini Supports Topeka Accelerator Program
Bimini Pet Health, a Topeka, Kansas-based manufacturer of supplements and treats, became the fourth corporate partner of Plug and Play Topeka’s animal health business accelerator program. The founding partners are Cargill, Evergy and Hill’s Pet Nutrition.
PetHub Unveils Veterinary Telehealth Service
PetHub Inc. launched Wellness Tools, a package of services for pet owners who subscribe to the company’s pet-identification business. The services include unlimited access to 24/7 veterinary telehealth, a symptom checker that uses artificial intelligence, and a food and treat finder that provides custom recommendations. Telehealth also is available to non-subscribing pet owners.
Embrace Scores With Cleveland Browns
Embrace Pet Insurance was named the official pet insurer of the hometown Cleveland Browns football team. The company also reported that it “will serve as the associate partner of the Barking Backers, the Browns’ official fan club for dogs.” The contract runs for three years.
British Groups Teach Parasite Control
The British Veterinary Association, British Small Animal Veterinary Association and British Veterinary Zoological Society created a leaflet, posters and slideshow designed to educate pet owners about parasite control for dogs and cats. The waiting room materials may be downloaded at bit.ly/44gOCoO.
120 Participate in Legislative Fly-In
The American Veterinary Medical Association’s annual legislative fly-in brought nearly 120 veterinarians and veterinary students to Washington, D.C., in mid-April. They urged Congress to support bills “aimed at ensuring dogs are healthy when imported into the United States and to combat trafficking of the animal sedative xylazine without hindering veterinary access to the drug,” the AVMA reported.
AVMA Seeks Nominees for DEI Lifetime Achievement
The American Veterinary Medical Association established the Frederick Douglass Patterson Lifetime Achievement Award to recognize excellence through innovative and transformative leadership in promoting diversity, equity and inclusion. Nominations for the inaugural award may be made until May 22 at avma.org/Awards.
Fetch Pet Insurance Forms Advisory Board
Fetch pet insurance created a veterinary advisory board chaired by Dr. Audrey Ruple, an associate professor at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine and the Metcalf chair in veterinary medical informatics. The other advisers are Drs. Kwane Stewart, Evan Antin, Monica Tarantino, Kerri Rodriguez, Noe Galvan and Aliya McCullough.
Covetrus Opens Florida Warehouse
Covetrus opened an Ocala, Florida, distribution center serving the Southeastern United States, the Caribbean and veterinarians at U.S. military bases throughout Europe. “Measuring more than 62,500 square feet, the new energy-efficient distribution center will include a drive-through service option for mobile veterinarians, as well as same-day and scheduled deliveries,” the company stated.
Apply Soon for WSAVA’s Michael Day Scholarship
The World Small Animal Veterinary Association is accepting applications for the 2023 Michael J. Day Scholarship. “Open to veterinary students around the world, the scholarship provides financial assistance for research into an aspect of small companion animal infectious disease, clinical vaccinology or immunology,” WSAVA reported. “The selected scholar will spend two to three months carrying out their research in a host university or academic environment of their own selection.” The nomination deadline is Sept. 3. Details are at bit.ly/3LNaykl.