Today’s Veterinary Business Staff
10,000 Cat Friendly Certificates, and Counting, for AAFP
The American Association of Feline Practitioners awarded its 10,000th Cat Friendly Certificate. The program, started in September 2020, “aims to build the knowledge, skills and best in-clinic practices for caring for cats and is tailored to the individual roles within a practice,” AAFP reported. “With three certificate categories — Cat Friendly Veterinarian (CFV), Cat Friendly Veterinary Professional (CFVP) and Cat Friendly Veterinary Advocate (CFVA) — the program provides comprehensive education for exceptional care for cats for all veterinary career levels.”
AMC Was Super Busy in 2022
Schwarzman Animal Medical Center, New York City’s only Level 1 veterinary trauma center, reported 20,000 visits to its emergency room in 2022. AMC’s “A Year of Comprehensive Care” report, available at bit.ly/3NEyuax, showed that the nonprofit hospital’s 20-plus specialties and services accommodated 54,281 visits overall for dogs, cats and exotic pets. “To meet increased demand for patient care, AMC is expanding its clinical team, welcoming eight new senior veterinarians in 2022, bringing the total number of veterinarians to 133, of which 43 are board-certified,” AMC stated.
Wedgewood Pharmacy Supports Rowan University
Rowan University’s Shreiber School of Veterinary Medicine, set to open in 2025 in Harrison Township, New Jersey, received a $100,000 gift from Wedgewood Pharmacy to endow a scholarship fund. A different student enrolled in the DVM program will receive a scholar each year. Wedgewood is based in Swedesboro, New Jersey.
NVA Fills Openings on Executive Team
National Veterinary Associates, among the nation’s largest owners of veterinary hospitals, appointed Dr. Sandra Faeh as the first chief veterinary officer of NVA’s General Practice business. In addition, Dr. Stacy Burdick was named chief medical officer of Ethos Veterinary Health.
‘Critter Fixers’ Get Into PetSmart
Dr. Vernard Hodges and Dr. Terrence Ferguson, the co-stars of TV’s “Critter Fixers: Country Vets,” opened a veterinary hospital inside a Smyrna, Georgia, PetSmart store. The clinic’s primary practicing veterinarian and part owner is Dr. Paul Norwood. Dr. Hodges and Dr. Ferguson co-founded and operate Critter Fixers Veterinary Hospital in Bonaire, Georgia.
WSAVA Offers Pain Management Certificate
The World Small Animal Veterinary Association will launch a certificate in pain management with support from Zoetis Inc. WSAVA’s Global Pain Council “aims to raise awareness of the importance of pain management for patient health and welfare and provide practical help to veterinary professionals who wish to refresh or deepen their knowledge in this area,” the organization stated. The program is designed for veterinarians and veterinary technicians. Details are at bit.ly/3NBomz0.
Oklahoma Veterinary Practice Joins AmeriVet
The AmeriVet Veterinary Partners network grew to 200 locations with the addition of Animal Medical Center in Edmond, Oklahoma. Transaction details were not released. Headquartered in San Antonio, AmeriVet employs 3,479 people in 35 states.
WSAVA World Congress Heads to China in 2024
Suzhou, China, will play host to the World Small Animal Veterinary Association’s 2024 World Congress. The conference is set for Sept. 3 to 5, 2024, at the Suzhou International Expo Center. The 2023 World Congress is in Lisbon, Portugal.
Morris Animal Foundation Marks 75 Years
Colorado-based Morris Animal Foundation is celebrating its 75th anniversary this month. “The foundation traces its roots back to 1948, when a forward-thinking veterinarian, Dr. Mark L. Morris Sr., founded the organization to improve the health and well-being of animals everywhere,” Morris stated. “Currently, the foundation has about 200 active studies aimed at addressing significant health challenges in dogs, cats, horses and wildlife.”