Mars to Buy VCA Clinics, Labs in $9.1 Billion Deal

By: Veterinary Practice News Editors

Mars Inc. has agreed to acquire VCA Inc., which operates one of North America’s largest veterinary hospital chains, in a transaction valued at $9.1 billion
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Veterinary practice and the U.S. economy: What’s the impact?
By Fred Ouedraogo, PhD, Michael Dicks, PhD

The total value of economic activity generated from veterinary services in 2014? A cool $63.1 billion.
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Galliprant now available for canine osteoarthritis patients
By: staff

First-in-class piprant for veterinary use developed by Aratana, marketed by Elanco.
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Scientists develop new flu vaccines for dogs

By: University of Rochester Medical Center

Just like humans, dogs can catch the flu. Two new vaccines for canine influenza could curb the spread of flu in shelters and kennels and prevent the possible transmission of a dog flu virus to people.
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How to stop breeding resistant heartworms

By: staff

Clarke Atkins, DVM, DACVIM (cardiology), says it’s the right preventive led off by the right antibiotic. Do you do it every time with your canine patients?
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How my utterly unsuitable dog became an ’emotional support animal’
By: Phyllis DeGioia

My mental health is in such dire straits, apparently, that a licensed psychologist wrote a letter stating that my condition warrants the use of an emotional support animal (ESA).
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Diagnostic dental radiographs: A concise how-to

By: Mary L. Berg, BS, RVT, RLATG, VTS (dentistry)

It used to be really hard to take dental radiographs in cats, but digital radiography has made it much easier. Mary Berg, RVT, RLATG, VTS (Dentistry), demonstrates her preferred method of obtaining dental radiographs.
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Hazmat Suits and 500 Shelter Cats: Rare Flu Forces New York Quarantine
By: Andy Newman

In November, cats at the shelters started getting sick at an alarming rate. The culprit turned out to be a strain of bird flu that had never before been seen in cats, and had not been found in any animal in 10 years.
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Cat-astrophe! Feral Cats Have Invaded Nearly 100% of Australia
By: Mindy Weisberger, Senior Writer

A new study finds that feral cats inhabit 99.8 percent of the continent’s landmass, including 80 percent of the land that makes up its islands.
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Study: Cats Eating Dry Food Have Increased Risk for Developing Type 2 Diabetes
By: Veterinary Practice News Editors

The study was conducted by the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.
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Soring Regulations On Hold
By: Veterinary Practice News Editors

When Trump administration came into the White House, they put all unpublished regulations on hold, including the new soring regulations.
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Equine Thermography

By: Joanna L. Robson, DVM, CVSMT, CVA, CSFT, CIT

Thermography presents a noninvasive, safe, and cost-effective diagnostic imaging modality (on average, $350 for a whole horse scan and interpretation) that is a valuable complementary tool in equine health care.
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Henry Schein helps raise $10,000 to support equine veterinary education
By: staff

Veterinary industry distributor joins Zoetis and Neogen to match contributions from attendees at 62nd annual AAEP convention.
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Why Technology Isn’t One Size Fits All for Horses

By: David W. Ramey, DVM

A look at the upsides and downsides of equine technology.
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Exotic-veterinarian-turned-author: Animals come from everywhere, and they all deserve good medical care

By: Brendan Howard, Business Channel Director

Practice owner and newly published memoirist Dr. Laurie Hess sat down with us at CVC San Diego for an exclusive Q&A about her new book, a big sugar glider mystery, her take on practice management—and managing nosy neighbors.
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How Zoo Animals Learn to Help Take Care of Themselves

By: Joanna Klein

In zoos today, keepers work to reduce the stress of caregiving by training animals to be a part of their own care.
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10 Secrets to Keep Your Veterinary Nurses Happy

By: Phil Zeltzman, DVM, DACVS, CVJ

This fearless columnist had the confidential and deep conversations you wish you had with your staff, so please open your mind and listen up.
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NAVTA Approves Lab Animal Specialty for Vet Techs
By: Veterinary Practice News

With the establishment of the Academy of Laboratory Animal Veterinary Technicians and Nurses, the specialty is the 14th approved Veterinary Technician Specialty.
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Nourish, Don’t Drain, the Practice Culture

By: Thomas E. Catanzaro, DVM, MHA

If managers or practice owners identify the offending behaviors and fix them, they will usually be able to spend more time nourishing the practice’s culture – which will in turn, make the staff members happier and more productive.
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Vet Tech Tips

By: Diagnostic Imaging Systems

Skilled Professional? Newbie? Read on to discover some thoughts on what makes for a great Vet Tech.
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