✱ Zoetis Inc. shareholders
will receive a 6.5-cent quarterly
dividend for the third consecutive
time. The fourth-quarter per-share
payout will take place Dec. 2 to
shareholders of record as of Nov.
1. The Florham Park, N.J., animal
health company broke away from
Pfizer Inc. in February as part of
an initial public offering.
✱ Paul Awalt of Orillia, Ontario,
Canada, was sentenced to two
years’ probation for leaving his
critically injured dog outside a
closed SPCA office. The dog,
which had been hit by a vehicle,
was found the next day and taken
to a veterinary clinic, where she
died. “If providing for an animal
in your care becomes difficult, it’s
important to take the appropriate
steps to ensure that the animal’s
health isn’t compromised,” SPCA
senior inspector Steve Toy said.
✱ Lower East Side Animal
Hospital held a grand opening
Sept. 7 and 8. The neighborhood
clinic offers acupuncture, laser
therapy, homeopathy, herbology,
advanced dentistry, holistic med-
icine, a veterinary pharmacy, sur-
gery and an in-house laboratory.
The practice is one of 13 New
York City pet hospitals certified
by the American Animal Hospital
✱ MWI Veterinary Supply
Inc. placed No. 87 on Fortune
magazine’s latest list of the 100
Fastest-Growing Companies. The
Boise, Idaho, distributor of animal health products ranked No.
80 in 2012 and No. 92 in 2011.
The company also was among
15 companies named to
Fortune’s Fastest Growing All-Stars.
✱ The Paw Project, an an-ti-declawing documentary written and produced by Jennifer
Conrad, DVM, premiered Sept.
27 in New York City, where the
58-minute film ran for one week
at the Independent Film Channel
Center. Dr. Conrad participated
in question-and-answer sessions
at selected screenings. More
information is available at Paw-ProjectMovie.com.
✱ Fifteen veterinary students
each received a $5,000 scholarship from the American
Association of Bovine
Practitioners and sponsor
Zoetis Inc. of Florham Park,
N.J. The awards were handed out
in September at the AABP annual conference in Milwaukee.
✱ The American Veterinary
Medical Association posted
a You Tube video that showed
U.S. Department of Agriculture
inspectors testing for and finding evidence of soring. The video
was shot in August. The AVMA
praised Congress for introducing
legislation, the Prevent All Soring Tactics Act, which would give
the USDA greater authority to
enforce regulations and penalize
those involved in soring.
✱ Harrisburg K- 9 officer Zeke
was awarded the Pennsylvania
Veterinary Medical Association’s Wodan Animal Hero
Award. Zeke was shot in the
neck while chasing a suspect
and was treated by Mark Meyerhoff, DVM, at Rossmoyne Animal
ER/Trauma Center in Mechanicsburg, Pa.
✱ New York City pet expert
Andrea Arden, owner of Andrea
Arden Dog Training, reported
a significant increase in the
number of pet owners curbing
their dogs’ enthusiasm using
veterinarian-prescribed doses of
mood-altering Prozac or Xanax,
according to MyFoxNy.com. “I
believe it is owners looking for
a quick fix,” she said. Most behavioral issues may be rectified
through obedience training or
if owners spend more time with
their pets, Arden advised.
✱ University Pet Hospital
in La Mesa, Calif., unveiled the
redesigned website MyUni-versityPetHospital.com. The
features include a “Veterinary
FAQs” page, a “New Patient
Center” and a pet wellness
blog. Pet owners may request
an appointment by filling out
an online form.
✱ Caleb Frankel, VMD, a
small animal emergency room
veterinarian, created VMD-Technology.com, a Philadel-phia-based website dedicated
to making veterinarians aware of
the technology available to them
and their businesses. The website features discussions about
computer tablets, veterinary
apps, other websites of interest
and practice software.
✱ PlanIt World Management,
a management firm based in
Washington, D.C., added the
American Association of
Mobile Veterinary Prac-
titioners as a client. “It is
our goal to collaborate with
the organization and help
them make veterinarians and
the industry more aware of the
opportunities that mobile prac-
tices offer,” said Andrea Ball,
PlanIt World’s president.
✱ K. Fred Gingrich II, DVM,
the owner of two Ashland,
Ohio, veterinary practices, was
scheduled to run in the Chicago
Marathon on Oct. 13, according
to the Ashland Times-Gazette.
Dr. Gingrich was running to raise
money for The Cat House Feline
Sanctuary, a no-kill cat rescue.
✱ Hemopet, a Garden Grove,
Calif., veterinary diagnostic laboratory, added NutriScan for cats to
its allergy testing options. NutriScan is a salivary-based test that
reveals the latent and delayed
food sensitivities to the 24 most
commonly ingested foods by cats
and dogs, Hemopet reported.
✱ BluePearl Veterinary
Partners of Lawrenceville, Ga.,
acquired Animal Emergency
Center of Gwinnett, Ga. BluePearl operates dozens of hospitals across 12 states.
✱ Idexx Laboratories Inc.
is partnering with
Medi-Productions SAS to offer Pet
Health Network 3D, an interactive tool that features anatomical animations, radiographs
and videos to help pet owners
understand diagnoses and
treatments. Medi-Productions is
a French company that produces graphics and 3-D animations
for veterinarians. Westbrook,
Maine-based Idexx sells infor-mation-technology products
and services to the veterinary
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The newly opened Lower East Side
Animal Hospital fits in nicely with the
rest of the New York City neighborhood.
Pet Health Network 3D is available as
an iPad app or Web-based app.
✱ Veterinary products distributor
Henry Schein Animal Health
released its first veterinary orthopedic
instrument catalog. The 234-page
catalog includes more than 3,000
general and orthopedic-specific products from Veterinary Instrumentation;
educational materials; and information about the latest technology solutions and value-added services. Henry
Schein is based in Melville, N. Y.