mal’s teeth in a similar manner
that a human being brushes and
flosses his or her own teeth,” the
court stated Jan. 29, clarifying a
previous order. Thompson also
must pay $5,000 to the College
of Veterinarians of Ontario.
; The Veterinary Emergen-
cy Response Team from the
University of California,
Davis, was summoned to lift
a 1,200-pound cow out of a
30-foot-deep hole. Molly, a
9-year-old Brahman, survived
her three-day ordeal, The Sacra-
mento Bee reported.
; People for the Ethical
Treatment of Animals reported spending $2.5 million in 2014
in impoverished areas of Virginia
and North Carolina. The charity
work included “free veterinary
care, spay/neuter services, doghouses, straw bedding, pet food,
counseling to help people keep
and care for animals they were
considering giving up, and free
euthanasia services for 2,454
dogs, cats and other animals,” the
Norfolk, Va., welfare group stated.
; Fort Collins Veterinary
Emergency & Rehabilitation Hospital became the second clinic in Colorado to install
a hyperbaric oxygen chamber for
small animals, equipment manufacturer Hyperbaric Veterinary Medicine announced.
; “What We Feed Them Matters”
; The Mississippi State Uni-
is the title of a new marketing
campaign from retail giant Pet-
co. The San Diego company
rolled out an educational initia-
tive focused on the importance
of proper nutrition for pets.
versity College of Veteri-
nary Medicine will host its 30th
annual open house April 10 and
11. A petting zoo, animal shows
and tours of the veterinary hospi-
tal and classrooms are planned.
; An online petition undertaken
by the British Veterinary Association calls for the end of
slaughtering methods that do not
stun the animal first. More than
100,000 signatures were collected as of late January. The stand
drew criticism from Jewish leader
Shimon Cohen, who told Jewish
Community Online: “The BVA has
been obsessed with removing the
right of religious communities
to carry out religious slaughter,
without conclusive evidence that
it is less humane than conventional, industrialized mechanical
; The Augusta campus at the
University of Maine is keeping its veterinary technology
program after all. In a surprise
turnaround, university administrators decided to transform the
associate’s degree program into
a four-year bachelor’s program.
“We have found a way to not
only preserve this important
program but to strengthen it,”
President Glenn Cummings said.
; Petco CEO Jim Myers will
deliver the keynote address at
the annual Top2Top Confer-
ence, an annual meeting of
pet industry executives, entre-
preneurs, elected officials and
advocates. The event is set for
April 28 to 30 in Carlsbad, Calif.
The organizer is the Pet Industry
Joint Advisory Council.
; Trupanion Inc. was named
the preferred pet health insurance provider at 580 VCA
animal hospitals across the
United States. The agreement,
announced Jan. 12, brings
additional visibility to a Seat-tle-based company that as of
late October insured more than
207,000 cats and dogs, a
30 percent jump in one year. The
exclusive arrangement includes
in-clinic signage and brochures
as well as a presence on the
VCA website, Trupanion spokeswoman Britta Gidican said.
; Spectrum Brands Holdings Inc. of Middleton, Wis.,
acquired Salix Animal
Health, a manufacturer of natural rawhide dog chews, treats
and snacks. The terms were not
disclosed. Among Spectrum’s
other animal lines are Tetra, Nature’s Miracle and Furminator.
; Abaxis Inc. of Union City,
Calif., won U.S. Department of
Agriculture approval of the Vet-
Scan FeLV-FIV Rapid Test Kit for
the detection of feline leukemia
virus (FeLV) antigen and feline
immunodefiency virus (FIV) an-
tibodies in blood samples. Pres-
ident Clint Severson called the
achievement “a significant step
toward completing the Abaxis
rapid test portfolio.”
; Drug developer Aratana
Therapeutics Inc. of Kansas
City, Kan., received the Best
Pipeline 2014 award from Animal Pharm, a website that covers the animal health industry.
; iVET360, a veterinary practice management company, is
going nationwide after a year of
testing with 30 hospitals. The
Portland, Ore., company offers
staff training and development,
marketing and analytics.
; A group of San Diego veterinarians and one from New
Orleans volunteered their time
to travel to Kanab, Utah, to perform dental exams on 32 dogs,
32 cats, a potbellied pig and a
rabbit. The animals were housed
at the Best Friends Animal
Society sanctuary. The six-doc-
tor team included Brook A. Nie-
miec, DVM, Dipl. AVDC, of South-
ern California Veterinary Dental
Specialties and Oral Surgery.
; Cedus Inc. hired Brakke
Consulting of Dallas as the
Fort Collins, Colo., company’s exclusive agent for a new platform
technology, GnRH conjugate. The
product is designed to provide
sterilization of male and female
dogs, cats and horses. Cedus
is looking for a partner for the
technology’s further development and commercialization.
; Aspen Veterinary Resources, a subsidiary of distributor Animal Health International,
introduced a new logo and
branding in support of its line of
cattle, equine, swine and poultry
products. “After careful consideration, we chose a new logo that
represents our original values but
with a more modern look that
captures Aspen’s future direction,” said Bernadette Bergan,
house brands product manager
for Animal Health International.
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MedVet Medical and Cancer Centers for Pets
expanded into Lexington, Ky., with the acquisition of AA Small
Animal Emergency Service. MedVet, an eight-hospital chain
based in Columbus, Ohio, is turning the Kentucky emergency
practice into a full-service specialty and emergency medical
center. The company also took over Animal Emergency and
Referral Center of Mobile in Alabama, renaming it MedVet
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