n Equithrive Joint, an oral supplement made by Biological
Prospects of Lexington, Ky., is
an effective therapy for equine
hock lameness, according to a
study published in the Sept. 15
issue of the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association. The study was led by Ashlee
E. Watts, DVM, Ph.D., Dipl. ACVS,
an assistant professor at Texas
n A former office manager
was charged with embezzling
more than $500,000 from St.
Charles Veterinary Clinic
in St. Charles, Ill. Martha P.
Strauss, 52, is accused of depositing fraudulent checks into her
personal account, the Chicago
n Transparency Market Research
of Albany, N. Y., forecast the global veterinary therapeutics
market to reach $50.2 billion
by 2024, up from $26.9 billion
last year. Drug maker Zoetis Inc.
of Florham Park, N.J., was credited with an 18. 5 percent share of
the market in 2015.
n The Irish television channel
RTÉ One began broadcasting the
documentary series “The Pet
Surgeons” in early September. Featured is Gilabbey Veterinary Hospital in Cork.
n Animal Planet, a cable
channel, premiered a two-part
special, “Pet Nation Renovation,” which documented
total makeovers of two animal
shelters: Bandit’s Adoption and
Rescue of K-9s (BARK) in Ashland, Va., and Michigan Animal
Rescue League in Pontiac, Mich.
n Registration opened for the
25th anniversary Petfood Forum, which is scheduled for April
3 to 5, 2017, in Kansas City, Mo.
More information is available at
n Sameeh Abu Tarbush,
DVM, MVetSc, Dipl. ABVP, Dipl.
ACVIM, wrote what The Gulf
Today described as “the world’s
largest atlas of horse diseases.”
Dr. Tarbush heads the department of veterinary medicine at
United Arab Emirates University,
which published the work.
n Debera Butler, DVM, a
technical services veterinarian
with Merck and Co., saved an
elk that had become entangled
in a rope, log and tire from a
swing set. Dr. Butler found the
elk on her property in Pine, Ariz.,
and with a neighbor’s help was
able to free the animal after 12
hours of work that included corn
bait and a pruning tool. All but
the rope were removed by the
time the elk trotted away.
n London-based Premier
Veterinary Group agreed
to a three-year extension of its
preventive care program administered through the 143-practice
n Veterinarians working for Jiv-daya Charitable Trust operated
on a pregnant cow to remove
more than 200 pounds of garbage
from its stomach, The Times of
India reported. Nails, plastic bags,
socks and wire—apparently consumed at a garbage dump—were
removed. The animal survived.
n A 40-person steering committee was formed with the goal of
helping Texas Tech University open a veterinary school in
Amarillo, possibly in 2019.
n North Carolina State University formally kicked off construction of the Biomedical
Partnership Center, the
first public-private building in
the development of the Centennial Biomedical Campus. The
44,500-square-foot facility will
include space for College of Veterinary Medicine researchers.
n The Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine
confirmed a rare neurologic form
of equine herpes virus (EHV-
1) in an 18-year-old quarter horse
mare. The horse, which had been
competing in rodeo events, was
isolated at the Veterinary Teaching
Hospital and later euthanized.
n The Auburn University
College of Veterinary Medicine is partnering with the University of Alabama, Birmingham,
School of Public Health to offer
distance-learning courses for
veterinary students seeking to
earn a master’s of public health
degree along with their DVM.
n The Animal Health Diagnostic
Center at the Cornell University
College of Veterinary Medicine will
be the first of its kind in the nation to provide a new diagnostic
test for Shar-Pei autoinflam-matory disease. The Chinese
Shar-Pei Charitable Trust donated
$50,000 toward the purchase of
advanced testing equipment.
n San Francisco-based Jaguar
Animal Health reported excellent
results from a study evaluating the
prophylactic use of a second-generation formulation of
Neo-norm Calf on naturally occurring
diarrhea and dehydration in pre-weaned dairy calves. The double-blind, randomized study, conducted in partnership with Cornell
University researchers, involved 40
newborn Holstein bull calves.
n A Lake Worth, Fla., woman
who police said posed as a veterinary technician was charged
with animal cruelty and unlicensed veterinary practice after
cropping a puppy’s ears. Fishing
line was used for sutures, the
Naples Daily News reported.
n The deadline to nominate a
person or pet for the New Jersey
Veterinary Medical Association’s
Animal Hall of Fame is Nov.
11. More information is available at http://bit.ly/2cBW4Bu.
n Hartville Pet Insurance
Group of Akron, Ohio, was recognized by the human resources
organization ERC as one of Northeast Ohio’s 99 best places to work.
n Denver-based Morris Animal
Foundation reported that re-
searchers at Kansas State Univer-
sity, Wichita State University and
the University of California, Davis,
successfully blocked the pro-
gression of feline infectious
peritonitis. “If we continue to
be successful in this research,
it will represent a major break-
through in treating this terrible
disease,” said the foundation’s
chief scientific officer, Barbara
Wolfe, DVM, Ph.D., Dipl. ACZM.
n Voting will close Oct. 5 in Companion Animal Health’s inaugural
Companion Laser Therapy
Technician of the Year contest. The prize is a seven-night
continuing education sea cruise.
More information is available at
http://bit.ly/2cpn1sG. Companion, a manufacturer of therapeutic
lasers, is based in Newark, Del.
n The AKC Canine Health Foundation of Raleigh, N.C., awarded
a $35,630 grant for the study
of canine thyroid disease.
Michigan State University researchers Brian Petroff, DVM,
Ph.D., and Kent Refsal, DVM,
Ph.D., will look at dogs with elevated thyroglobulin autoantibod-ies (TgAA) as a marker for early
stage autoimmune thyroiditis.
n VetStem Biopharma Inc.
of Poway, Calif., received a U.S.
patent covering methods of extracting, preparing and using adipose tissue-derived stem cells
for the prevention and treatment
of inflammation at the site of
musculoskeletal injury in any
mammal, including people.
n The University of Arizona
launched a website, https://
vetmed.arizona.edu, in support of
its planned veterinary school. Ad-
ministrators with the Marley Foun-
dation Doctor of Veterinary Medi-
cine Program are working to earn
a letter of reasonable assurance
of accreditation from the Council
on Education. The panel rejected
Arizona’s initial application.
n Elias Animal Health of
Olathe, Kan., started a clinical
trial to determine the safety and
efficacy of Elias Cancer Immunotherapy (ECI) as a treatment for
B-cell lymphoma in dogs.
n Kansas State University’s Center of Excellence for Vector Borne
Diseases received a $200,000
state grant for the study of
heart-water, a tick-transmitted disease
of cattle, sheep and goats.
n Diamondback Drugs, a
compounder based in Scottsdale, Ariz., obtained Veterinary
Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice Sites (Vet-VIPPS) accreditation from the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy.
n Gold Coast Center for
Veterinary Care, a small
animal specialty hospital, is
scheduled to open this month
in Huntington, N. Y. The owner is
Alan Coren, DVM, CCRT, who also
owns West Hills Animal Hospital
and Emergency Center.
n Denmark-based veterinary
equipment supplier Kruuse
became a main sponsor of the
African Small Companion Animal
Network. The other main sponsor
is Zoetis Inc. of Florham Park,
N.J., which joined in 2014.
n Elanco Animal Health of
Greenfield, Ind., launched the
Celebrate the Bond video
series at www.celebratethebond.
com. The videos explore two dogs,
Spirit and Ringer, placed by the
Canine Assistants organization
with recipients Sean and Tim.
n Idexx Laboratories Inc.,
a Westbrook, Maine, provider
of veterinary diagnostic equipment and services, reported
second-quarter revenue of $467
million, an increase of 13 percent from the same period in
2015. The company placed 467
SediVue Dx urine sediment analyzers and 1,334 Catalyst chemistry analyzers during the period.
n iVET360, a Portland, Ore.,
provider of practice management
services, earned Google Partner
status. “A Google Partner badge
shows that a company meets all
of Google’s requirements for certification, including passing necessary tests, working with Ad-Words for a designated amount
of time and implementing best
practices,” iVET360 stated.
The Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine
welcomed 127 first-year students in mid-August during a white-coat ceremony. Administrators announced a new curriculum that
“integrates the basic and clinical sciences in courses focused
on function, incorporates team-based learning in all first- and
second-year courses, and allows for early entry into the clinics
after the second year.” More than 1,400 prospective students
applied for admission to the Class of 2020.