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Mars acquires US practice group

Mars acquires US practice group

Placed at 12-01-2017

Mars has cemented its position as the largest provider of veterinary care in the US after announcing a deal to buy animal hospital chain VCA for $9.1 billion.
VCA has nearly 800 hospitals in the US and Canada.
Mars Petcare’s portfolio of vet services businesses already includes the BluePearl veterinary group and Banfield, which has 900 sites across the US and Puerto Rico.

Strong voice for vets ‘vital’ in 2017, says BVA

Strong voice for vets ‘vital’ in 2017, says BVA

Placed at 12-01-2017

Brexit will “undoubtedly” be one of the biggest challenges facing the profession in 2017 and vets must expect the unexpected, BVA president Gudrun Ravetz has said. “We should not forget, however, it also has the potential to be an opportunity,” Mrs Ravetz said ahead of the new year. “The veterinary family needs to come together, embrace its diversity and be a strong voice for all colleagues, whoever they are and wherever they come from in the world.” Reflecting on and summing up 2016, Mrs Ravetz added: “As in the veterinary profession, as in politics: expect the unexpected. “The result of the EU referendum was undoubtedly a challenge in 2016 and for none more so than our EU colleagues, but the veterinary family is pulling together hard and lobbying parliamentarians and policymakers to make sure the veterinary voice is heard.”

Study assesses if dogs listen to ‘puppy-talk’

Study assesses if dogs listen to ‘puppy-talk’

Placed at 12-01-2017

A study has demonstrated humans commonly use a sing-song cadence similar to that used towards babies when speaking to dogs – but only puppies, not adult dogs, respond to it.

The research found puppies were highly reactive to dog-directed speech, with pitch a key factor modulating their behaviour. Image © Happy monkey / Fotolia.
The research found puppies were highly reactive to dog-directed speech, with pitch a key factor modulating their behaviour. Image © Happy monkey / Fotolia.
The research was carried out by scientists in France, the UK and the US and published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B as “Dog-directed speech: why do we use it and do dogs pay attention to it?

EJCAP Winter issue 2016: Annual boosters, obsolete?

EJCAP Winter issue 2016: Annual boosters, obsolete?

Placed at 20-12-2016

15 December 2016 – For many years, the annual booster was a routine procedure. This is now being challenged. Recent scientific data show that many annual boosters are obsolete, says Karin Moestl (Austria), 

5 Holiday Stressors for Veterinary Teams

5 Holiday Stressors for Veterinary Teams

Placed at 13-12-2016

It’s not all cute dogs in Santa hats, greeting cards, and home-baked cookies from grateful clients. Here are common stressors veterinary healthcare teams encounter during the holidays, with tips to promote more cheer and less fear during the season.

Top 5 Reasons Veterinary Nurses Are Essential

Top 5 Reasons Veterinary Nurses Are Essential

Placed at 13-12-2016

The role of veterinary nurses has evolved over the past 40 years in scope of responsibilities and value to a practice. The first title, animal technician, was changed to veterinary technician in 1989 with AVMA approval.1 Now veterinary nurse is under consideration to unite the profession’s credentialing requirements. Regardless of title, veterinary nurses are vital for an effective team and exceptional client and patient care. 

Vets warn of puppy misery, as a third suspect illegal imports

Vets warn of puppy misery, as a third suspect illegal imports

Placed at 07-12-2016

One in three vets who treat pets have seen puppies they believe to have been illegally imported from overseas in the last year, according to figures released by the UK's leading body for vets the British Veterinary Association (BVA).
BVA’s Voice of the Veterinary Profession, which surveyed over 1,000 vets from across the UK, revealed that vets’ suspicions had been raised for several reasons including foreign microchips and the puppy’s age not matching the age given in its passports, with some vets also citing the puppy’s health as a problem after seeing cases of parvovirus and kennel cough.

How to prevent dog bites

How to prevent dog bites

Placed at 05-12-2016

The Belgian FVE Member, the Union Professionnelle Vetérinaire (UPV), is currently discussing with the Belgian Government possible measures to take to prevent dog bites.

FECAVA Council Meeting Athens

FECAVA Council Meeting Athens

Placed at 02-12-2016

The FECAVA Board and Directors met for their regular working group and council meetings  from 23rd until 26th November in Athens as guests of HVMS, the Hellenic Small Animal Veterinary Association.
The venue was the elegant Divani Caravel Hotel in the centre of the capital, where the annual Greek Small Animal Veterinary Congress was held at the same time.

Registrations now open for first Mind Matters Initiative Research Symposium

Registrations now open for first Mind Matters Initiative Research Symposium

Placed at 29-11-2016

The inaugural Mind Matters Initiative (MMI) Research Symposium will take place on Friday, 20 January 2017, at the University of Edinburgh’s Pollock Halls, under the theme ‘Understanding and supporting veterinary mental health’.