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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.
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.”
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 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?”
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),
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.
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.
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.
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.
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’.