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AUG 2018

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7 August/September 2018 • TODAYSVETERINARYBUSINESS.COM News Briefs Vet school on Long Island? The AVMA Council on Education will conduct a comprehensive site visit Aug. 12 to 16 at Long Island Univer- sity, which hopes to fast-track a plan to open the nation's 31st college of veterinary medicine. The university, east of New York City, is advertis- ing full-time faculty positions. The proposal to enroll the first class in September 2019 has the support of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Fuzzy unveils vet chat app Fuzzy Pet Health released a $10-a-month telemedicine app that offers unlimited chat time with vet- erinarians. The company is target- ing pet owners who desire expert advice before they commit to a trip to their local practitioner. Customers can use their smartphone and the Fuzzy Connect app to share photos and videos of their pet. Serving service animals Just over 300 board-certified veter- inary ophthalmologists teamed up to check the eyesight of 7,625 service and working animals. The 11th annu- al National Service Animal Eye Exam Event was organized by the Ameri- can College of Veterinary Ophthal- mologists and Stokes Pharmacy. MVS awards franchises Two non-veterinarians signed the first franchise agreements with MVS Pet Care, a start-up company look- ing to deliver veterinary services to client homes nationwide. Business partners Ian Haywood and Emanuel Graves plan to operate six mobile vans — two each in Atlanta, Phila- delphia and Pittsburgh. MVS partner Jeremy Gransky, DVM, will teach recruited practitioners about the "art of the veterinary house call," the Boston company reported. Nocita is proposed for cats Aratana Therapeutics Inc. asked regulators to approve feline use of the canine pain drug Nocita. The label expansion, if supported by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Center for Veterinary Medicine, would designate Nocita as a periph- eral nerve block providing regional analgesia following an onychectomy. Nocita (bupivacaine liposome in- jectable suspension) earned initial FDA approval in August 2016 as a local anesthetic providing up to 72 hours of relief after cranial cruciate ligament surgery in dogs. Tuskegee, Auburn pair up The Tuskegee and Auburn veteri- nary colleges launched an initiative designed to increase diversity at both institutions. The collaboration calls for a Tuskegee graduate to train as a radiology resident at Au- burn's Veterinary Teaching Hospital and then return to Tuskegee as a board-certified faculty member. CVP buys 2 Virginia clinics Community Veterinary Partners grew to 48 locations with the acquisition of two Virginia clinics. The newest network members are Pet Medical Center of Springfield and Shirlington Animal Hospital in Arlington. Com- munity Veterinary Partners' hospitals are scattered across nine East Coast states and Indiana. Patterson teams with Cure Patterson Veterinary Supply and practice management software developer Cure Partners launched a joint venture called Technology Partner Innovations. The partner- ship centers around the cloud- based NaVetor system. Schein upgrades software Henry Schein Veterinary Solu- tions updated the AVImark and ImproMed practice management software platforms. One addition, the cloud-based Axis-Q Lens, shows a patient's complete diagnostic history, making it "easier to identify outliers in a patient's diagnostic test results," the company reported. One Health gets 2 winners Two U.S. professors who developed better tests for the diagnosis of the bacterial infection commonly called cat scratch disease won the 2018 Global One Health Award. The award, presented by the World Small Animal Veterinary Association's One Health Committee, went to Ed Breitschwerdt, DVM, DACVIM, of the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Christopher Woods, MD, MPH, of the Duke University School of Medicine. NASC honors Vets Plus Nutritional supplement contract manufacturer Vets Plus won the NASC Visibility Award for the sixth year in a row and received another honor, the MVP Supplier Award. The awards were handed out during the National Animal Supplement Coun- cil's annual conference. Heska signs Pathway deal Heska Corp. will supply point-of- care diagnostic services at more than 140 Pathway Vet Alliance hos- pitals nationwide. A 2017 deal with PetVet Care Centers placed Heska diagnostic equipment at more than 100 hospitals. Give it your best shot What British veterinarians do for a living will come into sharper focus when they submit their entries in the 2018 BVA Veterinary Photographer of the Year competition. The dead- line is Aug. 19. More information is available at http://bit.ly/2KklAyB. Ethos purchases 3 clinics Ethos Veterinary Health raised its holdings to 17 specialty hospitals after the acquisition of practices in Chicago, Honolulu and subur- ban Sacramento, California. The network also operates two refer- ence laboratories, a compounding pharmacy and the online learning platform VetBloom. Brakke issues new report Brakke Consulting released a report exploring online sales at small- animal veterinary hospitals. The Veterinary Practice Home Delivery Report is available for $8,900. More information is available at info@ brakkeconsulting.com. BVA: No flat-faced dogs The British Veterinary Association urged parents to reject their child's plea for a brachycephalic dog. The notice coincided with the release of the Disney movie "Patrick." "We know from past films that when a dog takes a starring role, their breed often experiences a surge in popularity for years afterwards," said BVA President John Fishwick, MA, VetMB, DECBHM. "That's why a film featuring a flat-faced pug is unhelpful at a time when vets and other welfare organizations are desperately trying to discourage ownership of these breeds." Save on VMX registration VMX attendees can save up to 20 percent on registration fees through Oct. 5. Early sign-up for the 2019 conference, set for Jan. 19 to 23 in Orlando, Florida, is available at www.navc.com/vmx. Americans like small dogs A Packaged Facts survey found that 47 percent of U.S. households care for a small or very small dog. The report stated that the trend away from medium, large and giant canines could refocus the practice of veterinary medicine. "Large-breed dogs are more prone to arthritis, hip dysplasia and twisted stomachs, and small-breed dogs are more prone to diabetes mellitus, periodontal dis- ease and dislocated kneecaps," Pack- aged Facts noted. More information is available at http://bit.ly/2xJC7H8. AUE to distribute Sonostar Advanced Ultrasound Electronics of Tulsa, Oklahoma, signed an agree- ment to represent Sonostar wireless probes in the United States. The devices communicate with iPads, iPhones and Android devices through a mobile app. New Michigan State dean Birgit Puschner, DVM, Ph.D., DABVT, is expected to take over Oct. 1 as dean of the Michigan State Univer- sity College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Puschner is chairwoman of the department of molecular bioscienc- es at the University of California, Da- vis, School of Veterinary Medicine. Banfield is civic-minded The Banfield Pet Hospital chain earned a spot on The Civic 50 list for the second year in a row. The honor, announced by the volunteer service group Points of Light, recognizes superior corporate citizenship.

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