October 15, 2014

The market for veterinary practices is currently favoring sellers, according to a handful of veterinary business advisers. But, they say, would-be owners can get a good deal if they sit tight, research their options, and put together a team of experts to guide them through the process.


A traveling exhibition about the human-animal bond and veterinary medicine has proved to be popular with the public and the profession. Between the July 20, 2013, launch and Sept. 7, 2014, more than 129,000 people visited “Animal Connections: Our Journey Together” at 41 events in 36 cities in 23 states.


A study by the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine showed marked decreases in shelter intake and euthanasia of feral cats in an area of intensive cat neutering and adoption, compared with figures for the rest of the Florida county.


In a recent study, one-third of samples of raw dog or cat foods ordered online were positive for Listeria organisms. An article published in the September edition of Foodborne Pathogens and Disease indicates 65 of 196 samples of raw dog or cat foods were positive for Listeria, including 32 that were positive for L monocytogenes. In addition, 15 of the 196 samples were positive for Salmonella and two were positive for shiga toxin–producing E coli.


The University of Arizona will soon create the Kemper and Ethel Marley Foundation Veterinary Medical and Surgical Program, which will be part of the School of Animal and Comparative Biomedical Sciences. The new program, which received a $9 million donation from the Marley Foundation, is slated to begin in fall 2015.