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  • President Trump orders tariffs on at least $50 billion in Chinese imports
  • Easter food gifting sales forecasted to approach $20 billion
  • University of Missouri to offer first online veterinary public health master’s degree
  • McDonald’s announces plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
  • Milk production up in February
  • USDA announces funding for areas with veterinarian shortages
  • Kansas poultry bill signed into law

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COMPANION

  • APPA: $69.51 billion spent on pets last year
  • PetSmart seeking other clinic owners to occupy unused veterinary space
  • PetIQ adds two members to board of directors
  • Kevin Ruffe appointed CEO of Community Veterinary Partners
  • Pathway Vet Alliance pledges donations to veterinary community charities
  • Zoetis Scholarship program surpasses $6 million in scholarships awarded
  • American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation and the V Foundation for Cancer Research collaborating to fund cancer research
  • United Airlines announces “thorough and systematic review” of pet transport program
  • Street Dog Coalition provides free veterinary care to living on the streets with their humans

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President Trump orders tariffs on at least $50 billion in Chinese imports
According to Bloomberg, President Donald Trump ordered sweeping tariffs on Chinese goods in a move that could escalate already tense trade relations between the world’s two biggest economies. The president instructed U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to levy tariffs on at least $50 billion in Chinese imports. Trump signed an executive memo issuing the instructions on Thursday at the White House. Within 15 days, USTR will come up with a proposed list of products that will face higher tariffs. Before the tariffs become final, there will be a 30-day comment period, the White House said. Trump also directed his officials to pursue a World Trade Organization complaint against China for discriminatory licensing practices.

Easter food gifting sales forecasted to approach $20 billion
The U.S. food gifting industry is banking on Easter, as food gift companies seek more holidays and special occasions to expand into, according to market research firm Packaged Facts in the new report “Food Gifting in the U.S.: Consumer and Corporate, 6th Edition.” Packaged Facts forecasts overall U.S. consumer and corporate food gifting sales will approach $20 billion in 2018, up 4% from 2017. Among seasonal holidays, the report said winter holidays such as Christmas remain a food gifting mainstay: more than half of those who have purchased food gifts for others in the last 12 months have done so for the winter holidays. Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day are also popular food gifting holidays.

University of Missouri to offer first online veterinary public health master’s degree
According to Bovine Veterinarian, the University of Missouri is accepting applications for the nation’s first online veterinary public health master’s degree. The program is for those who want to lead global and regional efforts in food safety and zoonotic disease prevention. Demand for public health professionals in this specialization is expected to grow, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, which projects a 23 percent growth rate through 2022 for health service workers, including those specializing in veterinary public health. 

McDonald’s announces plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
McDonald’s announced it will partner with franchisees and suppliers to reduce greenhouse gas emissions related to McDonald’s restaurants and offices by 36% by 2030 from a 2015 base year in a new strategy to address global climate change, according to a release. Additionally, McDonald’s commits to a 31% reduction in emissions intensity (per metric ton of food and packaging) across its supply chain by 2030 from 2015 levels. This combined target has been approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi). Through these actions, McDonald’s expects to prevent 150 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions from being released into the atmosphere by 2030, the release said. This is the equivalent of taking 32 million passenger cars off the road for an entire year or planting 3.8 billion trees and growing them for 10 years. The target will enable McDonald’s to grow as a business without growing its emissions.

Milk production up in February
According to USAgNet, milk production in the United States during February totaled 17.0 billion pounds, up 1.8 percent from February 2017. Production per cow averaged 1,807 pounds for February, 24 pounds above February 2017.

USDA announces funding for areas with veterinarian shortages
According to Bovine Veterinarian, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced the availability of funding to help assure rural communities have sufficient access to livestock veterinary services. Funding is made through NIFA's Veterinary Services Grant Program (VSGP). The VSGP is designed to support education and extension activities and practice enhancement initiatives that will enable veterinarians, veterinary students, veterinary technicians, and veterinary technician students gain specialized skills and provide practices with additional resources needed to more effectively mitigate veterinary service shortages in the U.S. Ultimately, VSGP will bolster the capacity of veterinary practitioners to provide food animal veterinary services in designated rural veterinarian shortage situations.

Kansas poultry bill signed into law
According to the Lawrence Journal-World, Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer signed into a law a controversial bill that is aimed at luring large-scale poultry processors such as Tyson Foods to set up shop in Kansas. Senate Bill 405 would greatly expand the number of chickens that growers can house in facilities known as confined animal feeding operations, or CAFOs, before they would be required to obtain a state environmental permit. The bill was strongly supported by the Kansas Department of Agriculture and other agribusiness groups who argued it would enable Kansas farmers to produce more "value-added" meat products for consumers. But it came in the wake of a recent controversy in northeast Kansas where Tyson proposed building a large-scale slaughter and processing plant near Tonganoxie, sparking widespread public opposition, according to the report. Read more at:  http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2018/mar/20/colyer-signs-controversial-poultry-bill/ 

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APPA: $69.51 billion spent on pets last year
Bob Vetere, president and CEO of the American Pet Products Association (APPA), announced new annual industry-wide spending figures putting overall spending in the pet industry higher than ever before with $69.51 billion spent in 2017. The latest pet industry spending figures were announced at Global Pet Expo. The 2017 pet industry spending numbers surpass the previous year's by nearly $3 billion ($66.75 billion spent in 2016), a 4 percent growth. APPA's annual comprehensive industry figures report covers pet spending in the market categories of food, supplies/over-the-counter (OTC) medications, veterinary care, live animal purchases and other services

PetSmart seeking other clinic owners to occupy unused veterinary space
According to VIN News Service, PetSmart, a national pet-store chain that fueled the growth of Banfield Pet Hospital by housing its clinics in hundreds of stores, is seeking other clinic owners to occupy unused veterinary spaces in 40 states, Puerto Rico and the Canadian province of British Columbia. Some of the vacant spaces once were inhabited by a Banfield clinic that since has closed, according to Dr. Lisa Darling, head of veterinarian services at PetSmart. In other cases, Banfield initially indicated interest in occupying the spaces but never did, she said. She provided a list showing 188 locations available. PetSmart made its quest public at the Western Veterinary Conference in Las Vegas, where it had a trade-show booth 50 paces from Petco, its biggest rival. Like PetSmart, Petco is recruiting veterinarians and support staff for clinics in its stores as part of an ambitious new plan to include veterinary services among its offerings. 

PetIQ adds two members to board of directors
PetIQ, Inc. announced the expansion of its Board of Directors from six to eight members with the appointments of Susan Sholtis and Larry R. Bird as independent directors, effective March 15, 2018. Sholtis and Mr. Bird will serve as members of PetIQ’s compensation and audit committee, respectively. Sholtis has served as a Global Marketing Head in the Health Division at Reckitt Benckiser since 2017. From 2016 to 2017, Sholtis served as Head of North America Commercial Operations at Merial and was responsible for transitioning North America operations to Merial’s new owner, Boehringer Ingelheim. Bird served as Senior Audit Partner at Deloitte & Touche LLP until his retirement on June 3, 2017. As a Deloitte Audit Partner since 1989, Bird was actively engaged as the Lead Audit Partner responsible for planning and supervising audits for larger private companies and PCAOB Integrated Audits for publicly held companies spanning a variety of industries, with deep experience across the consumer sector.   

Kevin Ruffe appointed CEO of Community Veterinary Partners
Community Veterinary Partners (CVP) announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Kevin Ruffe as Chief Executive Officer, effective March 12, 2018, according to a release. He will also join CVP’s Board of Directors. Headquartered in Philadelphia, CVP manages 45 veterinary hospitals in 10 states. Prior to joining CVP, Ruffe was the Chief Growth Officer at MedExpress, where he was instrumental in building MedExpress into a national leader of urgent care services with nearly 250 locations caring for almost 4 million patients per year. Ruffe earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Rutgers University and a master’s degree in business management from Rider University. He will be relocating to Philadelphia from Pittsburgh.

Pathway Vet Alliance pledges donations to veterinary community charities
Following the Western Veterinary Conference, Pathway Vet Alliance, a national veterinary management group serving pets and their parents in the U.S., announced it will donate a total of $3,000 to three charities connected to causes important to the veterinary community. Prior to the start of the conference, Pathway pledged to donate $5 to charity for each visitor’s conference badge scanned at their booth. The total amount donated by Pathway will be divided equally and will be presented to the American Humane Association, the American Veterinary Medical Foundation’s Veterinary Care Charitable Fund and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. "We’re deeply touched by the warm reception we received at this year’s conference and are thankful to those who stopped by our booth to help us contribute these funds to three amazing charities,” said Stephen Hadley, DVM and CEO of Pathway Vet Alliance. “Our new brand identity and reaffirmed mission to be change agents for good really resonated with the crowd at WVC. We have an exciting year ahead of us and are excited to build on this success.”

Zoetis Scholarship program surpasses $6 million in scholarships awarded
Zoetis and the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) announced the awarding of $630,000 in scholarship funds through the Zoetis Veterinary Student Scholarship Program for 2018. Now in its ninth year, the program awarded scholarships in the amount of $2,000 to 315 second- and third-year veterinary students representing 33 colleges of veterinary medicine. The program has awarded $6.1 million over the past nine years helping to offset education expenses for more than 3,000 veterinary students. The announcement was made at the 2018 Student American Veterinary Medical Association Symposium in Philadelphia.

American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation and the V Foundation for Cancer Research collaborating to fund cancer research
According to AAHA NEWStat, the American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation (AKC CHF) and the V Foundation for Cancer Research are collaborating to fund cancer research for dogs -- research that shows a very real possibility of helping humans, too. Bladder cancer, or urothelial carcinoma (UC), strikes approximately 40,000 dogs and 79,000 people a year, which makes it the perfect candidate for comparative oncology. That’s why the first project the AKC CHF and the V Foundation is jointly funding is the clinical trial of a new, targeted immunotherapy against a specific gene mutation that occurs in bladder cancer. Nicola Mason, PhD, BVetMed, DACVIM, and an associate professor and veterinary researcher at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, leads the research team. Their grant is $183,146. Mason told NEWStat, “We are absolutely delighted to be awarded [an] AKC-CHF grant that will support our work evaluating the safety and effectiveness of a bacterial-based immunotherapy for the treatment of bladder cancer in dogs.”

United Airlines announces “thorough and systematic review” of pet transport program
According to the Los Angeles Times, United Airlines isn't accepting new reservations for customers who want to ship their animals in cargo compartments, but it will honor existing bookings, the airline said. The airline plans to conduct a "thorough and systematic review" and make needed improvements to its pet transport program, United said in a statement. The review is expected to be completed by May 1. The announcement comes after the airline took responsibility for the death of a 10-month-old French bulldog on March 12 after its owner was told by a flight attendant to place the pet carrier in an overhead bin.

Street Dog Coalition provides free veterinary care to living on the streets with their humans
USA Today recently profiled Dr. Jon Geller, a Fort Collins veterinarian providing free care to dogs and cats living on the streets with their humans. Geller is at the Sister Mary Alice Murphy Center for Hope every Tuesday as part of the Street Dog Coalition, a 3-year-old nonprofit. Geller estimates about 10 percent of the city's roughly 330-plus homeless individuals have four-legged companions. That would be 33 dogs and cats living on the streets of Fort Collins -- not a huge number, especially considering there are between 50,000 and 100,000 animals living on the streets with their companions nationwide. Although people have mixed feelings about helping the homeless, "almost everyone wants to help their pets, who have had little choice in their life on the streets,” Geller said. Helping homeless pets can help save their owners' lives. Read the story at: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/humankind/2018/03/21/pets-living-street-get-help-veterinarian/443191002/

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