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January 8th, 2019


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  • Rep Report on Infection Control and the Veterinary Practice - Part 2
    • As a veterinary industry sales representative, you’ll be doing your customers a huge favor by review their current safety protocols against the new 2018 AAHA Infection Control, Prevention, and Biosecurity (ICPB) Guidelines. You’ll also find opportunities to improve their protocols using the best tools... Read More.
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COMPANION

  • Pet obesity on the rise for eighth consecutive year
  • Study: Overweight dogs may have shorter lifespan
  • Henry Schein announces Record Date, Distribution Date for spin-off of animal health business
  • California bars pet stores from selling dogs, cats unless they come from shelters or rescue groups
  • Line of soft chew CBD products launched
  • Merck announces collaboration between students and The Merck Manuals
  • Hospital consolidator announces 70th location

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EVENTS

  • 2019 State of the Veterinary Profession
    • Tuesday, January 22, 2019 • 10:00 – 11:45 a.m   |  Hyatt Windermere Z Ballroom

LIVESTOCK

  • Microbiologist honored for work against foreign disease in animals
  • Cage-free egg bill vetoed by outgoing Michigan governor
  • Vegan imitation meat coming to fast food chain
  • African swine fever hits large Chinese pig farm
  • Neogen acquires Canadian animal genomics lab
  • AABP appoints Vetstream as an Association Partner

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Vet-Advantage Industry Calendar: January 2019  

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Featured Resource Update - Merck Animal Health

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Quote of the Week

Companies tend to sell solutions to external problems, but people buy solutions to internal problems.” – Donald Miller

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COMPANION

Pet obesity on the rise for eighth consecutive year

According to data released from pet health insurer Nationwide, pet obesity is on the rise for the eighth straight year. Nearly 20 percent of Nationwide members' pet insurance claims in 2017 were for conditions and diseases related to pet obesity – equaling a sum of more than $69 million in veterinary expenses, according to a release. The boost in total obesity-related claims signifies a 24 percent increase over the last eight years. Nationwide recently sorted through its database of more than 700,000 insured pets to determine the top dog and cat conditions related to or made worse by obesity. For dogs, the top obesity-related conditions were arthritis, bladder/urinary tract disease, liver disease, low thyroid hormone and torn knee ligaments. For cats, the top obesity-related conditions were bladder/urinary tract disease, chronic kidney disease, diabetes, asthma and liver disease.

 

Study: Overweight dogs may have shorter lifespan

Pet Product News reported that overweight dogs are more likely to have shorter lives than those at ideal body weights, according to new research from the University of Liverpool and Mars Petcare's WALTHAM Centre for Pet Nutrition. Results from the study showed the lifespan of overweight dogs was up to two and a half years shorter when compared to dogs with a healthy body weight. The study was conducted retrospectively over two decades and published in the Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine. Using data provided by Banfield Pet Hospital, the study examined more than 50,000 dogs across 12 of the most popular dog breeds. The correlation between being overweight and reduced lifespan was seen in all breeds, although the magnitude of the reduction differed, ranging from between five months for male German shepherds to two years and six months for male Yorkshire terriers.

 

Henry Schein announces Record Date, Distribution Date for spin-off of animal health business

Henry Schein, Inc. announced that in connection with the previously announced spin-off of its Henry Schein Animal Health Business, its Board of Directors has established January 17, 2019, as the record date and February 4, 2019, as the anticipated distribution date for the distribution of shares of HS Spinco, Inc., the new company formed to effectuate the spin-off. Spinco has filed an amended registration statement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, which has not yet become effective, relating to the planned spin-off and subsequent merger with Direct Vet Marketing, Inc. (d/b/a Vets First Choice), which is also anticipated to be consummated on the Distribution Date. Investors may find an electronic copy of Spinco's amended registration statement by searching for HS Spinco, Inc. at www.sec.gov.

 

California bars pet stores from selling dogs, cats unless they come from shelters or rescue groups

According to the New York Times, California last week became the first state in the nation to bar pet stores from selling dogs, cats and rabbits unless they come from animal shelters or rescue groups. The law targets the controversial breeding facilities known as puppy mills or kitten factories, which often operate with little or no oversight and “house animals in overcrowded and unsanitary conditions without adequate food, water, socialization or veterinary care,” according to a fact sheet for the legislation, A.B. 485.

 

Line of soft chew CBD products launched

CompanionCBD announced the release of its line of soft chew CBD products for pets. “Cannabidiol (CBD) has demonstrated many therapeutic properties for pets and can safely manage stress and anxiety,” the company said in a release. CBD is a plant-derived compound which comes from the hemp plant and mimics the action of chemicals that are essential for normal functioning of the brain and body. The company said its newly launched products are produced from 100 percent hemp, all-natural ingredients and manufactured in a GMP/NFP certified facility, to ensure quality and safety. CompanionCBD was founded by Josh Sosnow and Brad Malin. Sosnow has been a practicing veterinarian in small animal medicine and surgery for over 18 years and is also the owner of North Scottsdale Animal Hospital and Desert View Animal Hospital, both located in located in Scottsdale, Ariz. Sosnow’s business partner, Malin, is an entrepreneur, with over 21 years of experience in the medical distribution arena. Malin is also the founder of MB Health Partners, LLC, a global medical device distribution and consulting firm.

 

Merck announces collaboration between students and The Merck Manuals

Merck Animal Health announced that a group of veterinary students, writing for the Merck Manuals Vet Student Stories blog, will share their experiences while in school and offer takes on newsworthy issues that emerge in 2019. Posts are organized into categories such as the vert student experience, vet school advice, clinical experience, human-animal bond, maintaining balance and trending topics. The diverse team of nine contributors is composed of veterinary students at various stages of study from a variety of universities in North America. The veterinary student blog can be accessed at vetstudentstories.merckmanuals.com.

 

Hospital consolidator announces 70th location

Hospital consolidator Southern Veterinary Partners ended 2018 with 70 practices across 10 states following the acquisition of Dodd Animal Hospital in San Antonio, according to Today’s Veterinary Business. The Birmingham, Alabama, chain’s rapid expansion from 39 hospitals just 12 months ago can be tied to the equity firm Shore Capital Partners, which first invested in Southern Veterinary Partners in 2014. Dodd Animal Hospital is Southern Veterinary Partners’ 10th Texas clinic. The three-doctor practice is managed by longtime owner Donald Vestal, DVM, and veterinarians Jonathan Dyes, DVM, and Tim Kretzschmar, DVM.

 

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EVENTS
 
Since VMX is the first and largest veterinary conference of the year – it’s the ideal forum for unveiling the 2019 State of the Veterinary Profession: an exclusive presentation featuring the latest industry trends and forecasts. Today’s Veterinary Business, an NAVC publication, partnered with Packaged Facts, Vetalytix and the AVMA to bring together the leading experts in the fields of veterinary economics, animal health market intelligence and pet owner and consumer insights. Presenters include David Sprinkle from Packaged Facts, Matthew Salois from the AVMA and Chris Ragland from Vetalytix. The result is a fascinating outlook that may influence the future health of your practice. During this week’s session, you will:
  • Learn how changing consumer preferences are driving new and different decision-making behaviors for Millennials
  • Consider how these behaviors are affecting the day-to-day performance of practices at local, state and regional levels
  • And, see how the latest insights on general economic trends may affect practices (including yours) this coming year

Please register for this exciting presentation as soon as possible as attendance will be capped at 300 people.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019 • 10:00 – 11:45 a.m   |  Hyatt Windermere Z Ballroom

To register please click here.

LIVESTOCK

Microbiologist honored for work against foreign disease in animals

The National Association of Federal Veterinarians honored a research microbiologist for his work to guard animals against foreign disease, according to JAVMA News. Dr. Manuel Borca works for the Agricultural Research Service of the Department of Agriculture as the lead scientist at the Foreign Animal Disease Unit at Plum Island Animal Disease Center in New York. He received the Dr. Daniel E. Salmon Award, an annual honor for outstanding contributions and service by federal veterinarians. Dr. Salmon was the first person to earn a veterinary degree in the U.S. and first director of the USDA Bureau of Animal Industry. The genus Salmonella is named in his honor. An ARS announcement describes Dr. Borca as an international leader in veterinary virology and expert in infectious animal disease. His research on African swine fever and classical swine fever in particular has influenced animal health researchers and helped others develop disease controls.

 

Cage-free egg bill vetoed by outgoing Michigan governor

According to Feedstuffs, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder vetoed SB 660, which called for a delay in cage-free hen standards from 2020 to 2025. The bill was supported by many in the egg industry, although the National Egg Farmers opposed the bill. The Detroit (Mich.) News quoted Snyder in acknowledging that the Senate bill was “intended to protect Michigan shell egg producers from being undercut by competition in the future,” yet he said he didn't find that science backed the idea that this would help animals or public health.

 

Vegan imitation meat coming to fast food chain

Reuters reported that plant-based meat company Beyond Meat said burger chain Carl’s Jr would add the firm’s vegan imitation meat to its menu, the latest big-name restaurant chain to tweak its offerings to attract vegans and vegetarians. Los Angeles-based Beyond Meat, which counts actor Leonardo Di Caprio and Microsoft Corp founder Bill Gates as investors, sells plant-based burger patties and sausages, heat-and-eat meals and non-GMO foods at grocery chains such as Amazon.com Inc's Whole Foods Market and Kroger Co. Carl’s Jr said it would sell a meatless version of its Famous Star burger for $6.29 at most of its restaurants. Customers can also order Beyond Burger patties on any Carl's sandwich for an additional $2.

 

African swine fever hits large Chinese pig farm

National Hog Farmer reported that a modern foreign-invested Chinese pig farm has fallen prey to African swine fever according to Reuters. The farm, with 73,000 pigs in the northeastern Heilongjiang province, is the largest facility to be hit with an outbreak thus far. China’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs reported that the Danish-backed Heilongjiang Asia-Europe Animal Husbandry Co Ltd had around 4,686 pigs infected and 3,766 animals had died. According to Reuters, the herd included 15,000 breeding pigs and was aiming to produce 385,000 pigs for slaughter per year. The entire herd will need to be culled under current regulations.

 

Neogen acquires Canadian animal genomics lab

Neogen Corporation announced that it has acquired the assets of the Edmonton-based Delta Genomics Centre – a major animal genomics laboratory in Canada. With the acquisition, Delta’s laboratory operations will be renamed Neogen Canada, and become Neogen’s fifth animal genomics laboratory – joining locations in the U.S., Scotland, Brazil, and Australia. The acquisition is intended to help accelerate the growth of Neogen’s animal genomics business throughout Canada. Delta is a major supplier of genetic testing to Canada’s purebred beef associations, commercial beef cattle producers, and national genomics research community. The laboratory has been a significant, long-term customer of Neogen’s comprehensive suite of genomic products.

 

AABP appoints Vetstream as an Association Partner

Vetstream has been announced as an Association Partner to the American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP), providing AABP’s members with the benefits of their digital content and educational resource, Vetlexicon Bovis. Vetstream’s service, Vetlexicon, is an online point-of-care clinical reference source and provides a series of digital resources including over 25,000 text and multimedia resources, peer-reviewed by over 1,000 of the world’s leading veterinarians to provide expert knowledge when needed by clinicians on any internet enabled device. Their most recent launch, Vetlexicon Bovis, provides point of need information for cattle veterinarians, was launched at the World Buiatrics Congress in August 2018.

 

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SALES

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Are you helping or just winning?

Managing resistance – do you want to help your followers deal with resistance or do you want to make them wrong?

Patrick Malone is a Business Advisor and Leadership Mentor and can be reached at 706 835 1308 or ptm4936@gmail.com

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