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Vet School Expands

Tuesday April 15, 2014

Ohio State University has announced plans to break ground on a $30 million renovation of its veterinary school by the end of 2014. The current facilities are more than 40 years old. While only $8.5 million has been secured to date, the college is confident that the renovation will move forward as planned.

Future veterinary students will benefit from expanded teaching areas, updated equipment, and larger surgical and treatment suites.

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Mars Acquires Pet Brands

Friday April 11, 2014

Proctor & Gamble has announced that it will sell 80 percent of its pet food business (including the popular Iams and Eukanuba brands) to Mars for $2.9 billion. Mars already has several major pet food brands in its portfolio including Pedigree, Whiskas, and Royal Canin.

This development in the pet food industry may be of interest to pet food sales representatives and others working in this particular niche market.

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Bovine Vet Scholarships

Tuesday April 8, 2014

The American Association of Bovine Practitioners Foundation and Zoetis have announced the continuation of their scholarship program for 2014. Applicants must be veterinary students set to graduate in 2015. They must also have a strong interest in bovine medicine and be members of their local AABP chapter.

Applications are being accepted online through June 15, 2014. Scholarship recipients will be announced in advance of the AABP Convention in September.

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Pet First Aid App

Saturday April 5, 2014

April is Pet First Aid Month, and the American Red Cross has released a Pet First Aid App that may be of interest to animal owners. The app has a variety of features including a locator for nearby veterinary clinics and pet-friendly hotels, a multimedia guide to dealing with animal health emergencies, and interactive quizzes to build your animal health knowledge. The app can also keep track of your animal's current veterinary information.

The Pet First Aid app costs 99 cents and can be downloaded from iTunes, Google Play, or Amazon Marketplace app stores.

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Dairy Conference

Tuesday April 1, 2014

The 2014 Dairy Calf & Heifer Association Conference runs from April 1-3 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The DCHA event features many events for dairy producers and farm staff including seminars, networking receptions, farm tours, panel discussions, and an industry trade show.

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New Vet School

Friday March 28, 2014

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A preliminary state budget has designated $2.5 million for the establishment of a veterinary school at the University of Arizona. While this amount falls short of the $4.5 million originally requested, legislators believe that the university will have sufficient funds to begin the accreditation process.

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Online Dairy Seminar

Tuesday March 25, 2014

The Dairy Cattle Reproduction Council (DCRC) will offer a free webinar event on March 27, 2014. The "Role of Animal Health on Reproduction of Dairy Cows" presentation will be given by Dr. Jose Santos from the University of Florida. This is a great educational opportunity for aspiring dairy farmers, bovine veterinarians, and other animal health professionals.

Registration for the event is currently open. The webinar will also be recorded and made available for download via the DCRC website.

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Animal Health Conference

Thursday March 20, 2014

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The American Animal Health Association (AAHA) is hosting its annual conference in Nashville from March 20-23, 2014. This popular veterinary conference features live surgeries, lectures, dental labs, continuing education credit hours, and networking events. A large animal health trade show is also located on site.

Veterinarians, veterinary students, and veterinary technicians are encouraged to attend AAHA conferences. Future conferences will be held in Tampa (2015) and Austin (2016).

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National Wildlife Week

Monday March 17, 2014

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The 76th annual National Wildlife Week is being celebrated from March 17-23, 2014. Sponsored by the National Wildlife Federation, the educational event promotes wildlife awareness and conservation efforts.

This week is a great time to consider pursuing a wildlife career. Popular options include positions in zoology, inspection, education, management, marine biology, and wildlife forensics.

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Pet Spending Soars

Friday March 14, 2014

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The American Pet Product Association reports that pet spending reached all time high in 2013, growing to a record $55 billion dollars. Pet food ($21.57 billion) was the top spending category, followed by veterinary care ($14.37 billion) and pet supplies/medications ($13.14 billion).

Pet services (including grooming, training, boarding, and pet sitting) showed the strongest overall rate of growth (6.1 percent). Pet services accounted for $4.41 billion in spending during 2013, and this category is expected to again show the strongest growth rate in 2014.

The APPA also noted some very good news for pet insurance agents: pet insurance sales revenues are expected to rise from $650 million to approximately $870 million next year.

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