COVID-19 spreading between people, animals

Several recently-published studies indicate that SARS-CoV-2 likely has jumped between people and animals. In one study, which was presented recently at the European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ESCMID) and included data from 16 mink farms in the Netherlands, investigators noted that the virus likely jumped between people and mink and back, providing…

M&A, market strength help pet food end 2020 on upswing

M&A, market strength help pet food end 2020 on upswing   DEBBIE PHILLIPS-DONALDSON   If recent merger and acquisition (M&A) activity is any indication, pet food is ending 2020—an exceedingly difficult year by most measures—on a positive note, at least from a market perspective.   WellPet, the 12th largest pet food company globally according to the Top…

WSAVA warns of corona mutation impact from mink

The WSAVA has warned the mutation of COVID-19 in Danish mink could have implications for the efficacy of human vaccines and lead to the spread of the virus to companion animals. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 214 human cases have been identified in Denmark with SARS-CoV-2 variants associated with farmed minks, including 12…

UK veterinary antibiotics sales among lowest levels recorded in Europe

Reducing unnecessary use of antibiotics in animals is key to reducing antibiotic resistance and protecting the most critical antibiotics in human health by Veterinary Practice 18 November 2020, at 10:30am   UK sales of antibiotics in food-producing animals have halved since 2014, the UK-Veterinary Antibiotic Resistance and Sales Surveillance (UK-VARSS) annual report, published on 18 November,…

What’s next for pet food in a post-pandemic world?

The Global Alliance of Pet Food Associations (GAPFA) has a clear view on the global status of the pet industry, due to their strong connection with prominent associations and manufacturers worldwide. They shed their light on the times before, during and after the pandemic, considering pet ownership, customer behaviour and industry trends. The need for…

USA Pet Valu winds down US operations

USA Pet Valu winds down US operations   Source: PetWorldwide   The American pet retailer Pet Valu will close all of its 358 stores and warehouses across the US and wind down operations at its Pennsylvanian headquarters. The company announced on its website that the company’s online shop is no longer available. Jamie Gould, Pet Valu’s appointed…

BSAVA Cognitive Aids for Anaesthesia

BSAVA Publishes New Anaesthesia Resource

Author BSAVA   The BSAVA has added a new ‘essential’ anaesthesia guide to its collection of resources for clinical practitioners. Cognitive Aids for Anaesthesia in Small Animal Practice, written by veterinary anaesthesia specialist Matt McMillan, includes checklists that should be completed as part of any anaesthetic procedure, as well as troubleshooting guides and crisis checklists. Cognitive…

Surveys Show Threat Of Burnout In Veterinary Profession

Three-quarters of veterinarians are concerned about stress and burnout in the profession because of COVID-19, a new  survey  from the British Veterinary Association found. The findings were released six months after the country’s initial lockdown was lifted, and they come as Britain—like many countries, including the United States—faces a new wave of coronavirus infections. Of…

Global Pet Expo 2021 Confirms Show Dates

Global Pet Expo 2021 Confirms Show Dates   Global Pet Expo is open to independent retailers, distributors, mass-market buyers, and other qualified professionals.   Pet Business Staff Nov 3, 2020   Global Pet Expo, presented by American Pet Products Association (APPA) and the Pet Industry Distributors Association (PIDA), will be taking place during the scheduled show dates, March 24–26,…