A Giant Passes On, Honor Among Us? You Bet!

I’m back from NAVC and here in the New York metro area we are preparing for yet another snow blanket.  I don’t mind when I’m inside my office but taking road trips is another story.  We were quite delayed flying out of Orlando, but while I lamented there was not much sunny weather, admittedly coming back and driving in the icy cold was worse. 

All in all it was a very successful conference.  And yes, Ceva did have their new logo all ready to go as evidenced here.

I’m waiting for the final numbers but was told number of attendees, booths, etcetera were up.  The Marriott Piano Bar was a testament to that.  Everyone is glad 2011 is here.  Lots of  iPads and iPods being given away, so I was pretty happy about the success of our own contest giving away TEN  iPads plus the matching shelter donations.

Sadly I heard last night from Dr. Fred Scott, former director of the Feline Cornell Health Center and icon in his own right, that the legendary Dr. Robert Kirk passed away yesterday after a long illness.  We’ll have more on that on our  web site, www.goodnewsforpets.com as we had known of and interviewed Dr. Kirk a few times. I’ve been so fortunate to know the legends in the veterinary profession. Wow, what contributions he made.

Some people (including me!) noticed a very prominent poster from a former client still using the original branding our parent company developed.  After 30 years in the business, it’s not an unlikely sight and in a way a nice compliment — even if it is yet another group getting paid to produce it now.  Sigh, such is the life of  “work for hire.”  Good thing we’ve always got fresh ideas to keep us moving ahead, otherwise we’d be “catty” and what good does that do you!  A good idea is a good idea forever.  Thanks for the tributes, it’s nice to be noticed.

Ceva Selects Lenexa, Kansas for Corporate Headquarters

Ceva Santé Animale, a global leader in the animal health industry, has selected Lenexa, Kan., to maintain and expand its North American corporate headquarters. 
“Ceva’s decision to maintain and expand its current Lenexa campus is a testament to the support we have received from the Animal Health Corridor,” said Dr. Arnaud Bourgeois , Vice President of Ceva Group. “We are committed to providing innovative vaccine solutions and quality products to improve the health and well-being of animals. Thanks to the Animal Health Corridor’s extended networking opportunities, resources in the State of Kansas, including the Kansas Bioscience Authority, and support from officials in Lenexa; we will continue to invest in breakthrough technologies that support our future growth.”Brad Butler, Chief Operating Officer of Ceva Animal Health, Companion Animal Division, said, “We will continue to launch new products generated from our  innovative research to increase our footprint within the United States. Much of the talent we will utilize comes from the Corridor area, where resources and aptitude are abundant. We’re also maintaining our corporate presence in Rutherford, N.J., as our efforts there focus on helping companion animals.”The company will create 20 new corporate level positions in HR, finance, IT, legal and customer service.

“The Kansas City Animal Health Corridor is pleased that Ceva will retain their national headquarters in Lenexa, Kansas.  Ceva is a pillar of the animal health industry in the Corridor and this decision is very significant to the Corridor and the industry as a whole,” said George Heidgerken, President and CEO, Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc., and Chairman of the KC Animal Health Corridor Advisory Board.

About Ceva
Ceva Santé Animale is a global veterinary health company focused on the research, development, production and marketing of pharmaceutical products and vaccines for pets, livestock, swine and poultry. www.ceva.com

About the KC Animal Health Corridor
The Kansas City area accounts for 32 percent of the $19 billion global animal health industry. The Corridor, anchored by Manhattan, Kan., and Columbia, Mo., is home to more than 220 animal health companies, which represents the largest concentration in the world. www.kcanimalhealth.com.


Ceva Integration of Summit VetPharm Makes News Before NAVC

I’m headed to NAVC tomorrow, but consolidation news continues, this time before the conference.  Good news is just too hard to keep under wraps these days — and it does look like good news for Kansas City.   According to Ceva’s January 12th press release, following its recent acquisition of U.S.-based Summit VetPHarm in August 2010, Ceva is consolidating the businesses into one entity, Ceva Animal Health, LLC.  Brad Butler will be Chief of Operations while Julia Stephanus has been named Vice President, Global Marketing – Companion Animal Parasiticides, effective immediately.  Check out the new logo — wondering if we’ll see it down in Orlando….

Heading South: NAVC Kicks off Veterinary Conference Season

The North American Veterinary Conference is set to begin this coming weekend in Orlando, Florida.  This will be my 15th conference, so admittedly while I enjoy seeing what’s new in veterinary medicine as companies and organizations announce their plans, it is as much a time to reconnect with veterinary friends and colleagues and see how they have fared in 2010 AND their plans for 2011.  This conference is especially meaningful after reading all the contest entries for our 10th Anniversary contest — and the so important role a veterinarian can play in a pet’s care.  If you are pet owner, you might also enjoy visiting the American Veterinary Medical Association web site.  That’s another favorite conference, but doesn’t happen until July when the assembly of delegates elects new leadership.  There’s lots of other conferences in between and hopefully we’ll be able to report on some exciting new developments to help pets from the conferences  in the coming months.

Jack’s Day in the Sun uh Snow

Today you get to meet more of Jack, the rest of the Harris family, and learn about Operation Kindness at http://www.goodnewsforpets.com. We are kicking off the new year with the results of our $10,000 Goodnewsforpets.com 10th Anniversary contest with profiles of each of our ten winners and more about where they decided to send their matching $500 donation. With all the snow we are having, he seemed like the perfect first start, and he happens to be #10 in our countdown of the ten winners. I’m crazy for my iPad too and yes,the winners are excited to win them too, but as you will read, they love animals as much as I love my Cocoa and our beloved RandyJo — and are so thrilled to make a difference in helping pets. I hope you enjoy their stories as much as we have.

And the Winners Are….

Congratulations to the following Goodnewsforpets.com 10th Anniversary Winners! We received entries from across the nation and beloved stories about all kinds of pets.  The judging panel had a very tough job indeed!  Each winner will receive an  iPad with a matching shelter donation made to the ASPCA or a local shelter of their choice.  To view the winning entries visit www.goodnewsforpets.com and register to receive more news about each story and shelter donations AND more contests. On behalf of goodnewsforpets.com, your pets and the pets you will help, thanks to all winners and all entrants for sharing your special holiday moments.

Goodnewsforpets.com 10th Anniversary Contest Winners:

“Every Day Is Christmas,” Karen Miller, New York , New York

“Annie, A Special Kind of Cat,” Shane Free, Los Angeles, California

Sandy Made Our House A Home,” Joelle Bergau, Fort Meyers, Florida

Belle the Wiley Cat,” Taylor Kearns, Columbia South Carolina

“Cats Bring Holiday Joy,” Joe Canning, Greenville, Indiana

“A Special Christmas Pair,” Stacy Mantle, Queen Creek, Arizona

“Mindy in the Snow & Presents Galore,” Jenny Myer, Montgomery, Alabama

“Pumpkin, the Shy NYC Shelter Cat,” Jennifer Goddard, New York, New York

“A Christmas Pet Tradition,” Tanja Berkhouse, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

“Jack and His First Christmas Snow,” Chance Harris, Richardson, Texas

Running a Contest

We had the concept of a $10,000 contest for the 10th Anniversary ready since January but the timing never seemed quite right. As we neared the end of the year and we had to make decisions about contributions, we wanted to do something special, and so the concept of the 10th Anniversary contest coincided with the introduction of the i-pad. The ASPCA graciously agreed to be included and off we were! The entries at first trickled in and then as the holidays approached, we received so many heartwarming stories that the judges panel did have some tough decisions. Today we will announce the winners at www.goodnewsforpets.com and eagerly look forward to sharing more of their stories and the special matching donations to benefit www.aspca.org and local pet shelters.   To receive your own email notification, register at 10thanniversarycelebration@goodnewsforpets.com .  There is no doubt 2010 was a difficult year for all but there is also hope and gratitude that the spirit of helping and the love of pets is alive and well. I’m looking forward to your comments on this contest’s winning entries. Again, Happy New Year, thank you for celebrating our Anniversary with us and look for more contests to come.