New Leadership for the Animal Health Corridor & More

Fall is usually a relatively quiet time as we gear up for 2012. Not so this year. Hot on the heals of the success of its 2011 Homecoming event, the Kansas City Animal Health Corridor confirmed new board leadership this week. The KC Animal Health Corridor Advisory Board voted at its meeting October 5 to appoint Craig Wallace, North America Zone director for Ceva Animal Health, as chair. The board also approved the appointment of Kostas Kontopanos, U.S. president of Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc. as vice chair. Both positions will be held for one year terms at which point the vice chair will become chair. Read the full story here.

Fall is known as the “second season” for ticks that can spread Lyme disease.   Our guest veterinarian Steven A. Levy, VMD, is president of Veterinary Clinical and Consulting Services, LLC.   Dr. Levy  is a globally known, highly respected researcher & educator and is considered the premier expert on Canine Lyme Borreliosis.   He holds numerous professional memberships and has received countless industry awards recognizing his expertise, his cutting-edge research and his leadership contributions to the veterinary community and beyond.   For the interview with Dr. Levy, click here.

The Goodnewsforpets & Planet Dog “On the Go” Fall Contest is underway.  Submit a one minute video or photo enjoying the outdoors with your pet and you may be one of five lucky winners of a collection of Planet Dog On the Go products. will also make a matching donation to the Planet Dog Foundation for each winning entry. Each of the five winning entries will receive a Planet Dog On the Go Snack Sack, Feedbag, Shammy, Food and Water Bowls, and a WOOF sticker. The contest period runs from October 1, 2011 to November 6, 2011. For more details, click here.

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Dr. Mary Beth & The Pet Health Insurance Conversation

 One of my very first experiences with AVMA leadership was with Dr. Mary Beth Leininger.  Now that she has joined the Hartville Group, she is ready to have the pet insurance conversation.   To quote Dr. Mary Beth,

“I’ve devoted much of my career to advocating issues that are paramount to the veterinary profession as a whole. I see pet insurance as an important concept for veterinarians to support because it helps lesson cost as a factor in treatment decisions, especially in these challenging economic times.”

To read more about Dr. Mary Beth’s appointment, click here. To contact Dr. Mary Beth directly, professional colleagues and media may contact her at

My first experience with pet insurance was with the legendary Dr. Jack Stephens. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting other pet insurance leaders through our prior work with Naphia.    Now it sounds like it is indeed time for a new conversation about pet insurance.  We will be listening.