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Revisiting Veterinary Practice News’ top 10 features and stories of 2019

Take a peek at the articles that had the biggest impact over the last 365 days

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With only a few weeks left in 2019, it is time to look back at the most memorable moments of the year.

Veterinary Practice News has put together a list of news items and feature stories published over the last 12 months that generated the most clicks. A variety of subjects were top of mind for animal health professionals this year, ranging from the raw diet debate to benefits associated with low-level laser therapy to research related to dilated cardiomyopathy.

Check out the ones you might have missed or revisit a favorite right here.

News Stories

  1. Court rejects cat-killing veterinarian’s appeal” (June 4)
  2. Veterinary behaviorists question “scruffing”” (August 20)
  3. Elanco acquires Bayer’s animal health division in $7.6-billion deal” (August 20)
  4. Couple alleges clinic killed their cat with incorrect dose” (January 31)
  5. FDA approves ProHeart 12” (July 8)
  6. 2019 They Ate What?! X-ray Contest winners” (September 30)
  7. Report reveals top 10 heartworm cities in the U.S.” (February 13)
  8. Walmart launches pet pharmacy, opening more in-store clinics” (May 7)
  9. Altaire issues voluntary recall of veterinary ophthalmic drugs” (August 26)
  10. University of California, Davis ranked number one U.S. veterinary medicine school” (March 15)


  1. Debating raw diets” by Brennen McKenzie, MA, MSc, VMD, cVMA (January 2)
  2. Osteosarcoma: Beyond amputation and euthanasia” by Phil Zeltzman, DVM, DACVS, CVJ, Fear Free Certified (March 12)
  3. Treat aspiration pneumonia like a boss” by Phil Zeltzman, DVM, DACVS, CVJ, Fear Free Certified (May 13)
  4. Laser therapy—Indications and contraindications” by Mary Ellen Goldberg, LVT, SRA, CCRVN, CVPP, VTS-lab animal medicine (research anesthesia), VTS-physical rehabilitation (March 27)
  5. Are you ready to comply with USP 800?” by Ronak Kadakia (November 14)
  6. Is banning “artificial” ingredients based on fear or science?” by Brennen McKenzie, MA, MSc, VMD, cVMA (March 1)
  7. Research updates on diet-associated dilated cardiomyopathy” by Sarah M. Cavanaugh, DVM, MS, DACVIM (cardiology) (August 15)
  8. Is there a gold-standard test for adverse food reactions?” by Brennen McKenzie, MA, MSc, VMD, cVMA (February 14)
  9. Canned or dry food: What’s better for cats?” by Brennen McKenzie, MA, MSc, VMD, cVMA (August 22)
  10. Seven options to provide life-saving oxygen” by Phil Zeltzman, DVM, DACVS, CVJ, Fear Free Certified (March 28)
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