Christie Kieth (Dogged Blog) writes in the San Francisco Chronicle about her experience losing her dog to kidney failure and the high cost of veterinary medicine generally. She quotes VIN founder, Dr. Paul Pion throughout the story.

Healthy Pet, a company that owns veterinary hospitals in the eastern United States, announced that it has acquired six practices in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut.

Missouri’s state veterinarian is resigning.

Veterinary Laboratories Agency (U.K.) and Applied Biosystems announced a partnership to produce and market avian influenza detection kits. The kits will be marketed for research use only and have not been approved in the United States or Europe for diagnostic use.

NPR’s Talk of the Nation today included a segment with Lawrence Anthony, who has recently written a book, Babylon’s Ark: The Incredible Wartime Rescue of the Baghdad Zoo, about his efforts to save the animals at the Baghdad Zoo after the U.S. invasion. (An excerpt of the book is available at the Talk of the Nation Web site.)

A cow in India has been eating chickens.