Category Archives: Hills

Nestle-Purina, Royal Canin and Hill’s busted for price-fixing in Europe

This is from Poisoned Pets-Good article.

Nestle-Purina, Royal Canin and Hill’s busted for price-fixing in Europe.


Hill’s opens Emporia manufacturing facility

2010-12-10   Emporia — Hill’s Pet Nutrition opened its new manufacturing facility in Emporia Friday.

The Topeka-based company new 500,000 square-foot facility will assist the company in producing Hill’s Prescription Science Diet and Hill’s Science Diet dry pet food for the U.S. and 90 global markets.


Hill’s-Merial-Fort Dodge-Pledge $4.5 Million to Support AVMA

Posted: Wednesday, July 2, 2008, 6:05 p.m., EST

The American Veterinary Medical Assn. recently entered into a $4.5 million partnership with Fort Dodge Animal Health, Hill’s Pet Nutrition and Merial, each pledging $380,000 annually over the next four years to support AVMA programs and services.

The commitments are part of AVMA’s new Platinum Partner Program, or P3, which will be unveiled July 19 during the 145th AVMA Annual Convention in New Orleans, according to the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association.

The partnership intends to provide members with new and improved initiatives and opportunities to enhance membership benefits, the journal reported.

Because of their support, we are able to provide top-notch continuing education, enhance our overall convention experience and promote the goals of the association, Ron DeHaven, DVM, AVMA executive vice president and chief executive officer, told JAVMA. We truly appreciate their ongoing investment in the future of our profession.

The companies, in return, will receive a range of benefits. For example, the companies will be recognized as elite partners with the AVMA through promotional efforts in the JAVMA, on the AVMA website and at AVMA’s annual convention; and receive space in the JAVMA for advertising and for spotlight advertorials highlighting the companies contributions to veterinary medicine.

Fort Dodge Animal Health is based in Overland Park, Kan., Hill’s Pet Nutrition is based in Topeka, Kan., and Merial is based in Duluth, Ga.

Hills Science Diet Developer Honered At Vets Conferance

NAVC marks 25th annual meeting 2008-03-15

The North American Veterinary Conference celebrated its 25th anniversary Jan. 19-23 in Orlando, Fla., with veterinary professionals from around the world.

The 2008 conference offered registrants more than 1,400 hours of continuing education, taught by 420 speakers and instructors at three hotels. In addition to the veterinary technician and exotic program tracks, the Orlando World Center Marriott hosted 40 veterinary and 12 veterinary technician “master classes,” and 20 Meet-the-Professor luncheons.

The Caribe Royale All-Suites Resort housed more than 50 laboratories and there were five off-site offerings. Half the lecture tracks and all evening entertainment were at the Gaylord Palms Resort, the NAVC headquarters. Attendees could also view lectures on the conference’s television program, NAVC PrimeTime.

During the five-day conference, 16,051 registrants were checked in, including 5,988 veterinarians, 1,745 technicians, 711 practice managers/receptionists, 516 students, 3,085 guests and NAVC staff, 77 nonveterinarians, 3,799 exhibitors, and 130 members of the media.

Roughly 10 percent of attendees were international, coming from 62 countries including Bosnia, Ecuador, Iceland, Jordan, Nigeria, New Zealand, South Korea, and the Ukraine.

Popular for the second year in a row were Dr. Melinda Merck’s forensics lectures and workshops. Joined by Dr. Randall Lockwood and sponsored by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Dr. Merck conducted a mock trial Jan. 19 illustrating the role of veterinarians in the prosecution of animal cruelty offenders.

On Jan. 20, children ages 5 to 14 from around the country participated in a three-hour interactive educational program titled “FutureVet,” sponsored by the AVMA and Banfield Charitable Trust.

“FutureVet Camp was designed to educate and entertain youth about a career in veterinary medicine,” said Dr. Gregory S. Hammer, AVMA president, who participated in the programs. At the conference, the children participated in a variety of presentations geared to their age level, and discovered the art and science that is veterinary medicine.

In addition, FutureVet provides tool kits for use in the classroom and with community youth groups and is available for grades K to 12 and college undergraduates.

Dr. Mark L. Morris Jr. was posthumously honored with the 2008 Mark L. Morris Sr. Lifetime Achievement Award during the opening ceremonies. Established in memory of Dr. Morris’ father, the award is presented annually at the NAVC to a veterinarian who has made notable contributions to the health and well-being of companion animals through a lifetime of service.

“Dr. Morris truly established his own legacy by taking his father’s vision and turning it into a broader reality,” said Dr. Mary Beth Leininger, director of professional affairs for Hill’s Pet Nutrition Inc., which sponsors the award. “He has made a difference in millions of animals’ lives and changed the way the entire veterinary profession thinks about nutrition.”

Entertainment at the NAVC was provided by KC and the Sunshine Band and country music star LeAnn Rimes.

At the NAVC business meeting, Dr. Don Harris, an avian and exotic animal practitioner from Miami, was sworn in as the 2008 NAVC president. The NAVC also welcomed new board member, Dr. Mark Crootof, a multiple veterinary practice owner, business management consultant, and hospital designer/renovator from upstate New York.

“I consider myself extremely lucky to serve as president of NAVC during our anniversary year,” said Dr. Jorge Guerrero, immediate past president of the NAVC. “The quality of our speakers and staff, coupled with the attention each and every attendee receives, makes me proud to be part of this team—NAVC is truly a global leader in the veterinary field.”


HILL’S PLEDGES $510,000 To UC Davis

Hill’s Pet Nutrition Inc. Supports Veterinary Education Programs at UC Davis

DAVIS, Calif. (May 18, 2004) – Hill’s Pet Nutrition Inc. has pledged $510,000 over six years to sponsor nutrition education programs at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. Funding supports a lectureship, a two-year residency in clinical nutrition and fellowships for veterinarians pursuing doctoral degrees in nutrition.

The lectureship in clinical nutrition combines teaching academic coursework with hands-on instruction to veterinary students in the Nutrition Support Service at the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital. Clinicians in this service consult with clients and referring veterinarians to make recommendations for commercial or home-cooked diets for pets with previously diagnosed diseases or obesity. Faculty members also conduct laboratory analysis to assist veterinarians with diagnoses related to amino acid and mineral deficiencies in pet diets.

The educational grant supports a two-year residency at the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, where the selected Hill’s Resident in Clinical Nutrition will work with nutrition cases while completing the training required for certification by the American College of Veterinary Nutrition.

“The School of Veterinary Medicine is looking forward to continuing to advance our knowledge in the field of nutrition,” says Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital Director Dr. Bradford P. Smith. “The funding provided by Hill’s through this agreement makes it possible to move forward faster and establish clinical teaching programs and services to pets that would not otherwise have been possible.” He adds, “We are training veterinary students, residents, and graduate students in nutrition. This commitment is indicative of the foresight of Hill’s in advancing the science and practice of veterinary nutrition.”

The agreement also provides support for three Hill’s Fellows, veterinarians who are also doctoral candidates pursuing research in companion animal nutrition. The advanced training will prepare them for eligibility as members of the American College of Veterinary Nutrition and further enhance knowledge about the best food products for pets.

“Hill’s Pet Nutrition shares a commitment to education and is pleased to work in this collaborative effort with UC Davis. Through this partnership, we hope to showcase the role of clinical nutrition as an essential component of practicing veterinary medicine. Nutrition can play a major role in a pet’s health and our ground-breaking products, such as Prescription Diet ® k/d® and n/d®, are examples of the power of nutrition. This partnership with UC Davis will help equip veterinarians with the tools and knowledge needed to leverage clinical nutrition for optimal pet health care,” said Dr. Karen Padgett, veterinary business channel director at Hill’s.

Hill’s Pet Nutrition Inc. manufactures Prescription Diet® brand pet foods, therapeutic pet foods available only through veterinarians, and Science Diet® brand pet foods sold through veterinarians and finer pet specialty stores. Founded more than 50 years ago by one veterinarian’s unique commitment to pet nutrition and well being, Hill’s has never wavered from its mission to help enrich and lengthen the special relationships between people and their pets. Visit for more information on Hill’s Pet Nutrition Inc. and their evidence-based clinical nutrition products.

UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine conducts a statewide mission of teaching, research and service benefiting animal, human and environmental health. The Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital treats 30,000 animal patients each year while teaching clinical skills to veterinary students and training veterinary residents in veterinary medical specialties.


Media Contacts:

Lynn Narlesky, UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine (530) 752-5257; <>

Kevin Gabriel, Geoff Howe Marketing Communications for Hill’s Pet Nutrition, (816) 842-8656, <>