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Brakke Consulting’s
Animal Health News & Notes for March 28, 2014

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Editor: Lynn Fondon DVM MBA
Brakke Consulting news
Global Equine Market Study
US Animal Health Industry Webinar
Pain Management Products report
earnings news
CVS Group
other news
Ark Animal Therapeutics
Boehringer Ingelheim
Data Sciences
Pet Carousel
Viridus Animal Health

Pain management is one of the leading topics in veterinary medicine today.  Brakke Consulting’s annual report on Pain Management Products for Dogs and Cats includes such valuable information as:
  – overview of acute and chronic pain in small animals
  – review of new products
  – estimates of US sales and prices of leading products
  – pain management products in development
  – review of nutritional supplements used for chronic pain
  – review of therapeutic diets for joint care
  – 2014 survey of 200 small animal veterinarians regarding use of pain management products
Pain Management Products for Dogs and Cats 2014 can be purchased for $4,995 if ordered by March 31, 2014.  The report will be completed in April.  Questions about the study can be answered by project manager Lynn Fondon, DVM, MBA at 972-243-4033, or email
> Heska reported financial results for its full year ended December 31, 2013. The Company previously announced the acquisition of 54.6% of Cuattro Veterinary USA, LLC; this acquisition is reflected in Heska’s consolidated financial results with no corresponding contribution in 2012. Full year 2013 revenue was $78 million, an increase of 8% compared to 2012. Core Companion Animal Health revenue grew 8% to $66 million. Net loss attributable to Heska Corporation was ($1.2 million) compared with 2012 net income of $1.2 million. (MarketWatch) 
> Neogen Corporation announced that its revenues for the third quarter of FY 2014 ended Feb. 28 increased 21% to $62 million. Third quarter net income was $6.6 million, down 1% from the comparable period in the prior year. (company press release)
> UK veterinary services provider CVS Group plc reported results for the six months ended December 31, 2013. Revenues grew by 18% to GBP 69 million ($114 million); like-for-like sales rose by 5%. Adjusted EBITDA rose 16% to GBP 9.5 million ($15.7 million). (

Brakke Consulting and Ipsos Agriculture and Animal Health are planning to conduct a comprehensive study of the equine animal health market in seven major horse-owning countries – Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Spain and UK.

The global study will be fielded in May, with completion by Aug. 15. Companies that order by April 15 and pay in advance receive a $1,000 early-order discount. Purchasers of the 2014 Equine Market MegaStudy will receive an additional $1,000 discount. Upon publication, the price of the global study is $29,000.

For more information, contact John Volk, Senior consultant, (773) 327-4941; 
> Vedco, Inc. announced that as part of their long-term logistics agreement with Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health that they have re-launched Acarexx, an ivermectin-based ear miticide, the first FDA-approved product containing ivermectin specially formulated for treating ear mites in cats. (company press release) 
> Sergeant’s Pet Care Products Inc. and Wellmark International have agreed to phase out the use of the chemical propoxur in pet flea collars. Propoxur is a neurotoxin and known carcinogen that authorities say poses a risk to the brains and nervous systems of children. The agreement allows Sergeant’s and Wellmark to produce pet collars using propoxur until April 1, 2015, and distribute them until April 1, 2016. (Veterinary Practice News)
> Dechra Veterinary Products announced the addition of Orthokine vet irap 10 to their veterinary regenerative medicine portfolio. Orthokine vet irap 10 can be processed in most centrifuges currently used in veterinary clinics and requires a smaller collection volume (10mL vs. 60mL) and shorter incubation period than irap plus. The product formerly referred to as irap plus will now be marketed under the name Orthokine vet irap 60. (company press release)
> Huvepharma announced an agreement to acquire Viridus Animal Health (a subsidiary of Novus International) which manufactures and sells Advent Coccidiosis Vaccine. Financial terms were not disclosed. (company press release) 
> Cargill announced it has acquired Pet Carousel, a manufacturer of pet treats and chews.  Financial terms were not disclosed. (Pet Product News) 
> DermaZoo Pharma LLC announced the release of GlycoBenz Shampoo for dogs, cats and horses. GlycoBenz Shampoo contains 1% Glycolic Acid and 2.5% Benzoyl Peroxide. (company press release) 
> Aratana Therapeutics announced an exclusive licensing deal with Advaxis for the latter’s ADXS-cHER2, a product which will be developed by Aratana for the treatment of osteosarcoma in dogs. The agreement also covers three additional cancer immunotherapy products for the treatment of three other types of cancer. Aratana has made a one-time upfront payment to Advaxis of $1 million and a $1.5 million equity investment in Advaxis common stock and warrants, and could make payments of over $50 million to Advaxis if all of the products are fully commercialized and achieve certain milestones. (Animal Pharm) 
> Sorrento Therapeutics, Inc., announced the formation of a wholly-owned subsidiary, Ark Animal Therapeutics, initially devoted to developing resiniferatoxin (RTX) for multiple veterinary health applications and vaccines against recurrent staphylococcal infections. The lead application for RTX will be the treatment of pain associated with osteosarcoma in companion dogs. Ark Animal Therapeutics will also evaluate potential opportunities to develop active vaccines against acute and recurring staphylococcal infections in dogs with chronic atopic dermatitis and dairy cows with mastitis. (
> Data Sciences International has partnered with Blueforce Development Corporation to introduce a wireless monitoring system for law enforcement and military dogs (K9s) that communicates the K9’s internal body temperature to their human officer partners in real-time. The system uses a small implanted sensor that communicates to a receiver attached to the K9’s protective gear. The receiver relays the information to the K9 officer’s smart phone that will instantly alert the officer if the K9’s body temperature exceeds safe health limits. (PRNewswire)

The best place on the web to find qualified job applicants! is the premier recruiting web site for the animal health industry. Our database of registered job seekers has grown to over 19,000 resumes, and our website currently has over 95 job postings.

When you need qualified professionals, think of Brakke Consulting and Animal Health Jobs first.

> KOREA – AVIAN INFLUENZA  South Korea has culled some 10.16 million poultry to try and control the ongoing low pathogenic avian influenza outbreak in the country. The country has so far culled over 6% of birds in the country’s poultry sector since mid-January. The current outbreak involves chickens, ducks, pigeons and wild birds. (Animal Pharm)
> US – PEDV  Rabobank has forecasted a significant impact of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDv) on the North American swine herd through 2015. PEDv thus far has impacted about 60% of the US breeding herd, 28% of the Mexican herd, and is beginning to develop in Canada. US pork production is anticipated to decline 6% to 7% in 2014, the most in more than 30 years. (Feedstuffs)
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. CDT

The two-hour presentation will include a review of the current issues impacting the U.S. animal health industry and veterinary profession, data on size of the animal health market and growth trends, sales of leading companies, and expectations for the coming year. This year will also highlight pet insurance and preventive care plans and their effect on veterinary medicine. Participants will also have an opportunity to ask questions of the presenters.

Registration cost is $385.00 per person. To register or for more information, go to and scroll to the “What’s New” section.

This is a great time to be in the livestock business – if you have livestock and can keep them healthy. Prices for beef, pork and milk are at or near all-time highs. Export markets are strong. Animal numbers are down for beef and hogs, and headed lower. The drought forced many producers in the Southwest and West to liquidate herds. PEDV – Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus – is raging through the North American swine herd as referenced in one of the articles above. (No doubt many companies are racing to develop a vaccine.) The good news for animal health companies is that producers are flush with cash. The bad news is that there are a lot fewer animals to be treated.

Also in this newsletter we announced the first online presentation of our popular Animal Health Industry Overview on April 16. It will be interactive – you’ll be able to ask questions following the presentation. If you were not able to attend the annual presentations at NAVC or WVC, this is a great opportunity. Register today; there are still good seats available. 😉

John Volk
Senior Consultant
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