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Brakke Consulting’s
Animal Health News & Notes for November 25, 2015

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Editor: Lynn Fondon DVM MBA
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A new national study among companion animal veterinarians will evaluate the veterinary technical services support provided by animal health and nutrition companies.

This study is designed to determine companion animal practitioner’s expectations for veterinary technical services and to compare how each company’s teams deliver on those expectations. Included are field education and support, problem solving and pharmacovigilance. In addition, each company’s veterinary technical service team will be compared to those of peer competitors, with breakouts by region and size of practice.

The study will be launched in early 2016, with reports customized to each subscriber available by March 31. Cost is $26,000. Companies that order by Dec. 20, 2015 and pay in full by Jan. 20, 2016 will receive a $2,000 early order discount.

For more information or to order the study, contact Dr. Cary Christensen,, (913) 205-6578.

> Patterson Companies, Inc. reported results for its fiscal second quarter ended October 31, 2015. Sales for Patterson Animal Health more than doubled to $775 million. Sales from Animal Health International, Inc. added $414 million to the Animal Health segment during the quarter. Without the contribution from Animal Health International, and accounting for normalized changes in veterinary diagnostic manufacturer relationships, segment sales improved 3% on a constant currency basis. (company website)
> Krka reported results for the first nine months of 2015. Animal health sales were EUR 39.1 million ($44 million) in the first nine months, an 18% increase compared to the prior-year period. (Animal Pharm) 
> Merck Animal Health announced the USDA has issued a conditional product license for its Canine Influenza Vaccine H3N2. The product is available to veterinarians. (company press release)   
> The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) and CVC Capital Partners announced they will acquire Petco Animal Supplies Inc. The deal is valued at $4.6 billion including an undisclosed amount of debt. The acquisition is expected to close in early 2016. (
> TURKEY  Indian firm Alivira Animal Health announced it will acquire Turkish animal health firm TOPKiM for around 20.7 million Turkish Lira ($7 million). The deal will be made through Alivira’s Turkish subsidiary Provet Veterinary Products, of which it acquired a majority stake in September 2014. TOPKiM has 67 registered products and focuses mainly on its domestic market. The company’s portfolio covers antiparasitics, antibacterials and feed additives for both food-producing animals and companion animals. (Animal Pharm) 
> UK  Ceva Santé Animale announced the UK launch of Amodip (amlodipine), a chicken-flavored tablet for treating hypertension in cats. According to Ceva, it is the first feline hypertension drug to be available in the UK and Europe. (Animal Pharm)
> CHINA  Sinica, a subsidiary of Chinese stem cell company Boyalife Group, has signed an agreement to build a commercial animal cloning center in the northern port city of Tianjin. The new center will clone animals such as sniffer and pet dogs, beef cattle and racehorses. (Animal Pharm)
> US – VETERINARY COMPOUNDING  Drawing on the guidance of more than 2,000 members who contacted AVMA about the importance of compounded drugs in patient care, the AVMA submitted formal comments to the FDA identifying bulk drug substances that need to be available for outsourcing facilities to use when preparing compounds to be maintained as veterinary office stock. The comments included a letter to the FDA and two lists of bulk drug nominations: one for cats, dogs and horses; and the other for zoo animals and wildlife. To read the full update, visit (Vet-Advantage)
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The consultants and staff at Brakke Consulting wishes all of our US friends and clients an enjoyable and safe Thanksgiving holiday!

Ron Brakke
Joel Adamson
Cary Christensen
Raymond Collier
Lynn Fondon
David Goodnight
Jay Lockhart
John Mannhaupt
Susan Mannhaupt
Jessica Montgomery
Jane Morgan
Kevin Scott
John Volk
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