The Experts in Animal Health

Brakke Consulting’s
Animal Health News & Notes for November 27, 2019
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Editor: Lynn Fondon DVM MBA


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Kindred Biosciences
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Pestell Nutrition
Premier Ag Resources
Targeted PetCare
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  • Krka reported results for the first nine months of 2019. The firm’s animal health division reported sales of EUR 51.1 million ($53.6 million) for the period, an increase of 1%. (Animal Pharm)
  • M. Smucker reported results for the second quarter of fiscal year 2020 ended October 31, 2019. The pet food segment fell 2% to $710 million due to a decline in private label sales. Segment profit grew 11% to $$137 million. (company website)



  • Zoetis announced the acquisition of ZNLabs, a full-service veterinary clinical reference laboratory company with a network of labs across the US. Financial terms were not disclosed. (company press release)
  • Kindred Biosciences announced that the FDA has approved Zimeta (dipyrone injection) for the control of fever (known as pyrexia) in horses. Zimeta is intended for intravenous injection once or twice daily for up to three days. (FDA)
  • Wind Point Partners and its Pestell Group announced the formation of two independent businesses: Pestell Nutrition and Targeted PetCare. The businesses previously operated under parent company Pestell Group. Wind Point and Pestell Nutrition also announced the acquisition of Premier Ag Resources, a value-added distributor of specialty pet food ingredients and feed additives across Canada and the US; financial terms were not disclosed. (Feedstsuffs)
  • EU Merck announced that Bravecto (fluralaner) is now approved in the EU to treat Demodex canis and Sarcoptes scabiei var canis mite infestations in dogs.  The additional claim is for both the oral and topical formulations. (Animal Pharm)



  • UK – TICKBORNE DISEASE Researchers at the University of Glasgow’s School of Veterinary Medicine and Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health & Comparative Medicine have for the first time detected Babesia venatorum, an exotic, zoonotic, tickborne parasite, within sheep in northern Scotland. In the last two decades, the parasite has been recorded extensively in China and also in Europe. The research was published in Emerging Infectious Diseases. (Feedstuffs)
  • US – NARMS The FDA, in cooperation with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA-FSIS), its partners in the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS), released the 2016-2017 NARMS Integrated Summary. For more information or to view the report, click here. (FDA)
  • UK – VETERINARY SCHOOLS The American Veterinary Medical Association announced that the University of Bristol Veterinary School received accreditation from the AVMA Council on Education for its veterinary science program this fall. The veterinary school, about 90 minutes west of London, is the seventh program to receive COE accreditation in Europe. (AVMA)
  • UK – POULTRY RESEARCH Researchers at the Roslin Institute in Scotland announced they have found that a key gene known as CSF1R has been found to be active in specialized epithelial cells found in the chicken gut. The finding was unexpected since CSF1R is typically expressed not in epithelial cells, but in macrophage cells. The results pave the way for research looking to enhance the effectiveness of vaccines in chickens and at how pathogens invade the body. The research was published in the journal Frontiers in Immunology(Feedstuffs)


Last week in the Viewpoint I reflected on education and college choices in our animal health industry.  Like many of you, when I made my choice to attend college, I looked up places where I could study in a thick catalog in the guidance counselor’s office.  The internet hadn’t been invented then and I applied on paper to a grand total of three universities. I was accepted at all three and just had to decide which one.

But I never had to decide on what to study – I knew I wanted to study animal science not long after joining the 4-H and then the FFA.  For that, I am both lucky and thankful.

The Thanksgiving holiday is a time to be thankful and I’m humbly thankful for the industry I am in, the companies I have worked for, people that I have work with and for, friends I have made, things I have learned and places I’ve been able to visit.  Our industry is full of people that want to help feed the world and that want to help enrich our lives with companion animals.  Maybe we all are both lucky and thankful to be in this industry.

From myself and all the Brakke consultants, Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

Bob Jones
Ron Brakke
Joel Adamson
Cary Christensen
Lynn Fondon
Randy Freides
Atsuo Hata
Jay Lockhart
John Mannhaupt
Mike McGinley
Kevin Scott
Jishu Shi
Yuki Ujimasa
John Volk



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