The Experts in Animal Health

Brakke Consulting’s
Animal Health News & Notes for August 31, 2018
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Editor: Lynn Fondon DVM MBA

Brakke Consulting news
The Companion Animal Veterinary Telehealth Landscape
Market research reports

earnings news

other news
Asher House Pet CBD Brand
Cannabis Strategic Ventures
King Bio
Radagast Pet Food
T-HEXX Animal Health

SEPTEMBER 19, 2018

Kansas State University Olathe is hosting a seminar series designed to provide the latest information about regulatory affairs in animal health. “Antibiotic Stewardship in Animal Health” — the fifth seminar in the series — is on Wednesday, Sept. 19, at K-State Olathe. Speakers including Bill Flynn, Deputy Director at FDA CVM will discuss the past, current and future issues related to antibiotic stewardship, regulatory implications, and how the industry may adapt in response.

The seminar is a full day from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The seminar also will be live streamed for remote viewing and recorded for post-event viewing. Veterinarians who attend can earn 4.5 CE credits.

Registration is $150 per person and includes lunch for on-site attendees. For more information or to register, go to


• Phibro Animal Health Corporation announced its financial results for its fiscal year ended June 30, 2018. Animal Health net sales were $532 million for the year, an increase of 7% compared to the prior year. (company press release)

• Patterson Companies, Inc. reported results for its fiscal first quarter ended July 28, 2018. Reported net sales in the Animal Health segment were $825 million, an increase of 6% compared to the same quarter last year. (company press release)


Telehealth and telemedicine are one of the hottest topics in human medicine. Over half of all human hospitals use some form of telehealth, and the leading telehealth provider boasts over 20 million subscribers. In the past few years, veterinary medicine has also seen the launch of telehealth providers aimed at connecting pet owners and veterinarians using new technologies.

What exactly is veterinary telehealth? Is it legal? Who are the companies offering telehealth services? How many veterinarians are already integrating telehealth into their practices, and how many are thinking about it? What kind of telehealth services do veterinarians want? How many pet owners are aware of these healthcare options, and are using them?

Brakke Consulting’s new report, The Companion Animal Veterinary Telehealth Landscape, answers these questions and more. In addition to a review of the regulations governing veterinary telehealth and an overview of the existing telehealth market, the report includes a survey of companion animal veterinarians and a survey of pet owners probing their awareness and use of telehealth for veterinary medicine.

The Companion Animal Veterinary Telehealth Landscape report can be purchased for $4,750 if ordered by September 24, 2018, and $5,500 thereafter. The report will be completed in early October. Questions about the study can be answered by project manager Lynn Fondon, DVM, MBA at 972-243-4033, or email


• Zoetis announced the launch of Core EQ Innovator, the first and only equine vaccine to contain all five core equine disease antigens – West Nile, Eastern and Western Equine encephalomyelitis, tetanus and rabies – in one vaccine. (Equus)

• Huvepharma announced the acquisition of T-HEXX Animal Health, a division of Hydromer Inc. The T-HEXX product lines are designed for mastitis management in dairy cattle, and hoof care and unique germicidal topical products for horses. Financial terms were not disclosed. (Feedstuffs)

• The FDA is warning consumers and pet owners not to use drug products, including homeopathic drug products, made by King Bio Inc., Asheville, N.C., and labeled as Dr. King’s, as these products may pose a safety risk to people (especially infants, children, pregnant women and those with compromised immune systems), as well as pets due to high levels of microbial contamination identified at the manufacturing site. King Bio has expanded its voluntary recall for a second time to include all water-based (aqueous) drug products marketed for human and animals. (FDA)

• Radagast Pet Food is recalling all varieties of Rad Cat Raw Diet due to potential listeria contamination, affecting lot numbers 62763 through 63101, with best-by dates from Oct. 19, 2018, through Dec. 3, 2019, according to the FDA. People who handle contaminated food or surfaces it has touched can become infected, and pets that have eaten the recalled food may need veterinary care. (APPA Smartbrief – WHAS-TV)

• Cannabis Strategic Ventures announced it has acquired a controlling interest in Asher House Pet CBD Brand, a line of U.S. hemp derived cannabidiol (CBD) supplements for pets. Financial terms were not disclosed. (Pet Product News)

• UK Vetstream and the British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) have announced a partnership which will offer BEVA members discounted access to Vetstream’s Vetlexicon information services on clinical care and practice management. Vetstream will also promote BEVA and the support it offers to vets in involved in equine work, as well as supporting the important work being carried out by the BEVA Trust. (company press release)


• US – BSE The USDA announced an atypical H-type case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in a six-year-old mixed-breed beef cow from Florida. USDA said this animal never entered slaughter channels and at no time presented a risk to the food supply or to human health in the US. APHIS and Florida veterinary officials are gathering more information on the case. (Feedstuffs)

• ROMANIA – ASF African swine fever has hit farm in Romania with more than 135,000 pigs, one of the largest pig farms in Europe. Around 120,000 pigs across eight large farms in the country have now been culled in a bid to halt the spread of the disease. Health officials believe that water taken from the Danube River is behind the outbreak. (

• UK – FMD RESEARCH The Pirbright Institute has a received a GBP 2.1 million grant from The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to conduct research on a novel foot and mouth disease (FMD) vaccine composed of virus-like particles (VLPs) that are effectively modified outer shells of the FMD virus that contain no genetic material. (Feedstuffs)

• US – AVIAN INFLUENZA RESEARCH Researchers at the University of Iowa have devised a mobile system which they claim can inactivate avian influenza virus by heating poultry carcasses and manure to inactivate the virus. A mobile trailer holding multiple gasifiers would be used to heat infected carcasses and manure; a conveyer belt would take the carcasses and manure through the trailer until the virus is destroyed. The system could be used during avian influenza outbreaks to quickly help eliminate the virus from infected farms and help limit the spread of an outbreak. (Animal Pharm)


Brakke Consulting is an industry leader in timely market research on topics of high interest to stakeholders in the animal health, pet and veterinary markets. Reports published in the past two years include:

• The Companion Animal Veterinary Telehealth Landscape (coming October 2018)
• Manufacturer Sales Force Effectiveness Study (coming in Dec 2018)
• Veterinary Practice Home Delivery (May 2018)
• Pain Management Products for Dogs and Cats (April 2018)
• Veterinary Technical Services Study (March 2018)
• Equine Mega Study IV (January 2018)
• Distributor Effectiveness Study (December 2017)
• US Flea Control and Heartworm Markets (December 2017)
• Cancer in Dogs and Cats (October 2017)
• New Strategies for Health & Performance in US Livestock & Poultry Production (Jan 2017)
• US Veterinary Generic Drugs Market (October 2016)

Prices for reports vary. For more information about these or other reports, visit our website at or contact us at .


The animal health and pet industries remain reasonably robust in the revenue area through the first half of the year. We find it interesting that, at least in this week’s newsletter, some of the companies outside the normal core product areas are running into issues with quality and contamination. Is this a big surprise? We understand the consumer’s desire to have products and technology for their pets that resemble trends in the human food and supplements area. We support these products as long as they are truly efficacious and are manufactured in facilities with quality controls similar to what is required of animal drugs and vaccines.

Here is the US we start a long holiday weekend and hopefully the beginning of the fall season after a very “hot summer” in many parts of the US. Have a safe and restful weekend!

Ron Brakke


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