The Experts in Animal Health

Brakke Consulting’s
Animal Health News & Notes for June 15, 2018
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Editor: Lynn Fondon DVM MBA

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Aratana Therapeutics
Boehringer Ingelheim
Empresas AquaChile
Ethos Veterinary Health (practice acquisitions)
Ethos Veterinary Health (ACVIM)
Henry Schein Animal Health
Horseman’s Pride
Jolly Pets
Mars (AniCura)
Mars (Advance Dermocare)
Newport Laboratories
Nulo Pet Food
Protégé Biomedical
Smart Chicken
Spring Meadows Natural Pet Food
Tyson Foods
West Coast Group


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• Boehringer Ingelheim announces that Newport Laboratories Inc., is officially part of Boehringer Ingelheim’s animal health business unit. Newport Laboratories provides cutting-edge diagnostics like whole genome sequencing, metagenomics and bioinformatics, enabling it to develop custom, autogenous vaccines that target the specific viruses or bacteria causing disease in individual livestock operations. (National Hog Farmer)

• Elanco Animal Health announced that the USDA has licensed Prevacent PRRS, a modified-live respiratory vaccine that has been shown to be effective in the reduction of porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS), respiratory form, in piglets two weeks or older. (PRNewswire)

• Aratana Therapeutics Inc. has filed a supplemental New Animal Drug Application with the FDA to for feline use of Nocita as a peripheral nerve block to provide regional analgesia following an onychectomy. (Todays Veterinary Business)

• Henry Schein Animal Health announced the opening of a new distribution center in Colonial Heights, Virginia, the company’s 13th customer-facing distribution center nationwide. (Vet Advantage – The Progress-Index)

• VetCor Group Holdings Inc., has hired investment bank Jefferies LLC to explore a potential sale. The chain is backed by private-equity firms Harvest Partners and Cressey & Co. (Wall Street Journal)

• Ethos Veterinary Health announced it has raised its holdings to 17 specialty hospitals after the acquisition of practices in Chicago, Honolulu and Sacramento, California. Terms were not disclosed. (Todays Veterinary Business)

• PetSmart has reportedly hired Houlihan Lokey Inc as restructuring advisers to explore ways to trim its debt of more than $8 billion. (GlobalPets)

• Antelliq announced it has launched a new digital monitoring solution for the beef cattle industry under its Alltech Livestock Intelligence brand. SenseTime Beef is comprised of a wearable tag that can be attached to the ear or to the neck via a collar, which wirelessly sends cow data to the system’s online platform. (Animal Pharm)

• GlobalVetLINK announced that it has migrated its online animal health documentation platform to Amazon Web Services (AWS), a third party cloud solution, to assist in customer data security and system functionality. (company press release)

• Protégé Biomedical announced the launch of the ClotIt VET Hemostatic Clinic Pack. The ClotIt VET Hemostatic Clinic Pack offers veterinarians & clinics a complete assortment of both sterile and non-sterile products to stop bleeding fast and keep it stopped, in all minor-to-severe wounds. (Vet Advantage)

• New natural and organic feed additive company PLAMAN Global has received a $20 million investment from Goldman Sachs as the first installment of its debut funding round. The funding will be used to build its workforce and advance ongoing trials. PLAMAN is developing a natural feed additive called Black Pearl, which is derived from black diatomaceous earth. (Animal Pharm)

• Nulo Pet Food announced it has received a strategic growth investment from private equity firm Main Post Partners. The amount of the investment was not disclosed. (Pet Product News)

• Nylabone announced the launch of Healthy Edibles Biscuits, a new line of natural grain-free limited-ingredient dog treats. (Pet Business)

• Tenth Avenue Commerce announced it has acquired a majority interest in Horseman’s Pride pet toys business, including that of Jolly Pets. Financial terms were not disclosed. (Pet Business)

• Cubex LLC, announced the introduction Cubex Mini. Using patented Cubie technology, Cubex Mini is the industry’s first device to offer automated, biometric, DEA-compliant safeguards for storage of narcotics and other medications, alongside bi-directional integration with most practice software systems, all in a device that fits on a standard counter top. (PRnewswire)

• Tyson Foods Inc. announced a deal to acquire the Smart Chicken brand, a Nebraska-based maker of organic fresh chicken and chicken sausages. Financial terms were not disclosed. (Vet Advantage – Wall Street Journal)

• EveryPig Inc. announced it has designed functionality utilizing deep learning technology to assist swine veterinarians in making rapid, remote diagnoses. Using the EveryPig app, photos and videos can be uploaded to the platform’s Farmfeed, where diagnoses are made in real time. (Feedstuffs)

• The VetX Graduate Community pilot program, first launched in the UK and Australia, is now open for enrollment in the US and Canada. Aimed at veterinary surgeons in the first five years of their career, the program offers monthly veterinary nonclinical skills training, online mentoring, and a peer support network of young vets from around the world. (Veterinary Practice News)

• The American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) is partnering with VetBloom, the digital learning ecosystem from Ethos Veterinary Health, to create a virtual learning environment for ACVIM and its members. VetBloom will develop an integrated online portal for tracking and reporting of data related to the Maintenance of Credential program for ACVIM Diplomates, as well as for tracking of resident specialty training and credentials. (Veterinary Practice News)

• EU Merck Animal Health announced it has received approval from the European Medicines Agency for its Bravecto Plus (fluralaner/moxidectin) spot-on antiparasitic for cats. Bravecto Plus is indicated for prevention of heartworm disease as well as treatment of fleas, ticks, roundworms and hookworms. (Animal Pharm)

• EU Mars Inc. announced it has agreed to acquire European veterinary group AniCura from Nordic Capital. AniCura has 200 clinics in places like Austria, Germany, the Netherlands, Scandinavia and Switzerland, and has annual revenue is of about 3.3 billion kronor ($379 million). Financial terms were not disclosed. (Wall Street Journal)

• INDIA Nutreco announced an aquaculture feed joint venture with Mumbai-based West Coast Group to build a feed production facility in west India to supply aquaculture farms in the region. Nutreco will take a majority share in the joint venture. (Animal Pharm)

• AUSTRALIA More than 41,000 Australian pet owners have signed a petition calling for official regulation of the country’s pet food industry as the number of cases of megaesophagus suspected to be correlated to Mars Petcare Advance Dermocare dog food has climbed to more than 100. Currently, pet food companies are expected to self-regulate. Melbourne University and Mars Petcare have not determined a causal link between the dog food and the life-threatening illness. Mars Petcare voluntarily recalled the dog food in late March and has offered to reimburse the vet bills of dog owners whose pets were stricken with megaesophagus. (Petfood Industry)

• CANADA Dane Creek Capital Corp. announced it has acquired Spring Meadows Natural Pet Food, a manufacturer of frozen raw pet food for dogs and cats. The undisclosed purchase price represents 0.72 times trailing 12-months revenue. The acquisition of Spring Meadows marks DCCC’s fourth acquisition of a Canadian raw pet food manufacturer in the last 12 months. (Pet Age)

• CHILE Benchmark announced an agreement to fund a Chilean breeding and genetics joint venture with Empresas AquaChile, the world’s sixth largest salmonid producer. Benchmark will acquire a 49% interest in the joint venture for a total consideration of $16 million. (Animal Pharm)


• US – FDA GUIDELINES The FDA announced the availability of a final guidance for industry #3 entitled “General Principles for Evaluating the Human Food Safety of New Animal Drugs Used in Food-Producing Animals.” This guidance describes the type of information that the FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) recommends sponsors provide to address the human food safety of new animal drugs used in food-producing animals. To read the complete guidance, go to (FDA)

• EU – REGULATION The European Medicines Agency’s Committee for Medicinal Products for Veterinary Use (CVMP) has adopted an improved process for the basic surveillance of veterinary medicines. The new process features compulsory reporting by companies of serious suspected adverse reactions in the EudraVigilance Veterinary (EVVet) database and more formal assessment of periodic safety update reports. (Animal Pharm)

• US – GENOMICS RESEARCH The USDA has awarded $6.5 million to create three functional genomics projects led by Iowa State University (swine), University of California-Davis (cattle) and Western University of Health Sciences (chickens). (Feedstuffs)

• US – VETERINARY ADMISSIONS Three veterinary colleges – the University of Florida, the University of Missouri, and North Carolina State University – have been selected to participate in an Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) pilot program designed to help veterinary schools develop holistic admissions programs. Holistic admissions is a rapidly developing program in health professions, which is designed to encourage greater diversity and inclusion among student cohorts. It considers qualitative factors such as intrinsic motivation; leadership; resilience; communications skills; empathy; tenacity; demonstrated success in a working environment; and high ethical standards. (Veterinary Practice News)

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What an exciting time to be in animal health! The leading stories this week are about growth and investment in the industry. There is clearly a thirst by investor groups and companies to invest in veterinary clinics, and early stage or currently operating companies within animal health. It does not appear to matter whether it is a drug, non-drug, diagnostic, digital product or service, there is an investor prepared to invest. The investments are also across all species, which is a shift from a few years ago when most investing was focused on the companion animal segment.

Why is this occurring? The animal health and pet industries globally are growing faster than most other market categories. Second, the low cost of capital has many investors desiring to have one or more animal health industry investments in their portfolio.

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Ron Brakke

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