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MAY 22nd, 2018


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  • Anatara announces exclusive global license agreement with Zoetis
  • Tyson Foods to buy American Proteins Inc
  • Recently identified pig virus could affect animal, human health
  • Missouri prohibits “meat” label for lab-grown or plant-based products
  • U.S. Ag Sec appoints new members to National Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection

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COMPANION

  • Zoetis to buy Abaxis
  • J.M. Smucker completes acquisition of Ainsworth Pet Nutrition
  • AVMA partners with HABRI on Human-Animal Bond Certification Program
  • Midmark supports Veterinary Nurse Initiative
  • Henry Schein rises to #238 on the FORTUNE 500®
  • Southern Veterinary Partners expands to 50 hospitals
  • Merck Animal Health introduces updates equine influenza vaccines
  • Petco partners with JustFoodForDogs
  • CDC rabies test could “change the playing field”

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LIVESTOCK

Anatara announces exclusive global license agreement with Zoetis
Anatara Lifesciences announced an exclusive licensing agreement with Zoetis Inc. for the worldwide development, manufacture, distribution and marketing of Detach® as a non-antibiotic approach to aid in the control of diarrhoeal disease (known as scour) in livestock and in horses. Under the terms of the license agreement, Anatara has granted Zoetis exclusive rights to develop, manufacture, distribute and market Detach® worldwide, including in Australia.

Tyson Foods to buy American Proteins Inc
According to Reuters, Tyson Foods Inc said it would buy the poultry rendering and blending assets of American Proteins Inc for about $850 million, as the company looks to recycle more animal products to use in feed and pet food. Tyson is facing higher feed costs in its meat processing business as prices of commodities like soybeans and corn increase.

Recently identified pig virus could affect animal, human health
A recently identified pig virus can readily find its way into laboratory-cultured cells of people and other species, a discovery that raises concerns about the potential for outbreaks that threaten human and animal health, according to an Ohio State release. Researchers at The Ohio State University and Utrecht University in the Netherlands collaborated to better understand the new virus and its potential reach. Their study, the first to point to possible transmission of this virus between species, appears online in the journal PNAS. Porcine deltacoronavirus was first identified in 2012 in pigs in China, but it was not associated with disease. It was first detected in the United States in 2014 during a diarrhea outbreak in Ohio pigs and has since been detected in various countries. Young, infected pigs experience acute diarrhea and vomiting. The disease can be fatal. As of yet, no human cases have been documented, but scientists are concerned about the possibility. “Before it was found in pigs – including in the Ohio outbreak – it had only been found in various birds,” said study senior author Linda Saif, an investigator in Ohio State’s Food Animal Health Research Program at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC), in Wooster. “We’re very concerned about emerging coronaviruses and worry about the harm they can do to animals and their potential to jump to humans.”

Missouri prohibits “meat” label for lab-grown or plant-based products
According to Agri-Pulse, lawmakers in Missouri became the first in the nation to approve legislation that would prohibit companies from labeling lab-grown or plant-based products as meat. The measure, which was approved by 125-22 yesterday, now goes to the governor's desk. The bill, which was backed by the Missouri Cattlemen's Association, the Missouri Pork Producers and the Missouri Farm Bureau, says a "meat" product must be "derived from harvested production livestock or poultry."

U.S. Ag Sec appoints new members to National Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the appointment of five new members and 12 returning members to the National Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection, according to National Hog Farmer. The new NACMPI members appointed to serve two-year terms are: Thomas Gremillion, Consumer Federation of America; James Jenkins, Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry; Amilton De Mello, University of Nevada; Tina Rendon, Pilgrim’s Pride Corp.; Kimberly Rice, U.S. Foods.

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COMPANION

Zoetis to buy Abaxis
Animal health company Zoetis Inc announced last week it would buy Abaxis Inc, a maker of veterinary diagnostic instruments, for about $1.9 billion in cash to bolster its position in the fast-growing diagnostics market, according to a Reuters report. The transaction will add to Zoetis’ earnings next year and the company will fund the purchase through cash and new debt. Abaxis’ products include devices that detect, prevent and treat diseases in animals. The company gets 83 percent of its annual revenue from diagnostic products and services for the veterinary market. The deal is expected to close before the end of the year.

J.M. Smucker completes acquisition of Ainsworth Pet Nutrition
According to USAgNet, the J. M. Smucker Company announced it has completed the acquisition of Ainsworth Pet Nutrition, LLC in a transaction valued at approximately $1.7 billion, after an estimated tax benefit of $200 million. The company previously announced the signing of a definitive agreement to acquire Ainsworth in April. Ainsworth is a leading producer, distributor, and marketer of premium pet food and pet snacks, predominately within the United States. Approximately two-thirds of Ainsworth's sales are generated by the Rachael Ray Nutrish brand, which is driving significant growth in the premium pet food category.

AVMA partners with HABRI on Human-Animal Bond Certification Program
The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has signed on as the founding educational partner for the Human-Animal Bond Certification Program offered through the Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI) and the North American Veterinary Community (NAVC). This certification program allows veterinary professionals to learn more about the science behind the human-animal bond and its benefits for both animals and people, and to receive practical advice on how to ensure strong bonds are built and maintained.

Midmark supports Veterinary Nurse Initiative
Midmark Corp. announced its support for the effort to make "Registered Veterinary Nurse" the standard credential in the U.S. veterinary technician profession. Launched in 2016 by the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA), the initiative aims to drive  passage of legislative amendments in every state to establish the credential of Registered Veterinary Nurse (RVN) as a substitute for the current titles of Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT), Licensed Veterinary Technician (LVT), Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT) and Licensed Veterinary Medical Technician (LVMT). “Given our dedication to improving the experience between the patient and caregiver, and our great success in delivering clinical training to companion animal nurses across the country through Midmark Academy, we believe that creating a single, unified title that elevates and reflects the important work they do is a worthy cause,” says Andrew Schultz, Jr., director of business development and clinical services, Midmark Animal Health. "We are thrilled to have the opportunity to be on the ground floor of this initiative."

Henry Schein rises to #238 on the FORTUNE 500®
Henry Schein, Inc. announced that it has climbed to #238 in the FORTUNE 500® ranking, celebrating its 15th year as one of America's largest corporations, according to a release. The company was ranked #243 in last year's edition of the FORTUNE 500®. Henry Schein had net sales in 2017 of $12.5 billion, up from $4.1 billion in 2004 when it first debuted on the FORTUNE 500 at #487. Since Henry Schein became a public company in 1995, the company's sales have grown at a compound annual rate of 15 percent.

Southern Veterinary Partners expands to 50 hospitals
Southern Veterinary Partners, a rapidly expanding hospital management company based in Birmingham, Alabama, has acquired numbers 49 and 50, according to Today’s Veterinary Business. The newest members are Tender Paws Animal Hospital in Conroe, Texas, and Crossroads Animal Hospital in Newnan, Georgia. Founded in 2014, Southern Veterinary Partners acquired 22 hospitals in 2017, ending the year with 39. The company’s 50 hospitals are spread across 10 states. Tender Paws is the fifth Southern Veterinary Partners hospital in Texas and Crossroads is the sixth in Georgia.

Merck Animal Health introduces updates equine influenza vaccines
Merck Animal Health announced the availability of the next generation of influenza-containing vaccines for horses. Available in the PRESTIGE® line of vaccines, the new influenza strains represent the most current equine influenza protection available. The PRESTIGE line of influenza-containing vaccines includes Florida ‘13 of the clade 1 family and Richmond ‘07 of the clade 2 family, meeting current World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) guidelines for clade 1 and clade 2 strains. The clade 1 family of equine influenza primarily circulates in the United States, while clade 2 predominantly circulates in Europe.

Petco partners with JustFoodForDogs
According to Pet Business, Petco announced it has teamed up with JustFoodForDogs to offer fresh, small-batch, human-grade food for dogs in strategic locations across the country. Within these Petco locations, JustFoodForDogs will open "stores within stores” with many of them featuring exhibition kitchens so customers can see how the food is made. Petco initiated this partnership in response to pet parents who are looking for alternatives to commercial brand dog foods.

CDC rabies test could “change the playing field”
HealthDay News reported that a new rapid rabies test for animals could revolutionize screening and spare humans unnecessary painful treatment, according to researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC-developed test – called LN34 – is highly accurate and produces results more quickly and cost-effectively than current methods, according to the agency. "The LN34 test has the potential to really change the playing field," said study first author Crystal Gigante, a CDC microbiologist. "Quickly knowing who needs to receive rabies treatment, and who does not, will save lives and families' livelihoods," she said in a CDC news release.

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