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Brakke Consulting's
Animal Health News & Notes for September 30, 2008
Special Anniversary Edition
Copyright © Brakke Consulting, Inc.
Editor: Lynn Fondon, DVM, MBA
Dear Subscribers:
How time flies when you're having fun!!  I was reminded last week that we began our weekly animal health industry newsletter 9 years ago.  During that period, we have published 468 weekly newsletters plus several special editions.  We hope that you've enjoyed each and every issue and it has helped you stay abreast of the key activities in the industry in one short read each week.
This annual issue has a summary of the key activities over the past 52 weeks.  Many of our subscribers indicate that they store this issue in a file where they can reference it quickly.  It is amazing how much has occurred in the past year. 
The newsletter would not be possible if it were not for the dedicated efforts of Dr. Lynn Fondon, DVM, MBA who has been the editor since we began publishing.  Lynn has now trained a couple of others within the firm in the production of the newsletter so that she can take a week off every now and then.
Most of all, we appreciated our dedicated subscribers and hope that you will tell others about our newsletter.  As we close out the final quarter of 2008 and begin thinking about 2009, we want to wish all of you the best.
Thanks for being a Brakke Consulting, Inc. Newsletter subscriber.
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Selected news events from the past 12 months of Animal Health News & Notes
10-07 Nutreco acquires 51% of Turkish company Interkim
10-07 MWI acquires Tri V Services
10-07 Animal Health International acquires Kane Veterinary Supplies
10-07 Merial acquires New Zealand company Ancare
10-07 Vsurance acquires Animal-ID
11-07 Nutreco acquires Spanish company Copaga
11-07 BioMar Group acquires the majority of Provimi's fish feed activities
11-07 Newsham Genetics acquires Monsanto Choice Genetics
11-07 W.F. Young acquires Equine America
11-07 Schering-Plough completes acquisition of Organon BioSciences, including Intervet
12-07 Ecolab acquires Novartis' Irish dairy hygiene business
12-07 Ritchey acquires Animalcare from Genus
12-07 MediMedia acquires VetInsite
12-07 Neogen acquires Canadian company Rivard Instruments
12-07 Abviva acquires Prion Development Labs
12-07 Chr. Hansen acquires Swedish company Medipharm
12-07 Franck's Pharmacy Compounding Lab acquires Island Pharmacy Services
1-08   Echo Healthcare merges with XLNT Veterinary Care to form Pet DRx
1-08   MediMedia forms VetStreet by combining VetInsite and VetSuite
1-08   Hendrix Genetics acquires France Hybrides from Groupe Glon
2-08   ThermoGenesis forms veterinary subsidiary Vantus providing stem cell laboratory services
2-08   Parma Corp acquires Arana Therapeutics (formerly Peptech)'s animal health division
3-08   JBS SA acquires Smithfield Beef Group
3-08   JBS SA acquires National Beef Packing Co
3-08   JBS SA acquires Australian company Tasman Group
3-08   AgriLabs acquires the Colostrx brand from Fonterra Co-operative Group
3-08   CSMG Technologies forms veterinary subsidiary Live Tissue Connect
3-08   Pfizer acquires Bovigen
3-08   Pfizer acquires Catapult Genetics
3-08   Evialis acquires 70% of Mexican company Malta Cleyton
3-08   Webster acquires Associated Medical Supply
4-08   RFCL (Vetnex) acquires German company Bremer Pharma from Marsing & Co
4-08   Internet Brands acquires VetInfo.com
4-08   Ridley acquires the livestock supplement business of 4 Seasons Marketing and Ultralyx
4-08   Sergeant's Pet Care Products acquires Virbac Corp's consumer brands
4-08   Blue Seal Feeds acquires United Cooperative Farmers Inc.
4-08   MSC acquires Protient's nutritional ingredients business
5-08   Eklin Medical Systems acquires UItrasource
5-08   Virbac acquires Danish company Pharmalett
6-08   Stirling Products forms Stirling Animal Health
6-08   Sogeval acquires Vitality Systems
6-08   Lohmann Animal Health opened its US Feed Division
6-08   Evialis acquires Cargill Animal Nutrition's Brazilian business
6-08   Leinert Australia acquires Provimi's Australian subsidiary.
6-08   Vetoquinol acquires Canadian company Vetcom 1979
6-08   InVivo and Evialis announce plans to merge
6-08   Neogen acquires animal health and hygiene products from DuPont
7-08   Vance Publishing acquires CattleNetwork.com and CattleStore.com
7-08   MWI acquires AAHA MARKETLink
7-08   Vitakraft acquires Sun Seed Co.
7-08   Oil-Dri Corp announces the formation of Amlan International animal health division
8-08   Nutreco acquires Czech company Biofaktory
8-08   The Bramton Company acquires Veterinarian's Best
8-08   Pacific Vet Group acquires Sigrah-Zellet
8-08   Bradley Caldwell acquires Loveland Pet Products
8-08   Berwind Corp. acquires Old Mother Hubbard
8-08   AHN International acquires Centaur Services Ltd
8-08   Elanco acquires Posilac from Monsanto
8-08   Biorigin acquires Norwegian company Immunocorp Animal Health
9-08   Groupe Grimaud establishes poultry layer genetics company Novogen
9-08   Provimi acquires Colombian company Biovet
9-08   Sergeant's acquires Interpet's Aquarium Products Business
9-08   Ceva acquires Australian company Delvet
9-08   Merial acquires Argentinian company Romage
9-08   Eklin Medical Systems acquires Merlin Digital Technology from Banfield
9-08   Fairfax Financial Holdings acquires majority share in Ridley
9-08 Lallemand Animal Nutrition acquires Vitec Nutrition
10-07 Bio-Medical Services introduces its Feline Allergy Panel
10-07 Mars Veterinary launches the Wisdom Panel MX DNA-based breed test for dogs
10-07 Chr. Hansen receives EU approval for GalliPro probiotic for chickens
10-07 IDEXX/Equine Biodiagnostics launches the EHV-1 RealPCR Test, West Nile Virus IgM Capture ELISA Test, and Lyme ELISA Test
10-07 Lilly receives FDA approval for Comfortis (spinosad) flea control product for dogs
10-07 IDEXX launches the Avian Health Profile for VetTest Chemistry Analyzer
10-07 Intervet receives USDA approval for Circumvent PCV porcine circovirus vaccine
10-07 Merial releases the Merck/Merial Manual for Pet Health
11-07 Pet King Brands introduces Veterinary Maintenance Oral Gel brushless toothpaste
11-07 Hill's Pet Nutrition launches Science Diet Nature's Best pet food
11-07 Heska introduces the Dri-Chem 4000 Veterinary Clinical Chemistry Analyzer
11-07 Fort Dodge receives FDA approval for EtoGesic (etodolac) injectable
11-07 PinPoint DNA Technologies launches Pawsitive I.D. genetic disease test
11-07 EnviroSystems introduces EquineTru antiseptic cream for horses
12-07 Dechra Veterinary Products licenses Orthogen Veterinary's IRAP therapy system for horses
12-07 Biogal-Galed Labs announces the international launch of the ImmunoComb Canine Brucella Antibody Test Kit
1-08   Odyssey Veterinary Software introduces DIA pet owner communication tools.
1-08   ProLabs introduces Flexile Rx nutritional supplement for dogs
1-08   Mars launches WholeMeals for Dogs
1-08   Nestle Purina PetCare announces plans to launch a line of pet care accessories with Ethical Products
1-08   IDEXX launches the Coag Dx Analyzer
1-08   Butler Animal Health begins offering home delivery via VetSource
1-08   Pfizer licenses ImmunoVaccine Technologies' VacciMax vaccine platform
1-08   Kemin Industries introduces PB6 direct-fed microbial for dogs
1-08   Wedgewood Pharmacy introduces Tiny Tabs custom-compounded tablet dosage form
2-08   Aribex launches the NOMAD handheld X-ray for veterinary dentistry
2-08   Summit VetPharm introduces Vectra (dinotefuran/pyriproxyfen) flea control for Cats & Kittens
2-08   Schering-Plough launches Ultra Saber (lambdacyhalothrin) pour-on insecticide
2-08   Merial receives FDA approval for a postoperative pain claim for Previcox
2-08   Pfizer launches Dexdomitor (dexmedetomidine) sedative/analgesic for dogs and cats
2-08   AFP Imaging introduces the Digital-VetTek whole body imaging system
2-08   DRE Veterinary introduces the DRE Axis 4 four-parameter patient monitor
2-08   Land O'Lakes Purina Feed launches AMPLI-Calf Technology calf starter
2-08   Central Life Sciences introduces Bio Spot Puppy flea & tick products
2-08   Nutramax Labs launches Proviable probiotics for dogs and cats
2-08   Vetoquinol licenses Kibow Biotech's Kibow Biotics
3-08   Ceva announces the worldwide launch of Prilactone (spironolactone) canine heart disease treatment in the UK
3-08   Central Life Sciences launches Tasty Paste Dog and Puppy Wormer
3-08   Bomac Vets Plus launches PetsPrefer Dog Treats
3-08   Bomac Vets Plus launches RetroSyn Canine and Feline 3R probiotic gels
3-08   Bayer licenses Juvaris BioTherapeutics' mono-immunotherapy and vaccine technology
3-08   AgriLabs introduces First Arrival with Encrypt feed supplement for calves
3-08   DRE Veterinary launches the DRE Titan large animal anesthesia system
3-08   Quadraspec introduces its Canine Heartworm Antigen Test Kit
4-08   Orion Corp licenses Oasmia Pharmaceutical's Paclical Vet (paclitaxel) treatment for mast cell tumors
4-08   Imulan BioTherapeutics launches Lymphocyte T-Cell Immunomodulator feline leukemia and FIV treatment
4-08   Novartis licenses AspenBio Pharma's recombinant single-chain bovine hormone products BoviPure LH and BoviPure FSH
4-08   Vetoquinol and Jurox announce the European launch of Alfaxan (alfaxalone) injectable anesthetic for dogs and cats
4-08   OrthoView launches OrthoView Vet digital planning and templating solution for orthopedic surgery
4-08   BCP Veterinary Pharmacy launches BCP BNT for ear infections in horses
4-08   Meridian launches Surgi-Lock 20C suture application
4-08   Meridian launches Epi-Heal liquid bandage
4-08   Meridian launches Tryptocalm LT behavioral supplement for dogs
4-08   Meridian launches Ectopamine natural flea & tick control product
4-08   Nutramax Labs launches Cosequin HA+ASU Treats for horses
4-08   Alpharma introduces ActiShield (bifenthrin) pesticide for poultry and livestock producers
4-08   Biogal-Galed Labs receives USDA approval for ImmunoComb Feline Infectious Peritonitis Antibody Test Kit
4-08   Novartis receives EPA approval for OxyFly adult fly and insect control
4-08   Bayer receives FDA approval for Baytril 100 in swine
5-08   Veterinary Products Laboratories introduces Vet-Kem PowerBand Flea & Tick Collar for Dogs
5-08   Pfizer receives FDA approval for Convenia (cefovecin) antimicrobial for cats and dogs
5-08   Intervet/Schering-Plough launches Revalor-XS steer implant
5-08   Novartis introduces Neporex 2SG fly larvae control
6-08   Earths Balance launches Pet Solutions Rx all-natural products
6-08   IDEXX launches Rhodococcus equi RealPCR test
6-08   Fort Dodge reintroduces ProHeart 6 in the US
6-08   Intervet/Schering-Plough launches EquiRab equine rabies vaccine
6-08   Nestle Purina PetCare launches PurinaCare pet health insurance
6-08   Bayer launches Credo SC darkling beetle control
6-08   MetaMorphix launches the Canine Heritage XL Breed Test
6-08   Vita Flex launches Equinyl equine supplement
6-08   Meridian launches Ecomethrin H2O equine insect spray
7-08   TR BioSurgical launches TR Matrix
7-08   Vita Flex launches Muscle Fortifier nutritional supplement for horses
7-08   IDEXX launches the Equine Herpesvirus Type4 RealPCR Test and Equine Neurologic Disease Panel
7-08   Intervet/Schering-Plough announces Vetsulin insulin is approved for use in cats
7-08   Minrad receives FDA approval for Petrem generic sevoflurane
7-08   Lloyd, Inc. receives FDA approval for Butorphic generic butorphanol for horses
7-08   IDEXX launches Cardiopet proBNP canine heart disease test
7-08   Intervet/Schering-Plough introduces Onset 5 IN cattle vaccine
7-08   Intervet/Schering-Plough receives FDA approval for Nuflor Gold antimicrobial for cattle
7-08   Intervet/Schering-Plough receives FDA approval for Panacur Plus canine heartworm preventative and dewormer
8-08   Avid launches MiniTracker Pro microchip scanner
8-08   Pala-Tech launches Cranberry Plus Chewable Tablets and Granules
8-08   Pala-Tech launches Pala-ZYMES Granules
8-08   Meridian launches Surgi-Lock 2oc and Epi-Heal
8-08   Veterinary Products Laboratories launches Siphotrol X-Tend Handheld Yard & Patio Fogger
9-08   HomeAgain launches the Universal WorldChip
9-08   IDEXX introduces the Equine Respiratory RealPCR Panel
9-08   Intervet/Schering-Plough launches Porcilis Coli 6C swine vaccine in Europe
9-08   Bayer launches Renalzin (lanthanum carbonate) kidney disease treatment in Europe

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