World’s leading joint care product Cosequin launched in India

Vivaldis announces its collaboration with Bioiberica, a Spanish biotech company, which is specialised in research, development, production and commercialisation of ‘biomolecules’. Bioiberica is present in more than 65 countries. With its collaboration with Bioiberica, Vivaldis stands committed to its dictum to contribute to the prosperity of pet healthcare industry by introducing pioneering and path breaking product in India.  Bioiberica has consolidated its leadership in production of Glycosaminoglycans including Chondroitin sulphate, Hyaluronic acid & Glucosamine. Under the collaboration, Cosequin, a world’s leading joint care product, has been launched in India during the Orthopedic Workshop held recently at Shirval in Maharashtra. Conducted by Dr Milind Hatekar from Veterinary Orthopedic Foundation, the workshop witnessed a host of well known veterinarians including Dr Bruno Peirone, Dr Matthias Frank, Dr Daniel Damur and Dr Luca Redaelli from Europe, who unveiled the newly launched Cosequin during the event. Kunal Khanna, founder and CEO of Vivaldis and Sergio Garcia from Bioiberica discussed about Cosequin and the association with Bioiberica during the event. Vivaldis has plans to introduce three more new products from Bioiberica in the Indian market by May this year. The new range will include a product for atopic dermatitis and two products for digestive health. This alliance between Vivaldis and Bioiberica will proffer a range of revolutionary products that add value to the pets’ health and improve their quality of life.

Bayer’s One Health triad – It’s all connected!

One Health is the integrative effort of multiple disciplines by Bayer working locally, nationally, and globally to attain optimal health for people, animals, and environment. Together, the three make up the One Health triad, and the health of each is inextricably connected to the others in the triad. Understanding and addressing the health issues created at this intersection is the foundation for the concept of One Health.  Because of their expertise, veterinarians under One Health play critical roles in the health of animals, humans, and even the environment, but these roles are often overlooked or unrecognised. Nonetheless, veterinary medicine is the only profession that routinely operates at the interface of these three components of One Health. The concept behind One Health has existed for centuries – from Hippocrates’ On Airs, Waters, and Places (estimated 400 BC). As the human population continues to increase and expand across the world, the interconnection of people, animals, and environment becomes more significant and impactful. The importance of One Health is highlighted by many factors in our world today:

  • The world’s total population exceeded 7 billion people in 2011, and it continues to climb.
  • As our population expands geographically, the contact between human and wild animal habitats increases, introducing the risk of exposure to new viruses, bacteria and other disease-causing pathogens.
  • Advancing technologies and science-based evidence is increasing the awareness, knowledge, and understanding of the interdependency of the health of humans, animals, and the environment.
  • The human-animal bond continues to grow throughout societies.
  • It is estimated that at least 75 percent of emerging and re-emerging diseases are either zoonotic (spread between humans and animals) or vector-borne (carried from infected animals to others through insects).
  •  Vigilant protection of our food and feed supplies from food-borne diseases, contamination, and acts of terrorism is critical for human and animal health.
  • Contamination by personal care products and pharmaceuticals has been detected in our waters.

Animo Pet Care and Research Centre hosts dog show in Patna

Patna-based Animo Pet Care and Research has organised an Open All Breed Dog/Cat Fashion Show on 21st February 2017 in the city. Around 150 dogs of different breeds sporting catchy outfits walked the ramp alongside their pet parents. In addition to the fashion show, participating dogs were given opportunities for heath check-up as well. State education minister Ashok Chaudhary with his Siberian Husky named Huchiko and a Labrador called Coco were among the contestants at the show. For further details, contact at: 09472665340, 09386702977 or 09386702978.

Himalaya enters Rs 700 cr pet nutrition category with ‘healthytreats’

The Himalaya Drug Company, one of India’s leading home-grown wellness brands, has forayed into the pet nutrition category with the launch of healthytreats. Healthytreats are nutritious herbal snacks available in three different variants for puppies, adults and senior dogs to address their health needs. These treats cater to specific requirements of pets at each stages of their life. Speaking about the launch, Neti Patel, general manager-Animal Health Division, The Himalaya Drug Company, said. “In India, pet nutrition is a niche segment that offers great opportunities. Currently, the market size of pet nutrition stands at over Rs 700 crore and is growing at a rate of 20 percent. Having been the top herbal player in this category, launch of healthytreats is a natural extension to our wide range of pet grooming and wellness products.” Himalaya’s rich expertise in the animal health division for over the last 17 years helps the company understand the importance of pet’s well-being. This is the next step for Himalaya’s animal health division, which aims to provide well researched herbal solutions for pets. “We connects with pet parents primarily through vets along with other channels like pet shops, grooming parlours, modern retail outlets, trade channel and others, for their grooming and wellness needs,” asserted Neti Patel, adding that by the end of 2017 they are looking at reaching out to over 3500 pet practitioners across India, while introducing few more products under this category.
Healthytreats provide nutrition and special health benefits due to the presence of herbal actives. Healthytreats Puppy (0-2years) supports digestion and immunity; Adult (2-7 years) supports skin health and promotes overall fitness; and Senior (7 years and above) supports join health and control stress. The snacks are now available across major retail channels, pet stores, Himalaya Outlets, himalayastore.com and Himalaya app.

Boehringer Ingelheim and Sanofi successfully close a major business swap in India, making both companies leaders in two diverse sectors

Germany-based Boehringer Ingelheim and Sanofi have closed a strategic and smooth exchange of their Consumer and Animal Health Business in India. This swap of over 80 brands will enable both pharma giants further strengthen their expertise in their respective fields. Today, established as a leader in fields catering to both human and animal health, Boehringer Ingelheim globally operates through 145 affiliates and has close to 50,000 employees. Their focus involves R&D, manufacturing and marketing new therapies of value for animal and human health. Sharad Tyagi, Managing Director, Boehringer Ingelheim (India) said, “This swap is an important highlight and milestone for both Boehringer Ingelheim and Sanofi and will enable both organisations strengthen their foothold in this increasingly competitive field. Our unified goal is to continue to deliver current and prospective customers with sustained quality and value-added products. Boehringer Ingelheim seeks to continue to build a strong and innovative brand, both globally and in India.” Boehringer Ingelheim’s new Animal Health Business in India will be headed by Dr Sandeep Karkhanis, Merial. Dr Shailesh Ayyangar, Managing Director (India) and Vice President (South Asia), Sanofi said, “With the successful closure of the swap deal in India, both companies have achieved a major landmark. This swap of the Consumer Healthcare Business of Boehringer Ingelheim (BI) and Sanofi’s Animal Health Business will facilitate both companies to pursue their respective strategic aspirations. At Sanofi, we are excited to embrace the incoming CHC brands and people associated with this business, as this is in line with our stated objective of boosting our presence in consumer healthcare in India. We also know that our Animal Health Business and people associated with it will now be part of a highly committed and focused BI, which is one of the world’s leading companies in the Animal Health Business.”

PPAM organises Meet the Industry-8

Dr Dhananjay Bapat

Pet Practitioners Association of Mumbai (PPAM) has recently organised Meet The Industry -8 (MI8), inviting its members, who are leading vets from Mumbai, Thane, all over Maharashtra and other major cities of India. At the event, a cricket match between PPAM members and industry friends was organised, followed by cardiology seminar and a quiz session conducted by vet cardiologist Dr Sangeeta Vengsarkar Shah. Keynote speakers at the event were Dr Karen Tomer (Biogal-Israel) and Rajendra Bandiwadekar (Artec Diagnostics System). Dr Dhananjay Bapat, president, PPAM, along with others from the association released PPAM Bulletin, PPAM Directory and Diary 2017. The unique get together event drew 225 vets and 68 corporate brands.

FSAPAI-WSAVA CE 2016 organised at Chandigarh

Organised by SACA (Small Animal Clinicians’ Association), the 15th WSAVA (World Small Animal Veterinary Association) and 8th FSAPAI (Federation of Small Animal Associations of India) Continues Education (CE) program has recently been concluded in Chandigarh. Theme of the CE this year was ‘Learning To-Gather to Serve Better’. The three-day event witnessed four eminent speakers from India and abroad—Dr Umesh Kallihal, director, Scientific Communications, MARS India; Dr C Ramani, professor, Department of Veterinary Surgery & Radiology, Madras Veterinary College; Dr Jill Elizabeth Maddison, Professor of General Practice, Director of Professional Development & Director of Extramural Studies, The Royal Veterinary College UK; and Dr Bryden Stanley, Section Chief of Surgery, Michigan State University, USA.  The keynote speakers talked explanatively about diverse topics including dermatology, ophthalmology, internal medicines and soft tissue surgery. In addition, the ‘Out Reach Lecture’ was organised for about 50 veterinary students who attended the event. Dr CB Singh, President, SACA and vice-president of FSAPAI, remarked, “This was the best ever professional CE event organised for the veterinarians associated with companion animal practice in India. Presence of sponsors like MARS India, Royal Canin, SAVA Vet, Intas, Cipla, Cargill & Idexx Laboratories made the event a grand success. More than 500 veterinarians who participated in the event gathered perfect practical knowledge to serve their pet patients.

 

New champions at Pedigree HyCan’16 in Hyderabad
The Hyderabad Canine Club has organised Pedigree HyCan’16—the 38th & 39th Championship Dog Shows & Obedience Trails—on 26th and 27th November 2016 at HITEX, Hyderabad. The show pulled above 300 dogs of more than 40 different breeds taking part in the competitions for top honours. Main features at the show consisted of Obedience Trails, Agility Competition, Flyball Demonstrations and Breed Championship Shows. Two days of the show were filled with impressive demonstrations and competitions.  “Year after year, our club has taken the initiative to introduce new concepts and make dog shows more exiting, educational and purposeful,” said Dr T Subhash Babu, Founder-President, Hyderabad Canine Club. The twin championship shows were judged by highly acclaimed judges, namely, Frank Waring, Susan Impey and Irina Poletaeva.
In addition to the 300 dogs competing in five rings, Pedigree HyCan ’16 additionally organised an outdoor ring exclusively for German Shepherds judging. “Level of fitness is usually the difference between the best in show dog and the rest. An exercise programme should start gradually, should be consistently applied, should provide variety and should progress toward a specific goal,” mentioned Phillip A Butt, CEO, Commando Kennels (P) Ltd, Hyderabad.  This year, at the same venue, HITEX exhibition centre organised PETEX India in which a host of leading pet care companies showcased their products and services. HyCan has been a trend setting pet show in India since its inception in the year 1995. From customised carpeted rings to prefabricated benches, HyCan shows have always been the first to introduce them in India.

 

Amulya Pet Specialty Clinic organises PAWS-2016
Salem-based Amulya Pet Specialty Clinic has recently organised PAWS-2016, an annual event in which professionals from reputed veterinary institutes addressed on use of scientific knowledge in dog care and other related topics. “Main motto of our event is to educate our clients (pet parents) to have scientific knowledge in rearing companion animals,” says Dr Amarnath Muthukrishnan, senior veterinary surgeon at Amulya Pet Specialty Clinic. The guest speakers at the PAWS-2016 this year included Dr B Nagrajan, Dr S Dharmaceelan and Dr S Suresh Kumar. An interactive question-answer session between the guest speakers and attending pet parents was productive. For more details, write in at: dramarvet@yahoo.co.uk

Royal Canin brings Vet Business Forum for first time in India

Being a good vet is not just about scientific knowledge alone. A host of other skills are required, including communication, finance, HR and even marketing, which are collectively called ‘practice management.’ Shedding light on this, Royal Canin India had organised Vet Business Forum on 3rd and 4th December 2016 in Mumbai, for the first time in India, so that vets from all over the country could meet and share their practice management experiences with the industry experts.
Untitled-3Opening of the plenary session on the first day of the forum was marked with an introduction and welcome speech from Alexis Bray and Dr Ashish Mishra, followed by eight subsequent sessions conducted by three keynote speakers—Pere Mercader, Antje Blaettner and Phillipe Baralon. The three speakers narrated about the ideas to double business, value addition in selling diets in vet practice, selling techniques, client orientation and other topics. On the second day, the discourse at the forum continued with topics involving around consultation strategy, pricing strategies for veterinary services and tips on dealing with unhappy or angry customers. A workshop for vets was organised on the concluding day. In addition to the plenary sessions and workshops, Royal Canin India also presented a merchandising area with two virtual clinic setups of 300 and 900 sq ft on 1:1 scale. It showcased how a clinic should look like internally and externally, while optimising the space for different areas within a clinic. Latest merchandising tools were also displayed along with a special emphasis on colours, light, aroma, etc to create a mood and increase the waiting experience of pet parents. Royal Canin India also took the opportunity to introduce their new product Anallergenic to the vets, which is considered to be the world’s most sophisticated tool to diagnose AFR.