List of the 3 largest veterinary pharmaceutical companies in Germany

List of the largest veterinary pharmaceutical companies EN

Veterinary medicinal products are a special pharmaceutical area – not only because there are specific animal diseases and different dosages apply than for humans. Because of the use of animal starting products in many foods, special regulations must be observed. Here is an overview of the five largest German veterinary pharmaceutical manufacturers: This article is based on the unique Top 150 pharmaceutical companies in Germany – List of the largest pharmaceutical manufacturers.

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Place 1: Zoetis Deutschland GmbH, Berlin: > €120 million in revenue (2018)

Zoetis Inc. is a global, US-based company focused entirely on animal health. Founded in 1952, Zoetis belonged to the US pharmaceutical company Pfizer until 2013. At that time, the latter spun off its veterinary pharmaceuticals division and spun off Zoetis as an independent company. Zoetis offers veterinary medicines for pets and farm animals. The group employs more than 9,000 people worldwide and generated $6.7 billion in sales in 2020.

Place 2: VIRBAC Tierarzneimittel GmbH, Bad Oldesloe

VIRBAC is a French veterinary medicines company founded by a veterinarian in 1968. The group, which has subsidiaries in 33 countries, now has almost 5,000 employees and generated sales of approximately one billion euros in 2019. The VIRBAC product range includes antibiotics, vaccines, dermatological medicines, antiparasitics and dental hygiene products for pets and livestock. As a sales company, VIRBAC Tierarzneimittel bundles the Group’s German business and has over 60 employees.

Place 3: Elanco Deutschland GmbH, Monheim

Elanco Germany is backed by Elanco Animal Health Incorporated, a US veterinary pharmaceutical company. Elanco was part of the US pharmaceutical group Eli Lilly and Company until 2019, when it was spun off from its parent company in an IPO. Elanco offers a wide range of medicines and vaccines for animal health and animal health prevention. The group employs about 6,000 people and had global sales of $3.3 billion in 2020. In 2020, Elanco acquired Bayer’s veterinary medicines business.

Place 4: CP-Pharma Handelsgesellschaft mbH, Burgdorf: > 55 million euros in sales (2020)

CP-Pharma in Burgdorf, Lower Saxony, has been around since 1977. The company does not manufacture veterinary pharmaceuticals, but operates as a trader specializing in this pharmaceutical segment. CP-Pharma’s customers are veterinarians, veterinary clinics and universities. The company sells only prescription drugs and employs more than 60 people. 90 percent of its sales are generated in Germany, with the rest coming from other European countries.

Place 5: SaluVet GmbH, Bad Waldsee: approx. 17 million euros turnover

SaluVet GmbH is a medium-sized verterinary pharmaceutical company in Bad Waldsee, Baden-Württemberg. It was formed in 2015 by merging the two predecessors PlantaVet GmbH and Dr. Schaette GmbH. SaluVet specialises in biological veterinary medicines and supplementary feed and care products with medicinal plant ingredients. The company has around 100 employees.
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