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Zoetis set to acquire Abaxis
The veterinary diagnostics category is estimated to be worth more than $3 billion.
Merger will enhance Zoetis’ presence in veterinary diagnostics

Leading animal health company Zoetis has announced plans to merge with Abaxis, a leading global provider of veterinary diagnostic instruments.

In a joint press release, the companies said the move would enhance Zoetis’ presence in veterinary diagnostics.

Zoetis chief executive officer Juan Ramon Alaix said: “Together we can bring more veterinarian customers a broader range of products that fit into our comprehensive solutions and innovations, from prediction and early detection of disease in animals to prevention and treatment.”

Abaxis chairman and chief executive officer Clint Severson added: “We see a prime opportunity to grow our business as part of Zoetis. We recently invested in expanding operations in Europe, Latin America, and the Asia Pacific Region, with 20 per cent of revenue in fiscal year 2018 coming from our international operations.

“Zoetis has the global presence and direct veterinary customer relationships to deliver greater value to more customers around the world and accelerate the growth of our international operations.”

The veterinary diagnostics category is estimated to be worth more than $3 billion, with a compound annual growth of 10 per cent over the past three years.

Zoetis expects the diagnostics category to continue faster than the animal health industry, with growth driven by rising medicalisation rates, increasing standards of veterinary care and the convenience of in-clinic testing.

Zoetis expects to complete the acquisition by the end of 2018 and says that it intends to fund the purchase through a combination of existing cash and new debt.

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Sale of microbeads now banned

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 The sale of products containing microbeads is now banned across England and Scotland, Defra has confirmed.

As part of government efforts to prevent these plastics ending up in the marine environment, retailers can no longer sell rinse-off cosmetics and personal care products containing microbeads. These tiny plastics were often added to products including face scrubs, soaps, toothpaste and shower gels.

Just a single shower is thought to send 100,000 of these beads down the drain and into the ocean, where it can cause serious harm to marine life. A ban on manufacturing products containing microbeads previously came into force in January this year. 

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The funding will be available in England for three years through the Rural Development Programme and farmers will be able to apply for one-to-one farm advisory visits by a veterinary practitioner.

The project will recruit local vets who will then work with keepers of breeding cattle to tackle BVD on their farms.