Sales of medicines: pets have overtaken livestock

For the first time, sales of veterinary medicines for companion animals have exceeded those of farm animals, according to Roxane Feller of Animal Health Europe (formerly IFAH-Europe), citing data from CEESA. Speaking at the general assembly of the Federation of Veterinarians of Europe yesterday, she explained this trend by the change in animal numbers. While farm animal numbers had dropped (from 692 to 623 million), pet numbers (including rabbits, birds and fish) had gone up (271 to 296 million) between 2012 and 2016.

Ann Criel attended the FVE assembly on behalf of FECAVA.