Animalcare Limited was founded in 1988 and went on to become part of Animalcare Group plc in 2008 following its acquisition by Ritchey plc (subsequently renamed Animalcare Group plc) from Genus plc. At this time, the Group commenced trading on AIM. During 2010, the agricultural operations of the former Richey plc were divested to focus solely on the veterinary operations of Animalcare Ltd.

Building a European animal healthcare company

On 13th July 2017 Animalcare completed the reverse acquisition of Ecuphar NV, a European Animal Health Company headquartered in Oostkamp, Belgium. Ecuphar was formed in 2001 and largely through acquisition, notably the purchase of Esteve Animal Health in 2015, expanded its commercial operations across six countries:

  • Belgium
  • Netherlands
  • Germany
  • Spain
  • Portugal
  • Italy

Within Belgium, the operations included a wholesaling division, Medini NV. This was divested on 4th September 2018 to focus on the higher margin pharmaceutical operations.

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Animalcare Group today

Today we have direct commercial presence in seven European countries, with product sales in 32 markets. Animalcare is a partner for companies selling into and across Europe. At the same time, we seek to commercialise our own products outside Europe through our growing network of distribution partners. Animalcare is a sustainable and passionate organisation with around 220 employees committed to leading in animal health through innovative and trusted products and services to support the veterinary profession.

Our vision is to become a leading European veterinary pharmaceutical business though focus on delivering growth both organically and through selective acquisitions.