– UK – Animalcare Group plc (AIM: ANCR), a leading supplier of veterinary medicines, announces the appointment of George Gunn as a Non-Executive Director of the Group with immediate effect.

Mr Gunn stepped down recently as Head of the Animal Health Division and from the Executive Committee of Novartis AG on completion of the sale of that division on 1st January 2015. He has extensive experience in Animal Health Pharmaceuticals over a career that has spanned 30 years within the industry including the Wellcome Foundation, Janssen Pharmaceutical, Pharmacia Corporation and Novartis, where he has worked since 2003. In his early career Mr Gunn worked as a Veterinary Practitioner in Scotland before joining the Ministry of Agriculture as a Veterinary officer advising on notifiable disease issues. 

Mr Gunn is a qualified veterinary surgeon, a Member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and has an Honorary Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine and Surgery from the University of Edinburgh. Mr Gunn is a past-Chairman of the National Office of Animal Health (NOAH) and past-President of the International Federation of Animal Health (IFAH).

James Lambert, Chairman, commented: “I am very pleased to welcome George Gunn on to the board of Animalcare. George’s achievements in animal health are extensive and impressive in equal measure. George will complement the skills of the existing board members and bring additional commercial and product development experience to the team to help deliver our strategy. We are very excited by the additional momentum provided by George’s appointment and believe the future is looking bright for the business.”

About Animalcare

Animalcare is a leading veterinary sales and marketing company based in York with 57 employees including a field sales force of 14 representatives selling to all veterinary practices around the United Kingdom.

Animalcare has developed a range of generic veterinary medicines and animal identification products primarily to companion animal veterinary markets.  

Animalcare operates in three product areas:

  • Licensed Veterinary Medicines – a range of branded veterinary licensed pharmaceuticals sold to veterinary professionals in the UK and selected markets in Northern Europe. The range can be divided into four main categories; antibacterials, anaesthetics & analgesics, Aqupharm intravenous fluids and vitamins & speciality pharmaceuticals.
  •  Companion Animal Identification – Identichip is the pioneering microchip identification system in the UK. Animalcare also owns and operates the Anibase database; together the market leader in electronic identification for pets in the UK.
  • Animal Welfare Products – a range used by veterinary professionals in the diagnosis and care of their patients, for example intravenous infusion accessories, ophthalmic instruments, hygiene solutions and bandages and dressings.

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