Shaping the future of animal health

Virbac named finalist in prestigious export awards

Monday, September 25, 2017 

One of Australia’s leading animal health companies has been named a finalist in the prestigious Premier of New South Wales Export Awards.

Agribusiness Award FinalistVirbac Australia was recognised for outstanding international success in the field of agricultural products, services or technology including processed foods and beverages and the forestry, fisheries and fibres industries.

Sarah Hunter is the Virbac Director of Commercial Excellence for Australia, New Zealand and South Africa and said it is an honor for the company to be recognised during its 30th anniversary in Australia.

“2017 is an important year for Virbac Australia and, to be selected as a finalist in the New South Wales Premier’s Export Awards for Agribusiness, is wonderful recognition of our role as a major exporter of animal health products to more than 20 countries around the world,” Sarah said.

“That we’re continually reaching new heights 30 years after we started in this country is a remarkable achievement, and it gives me great satisfaction to know that our manufacturing, research and development (R&D), sales and support teams are all locally based and contributing to our economy.”

An Australian success story, the company produces several ‘Made in Australia’ accredited products; an endorsement of the company’s support of local R&D and manufacturing.

“We currently employ more than 250 staff in four strategic locations across the country, who produce our top quality, industry-leading, sheep, cattle and equine products, veterinary pharmaceuticals and vaccines, as well as a wide range of pet health products for dogs and cats,” Sarah said.

“We’re currently ranked as the eight largest animal health company in the world, manufacturing and selling many unique and innovative products including an implant for the temporary medical castration of dogs,” Sarah explained.

“This is the only product of its kind in the world and was developed following research with owners of male dogs who are increasingly wanting to know about all the castration options, both surgical and medical, and for their veterinarian to help them make the best choice for their dog.”

Manufactured at Macquarie Park in Sydney, the product is exported to countries throughout Europe and North America, as well as South Africa and New Zealand.

“Sheep producers around the country have also welcomed the recent launch of our broad-spectrum combination drench, Tridectin, which is a huge step forward in the fight against worms,” Sarah said.

“The drench is world-first product, with a registered claim to kill triple resistant and monepantel resistant worms in sheep and offers producers the opportunity to grow healthier, more productive sheep.”

Sarah said development of both products was testament to the organisation’s passion for improving animal health.

“Our approach to developing veterinary specialist products and those like Tridectin exemplifies our commitment to working closely with animal owners, resellers, vets and farmers in the animal health industry to identify and fully respond to the needs of customers locally and internationally,” Sarah said.

“We’d like to thank our customers, suppliers and employees for their support and commitment over the years. As our long history shows, we’re a company that’s both stable and dependable – and we’ll continue to innovate in business structure, approach to market and providing our customers with the platform for future success.”

New South Wales Premier’s Export Awards winners will be announced during a gala dinner at The Star on Wednesday 25 October 2017.

“I’m really looking forward to the event and would like to wish other nominees all the best in their respective categories,” Sarah said.

“There is a huge opportunity for Australian companies to improve global commercialisation of innovation, and we are proud to be recognised as one of those leading the way in agribusiness export.”

Click here to see the 2017 Premier of NSW Export Awards finalists

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