The Animal Health Distributor


February 2013     

AVDA 2013 Annual Conference - Registration is OPEN!

AVDA headquarters recently mailed out promotional information for the 2013 Annual Conference to all members. Included with the mailing was a promotional brochure detailing the schedule, speakers, and activities; a registration form; and sponsorship form.

The meeting will take place April 28-30 at the beautiful Hyatt Regency Coconut Point in Bonita Springs, Florida. AVDA has secured an amazing rate of $199.00 per night if booked by April 5, 2013. The Hyatt Coconut Point is a AAA - Four Diamond property located on 26 acres overlooking the breathtaking Estero Bay Aquatic Preserve. Recently named among Travel + Leisure’s 500 World’s Best Hotels, you can play 18 at the world class Raptor Bay Golf Club, recharge with indulgent treatments at Stillwater Spa, plunge down the 140 foot waterslide, or engage in the vast array of water sports available nearby. MORE

SPONSORSHIP Opportunities for AVDA Annual Conference

All Affiliate and Associate member companies are invited to contribute to our upcoming Annual Conference. The Annual Conference has become a unique industry event where animal health manufacturers and distributors learn together and build and renew relationships. MORE

Click here to see who is sponsoring.

"The Gathering" Reception Recap

Thank you to all who attended “The Gathering” reception during the NAVC on Sunday, January 20th. This was the first year that AVDA held this event and it was a huge success! We had over 200 in attendance at the Castillo Fort located in the Gaylord Palms. We want to give an extra special “thank you” to our generous sponsors, Animalytix and ATS. If you missed the reception this year, don’t worry we will be hosting a bigger and better event next year! MORE

University of Industrial Distribution (UID) Reminder!

Just a reminder that the UID hotel deadline is February 15th- follow this link to book your hotel now

Registration deadline is February 22nd – follow this link to register for the conference.

Known worldwide for excellence in education, UID is developed, managed and delivered by 33 leading distribution associations throughout North America, in partnership with Purdue University. Working together, these groups take great pride in providing a superior learning experience, tailored to the latest industry trends, at the lowest possible cost. Classes are focused on the unique needs of the industrial wholesale distribution industry, as well as programs focused on manufacturing leadership. For more on UID click here.


KK&R Social Media Update

If your company is using social media, it should adopt, implement and enforce a social media policy. The purpose of the social media policy is to set the rules for how a company’s employees may use social media sites. Once you have adopted a social media policy, it is very important to train employees so that they understand the policy rules and to enforce the policy once it is implemented.

Click here to read more.


AVDA Welcomes New Member

AVDA welcomes a new Associate member:

Blue Ridge X-Ray Company, Inc.
120 Vista Blvd
Arden, NC 28704
Bill Lee

Blue Ridge X-Ray Co. Inc. has provided quality x-ray supplies, accessories, equipment and service for hospitals, physicians, chiropractors, and veterinarians since 1982. Please visit our equipment, service and support pages for more information on how we can provide you with everything for your imaging department.

16th Annual Controlled Substances Conference, PDMA and State Conference from Buzzeo PDMA

April 10-12, 2013
Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center
National Harbor, Maryland

Click here for more information
Click here to register

Vet Advantage Announces New Products

While many of you know Vet-Advantage as the magazine you get on a regular basis that helps DSRs keep up with customers needs, market trends and product information, they have greatly expanded their repertoire of products. Vet-Advantage Magazine is now available as an App for Droid or Apple devices, so it is easily read on a smart phone or tablet. Many of the new products are also digital and available as Apps on your smart phone or tablet. 

Click here for more.

Former Teva Animal Health Executive, Dave Cunningham, Joins Axxiom Consulting as COO

Former Teva Animal Health executive Dave Cunningham joins Axxiom Consulting as their Chief Operating Officer. Dave will be based out of the new Axxiom Consulting corporate offices located in Kansas City, MO. Click here for more.

KC Animal Health Corridor Accepting 2013 Iron Paw Award Nominations

The KC Animal Health Corridor is now accepting nominations for the Iron Paw Award, a recognition of leadership and passion for the animal health industry. Click here for more.

MWI Acquires PCI Animal Health

MWI Veterinary Supply, Inc. announced today that it has completed the acquisition of substantially all of the assets of Prescription Containers Inc. ("PCI Animal Health") for approximately $17 million. The transaction is expected to be slightly accretive to MWI in the fiscal year ending September 30, 2013 after giving effect to acquisition-related expenses and integration costs.

Founded in 1957, PCI Animal Health is a distributor of companion animal health products to over 2,000 veterinary practices, primarily in the Northeastern United States. PCI Animal Health had total revenues of approximately $33 million for its calendar year ended December 31, 2012.

Jim Cleary, President and Chief Executive Officer of MWI, commented, "MWI is very pleased to welcome PCI Animal Health to our team. We are especially excited to continue the relationships with their customers and provide them with the broad product portfolio and value-added services that we offer."

Robert Zeide, President and CEO of PCI Animal Health, who will become a consultant with MWI, added, "We are very proud of the business that we have built here at PCI Animal Health and I am thrilled that we are now becoming part of MWI. We are excited that our customers will have access to MWI's complete line of products and services and believe that they will benefit from these enhancements."

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Coming Events

April 28 - 30, 2013

AVDA 2013 Annual Conference

Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa 
Bonita Springs, FL

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Jackie King


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Director of Meetings & Member Services

Heather Lester


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