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Animal healthcare products continue sales recovery in 2012

Media Contact:    Ron Phillips:    (202) 637-2440

Washington, D.C., November 22, 2013 – Spending by Americans on products used to protect the health of companion and farm animals increased 5 percent in 2012 over 2011, not adjusted for inflation, totaling nearly $7.4 billion, according to the Animal Health Institute’s Market Sales Report.

The three product categories for animal health products are biologics, which increased 3.7 percent, pharmaceuticals, with a sales increase of 5 percent and feed additives with an increase of 17.6 percent in 2012. Since recession-generated sales declines in 2008 and 2009, sales of animal health products have steadily increased the last three years.

“Animal medicines are used by veterinarians, pet owners and farmers to protect animal health, whether it’s vaccines to prevent disease or pain medicines to ease the suffering of animals.” said AHI President and CEO Alexander S. Mathews.  “The availability of animal medicines provides two main benefits to Americans.  First, it allows our pets to live longer healthier lives and improves our enjoyment of them.  Second, these medicines help farmers produce a safer and healthier food supply.”

Animal medicines are a critical tool used by veterinarians to keep pets and food animals healthy.  Since some 60 percent of all known diseases are those that can pass between animals and humans, keeping animals healthy is a key to keeping humans healthy.  For more information about the connection between animal health and human health, please visit

The sales survey shows product sales in the three major product categories.  Raw sales data is collected by CEESA, a non-profit international association based in Belgium.  CEESA collects sales data on the animal health market in Europe as well.  Total sales for the entire U.S. animal health products industry is calculated based on projections made by the U.S. Market Survey Work Group using CEESA data.  Sales are for products priced at the manufacturer’s level.  CEESA reporting companies represent 87 percent of the U.S. animal health products industry.

A report compiling sales and research and development data from 2010-2012 is available from AHI.  The report includes total combined sales figures of CEESA reporting companies and includes graphical representations of the data.  The report is $150 USD: copies can be ordered by contacting Marie Gilmore at the Animal Health Institute,, or (202) 637-2440.


AHI represents the manufacturers of animal health products – the pharmaceuticals, vaccines and feed additives used in modern food production, and the medicines that keep pets healthy.