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Animals, like people, suffer from disease and require proper care from the veterinarian, the farmer and the pet owner. When disease occurs, diagnosis and treatment under veterinary care should follow. Whenever possible, prevention is always better than cure. Keeping animals healthy and treating them with dignity is one of the main objectives of the animal health industry and applies equally to companion animals, livestock and wild animals.

Read more about the animal health industry's value to society in our paper: A healthy community depends on healthy animals 

Facts and figures

More than 50,000 full-time jobs* in Europe  depend on the animal health industry:
+/- 15,000 directly in production, marketing, sales, administration and R&D;
+/- 18,000 indirectly as a consequence of the industry's purchases of goods and services, including contract R&D, logistics, capital equipment, and raw materials;
+/- 17,000 through its "multiplier" effects" 

 *This estimate excludes the distribution of  veterinary medicinal products and livestock  farming.

The market value of the European animal health industry in 2013 was 2.6% of the European human pharmaceutical industry. (Source for comparison: EFPIA)

1. Source: CEESA 2014, Global Benchmarking Survey on the Competitiveness of the Animal Health Industry 2011
2. Source: Eurostat 2014
3. Source FEDIAF 2012

European sales

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Countries included: AT, BE, CH, CZ, DE, DK, ES, FR, UK, GR, HU, IE, IT, NL, PL, PT, SK.

Source: 9 IFAH-Europe and CEESA member companies. 20% added for non-participating companies. CEESA stands for European Animal Health Study Centre -

Source: CEESA, 2015

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Source: Global Benchmarking Survey on the Competitiveness of the Animal Health Industry 2011









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