Innovation in animal health


Veterinary Science was “born” in 1761 with the opening of the first veterinary school in Lyon, France. As such, Europe was the birthplace of modern veterinary medicine and is still the home to many of the world’s leading animal health companies.

This timeline provides an overview of the numerous breakthroughs and innovations that have marked the history of animal health ever since.

Animal health companies around the globe continue researching and developing new solutions. To further stimulate innovation in animal medicines and increase the availability of prevention and treatment options across Europe, a more efficient veterinary legislation is necessary at EU level. A more harmonised system where resources can be invested in R&D instead of administrative tasks will foster innovation and mean that new medicines may be developed to fill the gaps in prevention or treatment options for animals that at present don’t exist or are not available in some countries.