Spotlight On... Animalytix expands to Canada with acquisition of animal-health data service; Schein authorizes $400M share buyback; Jaguar launches drug study in horses with colitis; IAH tests oral fly repellent in beef cows; and more...

Animalytix, a company that's part of the Kansas City Animal Health Corridor, announced on December 1 that it has acquired the Compendium of Veterinary Products, the MSDS information system and related assets that were owned by North American Compendiums of Ontario. North American Compendiums provides product labeling information and safety data sheets covering more than 14,000 products for animals, while Animalytix offers detailed data on sales of veterinary pharmaceutical products. The addition will both boost Animalytix's product offerings and allow it to establish a commercial presence in Canada. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Release (PDF)

> Henry Schein ($HSIC) announced that its board of directors has authorized a $400 million share buyback program, adding to the $300 million share repurchase the company announced last December. Release

> Jaguar Animal Health ($JAGX) announced it has launched a pilot safety study with Louisiana State University to evaluate crofelemer for the treatment of diarrhea in horses with acute colitis. Release

> Integrated Animal Health (IAH) announced it is starting two trials in Australia of its oral fly repellent for beef cattle, Repellion, and that it is planning studies next year at Kansas State University. Release

> Spotlight Innovation ($STLT) announced it has formed a new subsidiary, CDT Veterinary Therapeutics, to develop cancer drugs for the veterinary market. Release

> Texas Tech University System announced it will develop a veterinary school and veterinary medicine doctoral program. Release

> Virbac has appointed Cristiano von Simson, formerly of Rhone-Merieux, as director of field technical services and Michael Albo, formerly of PurinaCare Pet Health Insurance, as vice president of communications and customer service. Release | Release

> The Waltham Centre for Pet Nutrition, owned by Mars Petcare, and veterinary dentists at the Forsyth Institute have published new research in PLOS ONE identifying 267 species of bacteria found in dental plaque in cats, and they have built a database identifying the differences between healthy cats and those with gum disease. Release

> The market for oral care products for pets hits $775 million in 2014, according to a new report from Packaged Facts. Story

> W.F. Young announced it is purchasing the assets of Designing Health, which makes the Missing Link brand of supplements for companion animals and horses. More

> France's Vetoquinol announced it has formed a joint venture with Nippon Zenyaku Kogyo to develop a range of animal health products in Japan. Release

> U.K.-based CVS Group, which provides veterinary services, announced it has acquired Albavet and its unit VETisco for £11.3 million ($17 million). More

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