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Swedencare – from pet oral health to animal health company

Welcome to Swedencare and the amazing world of animal health products. Swedencare today is an entrepreneurial and fast-growing Pet Health Care company with a number of strong brands and a global presence. Like many other fantastic innovations and companies, our story began with a fascinating and accidental discovery…

The 70s

A surprising improvement

The story of Swedencare begins in the 1970s, when Swedish dentist Dr. Sune Wikner discovered that one of his patients, who had previously suffered from chronic tartar formation, suddenly display greatly improved oral health. After some investigation, the dentist realized it was something in the patient’s diet that was keeping the tartar at bay – a certain type of seaweed that was consumed by his patient on a regular basis.

The 90s

Research and discovery of advantage of product

Due to different circumstances, it was not until twenty years later that the curious link between the seaweed and oral health was further explored. In 1999 Dr.Sune Wikner and colleague-to-be Roland Fastberg came across a dog whose teeth appeared to have been positively affected by a pet food containing the very same seaweed.

2000

Establishment of current business of Swedencare

Sune Wikner and Roland Fastberg created the company Swedencare, and together with veterinarians and dentists they conducted a number of pilot studies in human and pets in Sweden. For many years, we built the business around our product family in dental health, ProDen PlaqueOff®. With ProDen PlaqueOff®’s strong brand and long market presence, we have succeeded in building a global distribution network on all continents, this in a fragmented and very local-based market.

2014-2016

New owners and business plan

2014 was an important and eventful year in Swedencare’s history as this was the year when the founders sold the company and Håkan Lagerberg, Håkan Svanberg and Johan Berglund took over – Håkan L as CEO and Håkan S and Johan as members of the board together with a professional chairman. Together they developed a new business plan which led to a dramatic increase in sales and improved margins. In 2015, the three largest distributors for ProDen PlaqueOff® were acquired – France, UK and USA. A successful IPO in 2016 provided capital which made it possible to be an active part in the consolidation of the industry. Already in the same year, Biodistra® and NutriScience were acquired.

2020

New strategy and era of strategic decisions

In 2019, work began on both broadening the product portfolio and increasing our presence in the veterinary and digital sales channels. We laid the foundation for an active acquisition strategy, which in 2020 resulted in the acquisition of four prominent companies with several strong brands – Stratford®, Animal Pharmaceuticals®, and nutravet®. The acquisitions significantly strengthened our presence in the veterinary and digital channels, as well as our position in North America, the largest pet market in the world.

2021

A big leap towards our vision

In 2021, we took a big leap towards our vision through the acquisitions of Pet MD Brands, a state-of-the-art company in online sales and Vetio, the leading Animal Health CDMO in North America and our biggest acquisition to date. With Vetio we take charge of our supply chain and in-house production as well as gaining direct access to drug development which creates a wider product offering and know-how while significantly scaling up our presence in North America. With a strong acquisition strategy, a wider product portfolio, an expanded customer base, and a great team we are moving in the direction of our vision – to establish ourselves as the leading Pet Life Science company in the world.

Mission

We care about improving the health and wellbeing of pets, creating reassurance for the pet parent, worldwide and throughout life.

Vision

Swedencare has established itself, in all major markets, as an innovative and reliable pet health company. With a global presence and channel strategy as well as a broad portfolio of well-functioning pet health products for the most important therapeutic areas, it is our vision to establish ourselves as the leading company within animal health for the pet market.