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Zoetis enters reference laboratory business

Phoenix Lab, headquartered in the Pacific Northwest, works with veterinarians in 20 states.

Zoetis enters reference laboratory business

Zoetis Inc. has expanded into veterinary reference laboratory services with the purchase of Phoenix Central Laboratory, beating back an apparent acquisition bid by Idexx Laboratories.

Terms were not disclosed, but VIN News Service reported in September that Idexx had offered $29 million for the Seattle laboratory, which serves veterinary clinics in 20 states.

“Phoenix Lab brings Zoetis a reference laboratory highly valued by veterinarians for quality assurance and customer care,” said Kristin Peck, executive vice president and group president of U.S. Operations, Business Development and Strategy for Zoetis. “This acquisition is a strong complement to other diagnostic testing capabilities at Zoetis, including VetScan, Witness, Serelisa and AlphaTRAK, and it will help us offer our customers even more comprehensive solutions across the continuum of care to predict, prevent, detect and treat disease in animals.”

No leadership changes were announced at Phoenix Lab.

“Going forward, we are thrilled to join with Zoetis to offer our customers even more for their animal health needs,” said CEO John Evans, MBA.

The Phoenix Central Laboratory website lists eight veterinarians on the leadership team:

  • Sandy Willis, DVM, MVSc, DACVIM
  • Lani Bower, DVM, DACVP
  • Elizabeth Driskell, DVM, Ph.D., DACVP
  • Ramona Skirpstunas, DVM, Ph.D., DACVP
  • Rachael Holicky, DVM, DACVP
  • Christopher I. Mesher, DVM, DACVP
  • Kimberly Pattullo, DVM, MVSc, DACVP
  • Connie Stevenson, DVM, MVSc, DACVP

The company was founded in 1989.

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