Large Animal Director Appointed at Virbac

Virbac has appointed Dr Rick Manlove as Business Unit Director for Large Animal with effect from 5 January 2015.  In his new role, he will head Virbac’s Large Animal team and lead the development of new products and services to meet the needs of Virbac’s ruminant, pigs, poultry and equine customers.  He reports to David Ellerton, Managing Director of Virbac UK and Ireland.

Rick Manlove has held a variety of commercial and strategic roles in life sciences since 1982 moving into animal health in 2001. Most recently he has worked as an independent consultant while pursuing a Master’s programme at the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL). His work at CISL has focused on sustainable food production and consumption, including sustainability in the dairy sector.  He began working with Virbac on a consultancy basis during 2014.

Commenting on his appointment, he said:  “I’m looking forward to becoming part of Virbac with its friendly, professional culture and dedication to animal health.  I’m particularly looking forward to pursuing new product and service opportunities to meet customer needs, create value and develop the Large Animal Business.”

David Ellerton added: “Rick joins Virbac during a period of rapid growth and brings a wealth of strategic insight and experience across global markets.  He will be a huge asset as we continue to extend our presence in the Large Animal sector and we are delighted to welcome him.”

Founded by a veterinary surgeon, Virbac is dedicated to supporting the veterinary profession through the development of innovative products and services, which help animals to lead longer, healthier lives.  One of the largest independent veterinary pharmaceutical companies in the world, its wide product portfolio includes many market-leading and award-winning products for large and small animals.

Virbac (www.virbac.co.uk) aims to work in close partnership with its customers, providing the advice and support they need to run successful, profitable businesses.  Many of the services it offers are available through its innovative practice support portal www.my-virbac.co.uk.