Veterinary Industry in UK Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2023 - 2028)

The Statistics of UK Veterinary Healthcare Market is segmented by product (therapeutics, diagnostics, and other products) and animal type (dogs and cats, horses, ruminants, swine, poultry, and other animal types). The report offers the value in (USD million) for the above segments.

UK Veterinary Healthcare Market Size

United Kingdom Veterinary Healthcare Market Summary
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Study Period 2019-2027
Base Year For Estimation 2022
Market Size (2023) USD 1.64 Billion
Market Size (2028) USD 2.29 Billion
CAGR (2023 - 2028) 6.94 %
Market Concentration Low

Major Players

United Kingdom Veterinary Healthcare Market Major Players

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order


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UK Veterinary Healthcare Market Analysis

The United Kingdom Veterinary Healthcare Market size is expected to grow from USD 1.64 billion in 2023 to USD 2.29 billion by 2028, at a CAGR of 6.94% during the forecast period (2023-2028).

The outbreak of the pandemic impacted the United Kingdom's veterinary healthcare market. During the initial phase of the pandemic, the market witnessed a slight short-term negative impact primarily due to the reduced veterinary visits and the shortage of veterinary medicines during COVID-19. The country was in lockdown, suspended trade with other countries, and implemented travel restrictions. It affected the import and export activities of veterinary medicines and diagnostics, leading to a decline in the sales of many products. However, the high adoption rate of pet animals during the lockdown has increased the demand for veterinary drugs and treatment, impacting the overall market. For instance, according to the PDSA PAW report published in June 2021, 2 million people in the UK owned pets between March 2020 to May 2021. Thus, during the initial days of the pandemic, the market witnessed slow growth. However, with the high adoption rate, upliftments of lockdown, and declining cases of COVID-19, the market started to gain momentum and is expected to continue the upward trend over the forecast period.

The major factors driving the market growth are the advanced technology leading to innovations in animal healthcare, increasing pet ownership, and increasing productivity at the risk of an emerging zoonosis. For instance, in February 2022, the UK government invested over EUR 200 million to prevent zoonotic diseases. The funds were allocated to research institutions mainly focusing on the avian flu and bovine tuberculosis. In addition, the government is also taking measures to mitigate the scarcity of supply of medicines. For instance, the European Medicines Agency issued guidance in 2021 for companies responsible for veterinary medicines concerning the adaptations to the regulatory framework, primarily to address the challenges faced during the pandemic. Therefore, such positive developments are expected to create new opportunities for the market, further surging market growth.

Furthermore, the increasing product launches in the UK may also help the market to witness considerable growth. For instance, in April 2022, Vetoquinol launched Felpreva, a three-monthly feline spot-on parasiticide that acts on endo and ectoparasites in the UK market. Felpreva provides an option to reduce the frequency of treatments, lessening stressful interactions between owners and their cats. Hence, owing to these factors, the veterinary healthcare market in the UK is expected to witness rapid growth over the forecast period.

However, the counterfeit medicines use and increasing costs of animal testing, and veterinary services are likely to hinder market growth over the forecast period.

UK Veterinary Healthcare Industry Segmentation

As per the scope of this report, the United Kingdom veterinary healthcare market is growing and includes therapeutic products and solutions for companion and farm animals. Companion animals can be tamed or adopted for companionship or as house/office guards, and farm animals are raised for meat and milk-related products. Companion animals include dogs, cats, and horses, and farm animals include swine, poultry, and ruminants. The United Kingdom Veterinary Healthcare Market is segmented by product (therapeutics, diagnostics, and other products) and animal type (dogs and cats, horses, ruminants, swine, poultry, and other animal types). The report offers the value in (USD million) for the above segments.

By Product
Medical Feed Additives
Other Therapeutics
Immunodiagnostic Tests
Molecular Diagnostics
Diagnostic Imaging
Clinical Chemistry
Other Diagnostics
By Animal Type
Dogs and Cats
Other Animal Types

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UK Veterinary Healthcare Market Trends

This section covers the major market trends shaping the UK Veterinary Healthcare Market according to our research experts:

Molecular Diagnostics Segment is Expected to Witness Significant Growth Over the Forecast Period

Molecular diagnostics refers to the class of tests performed on an animal to assess its health at the molecular level. It identifies specific sequences in genes, DNA, RNA, and proteins and provides insights into whether the animal has a disease or may suffer from an infection in the future. Molecular diagnostic tests are faster and have more sensitivity compared to conventional tests. However, they are more expensive than other diagnostic tests. Most commercial products in the United Kingdom's veterinary molecular diagnostics market are in the form of kits. These kits are predominantly based on polymerase chain reaction (PCR) techniques and help screen a family of related disorders. Meanwhile, the kits based on microarrays are witnessing a steady increase in their market share.

The polymerase chain reaction has become one of the standard procedures to diagnose almost all viral diseases in veterinary medicine, owing to its high sensitivity, versatility, and reproducibility. It has become an indispensable component of routine veterinary diagnostics in recent decades. Identifying and controlling pathogens in poultry, domestic, and wild animals in veterinary sciences represent continuous challenges. Moreover, many diagnostic techniques detect individual infectious agents to locate and confirm pathogens or genetic elements. The latest molecular diagnostic technologies are more advantageous, as they offer high throughput results, are more sensitive, and require less time.

The increasing product launches by the market players are one of the major drivers for the market. For instance, in June 2022, Thermo Fisher Scientific, a company focused on animal molecular diagnostic testing, organized the Animal Health Dx Summit to impart knowledge regarding effective testing techniques and technologies and efficient and economical ways to scale up testing. Similarly, in September 2020, Zoetis launched Vetscan Imagyst, a diagnostic platform that uses image recognition technology, algorithms, and cloud-based artificial intelligence (AI) to deliver accurate testing results to the clinic. With artificial intelligence-backed deep learning capabilities, Imagyst revolutionizes stool testing in visiting clinics by enabling veterinarians to quickly and accurately diagnose patients and treat them as needed. Such product launches will likely have a positive impact on segment growth.

Thus, owing to the abovementioned factors, the segment is expected to grow over the forecast period.

United Kingdom Veterinary Healthcare Market - Household Pet Population (in Millions), United Kingdom, 2021

Vaccines Segment is Expected to Witness Considerable Growth Over the Forecast Period

Vaccines comprise viruses, bacteria, or other disease-causing organisms that have been killed or altered so that they cannot cause any disease, thereby boosting immunity. New advanced vaccines contain genetically engineered components derived from those disease agents. This segment is expected to be driven by vaccine innovations, growing animal health awareness, increasing investments by government bodies and associations, and increasing cases of diseases among companion animals.

The key players' product launches are a significant driver for segment growth. For instance, in March 2022, Boehringer Ingelheim launched the Porcine parvovirus vaccine. ReproCyc ParvoFLEX offers safe and productive protection for healthy gilts and sows six months or older against reproductive failure caused by porcine parvovirus. Similarly, In April 2021, Boehringer Ingelheim launched PREVEXXION RN+HVT+IBD and PREVEXXION RN vaccines for Marek's disease in the UK and European Union countries. PREVEXXION RN+HVT+IBD is a unique, convenient, and high-performance solution combining PREVEXXION RN and VAXXITEK HVT+IBD in one ampoule.

Furthermore, in June 2020, the Federation of Veterinarians of Europe, in partnership with the European Union, announced that new legislation on veterinary medicines would be applicable in all EU countries from January 2022. Moreover, in May 2020, MSD Animal Health launched the NOBIVAC Myxo-RHD PLUS vaccine for pet rabbits in Europe. The vaccine reduces mortality and clinical signs of rabbits' three most common viral diseases. It is the first and only single-injection vaccine that helps to protect pet rabbits against the three most common and often fatal viral diseases affecting rabbits.

Therefore, such product launches by the key players in the UK are anticipated to create new opportunities for the market, thereby propelling the segment growth over the forecast period.

United Kingdom Veterinary Healthcare Market - Estimated Percentage (%) of Companion Animals Suffering from Osteoarthritis, United Kingdom, 2021

UK Veterinary Healthcare Industry Overview

The United Kingdom's veterinary healthcare market is fragmented and competitive and consists of several major players. Regarding market share, a few significant players currently dominating the market include Bayer AG, Boehringer Ingelheim, MSD Animal Health, Virbac Corporation, and Ceva Santé Animale, among others.

UK Veterinary Healthcare Market Leaders

  1. Boehringer Ingelheim

  2. MSD Animal Health

  3. Virbac Corporation

  4. Ceva Santé Animale

  5. Elanco

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

United Kingdom Veterinary Healthcare Market Summary

UK Veterinary Healthcare Market News

  • May 2022- TheraVet, a company focusing on the management of osteoarticular diseases in pets, signed an exclusive distribution agreement with Veterinary Instrumentation (Vi), an animal-health company, specializing in orthopedics & surgical instrumentation, for the distribution of BIOCERA-VET product line in the United Kingdom.
  • March 2022- Vimian Group acquired the veterinary allergy division of Avacta Animal Health in the UK to strengthen Vimian’s position within veterinary allergy diagnostics and treatments in the UK.

UK Veterinary Healthcare Market Report - Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definition

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Market Drivers

      1. 4.2.1 Advanced Technology Leading to Innovations in Animal Healthcare

      2. 4.2.2 Increasing Pet Ownership

      3. 4.2.3 Increasing Productivity at the Risk of Emerging Zoonosis

    3. 4.3 Market Restraints

      1. 4.3.1 Use of Counterfeit Medicines

      2. 4.3.2 Increasing Costs of Animal Testing and Veterinary Services

    4. 4.4 Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.4.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      2. 4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      3. 4.4.3 Threat of New Entrants

      4. 4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.4.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry

  5. 5. MARKET SEGMENTATION (Market Size by Value - in USD Millions)

    1. 5.1 By Product

      1. 5.1.1 Therapeutics

        1. Vaccines

        2. Parasiticides

        3. Anti-infectives

        4. Medical Feed Additives

        5. Other Therapeutics

      2. 5.1.2 Diagnostics

        1. Immunodiagnostic Tests

        2. Molecular Diagnostics

        3. Diagnostic Imaging

        4. Clinical Chemistry

        5. Other Diagnostics

    2. 5.2 By Animal Type

      1. 5.2.1 Dogs and Cats

      2. 5.2.2 Horses

      3. 5.2.3 Ruminants

      4. 5.2.4 Swine

      5. 5.2.5 Poultry

      6. 5.2.6 Other Animal Types


    1. 6.1 Company Profiles

      1. 6.1.1 Boehringer Ingelheim

      2. 6.1.2 Ceva Animal Health Inc.

      3. 6.1.3 Covetrus

      4. 6.1.4 ECO Animal Health

      5. 6.1.5 Elanco

      6. 6.1.6 KRKA UK Ltd

      7. 6.1.7 MSD Animal Health

      8. 6.1.8 TVM UK

      9. 6.1.9 Vetoquinol UK Limited

      10. 6.1.10 Virbac Corporation

      11. 6.1.11 Zoetis Animal Healthcare

    2. *List Not Exhaustive

**Subject to Availability
**Competitive Landscape covers- Business Overview, Financials, Products and Strategies and Recent Developments
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UK Veterinary Healthcare Market Research FAQs

The United Kingdom Veterinary Healthcare Market size is expected to reach USD 1,639.99 million in 2023 and grow at a CAGR of 6.94% to reach USD 2,293.73 million by 2028.

In 2023, the United Kingdom Veterinary Healthcare Market size is expected to reach USD 1,639.99 million.

Boehringer Ingelheim, MSD Animal Health, Virbac Corporation, Ceva Santé Animale and Elanco are the major companies operating in the United Kingdom Veterinary Healthcare Market.

UK Veterinary Healthcare Industry Report

Statistics for the 2023 UK Veterinary Healthcare market share, size and revenue growth rate, created by Mordor Intelligence™ Industry Reports. UK Veterinary Healthcare analysis includes a market forecast outlook to 2028 and historical overview. Get a sample of this industry analysis as a free report PDF download.

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