"Henry Schein's companion animal health distribution business is the largest in North America and our customers consistently rely on us for a comprehensive line of products and services, including a full range of veterinary diagnostics products such as instruments, consumables and rapid assays," said Lonnie Shoff, the Chief Executive Officer of Henry Schein's Global Animal Health and Strategic Partnership Group. "In addition, Henry Schein Animal Health's practice management software offers robust clinical integration features to connect with Abaxis diagnostic systems. We look forward to working with Abaxis to offer a comprehensive product portfolio for veterinary diagnostics, helping our customers to operate more efficient and profitable practices, so they can deliver the highest quality clinical care."
Commenting on today's announcement, Clint Severson, President and CEO of Abaxis, said, "Combining our point-of-care diagnostics with the capabilities and reach of Henry Schein Animal Health makes solid, strategic sense for both companies. We look forward to our suite of products being offered across the U.S. while upholding Henry Schein's commitment to quality, customer satisfaction and value."
About Henry Schein Animal Health, U.S.
Henry Schein Animal Health, based in Dublin, Ohio, is the leading companion animal health distribution company in the United States, and the U.S animal health business of Henry Schein, Inc. (NASDAQ:HSIC). The Company employs approximately 900 team members, including 300 field sales representatives and 200 telesales and customer support representatives. With 13 strategically located, state-of-the-art distribution facilities and 10 inside sales centers, the Company maintains a greater than a 99 percent order-fill ratio, accomplishing its mission of providing the right product at the right place and at the right time.
Henry Schein Animal Health partners with more than 480 channel suppliers to bring veterinarians the broadest selection of products to companion animal, equine and large animal practices including dentistry, diagnostics, diets, equipment and supplies, nutraceuticals, orthopedics, parasiticides, pharmaceuticals and more. In addition, the Company helps veterinarians grow their practice with its strategic Business Solutions including AVImark® and ImproMed® Practice Management Software, Henry Schein® Financial Services, Henry Schein® ProRepair®, HRVetResource, Intelligent Inventory®, Leadership Intelligence, MyVetDirect.com® Home Delivery, Opperman Manual, OSHA Compliance Solutions, Pet I.D. Cards, Privacy Edge Identify Theft Protection, Professional Development Program, SmartPak™, VetPressOnline Client Communications, Veterinary Instrumentation™, website development and more. For more information, visit www.henryscheinvet.com.
About Abaxis, Inc.
Abaxis develops, manufactures, markets and sells portable blood analysis systems for use in any veterinary or human patient-care setting to provide clinicians with rapid blood constituent measurements. The system consists of a compact, 5.1 kilogram (11.2 pounds), portable analyzer and a series of single-use plastic discs, called reagent discs that contain all the chemicals required to perform a panel of up to 13 tests on veterinary patients and 14 tests on human patients. The system can be operated with minimal training and performs multiple routine tests on whole blood, serum or plasma samples. The system provides test results in less than 12 minutes with the precision and accuracy equivalent to a clinical laboratory analyzer. The veterinary business also provides to the animal health and research market a line of hematology instruments for point-of-care complete blood counts (CBC), a specialty instrument to screen for and detect clotting disorders and to measure equine fibrinogen levels, a handheld instrument for the rapid assessment of certain critical care tests and rapid point-of-care tests for heartworm infections, Parvovirus, Giardia and Lyme disease. Abaxis, through its AVRL division, provides routine laboratory testing as well as specialty testing for veterinarians nationwide. For more information visit www.abaxis.com.
About Henry Schein, Inc.
Henry Schein, Inc. is the world's largest provider of health care products and services to office-based dental, animal health and medical practitioners. The Company also serves dental laboratories, government and institutional health care clinics, and other alternate care sites. A Fortune 500® Company and a member of the NASDAQ 100 Index, Henry Schein employs more than 17,000 Team Schein Members and serves more than 800,000 customers.
The Company offers a comprehensive selection of products and services, including value-added solutions for operating efficient practices and delivering high-quality care. Henry Schein operates through a centralized and automated distribution network, with a selection of more than 96,000 branded products and Henry Schein private-brand products in stock, as well as more than 110,000 additional products available as special-order items. The Company also offers its customers exclusive, innovative technology solutions, including practice management software and e-commerce solutions, as well as a broad range of financial services.
Headquartered in Melville, New York, Henry Schein has operations or affiliates in 28 countries. The Company's sales reached a record $9.6 billion in 2013, and have grown at a compound annual rate of approximately 16% since Henry Schein became a public company in 1995. For more information, visit the Henry Schein website at www.henryschein.com.
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