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Hans Guenther Dittrich is the new president of AnimalHealthEurope.

Hans-Guenther Dittrich of MSD Animal Health was appointed by the AnimalhealthEurope Board and General Assembly to head up the association for a two-year term. Dittrich follows in the footsteps of Wijnand de Bruijn of Dopharma who held the reins for the past two years.

Veterinarian

Dittrich is a veteran One Health practitioner. His career has seen him spend an almost equal number of years working first with the human pharmaceutical industry before moving to the animal health industry. Dittricht works for MSD for over thirty years now. His passion lies in innovations supporting animal health and welfare. He looks for developments that also facilitate use by the farmer, veterinarian or animal owner.

Pivotal moment

Commenting on his election Dittrich said: “I am truly honoured to take up the role of AnimalhealthEurope President at this pivotal moment for the animal health industry. Next year the new EU rules on veterinary medicines will be applied. This aims to boost innovations in the pharmaceutical and biological sphere. Meanwhile our industry is also at the forefront of a digital evolution advancing better animal health care.”

Changing world

 “We live in a changing world,” Dittrich continues. “Our industry stands ready to support changing needs through a wealth of innovative products, services and technologies. These are developed both for livestock, aquaculture and for pets. By better connecting animal health and gaining greater insights through data analysis we can ensure more holistic care for animals, people and planet.”

Dittrich will use his mandate to promote scientific advances behind healthier animals. “I will encourage a strong focus on fundamental research and development within a regulatory environment. That will enable the animal health industry to fulfil its purpose of providing solutions. Solutions that prevent and combat animal disease in an effective, cost-efficient and sustainable manner.”

Board members

Alongside Dittrich, AnimalhealthEurope’s Board appointed Dirk Wuyts of Vetoquinol treasurer for the two-year term. He will also be flanked by newly elected vice-president Dirk Ehle of Elanco. Jean-Louis Hunault from the French National Association, SIMV, was also elected as board member.

Also read: AnimalHealthEurope welcomes new EU rules animal medicines

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