MSD Animal Health acquired Vaki, a fish farming and wild fish conservation monitoring equipment and real-time video monitoring technology to advance fish health and welfare, from Pentair.
The announcement further positions MSD Animal Health as a global leader in broadening its aquaculture portfolio by expanding into complementary fish farming and conservation areas to generate outcomes with precision farming and fish welfare solutions, which complement its existing portfolio of vaccines and pharmaceuticals. Vaki will be a leading brand under the Biomark business within MSD Animal Health, focused on a range of equipment, products and technology for fish counting and size estimation from freshwater to saltwater rearing, while collecting data and analytics for each stage of fish production.
“Animal health intelligence and enhanced technology play an increasingly important role in animal health and care, providing access to real-time actionable data and insights to help, improve or enhance animal management and health outcomes,” said Rick DeLuca, president at MSD Animal Health. “We continue to execute upon our strategy to expand and add breadth to our portfolio and its technology. We are at the technological forefront of shaping the future of animal health through our commitment to leveraging our scientific capabilities and expertise through comprehensive solutions to manage the health and well-being of animals. We are excited to take this step forward with Vaki, as we add leading technology and services, which extend the range of solutions in aquaculture we can provide to our customers.”
Biomark specializes in electronic identification technology used in fisheries, wildlife and aquaculture research, including product sales, custom manufacturing, installation and extensive data management and analysis. Vaki will be joining Biomark to become the leading provider of aquaculture technology, products and solutions. The combined power of both companies brings together leading technology and services that allow access to real-time, actionable data and insights to help, improve or enhance animal management and health outcomes.
In April 2019, MSD Animal Health announced the completion of its acquisition of Antelliq Corporation and its brands, Allflex Livestock Intelligence, Sure Petcare and Biomark, as leaders in emerging digital technology with animal identification, animal monitoring and smart data management for Livestock and Companion Animals. In March 2019, MSD Animal Health acquired Scan Aqua AS, a fish health and fish welfare company based in Norway, focused on key aquaculture products.