Vetoquinol has been building its history for over 80 years, from the dispensary of the founding pharmacist to a direct presence in 23 countries, serving vets from all over the world.
Vetoquinol, a captivating story
It all began in 1933 within a pharmacy in the town of Lure, in north-eastern France. Joseph Frechin merged his dispensary with a business manufacturing pharmaceutical specialities for people under the name "Laboratoires biochimiques de l'Est".
He had the intuition of an entrepreneur and started using the antiseptic properties of oxyquinoline to treat animals.
The remedy, baptised Vétoquinol, quickly made a name for itself, and Joseph Frechin added a veterinary department to his laboratory. By 1970, to the immense satisfaction of veterinarians, the catalogue included over 250 products.
Vetoquinol, an international dimension
Since then, Vetoquinol has continued to develop and to offer medicines and innovative solutions to its clients. Our desire to grow and expand internationally enabled us to generate, from the 1980s onwards, 20% of our revenues outside France.
Vetoquinol created its first subsidiaries in the Netherlands, Ireland and Belgium. In 2004, we set up in China, then in 2009 in India with the creation of a new subsidiary, followed by another in Brazil in 2011. Thanks to the acquisition of Bioniche Animal Health in 2014, Vetoquinol is now directly present in Australia.
In 2006, stock market flotation allowed the group to increase its international profile, and this has become a real asset.
Today, with a direct presence in 23 countries, in Europe, North and South America and the Asia-Pacific region, with 2500 employees and with almost 100 distributors, we have built a global network which allows us to be close to our clients all over the world.
The Vetoquinol story, by Étienne Frechin
Etienne Frechin, president of the group, traces the history of Vetoquinol since its creation in 1933.
Key milestones over 80 years of history