Stable Epidemiological Factors Ground U.S. Food Animal Diagnostics Market

Stable Epidemiological Factors Ground U.S. Food Animal Diagnostics Market

Recent market entrants and product introductions to U.S. veterinary diagnostics have predominated in the companion animal or pet segment. Since 2012, new market players for animal disease test kits in the United States - Biogal/Galed Laboratories, Princeton BioMeditech, and InBios - have launched approved tests for canine distemper, canine heartworm, and West Nile virus. Overall, nearly half of the infectious disease tests introduced between 2012 and 2014 in the United States were for companion animal diseases, disproportionate to the significantly wider portfolio of livestock disease tests. Companion animal diagnostics continues to represent the more attractive market opportunity and segment in veterinary diagnostics.

The United States has not supported as robust a food animal diagnostics market as Europe, where several disease eradication programs boosted livestock testing in the past decade. In the review of new products introduced to the U.S. veterinary diagnostics market between 2012 and 2014, Kalorama Information found 14 livestock infectious disease tests delisted (as part of portfolio management or company withdrawal from the market) and 9 introduced (in most cases with competitive tests already on the market). Three of the delisted tests were from vendors still offering another test product for the same target disease. The near equal rates of product addition and attrition indicate a largely static market for U.S. livestock infectious disease diagnostics. Market growth is predicated upon disease outbreaks and management; the United States has seen no recent, market-significant outbreaks and active disease eradication programs have focused overwhelmingly on industry practices and vaccination.

While the timing and nature of zoonotic and livestock disease outbreaks cannot be predicted, developing countries’ implementation of disease control and eradication programs can be expected to drive global demand for food animal diagnostics. The penetration of rapid molecular diagnostic test kits for veterinary infectious diseases also represents another factor improving the value of the global food animal diagnostics market.