Henry Schein Animal Health Acquires Majority in SmartPak

SmartPak’s Board of Directors has approved a majority investment in the company by Henry Schein Animal Health. Henry Schein is joined in the investment by Oak Hill Capital Partners, a private equity firm with experience in the animal health market, with the rest of ownership remaining with the SmartPak management team.

SmartPak is one of the largest retailer of equestrian products in the United States, and Henry Schein Animal Health is a leading distributor for small and large animal veterinary practices.

“As someone who has spent most of his life serving veterinary professionals, I am very excited to welcome SmartPak to Henry Schein Animal Health,” said Kevin Vasquez, chairman, president, and CEO of Henry Schein.

“Building SmartPak over the past 14 years has been a passion for the entire SmartPak team, so choosing the right partner was a critical decision for us,” said Paal Gisholt, SmartPak’s president and CEO, who will be staying on with the company in his current role. “We decided to partner with Henry Schein Animal Health because of its focus on providing the best products and services for delivering the highest level of quality clinical care to animals.

“We recognize the essential role of the veterinarian in enhancing the health of horses, and have designed our programs to complement the care that horses require from equine veterinarians,” he continued. 

“SmartPak was built on a foundation of putting horses’ health first, and that won’t ever change,” Gisholt concluded. “I’m excited by the possibilities that this transaction brings for the future. We will continue to deliver the exceptional service that horse owners have come to expect from us and we’ll always stay true to our core values and mission of powering healthy horses and happy riders.”

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