Veterinary Nutraceuticals and Veterinary Supplements

veterinary nutraceuticals and veterinary supplementsThe veterinary nutritional supplement and nutraceutical market consists of products similar to the human nutraceutical market, including dietary supplements. This market was estimated to exceed $500 million in sales in the US in 2016. Veterinary nutraceuticals fall under the purview of the Food and Drug Administration – Center for Veterinary Biologics, and are not recognized as a separate class of product. These products are regulated under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA). However, veterinary dietary supplements are not subject to the Dietary Supplement and Health Education Act (DSHEA). One valuable resource is the National Animal Supplement Council, which can assist companies on the various aspects of the veterinary nutritional supplement market for veterinary and animal health applications.

Labeling of veterinary nutraceuticals and supplements is important, and should be consistent with veterinary nutraceutical guidelines for labeling. Labeling should include the:

  • Brand Name and Product Name
  • Purpose Statement
  • Guaranteed Analysis
  • List of Ingredients
  • Directions for Use
  • Warning and/or Caution Statements
  • Manufacturer’s Name and Address
  • Quantity Statement

Joint supplements (glucosamine, chondroitin, etc.)
Skin supplements (fatty acids, etc.)
Immune supplements
Colostrum products