DVM News Poll: The competitive landscape

Aug 01, 2009
By dvm360.com staff

LOS ANGELES — VCA Antech Inc. acquired Eklin Medical Systems Inc., a seller of digital radiology, ultrasound and practice-management software systems, making the merged companies the largest supplier of diagnostic imaging equipment to the veterinary market.

VCA Antech acquired Sound Technologies in October 2004.

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"We are combining the two leading providers of digital imaging in the veterinary market, Sound Technologies and Eklin," says Bob Antin, chairman and CEO of VCA Antech. "In addition to the strength of Sound Technologies product line, Eklin also has an outstanding reputation and a product line with strength in all sectors, particularly the equine market. Combining the two companies' technologies and senior management teams establishes us as the industry leader."

Gary R. Cantu, chairman and CEO of Eklin, is stepping down from his post.

VCA Antech owns more than 475 veterinary hospitals, which employ more than 2,000 veterinarians. In addition, the company supplies diagnostic imaging equipment to the veterinary industry through the Sound Technologies division.