Suffolk based NEMSA Sponsor Animax has been voted the Trade Supplier of the Year, for the UK animal health industry at an awards event in London.

Animax specialises in the research, development and manufacture of effective animal health products and is the market leader in trace element supplementation for livestock. They are best known for their range of leaching boluses which are sold internationally and marketed in the UK under the Tracesure® brand.

This prestigious award, one of the top business awards in the industry, is part of the National SQP Awards, organised by Over the Counter magazine in conjunction with AMTRA and AHDA. (SQP’s, or Suitably Qualified Person’s are able to prescribe veterinary medicines).

Animax was voted for by readers of Over The Counter magazine, including animal health shop staff and SQP’s who work in merchants shops, vet practices, equine shops, pet shops and pet superstores from right across the UK. Animax was voted the winner for ‘’demonstrating how they live and breathe the trade, for marketing products with enthusiasm and for having excellent product knowledge, providing the necessary support through buyers and SQPs in order to advise and inform farmers.’’

The company saw off formidable competition from the other shortlisted and much larger companies – Bimeda, Ceva Animal Health, Elanco, Merial Animal Health, Norbrook, Trilanco and Zoetis.

Marketing director Carolyn Holland commented: ‘‘We are absolutely thrilled to have been given this award. SQP’s and the many people who work in animal heath do such an important and difficult job, providing expert and technical advice to farmers and having to know about a huge range of conditions and products. Our team try to give the right support and we are always reviewing what is needed.’’

Carolyn continued: “We are so impressed by the standard and the knowledge the SQP’s have. This year we were delighted to sponsor the Newly Qualified SQP of the Year. This important award was won by Megan Thomas from Carrs Billington, Settle, North Yorkshire. Her application was really outstanding. Samantha Mitchell from Mole Valley Farmers, Holsworthy, Devon, was the well-deserved runner up. We wish them both all the very best for the future.’’