The Kansas City Animal Health Corridor (KCAHC) hosted its 4th Annual Homecoming event August 31st in Kansas City. Mo. It was estimated that more than 750 people attended the event which included leaders in the animal health industry, representatives from veterinary schools, legislators and affiliated organizations.

This year’s event had three highlights, the first of which was the unveiling of a new book, The U.S. Animal Health Industry: Its Pioneers an their legacy of innovation. The hardcover book was produced by Brakke Consulting and published by Advanstar, and covers the history of the animal health industry from its earliest days of fighting hog cholera to today’s mergers (for more information, click here). It’s a gorgeous book and has some really neat examples of animal health product advertising from decades ago, as well as quotes and commentaries from scores of leaders in the business. I was excited to see my dad Bruce acknowledged as being one in a group who provided input for this book as he has spent many years in industry.

Iron Paw to Fintan Molloy
The second highlight was KCAHC’s Iron Paw award given to Fintan Molloy, who has had a distinguished career in animal health for more than 40 years. In April, he retired as president and CEO of Teva Animal Health Inc.

Each year, the KC Animal Health Corridor honors a leader in the Kansas City animal health industry with the Iron Paw Award. The award recipient is selected by industry peers because he/her has positively impacted the growth and future of the global animal health industry.

What was fun about Molloy receiving the award was the presence of his five adult sons on stage with him, and some stories that one of his sons told about his dad. Molloy absolutely deserved this award and was entertaining in his own right.

Iron Paw honoree Fintan Molloy (center) surrounded by his five sons

Marley & Me author
The third treat of the evening was listening to keynote speaker John Grogan, former columnist and author of the No. 1 national best-selling book Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World’s Worst Dog which was recently made into a movie starring Jennifer Aniston. Grogan followed last year’s celebrity speaker Cesar Milan, celebrity dog trainer and star of the TV show The Dog Whisperer.

These speakers talking about the human-pet bond have been great. However, with as much as the Kansas City Animal Health Corridor promotes its great ties with agriculture and being located in the center of livestock production, some of us would sure love to see our food animal connections highlighted at one of these conferences in a keynote fashion as well. Baxter Black, anyone?

 Find out more about the Kansas City Animal Health Corridor here.