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Covington’s animal food and drug practice dates back to the 1960s, and our most senior lawyer specializing in this area holds a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine (DVM). Ours is the preeminent regulatory practice relating to veterinary pharmaceuticals and biological products, animal feed, and pet food, and we act as food and drug regulatory counsel to most major animal health companies, as well as to manufacturers of animal feeds or feed ingredients.

Our lawyers advise both large and small clients on all aspects of veterinary pharmaceutical and biologics regulation, manufacture, approval, marketing, importation and exportation. We routinely advise feed and feed ingredient manufacturers on the complex, state-centric regulation of animal feeds, supplements, and pet food in the United States, and our colleagues in our London and Brussels offices advise clients on the corresponding areas in Europe. We also routinely defend companies in enforcement actions brought by FDA, USDA, and the states.

Our lawyers advise clients, including human pharmaceutical companies, on FDA and USDA import and export issues for animal-based products and ingredients, and we have advised clients for a number of years on compliance with the Animal Welfare Act and its regulations governing animal research.