In a bid to strengthen the effort of the Veterinary Osteoarthritis Alliance in achieving their goal for improved welfare for osteoarthritic patients; they have announced the strategic partnerships with industry leaders Animalcare UK Ltd and Vetoquinol UK Ltd.


Animalcare UK and Vetoquinol UK have become the first industry partners of the Veterinary Osteoarthritis Alliance (VOA). Their support and involvement add another level of cooperation for the alliance. This collaboration marks an exciting venture where the combined expertise will tackle challenges, push boundaries, and deliver additional value to VOA members.

Industry has and always will have an important role in the improvement of disease management. Greg McGarrell, CEO of Nupsala and Director of the VOA managing Industry relations says “Industry Members bring a wealth of resources to the Alliance. Industry is at the forefront of innovation, research and development in the field of Osteoarthritis. Augmenting current ways of treating Osteoarthritis with new developments or improved knowledge and application of current ways is critical to achieving the aim of the VOA.”

Animalcare will join the Alliance as Gold Level members, following their support of the VOACON in 2023. Colin Capner, Senior Veterinary Manager at Animalcare, said: “We recognise the multifaceted nature of osteoarthritis, and are pleased to partner with VOA. We share the view that the whole of the veterinary and allied professions will be important in finding optimal outcomes for affected animals”.

The primary effort and purpose of the VOA is the creation of a platform to advance the management of osteoarthritis by developing theoretical and practical training opportunities, by providing access to the latest research, evidence and technologies and by the facilitation of a multi-professional collaboration to address and improve the results of disease management.

VOACON 2024, the annual conference for the VOA ( will host the first Industry Member workshop where all industry partners come together to discuss topics affecting industry and the veterinary profession in a bid to collaborate and improve patient welfare. A level of collaboration never seen before and brought together through the VOA.


The Veterinary Osteoarthritis Alliance, founded in 2016 by Professor Stuart Carmichael and Greg McGarrell.


The VOA supports education of veterinary surgeons, veterinary nurses and paraprofessionals working with osteoarthritic patients through individual pathway to the Blue Paw award or Practice Accreditation. Both awards demonstrate knowledge assimilation and application.


VOACON the annual conference for the VOA is on the 22nd and 23rd May 2024 at the Grand Hotel Leicester.