Vets Invited To ‘Cannabis For Pets’ Education Event


– Ginger cat with Best Life.

the development of some of the world’s first clinically
trialled and registered cannabis medicines for pets, Hale
Animal Health is inviting the country’s vets to take a
tour of New Zealand’s largest medicinal cannabis

Part-owned by medicinal cannabis company,
Helius Therapeutics, Hale Animal Health is set to host
veterinarians at its joint headquarters. Those in attendance
will hear more about the future of cannabidiol-based (CBD)
products for New Zealand’s pets as well as first-hand
international insights.

An update will be provided on
the extensive R&D work now underway in the quest for
Hale’s CBD veterinary-prescribed medicines to achieve
approval by the country’s regulator, ACVM (Agricultural
Compounds and Veterinary Medicines).

In anticipation
of bringing these medicines to market, Hale has secured a
keynote speaker with extensive knowledge and experience in
‘cannabis for pets’ to kick off the education process
for New Zealand’s vet industry. The evening will also see
Hale launch its latest natural supplements range for cats
and dogs, Best Life.

“The veterinarians will get an
exclusive VIP tour of Helius’ massive 8,800sqm
state-of-the-art indoor facility and hear from a US-based
vet experienced in treating pets with cannabis. It will be a
fascinating night and I suspect a first for our country’s
vets,” says Leila de Koster, Managing Director of Hale
Animal Health.

Founder and Director of Veterinary
Cannabis Education and Consulting, Dr Casara Andre will
present via videoconference from Denver, Colorado. The
evening will kick off at 6.30pm on Tuesday, 29 June at
Helius in East Tamaki, Auckland.

Vets interested in
attending can enquire via email:

evening will also see Helius Therapeutics Chief Executive,
Carmen Doran, speak on New Zealand’s emerging cannabis
industry and her company’s partnership with

“Our shared goal of delivering cannabis
therapeutics and medicines will be a game-changer for many
Kiwi pet owners. While it’s a novel concept here, the
sector is enjoying rapid growth globally. Hence, Hale’s
work with Helius to obtain one of the world’s first
official registrations of CBD prescription products for pets
is incredibly exciting,” says Ms Doran.

Hale and
Helius’ development of CBD clinically proven products,
that vets can prescribe with confidence, is a good fit. The
executive leadership team at Helius boasts considerable
animal health talent and experience, with Hale’s CBD
product development and delivery for pets enabled by the
country’s Medicinal Cannabis Scheme.

Ms de Koster
says obtaining registration for approved medicinal cannabis
products for pets requires considerable data and clinical
trials over the next couple of years.

“CBD is highly
effective for treating the likes of pain and inflammation in
humans, and it’s no different for animals. Overseas it’s
used with great effect to treat the likes of pets’
anxiety, stress, nausea, skin conditions, arthritis, and
seizures,” says Ms de Koster.

She says it’s
important to start informing the country’s vets now as to
what’s coming down the track. Veterinarian knowledge, and
gaining their confidence, is key to ensuring desperate
owners can one day access CBD products to alleviate their
pets’ pain and suffering naturally.

research and development will also fill an international
void of clinical information, with the efficacy of CBD
products for pets about to become a lot clearer.

the meantime, Hale has been busy supplying its Vitality Plus
natural liquid supplements to various New Zealand vet
clinics and pet specialty shops, including in PETstock

Ms de Koster says Hale’s first range has
quickly garnered support from the country’s cats and dogs.
Owners too have got behind the local brand, with many keen
to back the Kiwi company that will deliver CBD products to
help their much-loved furry friends.

Soon, Hale will
roll out its Best Life range which includes supplements,
full of nutrients and superfoods. First to be released are
products tailored specifically for adult and senior cats and
dogs, with supplements for puppies, kittens, and active dogs
to follow.

The Best Life range is a blend of premium
oils including kiwifruit seed oil and New Zealand green
shelled mussel as well as things like prebiotics for gut
health and immunity, milk thistle to support liver function
and cranberry to reduce bad bacteria in the urinary tract
and teeth – just to name a few.

“We’re delighted
with the early success of Vitality Plus and that the first
round of our Best Life range will soon be available. The
biggest day, however, will be when Hale invites the
country’s vets back for the launch of our world leading
medicinal cannabis products for pets,” says Leila de

– Auckland

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