About Royal GD


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Since its foundation in 1919 when Dutch farmers and dairy organisations joined forces to combat animal diseases, Royal GD has focused on animal health. Today we still work with the same passion, for the same goal, backed by a century of experience.

GD is a leading organisation in animal health and animal production. With our state-of-the-art veterinary laboratories and research facilities and with our veterinary knowledge and expertise we support our customers worldwide. Customers come to us for high quality and independent consultancy, contract research and animal health programmes.

Good health is in the interests of animals and contributes to sustainable farming. This meets the goals of a society that wants environmentally friendly food that is safe and healthy. At GD we have the knowledge and passion to support these goals.

An age-old passion

The Frisian veterinarian Johannes Plet often visits farmers at the farm, where at that time a third suffers from bovine tuberculosis. Determined to protect their animals and children, cattle breeders join forces in 1919 and the first Animal Health Service is a fact.

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GD statistics*

  • €80 million in 2020
  • almost 5 million lab analyses annually
  • approximately 500 employees
  • 90 researchers and specialised veterinarians

*Consolidated results

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