From 1 January 2021 we are changing the way MSD Animal Health products are distributed in Great Britain, opting to engage more directly with our customers. To date, MSD Animal Health products have been supplied to customers through a network of wholesalers.
Under the new model MSD Animal Health will partner with MWI Animal Health (MWI) and National Veterinary Services Limited (NVS) to provide ordering and distributions services for our ruminant, companion animal, equine and trout products.
Pig products will join Aquaculture and Poultry products to be supplied directly to customers by MSD Animal Health.
Why is MSD Animal Health making this change?
We want to be closer to our customers. We believe through closer commercial relationships, improved inventory management and increased agility, we can better serve your needs. Together we will remain focused on optimising the health and well-being of animals.
In order to do this, we have decided to create next generation partnerships with two selected distribution partners, MWI and NVS. This new model will help improve inventory control and price transparency for our customers.
What is the timeframe for change?
The changes will come into effect from 1 January 2021.
What are the benefits for customers?
A closer working relationship with a dedicated animal health partner, improved inventory planning and control and improved price visibility.
How will I order MSD Animal Health products from 1 January 2021?
Ruminant, companion animal, equine and trout products will be ordered from one of our distribution partners, MWI Animal Health (MWI) and National Veterinary Services Limited (NVS).
Pig, Poultry and Aquaculture (excl trout) customers will order via the MSD Animal Health e-shop.
Will this be rolled out in other countries?
At this time, this change in the distribution model only concerns our customers in Great Britain.
Distribution Partner Selection
Which distribution partner should I work with?
You can choose to create an account with either MWI or NVS for the ordering and delivery of your MSD Animal Health Products.
What happens if I don’t want to change wholesaler?
Practices are not required to change or move their whole business to our distribution partners. However, in order to continue purchasing MSD Animal Health products, customers will need an account with one of our distribution partners (MWI and NVS).
Account set up, Payments and Invoicing
How do I set up an account?
It’s easy to set up your account. Please complete the account set up form your Account Manager provided, or you can download it here.
What is the payment set up process?
You can set up a direct debit or make payment via bank transfer.
How do I set up a direct debit?
Please complete the direct debit instruction on the account set up form provided by your MSD Animal Health Account Manager. You can also download it here.
What are my payment terms?
Payment terms will be end of the month plus 30 days.
How will I see my invoice?
An invoice for each order placed will be sent via email to your designated email address. At the end of each month a summary statement will be provided which totals all invoices from that month. Invoices will also be added into Evolve.
Price, discounts and rebates
How will this new distribution model affect my wholesaler rebate?
MSD Animal Health is introducing a Partner Discount - rewarding customers for your partnership with MSD Animal Health. The Partner Discount is a system calculated discount and is reviewed every quarter. The details of the scheme will be available to customers on the eVolve customer website.
Do I need to renegotiate my terms with MSD Animal Health?
No, you will not need to renegotiate terms with MSD Animal Health. We will provide our customers with a true net invoice. eVolve product discounts will remain the same. The Partner Discount, which will also be visible on your invoice, will be new and system calculated.
How can I compare your price versus your competitors?
MSD Animal Health will provide improved price visibility on the invoice. This will include eVolve product discounts and the new MSD Animal Health Partner Discount on the invoice. Customers will have these details available to them to do their analysis on prices.
Do I still need to use eVolve?
Yes, you will still need to use eVolve to access your full price lists, invoices and historic eVolve statements.
How will my rebate be affected?
Customers will now pay a net invoice including the eVolve Product Discount and Partner Discount. Rebates are no longer applicable as customers receive a true net invoice.
How will we ensure pricing visibility?
For independent, corporate and direct buying group customers, you can see your price through the eVolve customer website.
For central buying group members - you can see your price through the buying group site.
How will MSD Animal Health ensure there is enough stock in the market?
MSD Animal Health will now have full control and oversight of stock held with our distribution partners and in our own warehouses. This increased transparency will provide better awareness of in market demand and allow for improved demand planning.
What will be the impact of Brexit?
MSD Animal Health has robust plans in place to prepare for Brexit. For more specific information please refer to the Brexit statement on our website at msd-animal-health.co.uk.
Will distribution partners hold any stock?
All stock at our distribution partners will be owned by MSD Animal Health.
Who do I speak to if there is a problem?
For order and delivery queries your first contact should be your distribution partner.
For pricing or invoice queries you can contact your MSD Animal Health Account Manager or MSD Animal Health customer services, Tel: 01908 685 685 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.