On 15 January 2008, Ritchey plc acquired Animalcare Ltd. The enlarged group subsequently commenced trading on AIM under the name of Animalcare Group plc. During September 2010, the Group divested the agricultural businesses of Ritchey plc to focus solely on the veterinary operations of Animalcare Ltd.

Animalcare Ltd was established in 1988 as part of the York based veterinary supplies business Veterinary Drug Company plc (VDC plc). Animalcare was acquired by Genus plc during 1999 and subsequently sold to Ritchey plc in 2008.

Animalcare develops, markets and sells specialised products to veterinary surgeons and other veterinary professionals. Animalcare serves professionals in the UK but also markets its products directly in the Republic of Ireland and on a product by product basis through a network of distribution partners in key markets within Europe.