About Elanco

Food and companionship enriching lives


At Elanco, we provide those who raise and care for animals with solutions that empower them to advance a vision of food and companionship enriching life.

We understand the powerful role healthy animals play in making lives better. As pets increasingly become important parts of our families, so too does the need to help them live longer, healthier, higher-quality lives. As the global population grows, so too will the need to meet the demand for safe, affordable food for all.

Since our start at Eli Lilly and Company in 1954, Elanco has been working to empower our customers—from veterinarians to food producers to all those concerned with animal health—to address these global challenges, and advance a vision of food and companionship enriching life. We strive to develop and deliver products safe for consumers, animals and the environment through innovation and a shared vision to enrich the life of people worldwide.

Mission and Vision

Our Mission: We provide those who raise and care for animals with a comprehensive set of animal health products and knowledge services that empower them to address the global challenges of a diverse and changing world.

Our Vision: Food and Companionship Enriching Life


We are proud of our heritage of close customer relationships, scientific rigor and quality products, from the development of the first antibiotic for veterinary use in 1953 to today’s treatments that address the health needs of our pets. At the same time, we are humbled by the global challenges ahead and we will remain true to our heritage and our values to provide needed solutions in the field of animal health.

Elanco has helped shape the lives of animals and their human companions for more than half a century. Explore the timeline below to learn more.

  • 1953: Eli Lilly and Company introduces the first antibiotic exclusively for veterinary use
  • 1954: New plant and animal science activities are organized and combined into Lilly’s Agricultural and Industrial Sales Division
  • 1960: The Agricultural and Industrial Sales Division is reorganized, and Elanco Products Company is launched
  • 1970s: Elanco introduces new tools to improve feed efficiency and prevent and control disease, while expanding international operations to include 38 global affiliates and 17 manufacturing plants
  • 1980s: R&D begins to shift away from plant science and towards animal health, with a focus on increasing food quality while reducing production costs
  • 1990s: Elanco Products Company is renamed Elanco Animal Health and focuses solely on producing animal health products
  • 2002: Elanco acquires two livestock vaccine companies
  • 2007: Elanco launches its companion animal business, bringing first-in-class parasiticides technology, and acquires its longtime partner, Ivy Animal Health
  • 2008: Elanco establishes a partnership with Heifer International to help address the need for safe, affordable, abundant food in developing countries. Additionally, Elanco makes acquisition to expand its presence in the dairy industry.
  • 2009: Elanco Knowledge Solutions begins providing timely information to help customers make data-driven decisions through analytics and consultation
  • 2011: Elanco commits to end hunger for 100,000 families globally through a partnership with Heifer International, and expands its European presence through the acquisition of Janssen Animal Health
  • 2012: Elanco expands its focus on emerging tools like enzymes to unlock nutrients inaccessible in the diets of food animals through acquisition of ChemGen
  • 2013: Elanco expands its vaccine offerings, and enhances its analytics capabilities with the acquisition of AgriStats
  • 2014: Elanco acquires both Lohmann Animal Health, increasing its poultry and vaccine capabilities, and Novartis Animal Health, increasing its companion animal, livestock, vaccine and aquaculture offerings
  • 2016