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04 April 2024

IBERZOO+PROPET was attended by 21,257 professionals who showed up to drive the success of the pet sector

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These figures consolidate the trade fair's position as an international benchmark in the pet industry sector. The event attracted more than 21,200 professionals, more than 240 exhibitors, and more than 900 attendees who enjoyed presentations, market innovations and trends.

The latest edition of IBERZOO+PROPET is over. This time, the trade fair welcomed more than 21,200 people, registering a 12% increase in visitor numbers compared to the previous edition. These data show that the sector is booming, as the sector turned out in force for the three-day event featuring the latest in pet care and welfare.

This fair, promoted by AMVAC, the Madrid Association of Pet Veterinarians, and AEDPAC, the Spanish Association of Pet Product Distributors, is already a benchmark on the Iberian Peninsula and a magnificent showcase of the international market. In addition to all the attractions at the exhibition, which featured 40 international companies, 10% of visitors to IB ERZOO+PROPET were from abroad, particularly Portugal, Italy, and France.

AMVAC and VetMadrid presented a summary of the situation in the sector

The pet sector is on a role, as was made evident by the data presented by AEDPAC and AMVAC. The first presentation was based on the AEDPAC report by HAMILTON, a Barometer of the pet parents' new habits and profiles in Spain, and addressed the way we care for and relate to our animals. Attendees heard interesting statistics such as the fact that 49% of households in Spain have pets, that eight out of ten look upon their pets as members of the family, and that 78% of people with pets say that they have always had a pet in the home.

On the other hand, the AMVAC sector report shows how the sector has grown. The animal sector currently generates 33,455 million euros to our country's economy, 5,770 million euros of which depends on small animals.  In terms of economic activity, veterinary clinics turned over 2.61 billion, which is up 8.2% compared to the previous report. In total, there are 10,252 small animal companies and 7,100 veterinary clinics, which provide 44,000 direct jobs (9.3% more than in the previous year).

Activities were another great attraction at the fair. Numerous proposals were available in the different conference spaces, such as activity workshops and styling and canine hairdressing demonstrations, to complement all the trade fair activities that took place in Hall 10 of IFEMA MADRID.

Pet sector professionals learned about the well-being and pet health in the Aula Veterinaria; there were presentations on fish keeping, talks and demonstrations about trends on the Canine Styling Stage, and analysis and debate about the situation of the sector at the VI AEDPAC Forum; all with current topics of interest to the sector. The digestive system and nutrition were on the agenda at the 41st VetMadrid Congress. In addition, the two-day Artero Conference was a valuable Dog Grooming and Styling show. During the event, the award for "Best Revelation Salon" went to Ana Frac and the Best National Stylist was won by Ruben Gonzalez; Dongseok Yoo won the title of Best International Stylist, while Fran Manuel accepted the Best Social Media Stylist award.

The Iberzoo+Propet awards were handed out at the Sector Afternoon.

Among the activities held during the Sector Afternoon - an event for sharing information about the pet industry - was the handing out of the Iberzoo+Propet awards. These awards recognise individuals, companies and institutions that have given outstanding support to pets. The Professional Career in the Veterinary Field award was handed to Cristina Fragio, and Isaac Parés Grau won the award for the best Professional career in the professional field from Gosbi Pet Food. Zootécnica Jerezana accepted the award to the Best Retailer in Spain; the award for Professional Career in the Field of Animal Protection was awarded to the NGO Los Cuatro de la Empanadilla; and the prize for the initiative that enhanced coexistence with pets in the city went to the Ministry of Family, Youth and Social Policy of the Community of Madrid for the Assisted Therapies with Animals (TAA) campaign. Last but not least, the Impulse Award went to José Luis Barrera Morales from Petbiotics Vetcare and the José Zúñiga Award, AMVAC Solidario, was won by the NGO Alas Gambia.