Veterinary Pharmaceutical Solutions (VPS), St. Peter, MN has announced the hiring of Dean Warras as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Warras is an accomplished international and domestic leader in the animal health and nutrition industry. He has managed several businesses and high-level B2B partnerships across a variety of products, segments and markets.
A longtime executive at Phibro Animal Health, Teaneck, NJ, most recently Warras was Senior Vice President, Strategic Alliances, where he was responsible for global manufacturing alliances and corporate B2B projects. Earlier, he served as President, Animal Health & Nutrition North America from 2016 to 2019. And from 2006 until 2016 he was President of the Prince Agri Products, Inc. subsidiary in Quincy, IL.
Warras comes to VPS with an eye on growth. He said, “We will expand the footprint of the business by leveraging the company’s long-proven technologies, knowhow and the outstanding VPS team to create new products and services for additional livestock and/or companion animal segments beyond the traditional swine focus.”
Veterinary Pharmaceutical Solutions has a strong track record of collaborating with veterinarians in the livestock industry allowing the company to develop a series of exclusive and patented products for the novel delivery of antibiotics, minerals and pain medications. Today, VPS is known throughout the industry for its innovation, reliability and service, along with the highest quality compounded pharmaceutical products.
Warras will replace outgoing CEO and co-founder, Bill Soderlund, who as part of the company’s succession plan will transition to a new role in the organization. As CEO, Soderlund led VPS through the successful development and launch of its suite of proprietary products and oversaw the Company’s steady growth and profitability. With Warras’ addition, Bill comments, “It has been an honor to serve as the CEO of VPS. I am proud of the accomplishments the company has achieved and moving forward I look forward to serving VPS in a new position and supporting Dean to achieve the company’s next phase of growth.”
Veterinary Pharmaceutical Solutions is a Minnesota-based licensed pharmacy that provides animal health products and services to the veterinary community. VPS was established in the mid-1990s as VetRx Pharmacy by Dr. Bill Soderlund Jr., PharmD, his brother Pat Soderlund, RPh, Mike Strobel, DVM and Mark Werner, DVM. With four generations of pharmacy experience in their backgrounds, the founders identified a need in the swine industry for a compounding pharmacy dedicated to animal health.