Our Process

Bova UK is a Specials Manufacturer dedicated to the veterinary market and is regulated by the Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD).

Bova UK currently serves the equine, small animal (dog and cat), and exotic markets with its ever-expanding formulation portfolio.

The company is the first in the UK to hold a Manufacturer Specials (ManSA) Authorisation  to manufacture sterile and non-sterile products and can be used in compliance with the:

Section 4.15 of the RCVS Code of Professional Conduct states: ‘If there is no suitable authorised veterinary medicinal product in the UK for a condition in a particular species, a veterinary surgeon may, in particular, to avoid unacceptable suffering, treat the animal in accordance with the ‘Cascade’.

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Various dosage forms are available for veterinarians and their patients, including:

  • Oral pastes
  • Oral suspensions and solutions
  • Transdermal creams
  • Thermo-reversible gel
  • Synthetic flavouring (no animal protein)
  • pH friendly formulations
  • Sterile injectable
  • Ophthalmic preparations
  • Chemotherapy & cytotoxic agents
  • Tablets
  • Capsules
  • Products no longer on the market

The Synthetic Flavourings used at Bova UK do not contain animal protein and will increase in choice as the business grows. The flavours available, which are widely popular, include:

  • Molasses
  • Chicken
  • Grilled chicken
  • Roast chicken
  • Cheese
  • Beef
  • Liver
  • Bacon
  • Honeycomb
  • Tuna

Due to advertising restrictions and GDPR, Bova UK cannot advertise its formulations and can only discuss formulations with registered veterinarians. For this reason, customers are encouraged to register their Communication Preferences and connect to Bova UK page on LinkedIn and Facebook for updates on sponsored events, webinars, and other activities:

The well-established quality culture ensures that the business remains compliant with current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) and Good laboratory practices (GLP) as per the European Medicine Standards.

All raw materials and finished products are tested against set standards as per ICH guidelines. Bova UK is due to open its newly built analytical laboratories to perform stability studies on new & existing products to monitor and improve product quality and patient safety.

The high-tech equipment used in Bova UK laboratories include:

  • Ultra-High-Performance liquid chromatography (UPLC)
  • High-Performance liquid chromatography (HPLC)
  • Fourier-Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR)
  • Stability Chambers for real-time and accelerated stability studies
  • Fumigation Chambers
  • Karl Fisher testing units

Bova (global) heavily invests in R&D through Luoda Pharma, a virtual biopharmaceutical company that is closely aligned with Bova (global),  which Nicholas Bova co-founded.

Specials Manufacturing is also referred to as compounding, extemporaneous preparations, and unlicensed medications, depending on the country and standards adhered to. Bova UK is one of few VMD authorised manufacturing facilities, and the only authorised by the VMD to manufacturer sterile and non-sterile Specials in the UK for the veterinary market.

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Quality Assurance

  • Daily temperature and humidity monitoring and documenting
  • Daily refrigerator monitoring and documenting
  • Daily calibration of analytical balances
  • Chemical weight verified
  • Daily calibration of pH meter
  • Ongoing training, testing and evaluation of aseptic personnel
  • Scheduled certification of sterile environment
  • Monthly independent lab testing of air and surface samples for the cleanrooms
  • Cleanrooms tested by certified personnel, complying with EU GMP requirements
  • Continuous cleaning of compounding environments by qualified and approved 3rd party technicians
  • Qualifications of manufacturing equipment and validations of all manufacturing processes
  • Finished product testing to ensure chemical stability and microbial limits are met
  • Chemicals obtained from approved suppliers
  • Regulated storage of raw materials