Our commitments to the beekeeping industry
At Véto-pharma, we are convinced that a company grows not only through results. But also through the synergy and investment of its team, for the development and promotion of its industry.
Our projects are driven by our commitment to defend and promote beekeeping, support beekeepers, raise awareness of the need for the survival of honey bees, and communicate its role in biodiversity in order to support the beekeeping industry and the actions undertaken with our partners.
EVA, an R&D and beekeeping support centre
EVA was created by Véto-pharma in 2015 with the aim of combining innovation, technics, and education. This facility, dedicated to honey bees and beekeeping, is composed of a research and development centre attached to a testing apiary of around 300 colonies, a honey extraction plant and an educational space to raise awareness of the preservation of honey bees.
EVA is located near the centre of Chaillac, in central France, close to the site where its products are manufactured. This vast programme, supported by the municipality, currently in the process of industrial redevelopment, is helping to create local jobs and boost the economic development of a region surrounded by wooded groves and livestock.
EVA–Véto-pharma becomes the company’s reference R&D centre and now hosts its anti-Varroa mite research team
The Véto-pharma R&D team will now occupy part of EVA in order to intensify its search for new active substances to combat major bee predators, including Varroa mites.
Proud supporter of the COLOSS international network
Since 2017, Véto-pharma has become one of the main sponsors of COLOSS.
Our support is helping to promote sustainable honey bee health worldwide by encouraging research and providing high-quality products specifically developped.
COLOSS (COLony LOSSes) is an international association based in Switzerland. Its mission is to support the survival of honey bees worldwide, promote their health, coordinate international research and disseminate knowledge and education to improve their well-being. Its projects are recognised worldwide and acclaimed unanimously by the beekeeping community.
GOLD partner of “Concours des Miels de France”, organised by UNAF
Véto-pharma has supported the French “Concours des Miels de France” (National Honey Contest) competition since its creation in 2018.
This annual event, organised by UNAF (French Union of Beekeepers) and the CNTESA (National Technical, Economic and Scientific Beekeeping Commission), rewards the quality of French honey and beekeeping excellence.
Juries composed of experienced beekeepers, tasting specialists (Meilleur Ouvrier de France pastry chefs and Michelin-starred chefs), journalists and prominent figures determine the award-winning honeys in the various categories. Increasingly popular since 2018, the competition has recently added new categories, including gingerbread, nougat and mead.
Véto-pharma supports ADA at national and regional level
Véto-pharma regularly provides support for seminars and conferences organised by the various regional ADA bodies (associations for the development of beekeeping) as well as ADA France.
For the past 20 years, ADA has been supporting and assisting beekeepers. Dealing with the problems of colony weakening, collapse, and mortality have been at the heart of ADA missions.
Véto-pharma is proud to contribute to the continuity of this network, which is constantly developing ways of supporting beekeepers.
Other actions undertaken in France
- Writing and distribution of a Varroa guide translated into several languages, offering detailed information on the biology of Varroa, its impacts on colonies, ways to monitor and control it, etc.
- The “Valorisons l’abeille et l’apiculture” [Promoting honey bees and beekeeping] national amateur photography competition open to adults and children, with free delivery of a large format exhibition of the 20 best photographs from the competition to municipalities, communities, partners, etc.
- Distribution of bee-friendly seed mixes at gatherings and beekeeping events.
- Participation in local beekeeping events.
- Support for creating educational sticky boards to raise awareness of Varroa monitoring.
Top priorities for beekeepers in spring
Discover the 4 top priorities for beekeepers to prepare the hives for the spring build-up: from colony development inspection to wax renovation.
Trick or Treat – Part 2 – The Terrible Story of Fall Creatures Creeping up on your Bees
Trick or Treat? It’s that time of the year again: the dark season has arrived. Let’s share some terrible stories about monsters and evil creatures in honey bee colonie…
Happy ruby jubilee to Véto-pharma, 40 years of commitment and still counting
Since its inception in 1982, Véto-pharma has gradually, contributed its quota to the beekeeping world. The light of the company has kept shining, despite the fact 40 years has passed already. Much has been done, yet still, much needs to be done.
Véto-pharma website: discover the new version (+ contest 🔥!)
The Véto-pharma team has just launched its brand new website! This new site, we wanted it much more informative than the previous one. You will find a library of resources, particularly around the varroa mite, nutrition and the Asian hornet.
Get to know Amber, the Sales Manager for North America
Amber Leach is the new addition to the Véto-pharma’s outstanding team and will be serving as the Sales Manager in charge of North America. Her role at Véto-pharma has to do with her having open-line communication with the company’s distributors in USA and Canada.
Trick or Treat – The Creepy Cabinet of Horrors that can be Beekeeping in Fall
Autumn is a particular period for beekeepers. Several problems can occur during this season, from the mice invasions to cannibalism between honey bees, not mentioning absconding, starvation or even… chilled brood. Autumn can become a real cabinet of horrors if you don’t adopt a good strategy.