Thanks to a cooperation agreement with the AsociaciÃ³n de Veterinarios EspaÃ±oles Especialistas en PequeÃ±os Animales (AVEPA, or Association of Spanish Veterinarians Specialists in Small Animals) and the third Southern European Veterinary Conference, the 44th National AVEPA Congress will coincide with Mascota 2009 , according to a press release by Fira Barcelona .
The AsociaciÃ³n Nacional de Fabricantes de Alimentos para Animales de CompaÃ±Ãa (ANFAAC, or National Association of Petfood Manufacturers) has also confirmed their cooperation with the show, which will mean the representation of the leading petfood brands. Over 80% of petfood manufacturers in Spain, a market that accounts for 67% of the sector's total turnover, belong to ANFAAC.
According to the director of ANFAAC, Santiago de AndrÃ©s, this agreement with the show's organizers will concentrate the entire supply of the animal food, grooming and health industry in a "benchmark show with major national and international repercussion."
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