Royal GD

Teaming up for animal health, in the interest of animals, their owners and society at large. Since our foundation in 1919 that has been the mission for which we stand at Royal GD. Approximately 500 employees innovatively work on the health of farm animals and companion animals every day. We do so together with farmers, veterinarians, governments and the industry. GD is located in Deventer and is active in the Dutch and international markets. In 2021, GD recorded a turnover of 85 million euros.

We own one of the largest veterinary laboratories in the world, in which we perform almost 5 million laboratory analyses annually. Furthermore, GD employs a team of veterinarians, specialists and scientists who execute animal health monitoring and conduct practical research and development programmes for animal disease prevention and control.

The combination of diagnostics and animal health expertise is what makes GD unique. This enables us to offer products and services that not only improve animal health but are also convenient for our customers and generate good financial returns.

Our laboratory is equipped with state-of-the-art appliances. Approximately 1000 different analyses are performed routinely, varying from post mortem research (dissection) to executing molecular diagnostic tests.

GD has a good international reputation as a contract research organisation for applied research, education and consultancy. GD Academy,  our education and training institute organises training sessions about animal health for farmers and their veterinarians and for the pharmaceutical and feed industries. The courses comprise both theory and practice of veterinarian diagnostics and laboratory research.

Royal GD facts and figures*:

  • 85 million euros in revenue in 2021
  • Almost 5 million lab analyses annually
  • Around 500 employees
  • 90 researchers and specialised veterinarians


*Consolidated results