DENVER — Pet Releaf announced Aug. 9 it has hired Christopher Brooks, DVM, as vice president of professional sales, effective immediately. Brooks will lead and continue development of the hemp CBD-infused pet supplement company’s Sentesa™ brand, which is its professional product line exclusively for veterinarians. The official launch of Sentesa is expected later this year.

"We are thrilled to welcome Chris to the Pet Releaf leadership team,” said Stephen Smith, president and co-founder of Pet Releaf. “His expertise and talent will be critical as we grow our new Professional product line for veterinarians.”

Christopher Brooks, DVM, vice president of professional sales at Pet Releaf.Christopher Brooks, DVM, vice president of professional sales at Pet Releaf. (Photo courtesy of Pet Releaf) 
Brooks has 30 years of experience in pet care, veterinary pharmaceuticals, nutrition and pet cannabis markets. Most recently, he served as one of six founding members of Canopy Animal Health, the animal health division of Canopy Growth Corporation.

Brooks has also held various senior leadership positions in sales, distribution management, national account management, medical affairs, training and development at companies including Merial, Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health and Hill’s Pet Nutrition.

"I’m equally as passionate about pets as I am for the industry that cares for them,” Brooks commented. “I’m excited to be a part of this incredible company that was a pioneer in the pet CBD industry and continues to be a leader in the category by being focused on making truly healthy products with honesty and integrity.

“I’m looking forward to elevating Pet Releaf’s presence with the veterinary community so that we can help veterinarians effectively manage their patient’s long-term health and well-being.”

Brooks earned his Ph.D. in veterinary medicine from North Carolina State University.

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