Eklin sells digital radiology, ultrasound and practice management software systems in the veterinary market. The company, founded by chairman and CEO Gary Cantu, was privately owned.
Terms of the sale were not announced.
VCA Antech also owns Sound Technologies Inc. of Carlsbad, Calif. Steve Eyl, president of Sound Technologies, will continue as president of Sound Eklin.
“Sound Technologies and Eklin truly have revolutionized the veterinary care industry,” said Bob Antin, chairman and CEO of VCA Antech. “We believe that joining these two entities together will create a significant technology advantage. The combination of expanded services and talented people from both organizations create a far stronger and larger company, which will greatly benefit the profession.”
Cantu will step down to spend time with his family, continue angel investments and work on outside board activities.
“The combination of VCA Antech’s Sound Technologies Division and Eklin will provide the ability to offer veterinary care providers with much broader and deeper technology solutions, customer education and customer care,” Cantu said. “This is a capital-intensive industry with continual challenges when it comes to investment in new technologies and customer support.
“The timing is right to combine these two leaders, from a market and a personal standpoint. After several previous attempts to retire, I feel comfortable entrusting the future of the company to the capable management teams at VCA Antech and Eklin.”