Our Veterinary Consultant Team

Since 2007, we have applied our industry, academic, clinical practice and research experience to assist dozens of pharmaceutical companies, start-ups, CROs, laboratories and other organizations expand services and enter the veterinary market.  We provide practical, real-world advice for developing veterinary pharmaceuticals, medical devices, diagnostics and other products for the animal health market.   In addition, our team members have formed companies with our own money and understand the challenges of developing, manufacturing and commercializing veterinary products. 

Expertise Matters

Veterinary product development and commercialization can be complex, and our animal health advisors can assist in clients in the various species, regulatory agencies and distribution channels involved in animal health and veterinary medicine.  Often times, we are engaged by clients who have received prior advice from firms or individuals who are not licensed veterinarians, have never practiced, lack clinical or regulatory experience, and have never started a company.    

OwnerCraig Woods DVM, MS, MBA

veterinary consultant

B.S. – Biology – University of Missouri
M.S. – Veterinary Anatomy – University of Missouri
D.V.M. – Veterinary Medicine – University of Missouri
M.B.A. – Logistics & International Business – Arizona State University
Arizona Veterinary Medical License (1995-present)
Howard Hughes Undergraduate Medical Fellowship – genetics
Graduate Biomedical Research Fellowship – biochemistry

Principal Veterinary Consultant

Background: In addition to providing consulting services, Craig is the Director of Infectious Disease and Biosecurity Projects at the Institute for Future Health (IFH), a joint venture between Arizona State University and University of Arizona.  Prior to joining the IFH, Craig served as the Director of the Institute for Healthcare Innovation at Midwestern University (2015-2021) directing human (PII-PIV) and veterinary clinical trials.  From 1998-2015, Craig held senior level positions in the pharmaceutical industry focused on business development, regulatory affairs, and research.  Craig has published in the Journal of Rheumatology, Toxicon, and Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care (Google Scholar).

Consulting (2007-current) Activities: Craig has served as a veterinary consultant for a variety of biomedical and pharmaceutical companies providing business development, regulatory, and commercialization guidance for biologics, drugs, devices, diagnostics, and other human and veterinary medical products.  Over the years, Craig has established US based operations for international clients and founded his own companies in immuno-therapeutics, medical devices, and other technologies for veterinary and human medicine.

Special Interests:

Business: due diligence, financial modeling, technology licensing
Research: bioscaffolds, antivenoms, immuno-therapeutics
Regulations: veterinary regulations and compliance
Clinical: protocol development, site management
Other: HIPAA, PHI, 45 CFR 46 compliance, PII-IV studies

Advisory ConsultantRachel Venable DVM, MS, DACVIM (Oncology)

Veterinary Consulting Advisor

Background: Dr. Venable is Board Certified as a medical oncologist from the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine.  After completing her residency, Rachel spent over eight years in specialty oncology practice before starting Pet Cancer Care Consulting, her own oncology consultation business.  Rachel has participated in various clinical studies and has published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, American Journal of Veterinary Research, and BMC Veterinary Research. She has presented scientific research at local and national conferences. She is a member of many organizations and a director on the Arizona Veterinary Medical Board.  She is the local committee member for the Institutional Biosafety Committee.

D.V.M.-University of Missouri, Cum Laude
M.S.-Colorado State University
Internship-Small Animal Medicine-University of Georgia
Residency-Medical Oncology-Colorado State University

Veterinary Consultant Network

Woods Consulting, LLC works closely with each client to understand their specific animal health development and business objectives.  If needed, we utilize our extensive connections within academia and the biomedical industry.  These add-on veterinary consultant engagements are performed under confidentiality agreements and statements of work to accommodate specific veterinary project objectives.

Animal Health Consultants and Collaborators

Our collaborative network of veterinary project consultants consist of:

  • veterinary statisticians and data analysts
  • veterinary market research professionals
  • veterinary practitioners and specialists
  • physicians and paraprofessionals
  • research scientists and key opinion leaders

Speaking Engagements

Veterinary Consultant LecturesWe provide lectures and speaking engagements related to our areas of our expertise.

  • Veterinary Drug Development: Regulations and the development process of veterinary drugs, biologics, nutraceuticals, devices, and diagnostics
  • Translational Medicine: Comparative diseases between humans and dogs, and de-risking drug development through veterinary clinical trials
  • Business Development: An overview of the animal health market, technology licensing strategies, and commercialization of veterinary products
  • Alternate Careers for Healthcare Professionals: What opportunities are available in the pharmaceutical industry for healthcare professionals