Our Veterinary Consultant Team

Since 2007, we have applied our industry, academic, clinical practice and research experience to assist dozens of veterinary companies, 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, animal medical devices, animal 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 owing to multiple species and regulatory agencies.  Our veterinary consulting team and animal health advisors provide clients and start-up animal health companies navigate the complex animal health market including the various species, regulatory agencies and distribution channels (veterinary distributors, direct-sales).  We also assist clients who have received previous advice from firms or individuals who are not licensed veterinarians, lack clinical or regulatory experience, or lack start-up experience and require guidance from animal health experts who have real world business and product development experience.

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

In addition to providing veterinary consulting services, Craig serves as the Director of Infectious Disease and Biosecurity Projects at Arizona State University (ASU).  Previously Craig served as the Director of the Institute for Healthcare Innovation at Midwestern University (2015-2021) directing human (PII-PIV) and veterinary clinical trials and from 1998-2015, he held senior level positions in the pharmaceutical industry focused on business development, regulatory affairs, and veterinary clinical research.  Craig is a licensed veterinarian and has published in the Journal of Rheumatology, Toxicon, and Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care (Google Scholar). 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. Craig provides business development, veterinary regulatory, and technology commercialization guidance concerning veterinary biologics, veterinary drugs, animal medical devices, veterinary diagnostics, and other veterinary products.

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)


Dr. Rachel Venable serves an associate veterinary consultant and 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

Animal Health Consulting 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.

Our collaborative network of veterinary project and veterinary product development consultants consist of statisticians and data analysts, veterinary market research professionals, veterinary practitioners and specialists, research scientists, and key opinion leaders.  We also can leverage our extensive network within veterinary companies to assist clients in licensing their technologies for the animal health market, or identifying domestic and international veterinary distributors to represent veterinary products.

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