The Rapidvite brand was founded in Melbourne Eastern Suburbs by the founder Steve Robinson in 1973, with the initial products being formulated for racing Thoroughbreds, Harness Racing and Equestrian Eventers. Rapidvite then introduced an extended product range for Racing Greyhounds and Show Dogs.
The early use of Rapidvite resulted in horses succeeding in events such as The Melbourne Cup, Harness Racing – The Inter Dominion and Olympic Trials.
Rapidvite developed great business dealings and friendships with owners, trainers and business people across all codes;
Thoroughbred Trainer, John Meagher, Harness Trainer Jimmy O’Sullivan and Ted Demmler, just to name a few.
These early friendships helped develop the Rapidvite brand worldwide.
Graeme Bate, a leading Australian Greyhound Trainer, was introduced to the Rapidvite range of products. Graeme’s comment on the product, Vite-Amino GB, “This product is that good I will put my name to it”, was too good to ignore so we took him up on the offer, hence “GB”.
Rapidvite has been a supporter of the Greyhound adoption program (GAP) and sponsors many events for the adopted greyhounds and will continue to support this great cause.
After 33 years of manufacturing Rapidvite products, the Founder Steve Robinson retired in 2007. In September 2012, Sykes Vet International Pty Ltd (www.sykes.net.au) bought Rapidvite and continues to grow the business. Sykes has been manufacturing and distributing veterinary medicines since 1894, and has a long association with Australian animals. Through its sister company Sypharma Pty Ltd, the group also develops life-saving human therapeutics for kidney disease, inflammation and cancer (www.sypharma.com.au)
Sypharma Managing Director, Jeremy White, says “The goal for Rapidvite is now adding further products and developing the brand in the world market, and becoming a staple in every racing stable and kennel in Australia.”
The Rapidvite Team is excited about continuing research into developing, manufacturing and marketing a quality range of products for the Animal Industry globally.