Kapa`a veterinarian Dr. Ihor Basko

Kapa`a veterinarian Dr. Ihor Basko makes Kaua`i his home base for global pet products. Photo by Anne E. O'Malley

by Joan Conrow

Genesis Ltd., a natural pet products company co-founded by Kapa`a veterinarian Dr. Ihor Basko, was  recently acquired by Kemin Industries, Inc., an international health and nutrition ingredient manufacturer.

Basko, who offers holistic health care for animals on Kaua`i and Oah`u, co-founded the company in 1998 using formulas that he developed through 25 years of study and clinical trials. These formulas are known as the RESOURCES™ line of health supplement products, and are now offered by Kemin.

Ihor Basko, DVM, CVA

Ihor Basko, DVM, CVA, makes a healthy pet treat concoction. Photo by Anne E. O'Malley

“We’re very excited to work with Kemin, a family owned business with manufacturing plants in Belgium, India, Italy, Singapore, China, South Africa, Brazil, and the U.S. and operating in more than 90 countries” Basko says. “Kemin’s vision is to improve the quality of life of people and animals around the world, and it does this by developing and manufacturing ingredients that provide nutrition and health benefits to people and animals. Kemin is committed to providing high quality ingredients that are used in the global food and feed industries, positively impacting the world’s food supply.”

Basko will be working with Kemin as a part-time consultant in research and development of new innovations in the pet health supplement field.

“The RESOURCES products will continue to use ingredients that are human quality, fresh, natural and tested for purity and contamination,” Basko says. “We will expand to create new formulas, and explore new plants that have potential to improve the health of pets.”

In addition to his work with Kemin, Basko plans to continue offering his veterinary services, as well as hosting his popular radio show, “Pets, People & Paradise,” which airs at 9 a.m. Saturdays on KKCR (91.9 FM or listen on-line at www.kkcr.org).

He is also busy updating his dog nutrition book Fresh Food and Ancient Wisdom in preparation for a second printing after the first run sold out.

For more information visit www.kemin.com/animals/pets/supplements or www.drbasko.com.

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