Melvyn Driver, the founder of MDC Exports Ltd, has died aged 80.
The company, which launched in the 1960s, was dedicated to animal welfare products designed to help and assist animal handlers, vets and charities across the world.
Other inventions from Driver include the MDC Smart collar which is now a household brand in both the UK pet and vet markets plus the arms length pooper scooper and dog parking hook for securing pets outside stores.
Over the years Driver won many awards including Star Product Award (PPM), Best Pet-Related Product (Pet Index), Most Supportive Company (NDWA), and Best Small Animal Product (PPM).
Steve Driver, CEO of Pet Trade Innovations and son to Driver, said: “My dad was a familiar face within the Pet and Vet Industry for not only his drive and being the architect for many of the products we see everyday in our rescue centres, pet shops and veterinary practices. But also for his wicked sense of humour and great stories.
“He will be missed by everyone within the pet sector. I want to thank everyone who has reached out to myself and my family over the last few days to offer their condolences, I know dad would be honoured and humbled.”