We are a global, technology-enabled animal health business with a comprehensive service and technology platform and supply chain infrastructure dedicated to supporting the companion, equine and large animal veterinary markets. We have combined the complementary capabilities of the animal health businesses previously operated by Henry Schein, Inc., or the Animal Health Business, and Direct Vet Marketing, Inc. (d/b/a Vets First Choice), or Vets First Choice, bringing together leading practice management software and supply chain businesses with a platform approach based on technology-driven insights, designed to promote connectivity between veterinarians and owners of pets, horses or large animals who purchase products or services from veterinarians, whom we refer to as Clients. Linking the power of insight and analytics, client engagement, practice management software and supply chain expertise into a multi-channel platform, we believe our innovative approach will support the delivery of improved veterinary care while driving increased demand for our products and services.
We have a talented team of over 5,000 employees positioned to support veterinarians' evolving practice needs with an expanded offering that we believe enhances the Client experience and improves medical and service compliance. In addition, we seek to improve veterinary practice economics by helping veterinarians identify and manage gaps in care through proactive prescription management, inventory management and supply chain expertise, specialty pharmacy services, innovative solutions to chronic care disease management, veterinary practice management software and client communication tools. Further, as a global company focused solely on animal health with a multi-channel strategy, we seek to leverage our decades-long experience within the veterinary channel with a differentiated value proposition by increasing innovation, providing a more comprehensive set of integrated services, improving the experience and engagement of Clients and of the people and entities that purchase products and services from us, whom we refer to as Customers, and driving cost-effectiveness through efficient delivery of next-generation solutions.
By bringing the Animal Health Business and Vets First Choice together into one company, we expect to enhance our growth opportunities with our large base of established Customers and Clients and secure new business. We believe the combination of our capabilities serves as a foundation for incremental revenue growth and operational synergies. Pro forma, combined net sales in the fiscal year ended December 29, 2018 were approximately $4.0 billion.