A Pug’s Life

Jun 6, 2017

In this editorial, Justine Marie Chambers, who is working in animal transport and relocation as well as being a proud pug owner, talks through pugs’ characteristics and peculiarities. Their fun-loving personalities make it easy to understand why they are so popular – which makes it seem crazy to think that, like all dogs, these pugs are descended from the mighty wolf. Pugs are very friendly characters and are known for their comical yet sensitive personalities. ...

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Leadership Lessons from Extraordinarily Successful Executives – Part 2

Jun 6, 2017

Denni O. Day, BS, BSN, RN, MSPH, the founder, President, and CEO of VetPharm, Inc., presents Part 2 of Extraordinarily Successful Leaders. She sets about interviewing as many of the industry leaders as she can, to learn what skills and practices made them and their companies so successful. In this article, she explores the other five key traits: emotions, leadership traits, self-doubt, inspiration, and authenticity. Then, as an added bonus, she shares some life lessons that these executives learned from their pets. ...

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The Revolutionary Solution Transforming the Veterinary Market – Magnesium Alloys

Jun 6, 2017

The veterinary industry is facing the same challenges as the medical industry. A new state-of-the-art solution which has recently been developed for use in the veterinary market, for both drug delivery and in medical devices, is magnesium alloys. Magnesium alloys are now beginning to be used effectively in veterinary auto wormers; Paul Lyon, Programmes Technology Manager at Magnesium Elektron, defines what are magnesium alloy’s properties and how have they helped with recent market breakthroughs. ...

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Profitable Modernisation For Those Who Are Used to Saving Money

Jun 6, 2017

Marketing and financial departments analyse and calculate basic indicators which are later introduced into the company’s development strategy and further investments in production. In this article, Christoph Hammer CEO of Dividella AG explains how to select packaging equipment, taking into account real current and potential future requirements (the appearance of new products, increase in production volume). She also draws attention to the main indicators which will help you save significantly on pharmaceutical manufacturers in terms of the manual process of secondary drug packaging. ...

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Innovation and Collaboration: Combatting the Endemic Threat of Brucellosis

Jun 5, 2017

Brucellosis is no longer a major concern to veterinarians and farmers in most developed countries, thanks to longterm control programmes. Amy Tranzillo, Project Manager at Global Alliance for Livestock Veterinary Medicines (GALVmed) analyses how the disease still poses a major threat to both animal and human health in many lowerincome countries where veterinary infrastructure is less well developed and animal health less tightly controlled. Reducing the prevalence of brucellosis in countries where it is still endemic calls for a greater awareness, understanding and appreciation of the impact of the disease on animal and public health. ...

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Microfloral Rehabilitation: Normalisation of Gut Function

Jun 5, 2017

This piece by Dr Richard Murphy, Research Director at Alltech Bioscience Centre, provides new insights into the specific and reproducible effects of MRF supplementation on the composition of the bacterial community as a whole. By making changes in the overall microbial diversity within the gut, we can aim to repair and rehabilitate the gut microflora, which can lead to reductions in pathogen load, enhance the gut’s resistance to pathogen colonisation and reduce the abundance of antibiotic-resistant strains. Improving the understanding of these comprehensive changes is now key in the poultry industry. ...

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Anti-Nerve Growth Factor Monoclonal Antibodies for Chronic Pain Control in Cats and Dogs: A Review of Clinical Outcomes

Jun 5, 2017

Chronic pain management is an area of major clinical importance. Multiple prevalent conditions in veterinary species are associated with pain and disability and the limitations of existing therapeutic options, especially in cats, have resulted in significant unmet medical need. In this white paper, Dr David Gearing of Nexvet and his team review the outcomes from pre-clinical and clinical studies of fully caninised and fully felinised anti-nerve growth factor monolocal antibodies, which support the further development of these therapies for chronic pain management in their respective species. ...

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Tackling the Worms that Turned: PARAGONE, an EU Project on Parasite Vaccines

Jun 5, 2017

In this article, Professor Jacqueline B Matthews of Moredun Research Institute gives an insight into the PARAGONE Vaccine Development Project, the EU Horizon 2020-funded multicellular parasite vaccine consortium which includes a group of academics and commercial organisations, that are taking a collegiate approach to moving forward vaccines designed to control several major multicellular parasites of cattle, sheep and poultry. An important part of the project is the strong element of dialogue between the academic partners and the animal health company partners, in addition to several outreach activities to other end-users such as farmers, veterinarians and regulators. ...

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Six Detrimental Effects of Mycotoxins on the Gastrointestinal Health of Poultry

Jun 5, 2017

Contamination of feed commodities by moulds and mycotoxins is considered to be one of the most important negative factors in crop production and animal feed quality. There has been extensive research addressing the different ways in which mycotoxins can alter animal productivity. In this article, Radka Borutova, DVM, PhD, Business Development Manager, Nutriad International, illustrates six major effects of mycotoxins in the intestine that may contribute to decreased performance. In addition, the possible alteration of the microflora by mycotoxins will be explored. ...

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Regulation of Diagnostics in Animal Health – Is It Needed?

Jun 5, 2017

Renewed interest in the development of diagnostics for animal infections and diseases is motivated by the belief that suitable diagnostics will assist in the control of diseases; this stimulates a number of questions about the regulation of, and standards for, diagnostic evaluation and monitoring tools. This article, written by Dr Maggie Fisher BVetMed CBiol MSB MRQA DipEVPC MRCVS and Dr Peter Holdsworth AO BSc (Hon) PhD FRSB FAICD, will evidence the lack of regulation of, or standards for, veterinary diagnostics, in comparison with regulatory frameworks for veterinary pharma-ceuticals (including biologicals). It will seek to address whether any differences matter, focussing on parasitic infections of farm and companion animals in particular. ...

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