The Importance of Cobalamin (Vitamin B12) in Dogs and Cats and Evidence for Oral Supplementation

Jun 21, 2018

Cobalamin is a water-soluble, cobalt-containing B vitamin which plays an essential role in many physiological processes, including cellular metabolism, DNA synthesis, amino acid metabolism, fatty acid metabolism, nerve myelination and haematopoeisis. Cats and dogs, like humans, are unable to synthesise cobalamin, hence they rely on dietary intake to maintain adequate tissue levels. Some bacteria found in the gastrointestinal tract can produce cobalamin; however, since they are present only in the large intestines of dogs and cats, the cobalamin production occurs too distal to be of any benefit to the animal itself. Gemma Ellse at Protexin Veterinary discusses why cobalamin is so important. ...

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Why Good Tablet Design is Important in Animal Medicine and How to Achieve it

Jun 21, 2018

Just as good tablet design is extremely important in the manufacture of pharmaceuticals for humans, the same applies for animal dosage forms. Tablets are used to deliver drugs in an effective and safe manner, and although less dominant in veterinary medicine, tablets or boluses are still a significant method to administer medication. In this article, Alex Bunting at I Holland will consider the most important elements when designing tablets for animals. ...

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A Comparison of DIY and Custom EDC Solutions: Which is the Best for Your Study?

Jun 21, 2018

Reducing costs while maximising efficiency is often a driving force in determining electronic data capture solutions (EDC) for clinical research. A self-customised EDC product becomes a more attractive option over a custom-built solution when it comes to minimising cost and working within a strict budget. A DIY solution empowers each clinical team with the ability to build their own electronic study and control the build process according to their unique specifications and timelines. However, with any DIY solution, there can be tradeoffs in cost and time, as each client’s team is responsible for building their study and quality-testing their CRFs. Corina Bereanu and Karina Loyo at Prelude Dynamics discuss what the advantages and tradeoffs are with each solution. ...

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Moredun: a blueprint for private-public partnership bringing economic benefit through innovative science

Jun 21, 2018

Moredun Research Institute is a world-renowned research facility actively involved in research to detect, prevent and control diseases of livestock and to promote higher standards of animal health and welfare through research and education. Elisabeth Innes from Moredun Research Institute explains that the application of scientific research to bring both economic and societal benefits and the research outputs from the Institute have made a major impact both in the UK and globally, due in large part to the unique relationship with the farming community and the emphasis the organisation puts on effective knowledge exchange with livestock producers. ...

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