Data Management in Veterinary Clinical Studies

Dec 21, 2017

  Data management tasks and procedures, with their direct influence on data quality and compliance, are an aspect of great importance for any clinical study. Dr Brigitte Steiner and Dr Klaus Hellmann at KLIFOVET discuss that the implemented routine data management procedures should be transferable to different kinds of studies, to assist the parties involved in their tasks and help to increase efficiency in the conduct of veterinary clinical trials. ...

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An Update on EFSA’s New Guidance Documents for Feed Additives

Dec 21, 2017

These guidance documents were adopted during the last FEEDAP plenary meeting in September 2017, and will enter into force on 1 May 2018. Rocío Duchén Bocángel and Dr Hannah Lester at Pen & Tec Consulting discuss how the new guidance documents will help applicants with the preparation of feed additive submissions in each of the three sections. ...

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The Potential of Feed Additives in Reducing Antibiotic Usage

Dec 21, 2017

Over the last years, feed additives that support gut health have gained special attention from animal producers worldwide. Tim Goossens and Daniel Ramírez at Nutriad discuss how feed additives do not cure acute bacterial challenges, but prepare the gastro-intestinal tract of animals as well as possible to overcome negative consequences of certain diseases in a later life stage. As many of the effects of feed additives on bacteria are indirect, or modulate their virulence pathways, rather than having a specific bacteriostatic effect, the chance of building up resistance against these components is much less likely. ...

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Helping Animal Health Companies Succeed

Dec 21, 2017

Serving both companion and production animals, Canada’s animal health sector has developed an enviable reputation. Martin Yuill at PEI BioAlliance Inc reveals the key strengths of the Canadian sector, which include abundant resources, particularly water, to support food animal production; good infrastructure, including trans-portation networks; a stable and predictable regulatory regime; strong patent protection laws for new discovery; and a highly competent veterinary profession. ...

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Giving Your Herd the Best Chance for Successful Fertility

Dec 21, 2017

Achieving high levels of reproductive performance will be a major key performance indicator on most dairy farms this winter. David Wilde at Anpario considers some nutritional factors which could have an impact on success. Mr Wilde also advises paying close attention to dietary protein levels, commenting that it is well documented that feeding excess amounts of soluble protein can reduce conception rates. ...

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Towards an Enabling Regulatory Environment for Livestock Health

Dec 21, 2017

Animal health management has important implications for poverty reduction and economic growth. Edna Kallon, K. Aleks Schaefer and Felix Frewer at Worldbank discuss the importance of good regulations to encourage the registration of quality assured products, and provide a snapshot of initial results of data collection efforts for the regulation of VMPs. ...

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