Recruitment and Training of SQPs

Jun 28, 2016

The EU is revising the current regulation for all animal medicines and medicated feeds. AHDA exists to ensure its member SQPs can continue to prescribe under EU law, and it has been closely involved with the committee deliberations for both sets of legislation. The recruitment and training of SQPs in the UK is at an all time high with over 6350 on the register and a further 1000 in training for the examination. We see more and more now working in vet practices at over 700 providing a valuable role in routine front-of-house prescribing. Within this article, Ian Scott from AHDA relates the association’s efforts to achieve these results. ...

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The Importance and Valuation of Patents in Technology Transfer in the Animal Health Industry

Jun 28, 2016

According to the definition of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), intellectual property (IP) is a protection by law, given as patents, copyright and trademarks. These enable the inventors to earn recognition and/or financial benefit. The IP system tries to foster an environment in which innovation can flourish whilst protection of inventions are given, but also the interest of the public is considered. Clara Nascimento Silva, PhD, and Mario Schäfer, both Vice Presidents for Business Development at Trifermed, think that, in researchintensive industries like animal health, patents are by far the most important type of IP. ...

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The Economics of Animal Health and Welfare

Jun 28, 2016

When people (scientists and the public alike) think of animal welfare, they find it relatively easy to describe in terms of the absence of negative states, but they find it more difficult to think about positive states. Societal and economic pressure for improvements in animal welfare have become an increasingly important driving force for changes in the management of companion, production and wildlife species. Dr Elizabeth L. Jackson and Dr Troy J. Gibson from the Royal Veterinary College share their views on what can be considered good animal welfare. ...

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Trace Element Management Boosts Lamb Profitability

Jun 28, 2016

Across 1800 lambs produced, the benefits of adding 1Kg deadweight to lambs are worth over £5000, and that’s after taking into account the cost of the supplementation. It was only when the method of supplementation was right that it was realised how much time and money had been wasted previously on ineffective treatments and the extent to which they were eating in to the performance of the flock.” In this article, Carmarthenshire sheep producer Paul Williams, of Maesyfelin Farm, Whitland, comments that this decision was a result of managing the trace element needs of his flock better. ...

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