Improving Treatment Adherence in Diabetes Mellitus

Dec 7, 2016

Diabetes mellitus is a common endocrine disorder that is diagnosed in around three to five per 1000 dogs and cats. The diabetes management involves veterinary care and daily routine at home. Dr Linda Horspool BVMS (1988), PhD (1992), DipECVPT (2000), MRCVS and RCVS, recognised specialist in pharmacology and toxicology (2015), advises how veterinarians should approach clients in order to provide the best conceivable treatment which is beneficial for their pets.         ...

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How Temperature-controlled Packaging Innovation is Helping the Animal Health Sector Ensure Vital Vaccine Compliance

Dec 7, 2016

This article, co-authored by vet Dr Richard Sanderson BVSc cert AVP (SAP) MRCVS and Neil Sherman, Technical Services Manager at Intelsius, gives us an insight into developments in the field of packaging vaccines. Handling vaccines requires knowledge especially important in the mobile veterinary services. The readers will be introduced to the consequences of a vaccine not being transported at the right temperature, and the inappropriate storage of medications. ...

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Ectoparasite Control: The Case for Plunge Dipping

Dec 7, 2016

It is extremely important to identify parasites accurately in order to use the correct treatment on the animals. Dr Peter Bates Ph.D., M.R.S.B., C.Biol., F.R.E.S. is a Parasitologist with over 40 years’ experience. He has had a ‘hands-on’ approach to research into diseases of sheep, particularly scab and other ectoparasites. In this editorial, Mr Bates introduces the history of plunge dipping, products used, advantages and solutions. ...

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A Medical Detection Role for Dogs

Dec 7, 2016

Dr Nicola Rooney (BSc PGCE PhD), Research Fellow and Lecturer in the Animal Welfare and Behaviour Group at the University of Bristol, has headed a team conducting research on working dogs for the past 15 years. She shares her expertise with our readers, examining a range of methods for training dogs to detect odours which are associated with human diseases. She also calls attention to the prime importance of teaching carers how to ensure a stress-free environment for their helpful dogs. ...

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Are We Getting the Best Out of Our Sows? The Use of Phytogenics in Sow Diets to Enhance Performance

Sep 15, 2016

As we edge ever-closer to the challenging prospect of supplying food to an estimated 9 billion people by 2050, armed with fewer resources and in many cases without the use of antibiotic growth promoters (AGP), producers are undoubtedly faced with a difficult task. In this piece, Clare Gaukroger, R&D scientist at Anpario PLC, outlines the situation and supplies a helpful solution. In order to meet the future prospective consumer demand, pig producers must increase their output of pig meat (kg/sow/year). To do this, producers must start by improving sow performance. ...

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Medicated Feed, Antibiotics and Global Concern

Sep 15, 2016

Dr Ian Brown, Chairman of the Advisory Committee on Animal Feedingstuffs advising the Food Standards Agency and UK Ministers of State, writes about the challenges of animal prescriptions. For a physician, scientist and advocate of a ‘one health’ policy for both humans and animals, all medicines must be used judiciously. Stringent regulations apply to the medication of feed, with correct dosing and mixing to avoid carry-over of a medicated feed to a batch of non-target feed. This is where the prescription of a medicine for a group of animals differs significantly from the more usual prescribing practice in human bacterial infections.       ...

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Choosing the Right Livestock Applicator and Caring for It

Sep 15, 2016

In this article, Lisa Rumsfeld, Key Account Manager for Veterinary Products at Henke-Sass, Wolf, advises that using the right tools, no matter what the task at hand, makes the job more efficient, effective and easy. Having the right applicator, whether injecting, drenching or topical application of products, is critical to overall good results. For routine treatments, the majority of vets and producers prefer automatic applicators that are self-filling, either via a tube connection or bottle mount for speed and efficiency, vs individual dosing devices. ...

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International Trends Driving New Quality Initiatives in Injectable Medicines for Pets, Livestock

Sep 15, 2016

Ken Forssell, Vice President of Pharma Strategic Marketing at West Pharmaceutical Services, proposes a paper on how the veterinary sector is changing, as animal health advances to higher levels of quality that, in some cases, can rival human medical care. Part of it comes with expanding scientific knowledge: as researchers learn more about the nearly 1000 known zoonotic diseases and international agencies fight them with better, standardised care for pets and livestock, pharmaceutical companies are responding with better quality medications and vaccines. Furthermore, there is an increased focus on quality in pet care, too, as pet owners are increasing their spending. ...

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All Data Great and Small: Digital Innovation and Animal Health in the 21st Century

Sep 15, 2016

Our world is changing – and changing fast. Professor Alasdair “Alex” Cook BVM&S, MSc, DipECVPH, CertPM, PhD, MRCVS, Head of the Department of Veterinary Epidemiology and Public Health at the University of Surrey, reflects on changes in our technology. Machineto- machine communication is becoming a reality – maybe your bathroom scales will interact with your fitbit, your store cupboard and your kitchen to ensure you don’t consume more calories than you burn. These interconnected data, the Internet of Things, promises to disrupt every aspect of our lives. This article considers what this may mean for animal health and veterinary services. ...

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Animal Infection Models for Vaccine Development

Sep 15, 2016

In this review, Joaquim Segalés, director of the Centre de Recerca en Sanitat Animal (CReSA, at IRTA, Spain), and Mònica Balasch, associate director of Veterinary Medicine Research and Development at Zoetis (Spain), aim to discuss the need, design, use and benefit of utilising animal infection models. This is an efficient method to develop vaccine products able to reduce the impact not only of human diseases and zoonotic pathogens transmitted by animals, but also diseases causing significant economic problems in livestock.   ...

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