Artificial Japanese glass eel (Anguilla japonica) production in Korea

Sep 11, 2015

Freshwater eels are very valuable fish species, principally in Asian and European countries. Eel farming is a capture-based aquaculture activity, based on the practice of collecting juveniles’ eels from the wild and on-growing in captivity to marketable size using aquaculture techniques. Due to their complex life cycle, research efforts have not yet managed to produce glass eel at a commercial scale. Dr. Erfan Shahkar, Nutritionist at Blue Aqua International Ltd explains how, after a series of efforts, Korea got the breakthrough to produce two Japanese glass eels in 2012. ...

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Considerations for Electronic Data Capture (EDC) Implementation in Clinical Trials

Sep 11, 2015

This article assesses the considerations that should be taken into account when implementing electronic data capture systems in research. Karina Loyo, Project Manager and Trainer at Prelude Dynamics describes how it takes the reader step by step on how to work differently when using and EDC: engaging the data manager and biostatistician early in the process, considering the work flow of the end user and mid study monitoring needs. ...

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Gerard Weijer’s Vision of Pig Farming

Sep 11, 2015

The challenges facing the future of pig farming include the need to improve technical and financial performance even further, the requirement to achieve more transparency around the product and production method and the necessity to feed the growing world by making more efficient use of scarce raw materials. According to Gerard Weijer, Pig Industry Sales Manager at Nedap, these challenges make electronic individual animal identification an attractive option for the whole pig farming chain. ...

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European Mycotoxins

Sep 11, 2015

European cattle producers are being warned that the rations they feed to their cows are increasingly likely to be contaminated with multiple mycotoxins. Corn silage is now trending at high risk for mycotoxin contamination which is presenting very real challenges for farmers striving to achieve optimum productivity, even in the best-run cattle herds. Nick Adams, Global Director of the Mycotoxin Management Team at Alltech, offers advice on how to improve the management of stored feeds in order to reduce this problem. ...

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The Heart of the Matter: Having Ridden the Veterinary Learning Curve, Where To Next?

Sep 11, 2015

This article is the second part of an analysis of the relationship among study training format, veterinarian learning styles, and investigator performance during clinical trials.  Denni O. Day, founder, President, and CEO of VetPharm, Inc., describes the three study training methods (webinar, on-site, and centralized), giving the benefits and shortcomings of each.  Regardless of the study training method selected by a sponsor, the author suggests including varied presentation and teaching techniques to appeal to the different learning styles of the individual attendees. Denni also recommends testing for understanding and retention of the key elements of the protocol and other study requirements. http://animalhealthmedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/The-heart-of-the-matter…pdf.pdf ...

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Validation of Livestock Infectious Disease Models – Critical Success Factors

Sep 11, 2015

David Reddick, Head of Animal Health at Moredun Scientific and Willie Donachie, visiting professor at the University of Glasgow and Heriot Watt University explain how validated experimental models of livestock infectious disease are important tools for the generation of efficacy data for candidate veterinary medicinal products. The article outlines key elements in the development and successful application of experimental models, including the strain of the pathogen used in the experimental challenge, and volume and titre of challenge material. http://animalhealthmedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Validation…pdf.pdf ...

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Anthrax: A ‘quiescent lethal bug’ with zoonotic potential

Sep 11, 2015

Anthrax has been reported as one of the most important zoonoses in terms of human health and livestock impact, amenability to agricultural interventions and severity of disease emergence, with approximately 10-100 thousand human incidences occurring annually throughout the world.  Many of the cases go unreported due to lack of awareness and improper monitoring, especially in developing nations. Dr. Pankaj Dhaka, Ph. D. Scholar at the Indian Veterinary Research Institute, and Dr. Deepthi Vijay, Assistant Professor at the College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences in Kerala, India, describe how a proper understanding of the causative agent, nature of the disease and its transmission are the priority to combat the endemicity of this disease. ...

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Alternative Approach against Bloat Affectations in Bovines

Sep 11, 2015

A huge production loss has been observed globally due to the bloat affections in bovines. In response to this problem, Dr. Srijit Tripathi, International Technical Manager at Ayurvet Ltd, India, evaluates the synergistic combination of herbs which has led to revolutionize the treatment of bloat without the use of harmful chemicals and antibiotics. The herbal therapy not only restores the normal ruminal functions but also helps in improving the animal’s digestive performance and thus increases the productivity of the animals. http://animalhealthmedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Alternative…pdf.pdf ...

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Pediculosis

Sep 11, 2015

This article concerns the clinical signs associated with lice in cattle and sheep and discusses the implications of infestation. Rachel Mallet, Territory Manager at Bimeda highlights the factors which may contribute to infestation and why they are relevant. Rachel also investigates appropriate approaches to diagnosis, treatment and prevention. http://animalhealthmedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Pediculosis…pdf.pdf ...

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Global Animal Health Conference Addresses Regulatory Barriers to Disease Control

Sep 11, 2015

On 24-25 June 2015 the 4th Global Animal Health conference took place in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Although the conference dealt with the topic of regulatory convergence on a global level, the main focus was the regulatory situation in East Africa and across the African continent as whole. Further to this central aim, The GAH was also an opportunity to discuss the promotion of market control and access in the area; a chance to consider local opportunities and challenges towards harmonised regulatory systems in compliance with international standards and guidelines. In this article, Rick Clayton, Technical Director at HealthforAnimals, reviews the event. http://animalhealthmedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Global-Animal-Health…pdf.pdf ...

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