Some Clarity on Transparency in European Animal Health Regulatory Data

Dec 9, 2015

From mid-2016, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) will be publishing in full all clinical trials within application dossiers for human medicines submitted from January 2015 onwards, on completion of the decision-making process. In contrast, developments in transparency in the veterinary sector have been frozen since discussion on guidance was placed on hold in 2011, pending legal challenges to EMA decisions on release of some (human) documents. Paul Cooper, founder of CEREVET Limited and President of the Association of Veterinary Consultants (AVC), discusses where we are now, and whether we can expect to follow the transparency tendency with a veterinary clinical trials release policy. ...

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The SQP: Licensed, Regulated and Trained

Dec 9, 2015

Suitable qualified people (SQP) are a profession of animal medicine prescribers, licensed to prescribe a range of veterinary medicines that do not require a veterinary diagnosis. Typically these medicines are for endo- and ecto-parasites for farm livestock, cats, dogs and horses. With over 6500 SQPs on the register, sales account for 25% of the UK animal medicines market. Ian Scott, Secretary General of Animal Health Distributors Association (AHDA), explains the rigorous training and regulation of SQPs and outlines the reasons why such a service is controversial in the industry. ...

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Global Veterinary Product Regulators Converge at VICH 5 Conference

Dec 9, 2015

The VICH 5 Public Conference, with the theme Reaching Out to the World, was held in Tokyo on 28-29 October 2015. The conference was successfully organised by the Japanese Veterinary Pharmaceutical Association (JVPA) to bring together veterinary product regulators and others. In this article, Hervé MARION, VICH Secretary, discusses the conclusions reached at the conference and the beneficial outcomes, including increased collaboration between VICH and non-VICH countries. ...

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The Use of Social Media in Veterinary Public Health Teaching

Dec 9, 2015

The use of social media in the training process of future veterinary professionals could be a useful tool in order to highlight the relevance of veterinary public health, engaging students in topics that may appear otherwise unattractive or irrelevant. Dr Rodrigo Nova, Assistant Professor in Veterinary Public Health and Food Safety, explains how innovation in teaching/learning is essential to be able to engage with the needs of the new generation of students. ...

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On-farm Auditing Programme for Maximising Efficiency, Health and Welfare

Dec 9, 2015

The continuing focus on overall farm assessments to improve productive performance, health status and animal welfare has seen on-farm auditing programmes go from strength to strength. Newer schemes allow for more far-reaching analysis of what elements on-farm could be contributing to poor performance and digestive disorders, and ultimately profitability. Dr Jules Taylor-Pickard, European Business Director at Alltech, illustrates how a holistic approach to pig rearing – encompassing biosecurity, the potential dangers from natural contaminants within the environment and the optimisation of early nutrition in piglets, including milk quality and highly digestible creep feeds – is important in assessing the efficiency of the whole farm. ...

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