Tighter Controls Lie Ahead in Canada to Ensure Appropriate Use of Medically Important Antimicrobials in Feed and Water

Apr 15, 2016

External and internal forces are driving change in Canada to ensure appropriate use of medically important antimicrobials in animals. In 2015 alone there were four key directives made by prominent international organisations around management of antimicrobial resistance. Jean Szkotnicki, President of the Canadian Animal Health Institute, explains how Canada is acting on these resolutions and is implementing initiatives under its own Federal Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance and Use   ...

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PARR: a PCR for the Unravelling of Canine Lymphoproliferative Disorders

Apr 15, 2016

Lymphoproliferative disorders represent a significant clinical problem in dogs. From a therapeutic viewpoint, it is crucial to differentiate neoplastic lymphoid disease – i.e. the lymphomas and leukaemias – from reactive, hyperplastic lymphoid conditions. Nevertheless, the unravelling of nodal or extranodal lymphoproliferative conditions frequently represents a diagnostic challenge for veterinary pathologists. By Evert van Garderen, Veterinary Pathologist, Laboratory for Pathology and Histology at GD Animal Health ...

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Equine Flu: We Know It’s Out There – Do You?

Apr 15, 2016

Equine influenza (EI) is one of the most contagious diseases of domestic and sports horses, which requires ongoing chains of transmission to persist within the equine population. However, in reality EI is not as commonly diagnosed as it should be for such a persistent and propagating infection, for which there is neither a carrier state in the horse nor other natural reservoir hosts. There may be several reasons for this, including delays in owners calling vets to their horses, and vets and owners perhaps not recognising mild clinical diseases such as influenza, especially in vaccinated horses. Romain Paillot, at the Animal Health Trust (AHT), discusses why vaccination is one of the most effective methods of prevention against EI, alongside effective surveillance, biosecurity and movement restriction. ...

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