Global Ingredient Leader Acquires Canadian Company

Jan 17, 2018

Kemin Industries has announced the creation of a Canadian division and will hold a grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony this Thursday, January 18, 2018, at its new location in Mont-Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada. Kemin has acquired the assets of its long-time distributor Agri-Marketing Corp. Agri-Marketing was founded in 1973 in Mont-Saint-Hilaire and has provided exclusive distribution and manufacturing services for Kemin products in Canada. “With this new location in Canada, we are increasing our efforts to better serve our current customers as well as explore new opportunities for our product and services to improve the quality of life for people and animals in Canada,” said Dr. Chris Nelson, President and CEO of Kemin. “Kemin continues to grow, and having a larger presence in Canada is a logical next step for our global expansion.” Agri-Marketing has been distributing Kemin products since its inception more than 35 years ago. Kemin expects a seamless transition for customers as Agri-Marketing sales employees become Kemin employees. The new Kemin location will focus on serving the... ...

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Wearable device identifies early signs of lameness

Jan 15, 2018

Vets at the University of Nottingham are developing a new, wearable device that can identify the early signs of lameness in sheep. Until now, farmers have struggled to diagnose lameness early because there are no validated commercial tools available. But now a new device, developed in partnership with Intel and Farm Wizard, aims to change this. The device consists of a sensing device worn on a sheep’s ear tag that gathers accelerometer and gyroscope data, effectively tracking the animal’s behaviour movement and gait. Nottingham Vet School researcher Dr Jasmeet Kaler explains: “Our new system is a smart device – a wearable technology that we hope will be a game-changing investment for sheep farmers and a first for the industry. “The algorithms we have developed are used to create different alerts for farmers. So far they have provided high accuracy in predicting various behaviours of the sheep, including differentiating lameness.” Dr Kaler’s previous research found that just 20 per cent of farmers can spot and treat the early signs of lameness... ...

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New draft code for meat chickens

Jan 15, 2018

An updated draft code of practice for meat chickens and meat breeding chickens has been published by Defra. The code follows a consultation carried out last year and was presented to Parliament on Tuesday (9 January). If there are no objections, it will come into force in March 2018. BVA president John Fishwick said: “We welcome the Government’s recognition of the vital role the veterinary profession plays in poultry welfare, with further references throughout the updated draft code to the importance of seeking veterinary advice.” The current code exists to give owners and breeders of meat chickens guidance on how to comply with relevant welfare legislation. However, it has not been updated since 2002. Defra says that the new code aims to provide up-to-date guidance on the current legislation, maintain animal welfare standards and reflect the latest scientific and veterinary knowledge. John Fishwick continued: “We are particularly pleased to see the recommendation that welfare outcomes should be used to assess and monitor the ongoing welfare of the birds as part... ...

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New anti-emetic product launched

Jan 15, 2018

Dechra Veterinary Products has launched a new formulation anti-emetic injection, Prevomax, for the treatment and prevention of vomiting and nausea in dogs and cats. The manufacturer said it contains benzyl alcohol, a preservative that is known to reduce pain at the injection site, compared to the alternative maropitant injection that is preserved by metacresol. The convenient 20ml bottle has a 56-day broached shelf life, making it ideal, said the firm, for use in a busy practice across multiple patients, reducing wastage. Dechra brand manager Claire Morgan said: “Human clinical studies have shown that an injection containing benzyl alcohol causes less pain than an injection preserved with metacresol. “Prevomax is particularly useful for the treatment and prevention of nausea induced by chemotherapy and for treatment of vomiting, in combination with other supportive measures.” Dechra is inviting veterinary professionals to share their experience of using Prevomax for a chance to win a £100 Amazon gift card. Entries should be submitted via the Dechra website by 28 February. ...

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Proposed tough action on puppy trade welcomed

Jan 15, 2018

Veterinary and animal welfare bodies have applauded the Government’s stated intention to implement the biggest-ever legal crackdown on unscrupulous puppy farmers and smugglers in England. Proposed legislation – which could be introduced early this year – will also seek to address the breeding of unhealthy dogs with severe genetic disorders. Responding to the Government’s announcement, BVA president John Fishwick said: “Responsible breeding and ownership of pets are among vets’ priorities, so we commend the Government’s plans for new and updated legislation around the buying and selling of pets, ensuring it is fit for purpose in the internet age we live in. “We also welcome the Government’s efforts to combat the illegal trade in puppies. As vets, we see first-hand the tragic consequences that can result from poorly bred and illegally imported puppies, with almost one third of vets reporting concerns about illegally imported puppies last Christmas [2016].” RSPCA interim chief executive Michael Ward also welcomed the announcement, saying: “This is good news for the hundreds of thousands of dogs bought... ...

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First avian flu winter outbreak confirmed

Jan 15, 2018

Veterinary authorities are urging vets and poultry owners to remain vigilant following the discovery of highly pathogenic H5N6 bird flu in 17 wild birds in Dorset. BVA president John Fishwick said: “I’d encourage vets to reassure their clients this strain of avian influenza poses a very low risk to public health and the food chain. “Defra has acted swiftly to try to contain further spread of the disease, which has likely come from migratory birds, yet vets and poultry owners should remain vigilant for signs of the disease.” British Veterinary Poultry Association president Phil Hammond added: “It’s really important all bird keepers heed biosecurity advice issued by Defra and maintain the highest biosecurity standards. Any suspicion of avian influenza should be reported to the APHA as soon as possible.” The Dorset case is the first confirmed finding of the virus in the UK this winter, and tests have shown it is closely related to the H5N6 strain circulating in wild birds across Europe in recent months. This is different to... ...

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Nearly 300 VNs removed from register for non-payment

Jan 15, 2018

Almost 300 veterinary nurses have been removed from the RCVS register for non-payment of the annual renewal fee. The RCVS is encouraging practices to check staff members are still on the register, after 295 veterinary nurses were removed from it on 1 January for non-payment. It is technically illegal for veterinary nurses to practice and perform any procedures that fall under Schedule 3 of the Veterinary Surgeons Act if they are not on the register. The annual payment is due on 1 November, although nurses have until midnight on 31 December to pay before they are removed from the register. This year, 295 were removed for non-payment, of whom more than 25 have subsequently applied for restoration and paid a fee of £118. Although the number of removals has increased from the previous year, when 247 veterinary nurses came off the register for non-payment, it is far fewer than 2016, when 692 were removed, the college said. Head of registration Nicola South said: “Over the past two years, we have... ...

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Mars Petcare Acquisition of Genoscoper to Accelerate Discovery of Genetic Health Markers for Companion Animals

Jan 15, 2018

Mars Petcare acquired Genoscoper Laboratories, a specialist in molecular diagnostics for companion animals. The acquisition will accelerate the pace of discoveries in genetics, to form the basis for future practical applications in enabling precision healthcare for pets. Mars Petcare’s genetic testing unit Wisdom Health is a pioneer in this field with its market leading breed detection testWISDOM PANEL[TM]. Finland-based Genoscoper, in close partnership with University of Helsinki, created the genetic health testing platform MyDogDNA. Since 2015, Genoscoper and Wisdom Health have partnered to discover new genetic health markers for companion animals and have recently launched a new product for dogs, WISDOM PANEL™ Health, combining breed ancestry with detection of potential inherited health conditions. “Our world-class genetics research is focused on helping pet owners and veterinarians improve the health of pets with tools that define their genetic predispositions for health and disease. Ultimately this will enable targeted and preventive veterinary care with pets getting individualized nutrition, exercise and treatment,” said Leonid Sudakov, President, Connected Solutions, Mars Petcare. “This is a critical... ...

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Parnell Pharmaceuticals Holdings Ltd Announces Business Results for the Nine Months Ended September 30, 2017

Jan 15, 2018

Parnell Pharmaceuticals Holdings Ltd. (OTC PINK: PARNF), a fully integrated, commercial-stage pharmaceutical company focused on developing, manufacturing and marketing innovative animal health solutions, today announced business results for the period ended September 30, 2017, including ongoing revenue growth of 4% to $14.4 million, a $12.6 million improvement in profitability to an EBITDAOI loss of $0.6 million year to date and advances in partnering negotiations and contract manufacturing agreements. Brad McCarthy, CEO and Executive Director of the Board, said, “Parnell furthered its sales growth in the September quarter whilst maintaining a strong emphasis on cost control to progress towards our communicated goal of becoming EBITDA (being Earnings Before Interest, Tax, Depreciation, Amortization) break-even in 2017. “Through 30 September proprietary in-Market product sales in our key US Production business remained on track with 2017 guidance delivering 22% growth over the same period in 2016, although changes in distributor purchasing patterns saw our ex-Parnell sales grow 2% for the period. This strong in-Market growth continues despite not having a full complement of territory... ...

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Hallmarq completes its first Toshiba CT installation in UK vet practice

Jan 15, 2018

Hallmarq Veterinary Imaging has completed its first installation of a Toshiba CT scanner at Swayne and Partners veterinary practice in Bury St Edmunds in the UK. The practice runs from four locations across West Suffolk and will be accepting imaging referrals within the region. The installation follows on from an exclusive agreement that allows high quality CT scanners made by Toshiba to benefit from specialist installation, advice, training, service and support provided by Hallmarq. Swayne’s partner, Dr Duncan Hole says having the in-house facility is a real benefit, allowing fast and accurate diagnoses across the practice case load and opening up new opportunities, “The recent installation of a Toshiba 64 slice CT machine has revolutionised our imaging capabilities. We are now able to diagnose and treat conditions we previously struggled with or referred to other centres.” He continued, “We are very excited and impressed with the image quality and are looking forward to continuing to expand our imaging and treatment capabilities as we develop our case load.” Speaking about the... ...

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