NUTRIAD SHOWCASES RESEARCH AND PRODUCTS AT APA 2018

Apr 23, 2018

The 2018 APA convention (Asia Pacific Aquaculture) will take place in Taipei (Taiwan) from 23th to 26th of April, and promises to become one of the major aquaculture exhibitions in South East Asia this year. APA18 is organized by the World Aquaculture Society – Asian Pacific Chapter and hosted by the National Taiwan Ocean University. Industry leader Nutriad sponsors the event and will host a technical conference as well.   “Taiwan has been a pioneering country in modern aquaculture and although production is limited today in Taiwan itself, the expertise of many companies and consultants plays a key role in the development of aquaculture in Asia and worldwide,” says Allen Wu, APAC Regional Manager Aquaculture Nutriad, based in Taipei.   This year, Nutriad selected APA18 as its platform for organizing an aquaculture distributor meeting and a customer dining event. Furthermore, Nutriad sponsors a scientific session on “Functional feed for health management.”   “Sponsoring a scientific session provides an excellent opportunity for our central and regional aqua team as well as... ...

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MSD Animal Health continues its partnership with WeForest to promote a healthy planet

Apr 20, 2018

World Earth Day provides opportunity for veterinarians to give back. MSD Animal Health (known as Merck Animal Health in the United States and Canada) today announced, as part of its commitment to a healthier planet on World Earth Day, its continued partnership with WeForest, an international nonprofit association engaged in large-scale sustainable reforestation and reduction in plastic pollution. Through the partnership, MSD Animal Health will plant 20,000 trees this year in areas where they are most needed, including Brazil, India and Zambia. “We are proud to participate in WeForest’s mission to restore the planet’s natural resources by planting trees,” said Taylor Barbosa, DVM, Ph.D., ACPV, Executive Director, Global Poultry Marketing, MSD Animal Health. “Through this partnership and the use of novel technologies such as our environmentally friendly, Sphereon® technology, MSD Animal Health is committed to environmental responsibility, in particular, working towards the offset of carbon emissions. With the help of poultry veterinarians and producers who use our products, we will continue to partner with WeForest in the years to come, planting... ...

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SeQuent Scientific arm buys Cadila’s animal health biz in Germany

Apr 20, 2018

Mumbai-based pharmaceutical company SeQuent Scientific Ltd has said that its subsidiary Alivira Animal Health Ltd has acquired 100% stake in Cadila Healthcare’s animal health business in Germany in a cash deal. According to separate stock exchange filings, Alivira Animal Health, through Alivira Ireland, has bought Bremer Pharma GmbH from Cadila for an enterprise value of 2.26 million euros ($2.8 million or Rs 18.3 crore). Manish Gupta, managing director of SeQuent Scientific, said the acquisition will give the firm a comprehensive manufacturing footprint in the European Union across injectables, orals, solids, and powder range and front-end presence in six out of the top 10 EU markets. Founded in 1982, Bremer Pharma is a veterinary health company in Germany which focuses on the cattle and swine segments. It has an injectable manufacturing facility. Bremer has a portfolio of more than 400 registered products including vitamins and antibiotics across Europe, Far East, Middle East and North Africa (MENA), Russia and Africa. It registered sales of 6.7 million euros ($8.3 million) for the year... ...

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Australian animal health firm that received local incentives appears to have left town

Apr 20, 2018

An Australian animal health company that received startup funding from the city and county appears to have closed its Lawrence headquarters, raising the question of whether some of the money should be paid back. The company, Integrated Animal Health, announced it would move its global headquarters to Lawrence in 2015. The City of Lawrence and Douglas County subsequently approved incentives for the company, including a $100,000 forgivable loan, subject to a three-year performance agreement. The city and county also agreed to subsidize the company’s rent in the Bioscience and Technology Business Center on the University Kansas campus for three years. Assistant City Manager Diane Stoddard said that the company indicated it met performance requirements for the first two years, but the city believes the company stopped operating in late 2017. Stoddard said that would mean the company did not meet requirements for the loan in its third year, potentially allowing the city and county to claw back a third of the funding, or about $33,333. Stoddard said that the company’s... ...

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BSAVA’s new chief outlines aspirations

Apr 20, 2018

Philip Lhermette, who took the reins from John Chitty at the end of BSAVA Congress, wants to drive the veterinary agenda, bring vet education into 21st century and boost holistic support. Incoming BSAVA president Philip Lhermette has outlined three strategic themes for his year in office, which will see him boost holistic support across the profession, drive the veterinary agenda forward and help take vet education into the 21st century. Dr Lhermette, who took over the helm from John Chitty during the association’s annual meeting at BSAVA Congress this month, has three strategic themes that will underpin his year in office. Philip Lhermette is president for 2018-2019. Image: BSAVA. His aims for the year are: Veterinary education in the 21st century. Dr Lhermette will oversee the opening of 21st century veterinary education facilities at the refurbished BSAVA headquarters, Woodrow House, where science and CPD session for members will take place. BSAVA will be developing opportunities for new CPD both in the UK and abroad. Driving the veterinary agenda forward. Dr... ...

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Vets Now launches £200,000 fund

Apr 20, 2018

The UK’s biggest out-of-hours veterinary provider has launched an “angel fund” to allow its clinicians to provide emergency care to critically ill patients. A £200,000 “angel fund” from Vets Now will help clinicians give emergency care to critically ill animals where treatment costs cannot be met. Each vet within the organisation will receive around £1,000 a year in a bid to save the lives of pets and strays who may otherwise face euthanasia. Vets will be given discretion over how they spend their allowance as long as the pets they choose have a good chance of recovery and owners meet certain financial criteria. Combating stress Vets Now chief executive Mark Ross said: “Our vets and vet nurses often express concern about having to put pets to sleep because no one is in position to pay for their treatment. “These are sometimes stray animals who have been brought in to our clinics by worried members of the public or pets whose owners are simply struggling to make ends meet, and perhaps... ...

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Pets Need Vets campaign launched

Apr 20, 2018

Initiative to promote benefits of registering with a vet The RCVS and the BVA have launched a social media campaign to highlight the benefits of registering pets with veterinary practices. The move comes as new figures show an estimated 3.1 million pets in the UK are not registered with a vet. The collaborative ‘Pets Need Vets’ initiative shares 11 benefits of registering pets with a veterinary practice. They include easier access to emergency care, regular weight checks and nutritional advice. The campaign also calls on pet owners to visit findavet.org.uk to find the right practice for them and their pet. “Pets need vets to ensure their lifelong wellbeing, which is why it is concerning that a large number of pet owners in the country have not registered their animals with a practice,” said BVA president John Fishwick. “It is important that owners have access to reliable advice and veterinary care to be able to best look after their pets, and so we are calling on the profession to get involved... ...

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Canine specialist scoops prestigious Simon Award

Apr 20, 2018

Dr Dylan Clements honoured for his outstanding contributions to veterinary surgery A canine specialist has won a prestigious award for his outstanding contributions to veterinary surgery. Dr Dylan Clements from the University of Edinburgh received the Simon Award at the 2018 BSAVA Congress in Birmingham. A senior lecturer in small animal surgery at the Royal Dick School of Veterinary Studies, Dr Clements carries out research into the genetic basis and functional aspects of canine osteoarthritis. He also leads the Dogslife Project – the largest, long-term study of canine health in the world. Commenting on his award, Dr Clements said: “I am very honoured to receive the Simon Award and would like to thank the many colleagues with whom I work with, and the undergraduate students, postgraduate students and residents I have been lucky enough to supervise. “Receipt of the award is wonderful recognition for our work together to advance the field of veterinary surgery.” Awarded annually, the Simon Award is named after a golden retriever guide dog whose sight was... ...

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Animal welfare groups condemn footage of performing bear

Apr 20, 2018

Circus bear claps to fans at Russian football game Video footage showing a bear performing for fans at a Russian football match has been condemned by animal welfare groups. In a YouTube clip, the bear can be seen handing over a football to the referee, before standing up on his hind legs and clapping. According to BBC Sport, the away side claims that the bear was going to be used in the opening ceremony of the World Cup in June. But the sport’s governing body, FIFA, has denied these allegations. Responding to the video footage, Peta director Elisa Allen said: “In addition to being inhumane and utterly out of touch, using a bear as a captive servant to deliver a football is downright dangerous. “The bear is the symbol of Russia, so we hope the country’s people will show some compassion and national pride and stop abusing them. Common decency should compel the league to pull this stunt.” Four Paws director Bria da Cal added: “While some supposedly find this... ...

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AHT begins equine herpes virus vaccine research

Apr 20, 2018

Charity to design a modified live virus vaccine  The Animal Health Trust (AHT) has begun research into developing a new vaccine to protect against equine herpes virus (EHV-1). Overseen by Dr Neil Bryant, the research comes after the AHT became aware of a pressing need for progress towards a new and improved EHV-1 vaccine. In March, the Newmarket-based charity was called upon to work with the racing industry and affected parties in dealing with confirmed cases of EHV-1 abortion in Yorkshire and Suffolk. This need led to the development of an Equine Industries EHV Vaccine Steering Group, comprising of world-renowned experts on both human and equine herpes virus. Chaired by Professor Joe Brownlie of the RVC, the steering group has looked at the existing scientific evidence and agreed the most appropriate way forward is for the AHT to design a modified live virus (MLV) vaccine. “We’re at the beginning of a very exciting and potentially ground-breaking vaccine development,” said Dr Bryant. “Through our research, we will construct different viruses with... ...

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