Is Feed Microbial Quality Attacking Your Profit?

Dec 9, 2015

In this article, Dr Gino Lorenzoni, Technical Director at Anitox, discusses the various factors which can compromise an animal’s ability to effectively process feed. These include: feed as a cause of enteritis, a condition prevalent among farmed animals; the lack of guidance on ‘safe’ limits for bacterial contamination in feed; variation of bacterial contamination within different batches of feed; and the possible effect of all these factors on how profitable an animal production operation will be. ...

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Avoiding the Pitfalls of Preanalytical Variables in Animal Health Studies

Dec 9, 2015

Clinical pathology data are routinely collected during animal health studies in order to aid in the evaluation of a compound’s toxicity profile. Clinical pathology test results can be affected by factors occurring prior to sample analysis (preanalytical) and it is the potential impact of these factors, in particular, which can be easily overlooked at the time of data interpretation. Anne Provencher, Executive Director of Clinical Pathology for Global Preclinical Services, and William Siska, Clinical Pathologist, at Charles River, discuss the need for in-depth consideration of preanalytical variables, during both study design and study conduct, in order to reduce their potential impact on clinical pathology data. ...

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Zoonotic Diseases

Dec 9, 2015

In this article, Zoran Katrinka, Councillor for Europe at the World Veterinary Association, takes a comprehensive look at zoonotic diseases; how they occur and how our rapidly changing population is affecting their prevalence. The author advocates a ‘One Health’ approach in the treatment of zoonotic diseases – a collaborative, international, cross-sectoral, multidisciplinary mechanism to address threats and reduce risks of detrimental infectious diseases at the animal-human-ecosystem interface (FAO). ...

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Anal Sac Adenocarcinoma; A Hidden Cancer

Dec 9, 2015

Tumours of the apocrine glands of the anal sac represent 2% of all canine skin and subcutaneous tumours, and 17% of all perianal malignancies. Most tumours are malignant (adenocarcinoma) with 46-90% of tumours having spread at time of diagnosis. Early diagnosis, aggressive surgery and adjunctive therapy are crucial in achieving the best possible outcome for an individual patient. In this review, Katie McNaught and Professor Jo Morris of the College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences aim to highlight the clinical signs and importance of early diagnosis and staging and discuss the different treatment options available. ...

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