Overview of the Dutch (Veterinary) Medicines Sector. One Health Approach?

May 19, 2015

In this Country Focus, Bjorn Eussen from FIDIN describes his (Dutch) point of view on veterinary medicines market, also referring to human medicines sector. He mentions different criteria, such as economical factors and legislation procedures. Finally, after placing opposite to each other human and veterinary medicines sectors, he gathers all the elements into ‘One Health’ conclusion.   ...

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Identifying the Best Delivery for Your Beloved Patient

May 19, 2015

Packaging Plays Increasingly Important Role in Achieving Optimal Animal Health Outcomes. Experts estimate $51 billion dollars were spent on companion animals in the United State alone in 2011, with 25% of that spent on veterinary care (including medicines) and another 20% on over-the-counter medicines and supplies. Justin Schroeder from PCI discusses the important role of packaging in the whole process of taking care of your pet.   ...

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Extrusion Cooking of Aquatic Feeds, the Path Forward

May 19, 2015

Raw materials and formulations have been the area of major changes in the aquatic feed sector. As shortages of fishmeal developed the use of alternate protein sources greatly increased. This coupled with growth in aquaculture has strained even some vegetable protein sources. Availability might still be of no concern but what about the ingredient quality. Joseph Kerns from Wenger describes the whole process of aquatic feed preparation.   ...

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Serum Detection of Mycoplasma in Poultry

May 19, 2015

Published studies show different results about the antibodies detection time with RPA and ELISA. Caroline Pommellet from Biovac designed and conducted an experiment, in which nine 11-week-old chickens were challenged at day 0 by intranasal route with MG and bled for serology every two to three days, starting from the challenge day until day 25. Sera were tested with RPA and ELISA tests. Subsequently, she shares the results and draws conclusions.   ...

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The Influence of MOS on Sow and Piglet Performance

May 19, 2015

Mannanoligosaccharides (MOS) are complex carbohydrates derived from the cell wall of selected strains of the yeast Saccharomyces Cerevisiae. All of effects MOS has on the performance of animals result in improved performance, and the scientific literature has shown that both growth rate and feed efficiency have been improved when the MOS product was provided in the diets of piglets post weaning and during the growing-finishing period. Dr Jules Taylor Pickard from Alltech reviews all available sow studies for the response to MOS product and suggests possible modes of action for any positive response obtained.   ...

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The Role of Feed Enzymes in Poultry Gut Health

May 19, 2015

First introduced into the poultry industry in the 1980s, enzymes are now used in over 90% of all broiler diets. Feed enzyme application in diets for poultry is also one of the most researched fields in poultry science today, with over 2,500 independent enzyme trials conducted with broilers alone. Much of this research has been focussed on phytase and its mode of action. The penetration of carbohydrase and protease enzymes into poultry feed has been slower, particularly in markets that rely less on ‘viscous’ wheat and barley based diets. Luis Romero from Dupont compares and analyses several enzymes, the effects they have on poultry population, and as a result – more efficient production.   ...

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World Leading Research and Surveillance at The Pirbright Institute

May 19, 2015

The Pirbright Institute is a world leading centre of excellence in research and surveillance of viral diseases of farm animals and viruses that spread from animals to humans. This article summarises the research taking place at the Institute which is based upon a combination of fundamental and applied bioscience and which utilises unique biological and physical resources. Dr Emma Fishbourne details some of the virus diseases we are currently working on including diagnosis, host-pathogen interaction and vaccine development, and highlights the impact of our science across the globe on animal and human health.   ...

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Exploring Human and Animal Microbiota in Health and Disease

May 19, 2015

Growing body of evidence shows that our microbial population plays a role in health and disease. As the sequencing methods are rapidly developing and improving, it is essential to have state-of-the-art bio-informatic platforms and expert knowledge that allow for comprehensive visualization and biological interpretation of the massive datasets. Future studies focusing on microbiota interaction with the host and effect on animal host physiology, leave room for exploration and new discoveries within this dynamic field of research. Dr Sabina Lukovac from NIZO shows, how it will help to identify novel biomarkers and aid in development of new therapeutic strategies. ...

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Keeping Your Farm Water Safe and Fresh

May 19, 2015

Water quality is a major issue for all species – animals and plants can go for several days without food, but cannot last long without access to water. This makes water the number one nutrient in all diets – although it is frequently neglected and taken for granted. As such the quality and safety of water is essential in maintaining animal health. Lucy Waldron of LWT Animal Nutrition Ltd discusses why using an effective disinfectant and water sanitiser on farm or with various animal enterprises is important in maintaining animal health, productivity and welfare.   ...

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Accurate Early Markers of Renal Damage for Veterinary and Research Use

May 19, 2015

The assessment of renal function in small animals is of interest both to veterinary practitioners and research organisations, especially those investigating the possible effects of drugs developed for humans or companion animals, which might be destructive for kidneys. For veterinarians, one primary concern is the early diagnosis of chronic kidney disease (CKD), defined as primary renal disease present for an extended period of time. Sam Williams and Ludovic Pelligand from Delta Dot studies this casus, presenting clinical trials data and the importance the earliest-possible identification.   ...

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