Highest-level Effluent Treatment at Pirbright National Virology Centre

Jun 28, 2016

The laboratory for research and surveillance of virus diseases of farm animals and viruses that spread from animals to humans, based at the Pirbright Institute, required stringent levels of effluent treatment and containment across the whole facility. The BBSRC National Virology Centre has the highest containment level for animal pathogens (containment level 4) to enable the study of animal virus diseases exotic to the UK. Andrew Manly, communications director for the Active & Intelligent Packaging Industry Association (AIPIA), informs readers that Suncombe were appointed to design, construct and commission this element of the project in conjunction with Shepherd Construction. ...

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The ISO 9001:2015 Standard: Quality Management Systems – New Concepts

Jun 28, 2016

The ISO 9001 standard was the start of a global phenomenon which saw the range of ISO management systems standards expand to include, amongst others, the environment as well as continuity, insurance and risk (1996), through to the current Business Continuity Management and Environmental Management standards. The ISO standards are revised every ten years or so; 2015 saw a major overhaul of ISO 9001:2008, in line with the new high level structure of ISO Annex SL (2012) for Management Systems to better reflect modernday organisational planning and process management. Madeleine Fairweather, BSc Hons, PhD Cambridge, MRSB, Director of MSFQA Associates Limited, clarifies why the core quality management systems (QMS) standard was updated last September and describes the aims and aspirations of this new edition. ...

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The Wave of the Future – Radio Frequency Pasteurisation

Jun 28, 2016

In the United States, FSMA regulations, effective this year, address the concerns of food safety in our supply chain. The requirements apply to both human and animal food. Radio frequency (RF) pasteurisation systems, utilised for food pasteurisation since the 1960s, offer a unique and costeffective approach to manufacturing safer food products. The RF treatment process does not require special labeling and doesn’t involve irradiation, noxious gases or the use of chemical additives. Lisa A. Mitchell, Marketing Manager of Radio Frequency Company, Inc., provides some statistics as evidence of the existing problems modern food and pet food manufacturers need to address. ...

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Raising the Bar for Animal Clinical Trials

Jun 28, 2016

Recent advances in veterinary science mean that pharma companies can reap the benefits of health-related quality of life (HRQL) surveys and electronic data capture (EDC) for animal clinical trials, as well as those targeted at the human drug market. In the context of clinical trials, scientific standards demand a degree of consistency, characterised by well-defined measurement using standardised instruments. According to Jacky Reid, BVMS, PhD, DVA, DipECVAA MRCA, MRCVS, founding director and CEO of NewMetrica, as well as providing a more complete picture of the animals’ true experience, this has potentially huge implications for the outcomes, effectiveness and costbenefit profile of trials. ...

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UK Trial Clearance Procedure Realigned with the Rest of the European Union

Jun 28, 2016

The requirements for a UK Animal Test Certificate (ATC or “field trial permit”) were dramatically revised in December 2015, reinstating the UK as an attractive location for veterinary field trials. The UK has long been a recognised location for the conduct of veterinary clinical field trials. Not only is the UK one of the largest Animal Health markets in Europe, the Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) is also a very active and influential regulatory agency in the EU. As Julian Braidwood, Managing Director of Triveritas, illustrates, the new UK ATC application process has been greatly simplified, appears similar to that for many other EU member states, and is now aligned with the VICH Guideline 9 (good clinical practice or GCPv). ...

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Maximising Today’s Hyperprolific Sow Requirements Requires Precision Mineral Nutrition

Jun 28, 2016

Minerals constitute a small proportion of the diet, but they are essential for the health, wellbeing and performance of the breeding female. They are involved in many metabolic and endocrine processes within the body, and are especially important for reproduction, not only in terms of number of piglets weaned per litter or per year, but also in terms of lifetime performance. Dr Jules Taylor Pickard, European Business Director of Alltech, argues that it is questionable whether current trace mineral recommendations meet the needs of the modern hyperprolific sow. ...

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The Use of Organic Acids and Phytogenics to Promote Intestinal Tract Health

Jun 28, 2016

Globally, the use of antibiotics is under great scrutiny and changes to legislation will require the poultry industry to review production practices with much less reliance on antibiotics. The modern poultry industry demands increasing productivity and efficiency. Historically, antibiotics, particularly for growth promotion (AGPs), have made a significant contribution to achieving the modern levels of production. Dr Leon Broom from Anpario PLC introduces organic acids and phytogenics as natural alternatives with the potential to fill the void created by the reduction in antibiotic use. ...

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Recruitment and Training of SQPs

Jun 28, 2016

The EU is revising the current regulation for all animal medicines and medicated feeds. AHDA exists to ensure its member SQPs can continue to prescribe under EU law, and it has been closely involved with the committee deliberations for both sets of legislation. The recruitment and training of SQPs in the UK is at an all time high with over 6350 on the register and a further 1000 in training for the examination. We see more and more now working in vet practices at over 700 providing a valuable role in routine front-of-house prescribing. Within this article, Ian Scott from AHDA relates the association’s efforts to achieve these results. ...

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The Importance and Valuation of Patents in Technology Transfer in the Animal Health Industry

Jun 28, 2016

According to the definition of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), intellectual property (IP) is a protection by law, given as patents, copyright and trademarks. These enable the inventors to earn recognition and/or financial benefit. The IP system tries to foster an environment in which innovation can flourish whilst protection of inventions are given, but also the interest of the public is considered. Clara Nascimento Silva, PhD, and Mario Schäfer, both Vice Presidents for Business Development at Trifermed, think that, in researchintensive industries like animal health, patents are by far the most important type of IP. ...

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The Economics of Animal Health and Welfare

Jun 28, 2016

When people (scientists and the public alike) think of animal welfare, they find it relatively easy to describe in terms of the absence of negative states, but they find it more difficult to think about positive states. Societal and economic pressure for improvements in animal welfare have become an increasingly important driving force for changes in the management of companion, production and wildlife species. Dr Elizabeth L. Jackson and Dr Troy J. Gibson from the Royal Veterinary College share their views on what can be considered good animal welfare. ...

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