Are We Getting the Best Out of Our Sows? The Use of Phytogenics in Sow Diets to Enhance Performance

Sep 15, 2016

As we edge ever-closer to the challenging prospect of supplying food to an estimated 9 billion people by 2050, armed with fewer resources and in many cases without the use of antibiotic growth promoters (AGP), producers are undoubtedly faced with a difficult task. In this piece, Clare Gaukroger, R&D scientist at Anpario PLC, outlines the situation and supplies a helpful solution. In order to meet the future prospective consumer demand, pig producers must increase their output of pig meat (kg/sow/year). To do this, producers must start by improving sow performance. ...

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Medicated Feed, Antibiotics and Global Concern

Sep 15, 2016

Dr Ian Brown, Chairman of the Advisory Committee on Animal Feedingstuffs advising the Food Standards Agency and UK Ministers of State, writes about the challenges of animal prescriptions. For a physician, scientist and advocate of a ‘one health’ policy for both humans and animals, all medicines must be used judiciously. Stringent regulations apply to the medication of feed, with correct dosing and mixing to avoid carry-over of a medicated feed to a batch of non-target feed. This is where the prescription of a medicine for a group of animals differs significantly from the more usual prescribing practice in human bacterial infections.       ...

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Choosing the Right Livestock Applicator and Caring for It

Sep 15, 2016

In this article, Lisa Rumsfeld, Key Account Manager for Veterinary Products at Henke-Sass, Wolf, advises that using the right tools, no matter what the task at hand, makes the job more efficient, effective and easy. Having the right applicator, whether injecting, drenching or topical application of products, is critical to overall good results. For routine treatments, the majority of vets and producers prefer automatic applicators that are self-filling, either via a tube connection or bottle mount for speed and efficiency, vs individual dosing devices. ...

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International Trends Driving New Quality Initiatives in Injectable Medicines for Pets, Livestock

Sep 15, 2016

Ken Forssell, Vice President of Pharma Strategic Marketing at West Pharmaceutical Services, proposes a paper on how the veterinary sector is changing, as animal health advances to higher levels of quality that, in some cases, can rival human medical care. Part of it comes with expanding scientific knowledge: as researchers learn more about the nearly 1000 known zoonotic diseases and international agencies fight them with better, standardised care for pets and livestock, pharmaceutical companies are responding with better quality medications and vaccines. Furthermore, there is an increased focus on quality in pet care, too, as pet owners are increasing their spending. ...

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All Data Great and Small: Digital Innovation and Animal Health in the 21st Century

Sep 15, 2016

Our world is changing – and changing fast. Professor Alasdair “Alex” Cook BVM&S, MSc, DipECVPH, CertPM, PhD, MRCVS, Head of the Department of Veterinary Epidemiology and Public Health at the University of Surrey, reflects on changes in our technology. Machineto- machine communication is becoming a reality – maybe your bathroom scales will interact with your fitbit, your store cupboard and your kitchen to ensure you don’t consume more calories than you burn. These interconnected data, the Internet of Things, promises to disrupt every aspect of our lives. This article considers what this may mean for animal health and veterinary services. ...

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Animal Infection Models for Vaccine Development

Sep 15, 2016

In this review, Joaquim Segalés, director of the Centre de Recerca en Sanitat Animal (CReSA, at IRTA, Spain), and Mònica Balasch, associate director of Veterinary Medicine Research and Development at Zoetis (Spain), aim to discuss the need, design, use and benefit of utilising animal infection models. This is an efficient method to develop vaccine products able to reduce the impact not only of human diseases and zoonotic pathogens transmitted by animals, but also diseases causing significant economic problems in livestock.   ...

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Bridging the Gap Between Animal Health and EDC

Sep 15, 2016

Global agriculture is at a crossroads. In their editorial, Mike Novotny, founder and CEO of Medrio, and Nick O’Brien, Marketing Copywriter at Medrio, tell us why. Demand for agricultural production is high and growing, but environmental conditions have created challenges in meeting that demand. In this context, there has never been a better time to develop new treatments to keep our animals – and, by extension, ourselves – healthy. What is hindering the more widespread use of electronic data capture (EDC) technology in animal health research, when it can help provide the efficiency the animal health industry needs? ...

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Pain – Measuring What Counts

Sep 15, 2016

In this article, Jacky Reid, BVMS, PhD, DVA, DipECVAA MRCA, MRCVS, founding director and CEO of NewMetrica, illustrates how to treat pain in animals. Pain is not just about how it feels, but how it makes you feel. Accepted wisdom is that the idiosyncratic experience of pain is no different in animals than in humans, and that it’s crucial to recognise the full spectrum of emotions associated with pain when assessing the value of a procedure or drug designed to be therapeutic. ...

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Could a Veterinary Licensed Probiotic Help Reduce Reliance on Antibiotics?

Sep 15, 2016

Tommy Armstrong, Territory Sales Manager at Provita Animal Health, tackles the hot topic of antimicrobial resistance in this piece. At the recent World Buiatrics Congress (WBC) an entire session was dedicated to antimicrobial resistance. The animal health industry and veterinarians need to respond positively to this serious threat to human and animal health. This can be achieved through adoption of the responsible use of antibiotics and the use of proven veterinary licensed alternative medicines. ...

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Brucellosis: Renewed Efforts Towards a Safer Vaccine

Sep 15, 2016

In this paper, Beatrice Ouma, the Communications Manager for the Global Alliance for Livestock Veterinary Medicines, teaches us more about brucellosis. This is a costly disease that has both economic and health implications to people in the developing world. As the disease can be transmitted between animals and humans, the battle against human brucellosis is very much dependent on the control and eventual eradication of animal brucellosis. Vaccination plays a major role in this. Existing vaccines are not sufficiently safe and efficacious in the developing world context for a number of reasons. ...

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