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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Role of Mycotoxins for Health and the Efficiency of Vaccination in Swine

Sep 15, 2016

Olga Averkieva, PhD, and Radka Borutova, DVM, PhD, at Nutriad International, give us an insight into vaccination practices against mycotoxins in swine. Mycotoxins are fungal secondary metabolites detected in many agricultural commodities, especially cereals. Pigs are exposed to these toxins due to their high consumption of cereals. The mycotoxins have different toxic effects, but they all target the immune system. Ingestion of mycotoxincontaminated feed can result in an increased susceptibility to infectious diseases, a reactivation of chronic infection and a decreased vaccine efficacy.       ...

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