A New World – A New Approach?

Jun 21, 2018

In the farming industry, as we gear up for change and very likely a different world to the one we are in today, many potential incentives, developments and long overdue initiatives are in train, many of which would previously have met with fierce resistance and a thousand reasons why they cannot or would not work in today’s world. Gwyn Jones of RUMA explains how, collectively, we can improve our performance by ridding ourselves of endemic diseases where possible, and control and minimise others, leading to healthier stock, more valuable stock and more productive stock, with less antibiotic use. ...

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How Collaboration Drives Innovation and Quality in Animal Health Product Development

Jun 21, 2018

The binary relationship between client and contract organisations is crucial in the development of cuttingedge animal health products and technologies. True collaboration, from inception to completion, guarantees a better end product. We call this process ‘Molecule-toMarket’ and it’s paying off for clients around the world searching for new solutions to diseases and conditions impacting animal health. Doug Cleverly at Argenta discusses how effective and innovative partnerships in animal health development can be the collaboration. ...

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Brexit and the Animal Health Sector – Two Years on from the UK EU Referendum

Jun 21, 2018

The UK’s decision to exit from the EU, now two yearsago, was not anticipated by the UK animal medicines industry, which for many years has been well integrated in European supply chains. However, since June 2016 NOAH has been working to understand the implications of Brexit for the industry and to ensure continuity of supply of medicines for UK vets and animal keepers. The UK regulator, the Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD), is working with NOAH in an effort to ensure that a full complement of medicines will still be available in the UK on day one of Brexit, to minimise the potential for disease spread and animal suffering. Dawn Howard at NOAH says that this work continues, as concern is mounting that time is running out to allow businesses to be able to execute a smooth Brexit process without interruption to the availability of veterinary medicines. ...

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Improving the Regulatory and Trade Environment for US Animal Feed Manufacturers is Crucial for Supporting Affordable, Abundant Food Options Globally

Jun 21, 2018

Just as humans need a balanced diet to stay healthy, animals need the right nutrition throughout all stages of their lives to continue producing healthy, wholesome meat, milk, fish and eggs for our food supply. Joel G. Newman at the American Feed Industry Association says that for one in nine people around the world, undernourishment is a real and daily struggle and that agriculture must continue to innovate and produce 70 per cent more food over the next 30 years to accommodate a growing world population, but this must be done in a sustainable way, given the earth’s natural resources are finite and precious. ...

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M2 + C = The Essential Elements for Startup Success

Jun 21, 2018

The life sciences encompass a broad range of activities that include human and animal health but there are large  differences between investments in human health and those in animal health. There are also differences within animal health itself. For example, companion vs. production animal markets are usually lumped together but are very different in focus and drivers. Dr Sam Al-Murrani at Babylon BioConsulting LLC discusses why money and technology do not alone lead to commercial success in the absence of a good market, good management and focus on the consumer. ...

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For Dogs, Time Alone May Mean Depression. Daycare is a Healing Option

Jun 21, 2018

Dogs can suffer from a dog version of depression when they have been left alone at home. As not everybody can afford to stay at home or to move their office to home, and that’s where “doggy daycare” comes in. In this article, Carissa D. Lamkahouan, a freelance newspaper and magazine journalist, describes when the owners can take advantage of dog daycare services. ...

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Comparative Medicine: Similarities Between Domestic Animals and Humans – Do these Help in Translational Medicine?

Jun 21, 2018

Although appearances can be deceptive, there are considerable biological similarities between humans and animals. At the physiological and anatomical level, the similarities are remarkable. Animals ranging from mice to monkeys have the same organ systems, which function in a very similar manner to that of people. This means  that many human and animal diseases are also highly similar. Tas Gohir at Royal Veterinary College (RVC) reckons that for the purpose of human therapeutic development, it is a question of identifying which animals have physiological and biochemical systems of interest, that are sufficiently similar to human. ...

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Organic Trace Minerals: Optimised Stability Enhances Bioavailability

Jun 21, 2018

Organic trace minerals (OTMs) are recognised globally as being a more bioavailable source of mineral than their inorganic counterparts. Whilst there are many forms of mineral products available in the marketplace for use in animal nutrition, these have unfortunately been generically entitled “organic trace minerals” by virtue of the fact that the trace elements in question are complexed or otherwise associated with organic molecules. Dr Richard Murphy at Alltech’s European Bioscience Centre explains that despite the confusing and often contradictory information that exists, mineral chelation is a relatively straightforward process governed by some fundamental chemistry basics. ...

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Rabies – Still A Disease to be Feared – but Vaccination is Winning the Battle in Many Areas of the Globe

Jun 21, 2018

Rabies is a deadly disease, normally spread to humans from infected animals through a bite, scratch, or even a lick on broken skin. Without prompt treatment, the disease is invariably fatal. This is why many countries have made great efforts to eliminate the disease within their borders but, despite this, rabies is still widespread across large areas of the globe. In this article, Dr Med. Vet. Verena Ziethlow at IDT Biologika will explain in detail about the new generation oral rabies virus vaccines. ...

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Effect of amino acid and peptide complex AB070597 on renal function in dogs with chronic kidney disease

Jun 21, 2018

The management of chronic kidney disease (CKD) in dogs remains a challenge to veterinary professionals and exerts financial burdens on their owners. Expanded knowledge and improvement in treatment would benefit all. Dr Randy Aronson at Bio Health Solution describes a study that was to examine whether AB070597, a dietary-supplement compound of six amino acids and one peptide, can slow, halt, or reverse the decline of renal function in dogs with CKD. ...

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