Brand New Series from Animal Planet Highlights Powerful Bonds Between Animals And People

May 21, 2018

All new series from Animal Planet and The Dodo, DODO HEROES will feature inspiring stories of animals in need from around the world, and the compassionate humans who go to unimaginable lengths to give them hope. With each episode focusing on one inspiring and moving story of people who go to any lengths to help animals, the series will explore the personalities and emotions of both humans and animals, while highlighting their unique connection. DODO HEROES marks Animal Planet’s first-ever global series launch which will premiere in the UK on Animal Planet June 9th at 9pm DODO HEROES includes: British Marine Pen Farthing who runs Nowzad, Afghanistan’s first and only official animal sanctuary which houses over 150 animals rescued from the streets of Kabul. Derrick Campana who runs Animal OrthoCare and is one of only a handful of people in the world who specialize in designing prosthetics and orthotic braces for animals. The Bee family who are fighting to save Australia’s rapidly declining koala population. Katherine Connor and her five children who... ...

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New Study by Merck Animal Health Reveals Many Pet Parents Unprepared for the Dangers Posed by Fleas and Ticks

May 14, 2018

Survey Coincides with Reports of Rising Human Illnesses from Flea, Tick and Mosquito Bites in the U.S. Merck Animal Health (known as MSD Animal Health outside the United States and Canada) today announced the results of a large consumer study that exposes knowledge gaps among U.S. pet owners related to the identification, prevention and treatment of fleas and ticks. Conducted by The Harris Poll on behalf of Merck Animal Health, the new online study of more than 1,300 pet parents (defined as those who own a dog and/or cat) found that despite the dangers of flea infestations, ticks, and Lyme disease, many pet parents may not be as knowledgeable – or as prepared – as they think. In fact, one third (33%) say that they do not give their pets regular flea/tick medication and nearly half (48%) don’t bring their pets in for routine exams to protect against these parasites. Overall, the study found that when it comes to avoiding and treating for these dangerous pests, pet parents tend to... ...

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Farmers should get paid to deliver animal welfare outcomes, vets say

May 14, 2018

The British Veterinary Association has urged government to deliver its promises of an animal welfare stewardship programme to financially support farmers. Earlier this year, the government recognised animal health and welfare as public goods. It spoke of the possibility of introducing pilot schemes to offer payments to farmers who deliver welfare outcomes. However, the BVA said more detail is needed on the schemes that will see these public goods incentivised. The veterinary industry body has recommended the use of an animal welfare stewardship programme to financially support animal welfare as a public good, alongside further development of farm assurance schemes. The government has in the past spoken about proposals to pilot schemes that offer payments to those farmers who deliver welfare outcomes that are higher than the legislative minimum and to introduce schemes that reward new approaches to improve welfare outcomes that are not industry standard. The BVA proposes a programme that would be based on the principles of environmental stewardship schemes, which reward land management practices that benefit the... ...

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Animal health training vital for local farmers

Apr 30, 2018

Farmers throughout Papua New Guinea lack training and awareness on animal health disease surveillance. This concern was raised by PNG UNRE animal science lecturer Charles Maika recently during his presentation “animal health disease surveillance and its importance in PNG” at a weekly seminar attended by staff and students of the university. Mr Maika said in the past PNG was isolated and as a result the country was free from some of the diseases that affected the livestock of other countries, but this has now changed. There is an increase in people’s movement, trade agreements with other countries, high demand for livestock production in the country, and moreover it is difficult to monitor the country’s boarder areas. “Because of PNG’s location – Indonesia on the west, Solomon Islands on the east and Australia on the south – it is vulnerable to diseases,” Maika explained. Mr Maika said because of these factors, farmers critically need training and awareness to understand the signs and movement of diseases, whom to report it to and... ...

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Exotics vet raises more than £1,600 for animal welfare

Apr 30, 2018

Daniella Dos Santos completes London Marathon in seven hours and four minutes  An exotics vet overcame a spider bite and scorching temperatures to raise money for animal welfare at the 2018 Virgin London Marathon. Daniella Dos Santos had planned to undertake the gruelling 26.2 miles dressed as an ostrich. But the early summer heatwave and subsequent warning from event organisers not to run in costume meant that she had to drop the idea. Thankfully, the heat – together with a nasty spider bite and a leg injury – did not stop Daniella completing the Marathon in seven hours and four minutes and raising more than £1,600 for the Animal Welfare Foundation (AWF). Commenting on her achievement, Daniela said: “I have a real knack of getting bitten by spiders and ending up in pretty bad shape. About three weeks ago I was bitten, for the sixth time, by a spider in Australia. Walking, let alone running, was a challenge, and as a result, I picked up an injury in my other... ...

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MSD Animal Health continues its partnership with WeForest to promote a healthy planet

Apr 20, 2018

World Earth Day provides opportunity for veterinarians to give back. MSD Animal Health (known as Merck Animal Health in the United States and Canada) today announced, as part of its commitment to a healthier planet on World Earth Day, its continued partnership with WeForest, an international nonprofit association engaged in large-scale sustainable reforestation and reduction in plastic pollution. Through the partnership, MSD Animal Health will plant 20,000 trees this year in areas where they are most needed, including Brazil, India and Zambia. “We are proud to participate in WeForest’s mission to restore the planet’s natural resources by planting trees,” said Taylor Barbosa, DVM, Ph.D., ACPV, Executive Director, Global Poultry Marketing, MSD Animal Health. “Through this partnership and the use of novel technologies such as our environmentally friendly, Sphereon® technology, MSD Animal Health is committed to environmental responsibility, in particular, working towards the offset of carbon emissions. With the help of poultry veterinarians and producers who use our products, we will continue to partner with WeForest in the years to come, planting... ...

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SeQuent Scientific arm buys Cadila’s animal health biz in Germany

Apr 20, 2018

Mumbai-based pharmaceutical company SeQuent Scientific Ltd has said that its subsidiary Alivira Animal Health Ltd has acquired 100% stake in Cadila Healthcare’s animal health business in Germany in a cash deal. According to separate stock exchange filings, Alivira Animal Health, through Alivira Ireland, has bought Bremer Pharma GmbH from Cadila for an enterprise value of 2.26 million euros ($2.8 million or Rs 18.3 crore). Manish Gupta, managing director of SeQuent Scientific, said the acquisition will give the firm a comprehensive manufacturing footprint in the European Union across injectables, orals, solids, and powder range and front-end presence in six out of the top 10 EU markets. Founded in 1982, Bremer Pharma is a veterinary health company in Germany which focuses on the cattle and swine segments. It has an injectable manufacturing facility. Bremer has a portfolio of more than 400 registered products including vitamins and antibiotics across Europe, Far East, Middle East and North Africa (MENA), Russia and Africa. It registered sales of 6.7 million euros ($8.3 million) for the year... ...

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Australian animal health firm that received local incentives appears to have left town

Apr 20, 2018

An Australian animal health company that received startup funding from the city and county appears to have closed its Lawrence headquarters, raising the question of whether some of the money should be paid back. The company, Integrated Animal Health, announced it would move its global headquarters to Lawrence in 2015. The City of Lawrence and Douglas County subsequently approved incentives for the company, including a $100,000 forgivable loan, subject to a three-year performance agreement. The city and county also agreed to subsidize the company’s rent in the Bioscience and Technology Business Center on the University Kansas campus for three years. Assistant City Manager Diane Stoddard said that the company indicated it met performance requirements for the first two years, but the city believes the company stopped operating in late 2017. Stoddard said that would mean the company did not meet requirements for the loan in its third year, potentially allowing the city and county to claw back a third of the funding, or about $33,333. Stoddard said that the company’s... ...

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Animal welfare groups condemn footage of performing bear

Apr 20, 2018

Circus bear claps to fans at Russian football game Video footage showing a bear performing for fans at a Russian football match has been condemned by animal welfare groups. In a YouTube clip, the bear can be seen handing over a football to the referee, before standing up on his hind legs and clapping. According to BBC Sport, the away side claims that the bear was going to be used in the opening ceremony of the World Cup in June. But the sport’s governing body, FIFA, has denied these allegations. Responding to the video footage, Peta director Elisa Allen said: “In addition to being inhumane and utterly out of touch, using a bear as a captive servant to deliver a football is downright dangerous. “The bear is the symbol of Russia, so we hope the country’s people will show some compassion and national pride and stop abusing them. Common decency should compel the league to pull this stunt.” Four Paws director Bria da Cal added: “While some supposedly find this... ...

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The National Animal Health Summit

Apr 16, 2018

The Animal Health and Veterinary Show is being held in the Arena MK, Milton Keynes on 10th July 2018. The Animal Health and Veterinary Show offers an annual opportunity for leading suppliers to the Animal Health and Veterinary sector to meet, network and do business with the UKs leading leading Veterinary Practises. The event offers an annual chance for the sector to gather to keep up to date with the latest trends, opportunities and best practise and to meet with key suppliers of technology and services. Over 30 speakers and 50 exhibitors will inform and educate and inform the delegates who have gathered to network and listen to key note talks. Why Attend ·Educational seminars on key industry trends ·Key insights from industry thought leaders & service providers ·Hands-on demonstrations of the latest solutions in the technology showcase ·Excellent networking opportunities with peers throughout the day ·Meet over 50 exhibitors that can meet your needs ...

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