One Health & Food Safety Congress

Jul 9, 2018

Dates: 18/09/2018 – 19/09/2018 Location: Bonn, Germany The objective of the congress “One Health and Food Safety” is to bring together researchers from different disciplines including human and veterinary medicine, animal, plant and environmental science, public health politics, management and economics. Individual, regional, and global health of humans and animals is interconnected, pointing to the need for a “One Health” perspective. Antimicrobial resistances as well as foodborne diseases are prominent examples of those close interlinkages. Inappropriate use of antibiotics in human medicine and agricultural production has exerted an enormous selection pressure on the earth microbiome and has increased antimicrobial resistance globally. Many zoonoses relate in some respect to animals in the food production chain and induce foodborne diseases. With a growing rate of antimicrobial resistance among zoonotic pathogens, the consequences of these infections for human health become even more problematic. There is a need for stronger collaboration between various disciplines to inspire solutions that may help to protect human and animal health as well as food and environmental safety. Learn... ...

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Quick wins for practices with next phase developments of pet health plan portal

Jul 9, 2018

Simplyhealth Professionals, the UK’s leading provider of preventive health plans for cats, dogs, rabbits and horses, has launched the next level of upgrades to its veterinary portal. Now new joiners can be added at the practice – with no need to contact Simplyhealth Professionals via telephone, or send in additional forms. Once the details are entered, the plan is instantly active and all of the client’s information is visible straight away, making it easy to administer the pet heath plan. Once practices start providing pet health plans, they are given full access to the portal and their own log ins. They will be able to see up to date details of payments, as well as process refunds as needed. The company will also continue to offer full support from its practice support contact centre to ensure that more complex questions can be dealt with, saving the practice valuable time and reducing the administrative load. The portal is complemented by a self-service marketing hub that allows practices to create high quality... ...

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Eco Animal Health Group hikes dividend following “record results”

Jul 2, 2018

The AIM 100 animal health product maker reported adjusted earnings (EBITDA) for the year of £19.6mln, up 15% on the year before Eco Animal Health Group Plc (LON:EAH) has hiked its dividend in full-year results as its balance sheet was boosted by sales increases and new market approvals. The AIM-100 animal health product maker reported adjusted earnings (EBITDA) for the year of £19.6mln, up 15% on the year before, while revenues increased 9.4% to £67.2mln. The firm also hiked its total dividend for the year 30% to 9.2p. Flagship product The group said its sales growth had been driven by strong performances in its flagship product Aivlosin, which treats diseases in pigs and poultry, which were up nearly 14% compared to last year. Eco also saw growth in its regional markets, with sales in the USA, Canada and South East Asia rising by 35%, 20%, and 23% respectively, however, the group saw a decline of 23 in its Brazilian market which it blamed on slow regulatory responses and a “generally... ...

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Horse health experts issue advice on worm control

Jul 2, 2018

Equitape is to be discontinued from October 2018 Horse health professionals have issued best practice advice on managing worm burdens following news that Equitape is to be discontinued from sale in the UK. In a joint press release, Westgate Laboratories, Austin David Biologics and Professor Jacqui Matthews of the Moredon Research Institute stressed the increasing importance evidence-based control. “Wherever possible, we must look to reduce infection risk and break the lifecycle of the worms without overly relying on wormers,”explained Professor Matthews. “Best practice control should include the following; strategic treatments, targeted (diagnostic test led) treatments, annual tests for wormer resistance, good pasture hygiene such as poo picking and implementing appropriate quarantine procedures for new horses.” Equitape is the only licenced product for horses containing praziquantel as a single active ingredient. From October 2018, it will only be available in ‘combination wormers’ also containing either ivermectin or moxidectin, the drugs most commonly used to treat small and large redworm. The researchers state that regular testing should be the focus of any... ...

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MSD Animal Health Launches Thyroid Month Campaign to Raise Awareness of Disorders in Pets

Jun 25, 2018

MSD Animal Health has announced the launch of Thyroid Month to help pet owners recognise the signs of thyroid diseases in cats and dogs and encourage them to seek advice from their veterinary practice. Launching in July ’18, the Thyroid Month campaign aims to raise awareness of hyperthyroidism in cats and hypothyroidism in dogs, educating pet owners to spot the signs and symptoms and thereby encouraging early diagnosis. As part of the campaign, MSD Animal Health hopes to increase the number of pets being taken to their veterinary practice for diagnosis, as well as increasing return visits and treatment compliance in the long term. Practices supporting Thyroid Month will be provided with useful and engaging resources to help them educate pet owners about the two conditions. To support vets and vet nurses in the treatment of cats and dogs with thyroid issues, MSD Animal Health manufactures two products: Vidalta® and Leventa® . Vidalta is a tablet that is easy to use once daily or every other day. It provides carbimazole,... ...

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Wild Animal Health Fund awards 13 grants for zoo animal, wildlife research

Jun 4, 2018

The Wild Animal Health Fund has awarded 13 grants for research on zoo animals and wildlife for 2018 totaling $105,407. The fund, in its seventh year, is a program of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians. Much advancement has taken place in veterinary medicine for domestic animals over the past century, according to the AAZV. Sources for research funding have included governments, the food animal and fiber industries, veterinary schools and other animal-related institutions, pharmaceutical companies, and, to a lesser extent, the public. But research funding for zoo animals and wildlife has not been abundant. Until the AAZV founded the Wild Animal Health Fund, only one other major funder supported research for these animals. “The Wild Animal Health Fund is building a donor base of concerned citizens who are passionate about zoo animals and wildlife and understand the threats of mass extinction we are facing,” according to the AAZV. “The Wild Animal Health Fund is growing in an effort to advance veterinary medicine for zoo animals and wildlife.” The new... ...

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New framework a welcome tool for optimising fish health and welfare

May 25, 2018

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) and the Fish Veterinary Society (FVS) have welcomed the Scottish Government’s launch today (Wednesday 23 May) of the 10 Year Farmed Fish Health Framework. The new framework sets out workstreams and activities for delivering improvements across a range of areas including information flow, gill health, licensing and climate change. It was launched this morning by Fergus Ewing, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Connectivity, on the opening day of the UK Aquaculture Conference in Aviemore. Melissa Donald, BVA Scottish Branch President, said: “This framework is a welcome and wide-ranging piece of work, which has been produced in collaboration with organisations that have a deep-seated understanding of the aquaculture industry in Scotland and the challenges and opportunities it faces. “By coordinating this framework, the Scottish Government is signalling that it recognises that optimising fish health and welfare is vital to the aquaculture industry’s continued success and future growth.” Matthijs Metselaar, FVS President, said: “Aquaculture is a major Scottish success story and makes a substantial contribution as... ...

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Simplyhealth Professionals welcomes new Head of Vets Customer Service

May 21, 2018

Simplyhealth Professionals, the UK’s leading provider of preventive health plans for cats, dogs, rabbits and horses, has recruited Paul Cuglietta to be Head of Vets Customer Services. Paul will be looking for ways to both develop the existing customer service function and improve customer experience more generally. Despite having been in the new role for just a few short weeks, Paul has already been able to improve call waiting times in May to an average of just over 3 minutes, during the busiest time of the year. He says a focus on being agile, responsive and innovative will ensure that Simplyhealth Professionals continues to develop best in class service during a period of significant growth. Having gained experience on the dental side of the business, Paul says he was amazed at the rapid pace of change he sees in the veterinary sector, “We’re looking at products and services that will help practices evolve and keep pace with the growing number of clients using pet health plans. Tools that help businesses... ...

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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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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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