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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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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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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Pharmgate and ECO Animal Health partner to bring swine vaccines to Europe

Apr 9, 2018

Pharmgate LLC, a leading global animal health organization based in Wilmington, N.C., and ECO Animal Health Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of ECO Animal Health Group plc, announced the formation of a new joint venture, ECO-Pharm Limited, based in the Republic of Ireland. ECO-Pharm Limited will be responsible for the registration, marketing, sale and distribution of a number of Pharmgate LLC swine vaccine products in the United Kingdom, the European Union and the Commonwealth of Independent States, with the addition of further geographies currently under review. It is also expected that further vaccine products will flow from our biologicals research and development pipeline. “This is another important moment in the evolution of Pharmgate and our relationship with ECO,” says Colin Gray, president and CEO of Pharmgate. “We share a progressive approach to the global market in providing products and services that meet the everyday needs of the farmer and veterinarian. “Our quality and streamlined supply chain cost conscious operational approach and extensive technical services and research are at the foundation... ...

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Weather takes costly toll on animal health – Vets report big increase in pneumonia, mastitis and milk fever

Apr 9, 2018

  Vets are encountering a big increase in animal health problems on farms with a rise in mastitis, milk fever, viral pneumonia and joint-ill being reported. The poor weather conditions are piling pressures on farmers and animals with delayed turnout having a major impact on health issues. Macroom vet Pat Bourke said there were definitely more casualties on the farm due to cows being kept indoors due to sodden pastures and lack of grass growth. “There are a number of problems from increased mastitis due to longer housing and a big increase in injuries from slips and falls. We are also encountering a lot of scour in calves, especially suckler calves as they can’t put them out. Delayed turnout is having a big impact,” he said. Mr Bourke from Coolcower Veterinary Clinic said they had also found more pneumonia in calves this year as farmers were overstocked as they were unable to bring them to sales due to the snow. “That has relieved a bit,” he said. However, he also... ...

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Merck Animal Health expands availability for Porcilis Ileitis

Apr 9, 2018

Merck Animal Health is excited to increase availability of Porcilis Ileitis this month. Strong demand has confirmed that veterinarians and pork producers value Porcilis Ileitis as a solution in helping improve the health of growing pigs. Porcilis Ileitis is the first injectable vaccine that offers a 20-week duration of immunity for control of ileitis caused by Lawsonia intracellularis. It has been proven that ileitis can significantly impact the health and performance of finishing pigs, curbing average daily gain by 38% and feed efficiency by 27%. “The market has shown that Porcilis Ileitis is a great option for producers to manage ileitis in finishing pigs. The ability to use this vaccine without stopping other medications keeps pigs performing well, while adding a strong line of defense against ileitis,” says Kelly Greiner, DVM, Merck Animal Health technical services manager. “Veterinarians and producers can once again look to Porcilis Ileitis to provide the coverage and flexibility in swine health protocols that their operations require.” Given as a single, intramuscular vaccination to pigs as... ...

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