Vet school awarded grant for research into AMR

Jan 8, 2018

An award worth up to €2 million has been awarded to the University of Surrey’s School of Veterinary Medicine to fund research into emerging infectious diseases and antimicrobial resistance (AMR). The award was granted by the European Commission to help revolutionise veterinary, medical and environmental health research. It forms part of a landmark €90 million pan-European project between 41 acclaimed veterinary and medical laboratories. The study will see academics from the University of Surrey carry out ground-breaking research into the growing threat of food-borne zoonoses to the population’s health and the rise of AMR. “Recent zoonotic outbreaks such as avian influenza and the emergence of antibiotic resistance are perfect examples of why this research is urgently required,” explained Professor Roberto La Ragione, head of pathology and infectious diseases at the University of Surrey School of Veterinary Medicine. “Transmission of infectious diseases from animals to humans poses a significant threat to public health across the world and it is important that we act now to avoid its devastating effects.” Veterinary virology... ...

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Latest Lameness Research: A Summary

Dec 21, 2017

Lameness is a major challenge in dairy herds globally. Digital dermatitis (DD), more commonly known as Mortellaro, is an infectious condition and one of the major causes of lameness, reducing mobility, comfort, feed intake milk yield, and fertility. This infectious condition can spread quickly through the entire herd and can reduce milk yield by at least one litre per cow per day. George Shaw at Provita Eurotech Ltd summarises key points from presentations and scientific posters from researchers across the globe that could help farmers tackle lameness in their herds. ...

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Envigo implements first-in-class surgical model tracking system

Dec 11, 2017

Envigo, a leading provider of nonclinical contract research services and research models, announced today the implementation of a first-in-class surgical model tracking system, designed to track and monitor the entire spectrum of surgical model development – enabling critically required efficiencies while enhancing animal welfare. The system, which tracks both animals and surgeons, works by implanting RFID microchips in each surgically-modified animal model allowing Envigo to record real-time, accurate data on animals in surgery. This system includes proper surgical information on the weight, date of birth of animals, surgical preparation; catheters and implants; analgesics and anaesthetics; length of surgery; post-operative care and recovery, and finally, inventory and shipments. The major benefits for researchers are a reduction of the number of rodents used in research and improvements in surgery and study accuracy. The new technology is designed to limit human error by permanently identifying each rodent’s status through all stages of the surgical process, and to provide Envigo with better access to inventory, effective metrics on particular aspects of surgical procedures, and... ...

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Latest VetCompass research uncovers new evidence on the ownership, behaviours and health of Rottweilers in the UK

Nov 30, 2017

A new study conducted by the VetCompass Programme at the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) has revealed novel insights into the demographics, behaviours and disorders of Rottweilers. This information will raise awareness of predispositions in Rottweilers to a variety of behavioural and health conditions and assist with their diagnosis and treatment. The results will also help potential owners to make better informed decisions on ownership of the breed. In the UK, Rottweilers are a well-known dog breed and have often been used for guarding, police and military roles. Additionally, in recent decades the breed has increasingly been owned as a domestic pet. However, behavioural traits that are ideal for a guard dog are not always appropriate for a domestic pet dog. Consequently, undesirable behavioural issues in Rottweilers kept as pets have been the subject of considerable debate for many years. The Rottweiler has been scored as high for aggression among breeds and several studies have reported that the Rottweiler is over-represented among serious dog-bite statistics on humans. The breed has also... ...

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