Our Animal Health business tackles the world’s biggest animal health challenges, and collaborates with our customers to answer their specific needs.
These challenges include not only new and re-emerging diseases, but also how to respond to consumer preferences and how to make optimal use of the available tools to achieve the maximal response in efficacy, while at the same time achieving maximal well-being and safety for the animals and persons applying the veterinary products.
The ready-to-use single injection of PORCILIS ® PCV M Hyo®, Europe’s first single-shot vaccine to protect piglets from both porcine circovirus type 2 and Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae infections, reduces the number of vaccinations given to young piglets and provides adequate protection against both diseases. Additionally, this combination vaccine does not require mixing and reduces the potential for handling error, while also resulting in less stress for the animals and the people that care for them.
Our company invests in the future of the veterinary profession by supporting research, education and specialized skills training so that veterinarians will have the resources they need to provide the best health care possible for the animals they treat.
The IDAL® 2G vaccination device for pigs, our second generation of needle-free vaccine delivery system, allows for additional vaccination options in pigs, providing flexibility for the user, particularly when vaccinating large groups of pigs. The IDAL 2G reduces stress on pigs, which can improve animal welfare, while the absence of needles positively impacts biosecurity due to prevention of disease transmission and food safety and workers´ safety. Additionally, the device can send vaccination data directly to a tablet or smart phone, allowing users to monitor, analyze and manage relevant data contained within the vaccinator. Swine producers will now have access to intradermal needle-free protection against PCV2, Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae (M. hyo) and porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSv), the three major swine diseases affecting pig operations worldwide, and against Aujeszky’s disease (pseudorabies).
The Convenience Program Evaluation, an innovative new poultry health field service, is a new addition to our company’s Convenience Program, an initiative designed to help poultry producers protect chickens against various diseases while achieving optimal vaccination standards, bird quality and performance goals. The Convenience Program Evaluation is designed to help producers troubleshoot disease outbreaks, optimize vaccination processes, and maintain the health of their poultry through the use of innovative and practical tools available via mobile devices and tool kits.
Keeping Pets Healthy
Pets play an increasingly significant role in many families, and their health and quality of life are important. In 2015 we launched “Are You Missing the Signs?” This new global awareness campaign is designed to help cat owners recognize the signs of feline hyperthyroidism and to determine whether their cat may be at risk for the fatal disease. Recent studies have shown that veterinarians believe that hyperthyroidism in cats is underdiagnosed because pet owners haven’t been able to recognize the signs associated with the disease or may mistake changes in their cats as regular aspects of growing older. Veterinarians believe it is important to help cat owners recognize the condition. The campaign features an interactive risk-assessment quiz that asks cat owners simple questions about their cat’s body condition and behavior to help them determine whether they should consult their veterinarian to test their cat for feline hyperthyroidism.
Investing in Veterinary Education and Continued Professional Veterinary Development
Our company invests in the future of the veterinary profession by supporting research, education and specialized skills training so that veterinarians will have the resources they need to provide the best health care possible for the animals they treat. Throughout 2015, with funding from our company’s Foundation, our Animal Health business provided a total of $300,000 in grants to veterinary students, allocated as follows:
- A $100,000 grant to the American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP) for 15 scholarships to veterinary students at U.S., Canadian or Caribbean veterinary schools
- A $185,000 grant to the American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF) for 20 scholarships to veterinary students at U.S., Canadian or Caribbean veterinary schools, equally split between students with companion animal/equine interests and those with food animal/aquaculture/poultry interests, and for 14 international veterinary student scholarships with the focus on Latin/South America and SE Asia
- A $15,000 grant to the Food Systems Fellowship Program of Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine (MSU:FSF) to provide scholarships to three veterinary medicine students
- We also continued our contribution of €10,000 to the Gustav Rosenberger Memorial Fund. This fund provides annual grants to young and promising veterinarians who come from countries where bovine medicine needs further development and who intend to apply the knowledge obtained in those countries.
- Additionally, several national initiatives to support the education of veterinary students have been continued, such as in Canada and the UK
- With a $100,000 grant to the University of Georgia, College of Veterinary Medicine, we were able to provide educational support to a student attending the college’s Poultry Diagnostic and Research Center (PDRC)
- In 2014 we launched the Dairy Care365TM Initiative, a program to educate U.S. dairy farm workers in best practices for handling and managing dairy cattle. In the first year of the program the Dairy Care365TM team had conducted more than 35 workshops in 19 states, reaching the owners or veterinary caregivers of 25 percent of the U.S.’s lactating dairy cows.
- In 2014 we launched the CreatingConnections™ Educational Series, underlining the critical role of stockmanship for the health and well-being of cattle and, ultimately, the success of an operation. In 2015, the second module became available, featuring leading cattle-handling experts who provide valuable insights into achieving excellent feedlot stockmanship. Broken up into seven video lessons, the series features experts explaining cattle behavior and natural instincts, as well as providing step-by-step guidance on how to build the animal’s trust and reduce anxiety.
- We also sponsor fish-vaccination training to fish producers and veterinarians
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