Protecting Animal Health

Protecting Animal Health

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 how to treat 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 for the people 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 (PCV2) and Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae (M. hyo) infections, was geo-expanded to Latin America and the Asia-Pacific region in 2016. This vaccine reduces the number of vaccinations given to young piglets and provides protection against both diseases without a requirement for additional mixing, and thus reduces the potential for handling error. Additionally, PORCILIS PCV ID was introduced to the market in Europe and Asia in 2016 and is the first porcine circovirus type 2 (PCV2) vaccine for intradermal needle-free use in a single dose, which is administered using the IDAL® device.

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, the second generation of our 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 in pigs, which can improve animal welfare, while the absence of needles positively impacts biosecurity and worker safety and eliminates the risk of broken needles in carcasses. 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, (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 2016 we launched the multi-city If This Dog Could Talk Tour in the U.S., raising awareness of canine influenza (CIV), a highly contagious disease that has affected dogs nationwide. Dog flu H3N8, first discovered in the U.S. in 2004, has been confirmed in 41 states, while the H3N2 strain, first isolated in the U.S. in 2015, has been confirmed in 31 states. In 2016, we also launched an awareness campaign for feline hyperthyroidism. Recent studies have shown that veterinarians believe that hyperthyroidism in cats is underdiagnosed because pet owners may mistake changes in their cats as regular aspects of growing older. Hyperthyroidism may be present in one out of every 10 cats over the age of 9 years old. If left untreated, feline hyperthyroidism leads to high blood pressure, emaciation and heart complications—markedly increased heart rate, heart disease and even heart failure. The campaign features an interactive risk-assessment quiz that asks cat owners simple questions about their cat’s body condition and an easy-to-read infographic that explains clinical signs.

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 2016, with funding from our Office of Corporate Responsibility, our Animal Health grant program team provided a total of $500,000 in grants to veterinary students, allocated as follows:

  • A $75,000 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 a focus on Latin and South America and Southeast 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
  • A $25,000 grant to the American Association of Swine Veterinarians Foundation to provide scholarships to five veterinary medicine students
  • A $25,000 grant to the American Association of Avian Pathologists Foundation to provide scholarships to five veterinary medicine students
  • A $25,000 grant to the American Association of Equine Practitioners Foundation to provide scholarships to five veterinary medicine students
  • An $80,000 grant to the Federation of Veterinarians of Europe to provide scholarships to 16 veterinary medicine students
  • A $55,000 grant to the World Veterinary Association to provide scholarships to 11 veterinary medicine students
  • A $5,000 grant to the Vietnam Small Animal Veterinary Association to provide scholarships to two veterinary medicine students
  • A $10,000 grant to the Veterinary Council of Thailand to provide scholarships to four 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 U.K.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

  • In 2016, we introduced the High Quality Pork PhD Award in support of research in swine health, production and welfare. Each year, we identify one recent doctoral graduate in veterinary or animal science to be recognized at a future High Quality Pork Congress, sponsored by our Animal Health division.
  • 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).
  • With a $10,000 grant to the Samantha K. Pohl ’08 Memorial Scholarship, we were able to provide much-needed support for junior or senior undergraduates in the Department of Poultry Science at Texas A&M University.

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. The program empowers producers, calf ranchers, farm employees, veterinarians, and every other stakeholder involved in the care and well-being of dairy animals. It includes animal care commitments, standard operating procedure templates, employee training modules, animal care resources, workshops and a helpline. The impact of Dairy Care365TM has been significant, as it has reached more than 25 percent of the nation’s milk supply. We have conducted more than 50 workshops in 23 states and Canada. More than 1,800 people have registered for DairyCare365.com to participate in the employee training modules. In addition, Dairy Care365TM has generated national support through the National FARM Program (Farmers Assuring Responsible ManagementTM) from multiple dairy cooperatives and processors.

In 2014, we launched the CreatingConnections™ Educational Series, underlining the critical role stockmanship plays in the health and well-being of cattle and, ultimately, in the success of an operation. During 2016, more than 10 modules became available, covering topics like prevention, techniques and required skills, with specific modules for the production systems cow-calf, stocker and feedlot. The series features experts explaining cattle behavior and natural instincts, providing step-by-step guidance on how to build the animal’s trust and reduce its anxiety.

We also sponsor fish-vaccination training to fish producers and veterinarians.

Performance

PROTECTING ANIMAL HEALTH PERFORMANCE2013 2014 2015 2016
Scholarships provided to students through our Animal Health Grant ProgramNR 38 52 100
NR: Not reported.