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Press statement – The O’Neill AMR Report: HealthforAnimals Reacts

19/06/2016

Brussels, 19 May 2016 - HealthforAnimals has carefully studied the report “Review on Antimicrobial Resistance – final report” released today. The report makes observations and policy and economic suggestions related to antibiotic use in agriculture. These seem to be mostly driven by political considerations rather than scientific reality. Some proposals are to be welcomed, but some might not have the intended impact. What’s positive in the report?1. Responsible use of antibiotics to maintain their effectiveness for future use in...

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G7 Health Agenda Must Encourage Collaboration in the Fight against AMR

25/05/2016

Brussels, 25 May 2016 – Ahead of the G7 summit in Japan, the global animal medicines association, HealthforAnimals, is calling for greater recognition among policy makers of the crucial role animal health plays in global health, and in particular in the fight against antimicrobial resistance (AMR). This week, as the G7 Ise-Shima Summit addresses ongoing global health issues, including the issue of AMR, HealthforAnimals is urging leaders to promote collaboration between the human and veterinary sectors to combat looming major health crises,...

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Launch of World Animal Vaccination Day

20/04/2016

HealthforAnimals and the World Veterinary Association are pleased to launch the first annual World Animal Vaccination Day. Taking place on Wednesday, 20 April 2016, World Animal Vaccination Day will raise awareness of the vital role vaccines play in protecting the health of animals and, as a result, people too. Promoting Healthier Animals Global observance day: Wednesday 20 April 2016 Each year will have a different theme, and the inaugural day will focus on the importance of cat vaccination and keeping these vaccines up to date. E.g. thanks...

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Press release: The innovations feeding the world

16/03/2016

Empowering smallholders through innovative technologies will help meet soaring demand for animal protein in a developing world, says HealthforAnimals, the global animal medicines association. Experts predict that to meet this demand, it will be critical for the animal health sector in emerging markets to make greater use of both new technologies and the latest science-based decision-making on animal health. Inexpensive mobile technology is one key area already being used and available for use in other developing markets and can be used to...

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HealthforAnimals joins the global veterinary and medical communities in their opposition to proposed restrictions on the use of ketamine

14/03/2016

On 16-20 November 2015, the Expert Committee on Drug Dependence (ECDD) of the World Health Organisation (WHO) will hold a meeting, where they will consider placing ketamine on Schedule I of the 1971 UN Convention on psychotropic substances. This re-classification will restrict the availability of ketamine. Ketamine is an important anaesthesia and it is used for veterinary medical interventions and to restrain dangerous animals. It is an important part of the veterinarian’s toolkit. HealthforAnimals opposes initiatives to restrict ketamine...

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Press release: Are we slowly killing our pets with kindness?

28/02/2016

Brussels, 29 February 2016 - More pets will develop ‘human lifestyle’ diseases because of a growing tendency to treat them like people, a leading animal health association has warned. HealthforAnimals, the global animal medicines association, has cautioned that inappropriate food, overindulgence and poor exercise have all contributed to a ‘humanisation’ of pets’ lifestyle and their environment, which has led to an increased prevalence of obesity. As in humans, obesity in pets is associated with chronic, and even life-threatening...

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Press release: Are we living in an age of outbreaks?

10/02/2016

Brussels, 11 February 2016 - The global animal medicines association has warned that further devastating infectious diseases like the Zika virus could be on the horizon if crucial steps aren’t taken. Zika is the latest ‘vector-borne’ disease to be deemed a ‘global public health emergency’ – the virus is transmitted by daytime-active Aedes mosquitoes. The latest reports on Zika suggest the disease is predicted to affect up to 4 million people by the end of this year. Climate change has been suggested as one potential cause behind...

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Press release: ‘As Little as Possible, as Much as Necessary’: HealthforAnimals Movie on Antibiotics and Safeguarding Animal Health and Welfare

27/01/2016

Brussels, 27 January 2016 - Following the landmark resolution made at the World Economic Forum in Davos to tackle antibiotic resistance, HealthforAnimals has renewed its call to promote the responsible use of antibiotics, and communicate the importance of veterinary medicine to global health for both animals and humans. The guide aims to dispel inaccurate or misleading information and can be freely accessed on their website: www.healthforanimals.org. To further help explain the use of antibiotics in animal health and to objectively outline...

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Press release: Injection of vaccine innovation required to protect both animal and human lives

19/01/2016

Global industry report calls for further innovation to improve health outcomes Global industry report calls for further innovation to improve health outcomes In a report launched today, leading experts in animal health call for further innovation in vaccine technology and protocol to improve health outcomes. The report, ‘Innovation in animal health’ discusses the future of the animal health industry and addresses common, global barriers to modern vaccine use including the regulatory process and market competition as well as existing...

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HealthforAnimals Promote the Responsible Use of Antibiotics

16/11/2015

The global animal medicines association, HealthforAnimals, has joined the call for global action against the growing resistance to antibiotics and other antimicrobial medicines. 16th-22nd November will see healthcare organisations around the world take part in World Antibiotic Awareness Week. As part of their drive to raise greater awareness on the issues surrounding the use of antibiotics, and in an attempt to dispel inaccurate or misleading information HealthforAnimals’ have published a guide entitled: ‘Antibiotics and antibiotic...

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