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Government confirms maximum transition period for zinc oxide
Piglets
Medicines containing zinc oxide are used in piglets for the prevention, or treatment and control, of diarrhoea.

Farmers have five years to find alternative strategy

The UK government has confirmed the maximum transition period of five years for zinc oxide to support the adoption of alternative management strategies.

The Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) said that it strongly encourages the responsible use of medicines during this time.

‘The VMD recognises the challenge that the withdrawal presents and is committed to finding ways to assist with the transition,’ it said in a statement.
'We will invite representatives of the pig industry to meet with us in the coming weeks to discuss implementation of the Commission Decision.’

On 26 June, the EC adopted a decision to withdraw the marketing authorisations (MAs) for veterinary medicines containing zinc oxide administered by mouth to food-producing species. Member States now have up to five years to withdraw existing national MAs for these products.

In the UK, there are three veterinary medicines authorised for oral administration to food-producing animals that contain zinc oxide. These are used in piglets for the prevention, or treatment and control, of diarrhoea.

But late last year, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) Veterinary Committee concluded that zinc oxide in piglet feed should be withdrawn, as the benefits are outweighed by the risk to the environment and co-selection of antimicrobial resistance.

The VMD said there are a limited number of vaccines authorised within the EU for the prevention of diarrhoea in piglets. These are indicated for specific pathogens.

There are also a number of antibiotics that are authorised for treatment, or for prevention and treatment, of specific causes of diarrhoea in piglets. For more information, refer to the Product Information Database.

 

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Classroom pets on the decline

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 New research has found there are fewer pets in UK classrooms than in previous generations - despite 88 per cent of parents believing it significantly helps a child’s social skills and development.

More than half of the parents surveyed by Pets at Home (51 per cent) had a class pet as a child, compared to 46 per cent of children today.

The survey also found that non-traditional animals such as chickens, tadpoles, caterpillars and stick insects are becoming increasingly popular alternatives as classroom pets.  

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BVA survey seeks views on surveillance

Vets who use veterinary scanning surveillance networks are being asked to complete a survey to help ensure the networks are fully able to protect animals in the UK.

‘Surveillance use, understanding and engagement across the veterinary profession’ is the first of a series of surveillance surveys that will also include localised surveys for Northern Ireland and Scotland.

Drafted by members of BVA’s Surveillance Working Group, it will run until Friday, 31 August 2017. Data collected will inform BVA’s policy position ensuring it is representative of disease surveillance across the UK.