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NOAH chair re-elected for second term
Gaynor Hillier, head of Elanco Animal Health UK and Ireland was first elected chair in 2017.
Elanco head outlines proposed strategic framework 

Gaynor Hillier, head of Elanco Animal Health UK and Ireland, has been re-elected as chair of the National Office of Animal Health (NOAH).

She was first elected in 2017, having been an active member of the board since 2011 and vice-chair since 2013.

Speaking at NOAH member’s day, Gaynor outlined the proposed strategic framework for 2018-23. In the short to mid-term, Brexit will be a top priority, as NOAH works to support business continuity and opportunity.

“Our regulatory focus remains as important as ever,” she added. “As does our work on One Health topics, ensuring appropriate access and responsible use of medicines for all animals.

“We will work on delivering for our members, current and future, to provide relevant services to our current and broadening membership in the face of a changing market landscape and we will capitalise on our position as the voice of our industry to promote the benefits of our sector to society and to help create a climate where our member businesses can succeed.”

NOAH members were invited to discuss the proposals and offer feedback. The strategic framework will be finalised at the next board meeting this month.

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Huge spike in ‘designer’ dogs going into rescue

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 The RSPCA has reported a huge spike in the number of ‘designer’ dogs arriving into its care.

Figures published by the charity show there has been a 517 per cent increase in the number of French bulldogs arriving into its kennels. During that time, the charity has also seen an increase in dachshunds, chihuahuas, and crossbreeds.

RSPCA dog welfare expert Lisa Hens said: “We know that the breeds of dog coming into our care often reflect the trends in dog ownership in the wider world and, at the moment, it doesn’t get more trendy than ‘designer’ dogs like French bulldogs and Dachshunds."


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AHDB Pork calls for stepped-up biosecurity

Pig farmers are being urged to step up biosecurity to reduce the risk of swine dysentery in their herds.

According to Farmers Weekly, AHDB Pork have confirmed cases in the north and east of the UK and is calling on producers to focus on hygiene to protect their animals.

Members of the AHDB Pork Significant diseases charter are reported to have been informed of the outbreaks.