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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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Vets save premature penguin chick

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 Vets have saved a tiny Humboldt penguin chick after her egg was accidentally broken by her parents. Keepers at ZSL London Zoo were shocked to find the chick, named Rainbow, still alive and rushed her straight to the Zoo’s on-site veterinary clinic.

It was a little way to go until the chick should have hatched, so the process was touch and go. Vets removed bits of shell from around the chick with tweezers until she could be lifted out and placed in a makeshift nest.

Rainbow is now in a custom-built incubation room where she spends her days cuddled up to a toy penguin. Keepers will hand-fed Rainbow for the next 10 weeks until she is healthy enough to move to the penguin nursery.  

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