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Zoetis issues update on rotavirus vaccines
Zoetis will continue to supply an alternative equine rotavirus vaccine until normal supply of Equip Rotavirus can be restored.
Equip Rotavirus will not be available before March 2019

Animal health firm Zoetis has confirmed that it will continue to supply an alternative equine rotavirus vaccine until normal supply of the unique licensed product Equip Rotavirus can be restored.

The organisation said in a press release that it will extend distribution of the alternative rotavirus vaccine under a Wholesale Dealer Import Certificate. The next batch of the Equip Rotavirus, however, will not be available before March 2019.

‘Practices wishing to purchase the alternative imported rotavirus vaccine will need to apply to the VMD for a Special Treatment Certificate (STC) for batch numbers 269174A and 296081A and order through their wholesaler,’ said a spokesperson for Zoetis.

‘Zoetis acknowledges the concern and frustration this causes their customers, reassures the equine community that they are working diligently to resume Equip Rotavirus supply as soon as possible and apologises for any convenience caused.’

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New road sign to protect small wildlife

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 Transport secretary Chris Grayling has unveiled a new road sign to help cut traffic accidents and protect small wildlife, particularly hedgehogs.

Local authorities and animal welfare groups are being asked to identify accident and wildlife hotspots where the sign - which features a hedgehog - should be located.

Government figures show that more than 600 people were injured in road accidents involving animals in 2017, and four people were killed. These figures do not include accidents involving horses. The new sign will be used to warn motorists in areas where there are large concentrations of small wild animals, including squirrels, badgers, otters and hedgehogs.  

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NOAH members re-elect Jamie Brannan as chair

Jamie Brannan, senior Vice President of Zoetis, has been re-elected as chair of NOAH for 2019/20, during this year’s AGM, held in London.

Mr Brannan joined Zoetis and the NOAH board in 2016, becoming NOAH’s vice-chair in 2018 and replacing Gaynor Hillier as chair later that year.

He commented: “I am extremely pleased to have been elected by the NOAH membership and am proud to be able to represent our industry at such a critical time for the UK animal health industry. I look forward to driving forward our new NOAH Strategy and to working with our members, old and new, in the coming year.”