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Chatter box MSD Animal Health has announced three new research bursaries for veterinary surgeons in the areas of swine, poultry and aquaculture. The bursaries, worth up to £4,000, add to MSD's existing bursaries in ruminant and companion animal research.

Projects are expected to be completed within one to two years, and the proposals will be judged by university academics to ensure that assessment remains independent. Full project design and application guidelines, including the specific disease/subject areas, can be found on MSD Animal Health's websiteChatter box

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Fifth UK case of avian influenza confirmed
Fifth UK case of avian influenza confirmed

Temporary control zones have been placed around the premises.
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Avian influenza identified in Gloucestershire
Avian influenza identified in Gloucestershire

Temporary control zones have been placed around the infected premises.
Breeding for resistance may control bTB in Africa - study
Breeding for resistance may control bTB in Africa - study

DNA analysis finds resistance is not necessarily linked to a specific breed of cattle.
UK farm animal antibiotics targets announced for 2024
UK farm animal antibiotics targets announced for 2024

Goals include the establishment of a UK-wide network of 'Farm Vet Champions'.
Veterinary antibiotic sales halved in five years
Veterinary antibiotic sales halved in five years

"This demonstrates how farmers and vets have been working together to use antibiotics responsibly" - Peter Borriello, VMD.
Breeding for disease resilience is more cost-effective, study suggests
Breeding for disease resilience is more cost-effective, study suggests

Scientists develop mathematical models to estimate the economic value of disease resilience.
Issues reported with supply of lactating cow intramammary antibiotics
Issues reported with supply of lactating cow intramammary antibiotics

VMD updates list of available products
BVA welcomes passing of Agriculture Bill into law
BVA welcomes passing of Agriculture Bill into law

"It is essential that veterinary expertise and advice is at the heart of any new system" - James Russell, BVA president
New research project aims to use AI to identify sick livestock
New research project aims to use AI to identify sick livestock

'Cutting-edge' technology to reduce environmental impact of farming
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VMD and VPS announce joint open information day

The Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) and the Veterinary Products Committee (VPC) have announced a joint open information day covering topics such as veterinary medicines regulations, antimicrobial resistance, scientific advice and novel therapies.

Taking place on Wednesday 18 November, the virtual event will take the form of a series of pre-recorded webinars and a 'Slido' Q&A session. Links to the webinars and full instructions on how to use Slido will be available on gov.uk on 18 November. To join the mailing list for the event, email director.support@vmd.gov.uk

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