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Vaccine for S. typhimurium to launch in UK

Pig farmers in the UK and 11 other European countries will now be able to protect their herds from Salmonella typhimurium.

Ceva will launch Salmoporc in the UK, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Romania and Slovak Republic throughout the remainder of 2019.

The live attenuated vaccine has been used on German and Polish farms for more than 15 years. It is administered orally in piglets or through subcutaneous injection in sows.

Ceva vet Dr Rike Schmelz said: “Salmonella in pigs is growing threat and an important zoonotic disease. According to the 2018 European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) report, salmonellosis is the second most reported zoonosis in Europe with over 90.000 cases reported in humans.

Salmonella Typhimurium and monophasic Salmonella Typhimurium represented 17 per cent of confirmed human cases in 2017 so constitutes a major risk to humans.” 

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MSD Animal Health announces three new research bursaries

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 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 website

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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