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EMA authorisation for new pig vaccine
The new vaccine is claimed to protect against transplacental infection by PPV

First porcine parvovirus subunit vaccine obtained using baculovirus expression system

Boehringer Ingelheim has launched a new vaccine (Reprocyc ParvoFLEX) in selected countries within the EU to protect swine foetuses against transplacental infection caused by porcine parvovirus (PPV).

PPV is a reproductive disease present in most of the pig farms worldwide. It causes foetal death – particularly mummification of foetuses – and is associated with other reproductive disorders.

Many vaccines against PPV are available in the market; however, this latest is a subunit vaccine based on a more recent isolate from 2001 (strain 27a) that uses a manufacturing technology of baculovirus expression system to express one region of the virus (VP2 region) where most of the immune response is targeted.

The firm says that Reprocyc ParvoFLEX can be mixed and administered with Reprocyc PRRS EU – a vaccine for active immunisation of breeding females affected with European (genotype 1) porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS). It is approved for use at any stage of gestation and lactation, so it can be introduced to the current PRRS control programmes of sow herds.

PRRS continues to be a highly prevalent disease in pig farms causing economic losses through its negative effects on reproduction and growth, as well as by clinical illness.

The company claims that veterinary surgeons and producers can now control two of the most prevalent reproductive diseases in swine herds simultaneously.

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 Has someone in your practice team gone above and beyond to make your workplace a positive one during the coronavirus pandemic? Then why not nominate them for a 2020 Practice Wellbeing Star!

The joint RCVS Mind Matters Initiative/SPVS Practice Wellbeing Star nominations recognise individuals who have held up morale during a time when practices are facing unprecedented staffing and financial issues.

Nominees receive a certificate in recognition of their colleagues' appreciation of their achievements and will be entered into the prize draw for a pair of tickets to attend the joint SPVS and Veterinary Management Group Congress in January 2021.


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WellVet reopens ticket sales to online conference platform

Following the success of its online conference, the organisers behind WellVet Weekend have re-opened ticket sales to allow new delegates to access session recordings and its online networking platform.

The day-long conference saw more than 360 veterinary professionals mix activity sessions with personal development CPD, all hosted within a virtual conference platform. Now, with more than 500 minutes of CPD available, the resource is being re-opened to allow full access to the session recordings until May 2021.

Sessions are aimed at providing delegates with a range of proactive wellbeing tools to explore to find ways of improving their mental and physical health. Tickets are limited in number and on sale at until 30th August 2020.