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UK team developing coronavirus vaccine for use in animals
"We are not aware of any approaches to eliminate COVID-19 in the animal population to prevent future outbreaks or re-emergence of the disease," Dr Michael Jarvis.
Tool may be vital for the control of COVID-19

UK scientists have begun work on coronavirus vaccine for use in animals to prevent the future emergence of diseases such as COVID-19.

Plymouth-based firm The Vaccine Group (TVG) is working in partnership with Shanghai Veterinary Research Institute in China and Kansas State University. They aim to develop a vaccine designed to prevent COVID-19 and related coronaviruses jumping from animals into humans.

TVG, which is also working on vaccines to combat bovine tuberculosis and African swine fever, believes it is the only company adopting such an approach.

“As COVID-19 has shown, the spillover of disease from animals to humans can have a very high social, economic and commercial cost globally,” explained TVG founder and chief scientific officer, associate professor Dr Michael Jarvis.

“Naturally there has been a swift move into funding the development of human vaccines and therapeutics, but to date, we are not aware of any approaches to eliminate COVID-19 in the animal population to prevent future outbreaks or re-emergence of the disease.“

He continued: “The animal species involved in emergence of COVID-19 remain unclear. We believe that such a vaccine tool may be vital for control of COVID-19 as well as other emerging coronaviruses.”

The research is backed by more than £9 million in grant funding from the Chinese, UK and US Governments.

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Kennel Club appoints new chief executive

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 The Kennel Club has announced the appointment of Mark Beazley, who was previously Cats Protection's director of operations, as chief executive. Mark replaces Rosemary Smart, who stepped down from the role in April after 18 years.

Mark has held several senior strategic and executive roles, including executive director at Dogs Trust Ireland and chair of the Companion Animal Working Group at Eurogroup for Animals. He was also heavily involved in the establishment of the Eu Cat and Dog Alliance.

Mark will take up his new role in October. 

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International Cat Care appoints new head of veterinary division

International Cat Care (ICC) has announced the appointment of Nathalie Dowgray as head of the charity's veterinary division.

Nathalie, who is an RCVS advanced practitioner in feline medicine, will lead the International Society of Feline Medicine (ISFM) and a play key role in advancing knowledge and research in feline medicine.

Claire Bessant, iCatCare's chief executive said: "We're absolutely delighted to be welcoming Nathalie to the charity. She brings a depth and breadth of feline expertise and understanding which fits perfectly with the charity's work and development, and her enthusiasm for cats is infectious."