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NOAH launches manifesto for European elections
The AnimalhealthEurope Manifesto 2019 sets out six ways the EU can lead the way in protecting animal health.

Association aims to be at the forefront of animal welfare

The National Office for Animal Health (NOAH) has set out its vision for animal health, welfare and sustainability in its manifesto for the upcoming European elections.

The AnimalhealthEurope Manifesto 2019 sets out six ways the EU can lead the way in protecting animal health. This includes the ‘timely and science-based implementation of the new veterinary medicines’ and supporting the ‘European Medicines Agency in determining what range of medicines should be available'.

NOAH chief executive Dawn Howard said: “NOAH is a member of AnimalHealthEurope and will remain so after the Brexit discussions are finalised – with Europe being the second largest animal medicines market in the world.

"We have high hopes and big ideas to contribute towards its future. NOAH’s vision is to be at the forefront of UK animal health and welfare.”

The Manifesto states that a safe and sustainable food supply chain is essential for feeding the growing UK population. ‘The animal health industry delivers the therapies and disease prevention tools to make this a reality,’ it notes.

Dawn said: “By protecting the health and welfare of animals we can improve the quality of life for both animals and people, whilst contributing to safe, affordable and sustainable food production.

“We safeguard public health by preventing disease outbreaks in animals and help prepare for emerging diseases, as well as those which are transferable from animals to people.”

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Big Butterfly Count returns

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 The world's biggest survey of butterflies is back for 2020!

Butterfly Conservation's Big Butterfly Count launches on Friday, 17 July and will run until Sunday 9 August. Members of the public can get involved by downloading the Big Butterfly Count App or recording results on a downloadable sheet available from bigbutterflycount.org/.

'It's a fantastic activity for people from three to 103 years and we'd encourage everyone to take 15 minutes in an appropriate outdoor space during sunny conditions to simply appreciate the nature around them and do their bit to help us understand butterfly populations,' said a Butterfly Conservation spokesperson. 

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New appointment at Dechra

Dechra Veterinary Products Ltd (Dechra) has announced a key appointment to support veterinary professionals across Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Karen Hockley has been appointed as a telesales account manager and will provide the latest products, news and developments from Dechra. She joins the company from a large mixed practice in Northern Ireland where she was the branch manager.

Before that, Karen had worked for a multinational veterinary pharmaceutical company as a key account manager for Northern Ireland. She can be contacted at karen.hockley@dechra.com or 087 219 54 30.