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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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AWF Student Grant open for submissions

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 Applications are open for the Animal Welfare Foundation (AWF) Student Grant Scheme for innovative research projects designed to impact animal welfare.

Undergraduate and postgraduate students of veterinary science, veterinary nursing, agriculture studies and animal welfare are invited to submit their proposals to undertake research projects next year.

Grants are decided based on the project’s innovation, relevance to topical animal welfare issues and ability to contribute towards raising animal welfare standards. For more information visit  

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SPANA film highlights plight of working animals overseas

Animal welfare charity SPANA (The Society for the Protection of Animals Abroad) has teamed up with Brian Blessed and other famous voices to highlight the plight of working animals overseas.

In a new animated film, the celebrities raise awareness by showing the solidarity of the UK's own working animals on strike. A sniffer dog (Brian Blessed), police horse (Peter Egan) and sheepdog (Deborah Meaden) are shown ignoring their duties and protesting in solidarity with animals in developing countries.

SPANA chef executive Geoffrey Dennis said: "We are so grateful to Deborah, Peter and Brian for lending their voices to our new film, and for speaking up for millions of working animals overseas. SPANA believes that a life of work should not mean a life of suffering, and it is only thanks to people’s generosity and support that we can continue our vital work improving the lives of these animals."