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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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Rare chimp birth announced at Edinburgh Zoo

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 The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) welcomed the birth of a critically endangered western chimpanzee on Monday 3 February at Edinburgh Zoo's Budongo Trail.

The baby girl will be named in the coming days through a public vote, and staff will carry out a paternity test during its first health check to determine the father.

Mother Heleen's first infant, Velu, was born in 2014, making this new baby only the second chimpanzee born in Scotland for more than 20 years.

Budongo Trail team leader Donald Gow said: "While we celebrate every birth, this one is particularly special because our new arrival is a critically endangered Western chimpanzee, a rare subspecies of chimpanzee."

Image (c) RZSS/Donald Gow. 

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BEVA offering free membership to vet students

The British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) is offering free membership to veterinary students. As part of a new initiative with the aim of encouraging more veterinary professionals into equine practice.

According to BEVA, less than one in ten veterinary students choose to work in equine practice. The association hopes that this initiative will provide insight into the field and the benefits of a career in equine medicine.

Benefits of membership include:
▪ access to a network of nearly 3,000 members
▪ special student rates to attend BEVA Congress
▪ online access to BEVA's Equine Veterinary Education (EVE) journal
▪ free access to the association's online learning platform
▪ free access to BEVA's practical veterinary apps
▪ exclusive discounts on a range of things from cinema tickets to grocery shopping.

BEVA will be releasing a series of short videos over the next few months from BEVA Council members, explaining what inspired them to work in equine practice.

Image (c) BEVA.