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Survey highlights growing awareness of the benefits of veterinary medicines
"We are delighted to see great support for our UK farmers and vets in this survey." Dawn Howard, NOAH.

73 per cent of respondents believe that medicines positively impact farm animal welfare.

A new survey conducted across the UK and seven other European countries has found a general good awareness of the benefits of veterinary medicines for the health and welfare of pets and farm animals.

The survey was commissioned by NOAH’s European animal health association AnimalhealthEurope. It showed that 73 per cent of those asked believe that veterinary medicines have a positive impact on the welfare of farm animals.

Most respondents also agreed on the importance of vaccinating farm animals, with 79 per cent of those asked in the UK stating that farm animals should be vaccinated regularly. In addition, 87 per cent of respondents agreed that prevention is better than cure for farm animal disease.

In regards to pets, 81 per cent of respondents agreed that pets should be vaccinated regularly. 83 per cent felt that pets should be checked by a vet at least once a year and 88 per cent recognised the importance of using tick and flea prevention regularly.

The survey did reveal that, in some areas, people were generally unaware of the rules and regulations on the use of veterinary medicines. For example, 61 per cent of respondents were unaware that antibiotics have been banned for growth promotion purposes in farm animals since 2006.

NOAH chief executive Dawn Howard said: “We are delighted to see great support for our UK farmers and vets in this survey, with 83 per cent agreeing farmers care for the health and welfare of their animals.

“Where misunderstandings and concerns do exist, such as around the use of antibiotics to treat farm animals, we will continue to help address these and help explain the strict regulations that govern the authorisation of all animal medicines and the work we all do to support their responsible use.”

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Webinar to focus on equine worm control

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 Vets, veterinary nurses and RAMAs are being invited to join a free CPD webinar on late winter and early spring equine worm control.

Hosted by Zoetis vet Dr Wendy Talbot, the webinar aims to help prescribers understand which parasites are of most concern at this time of year. It will also cover how to assess parasite risk, selecting a suitable wormer and spring wormer plans, concluding with a Q&A session.

The webinar takes place on Thursday, 18 March at 10 am and will be repeated at 7 pm for those unable to listen during the day. To book the 10 am webinar, click here, and to register for the 7 pm webinar, click here

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Following a risk assessment, APHA has declared that no disease control zones have been put in place surrounding this non-commercial, non-poultry premises.

Eighteen cases of HPAI H5N8 have now been identified in poultry and other captive birds in England. A housing order for poultry and captive birds introduced by Defra to control the spread of the disease expired on 31 March, although bird keepers in England are still required by law to comply with biosecurity measures.

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