The group focuses on priority diseases in animal populations
World Animal Vaccination Day, observed yesterday, celebrates the contribution of vaccines to the health and welfare of animals around the world.
Dawn Howard, chief executive of an organization that represents the UK animal health industry, explained that make the best use of vaccines already available, alongside the development of exciting new technologies, in the fight to protect animals from disease.
“Disease prevention is at the heart of NOAH’s vision for animal health and welfare in UK farming,” she said. animal populations. »
“This will not only contribute to the health and wellbeing of individual farms, but will also help to improve levels of health and wellbeing across the country, meaning UK agriculture will be better equipped to provide high quality and nutritious safe food, while providing the environmental benefits of healthier animals,” she added. “We are supporting the DEFRA Animal Health and Welfare Pathway as an important step to support farmers in England and help improve animal health and therefore welfare.”
When it comes to the importance of vaccinations for pets, a recent NOAH survey found encouragingly that 94% of dog owners and 84% of cat owners said their pets had been vaccinated, 67% of dog owners and 61% of cat owners confirming that vaccination was essential to protect their pet. . However, some owners expressed concerns: for cat owners, the expense and stress of pets topped the list, while for dog owners concerns about the potential risks of vaccination and the fact not knowing someone who had animals with vaccinated diseases were the main reasons. Some cat and dog owners felt that vaccination was not necessary because their pet was not sick or did not know that regular vaccinations were necessary.
“It can be easy to overlook the positive impact of vaccines because they continue to be successful in controlling disease in our pets, which means we don’t see many cases,” Howard said. “Yet the disease stays there. When vaccination rates fall below certain levels, the risk of an outbreak increases. By keeping the risk of infection at bay in the population, we can protect against pain and animal suffering, and the need for expensive and difficult treatments.
“NOAH members are working on pioneering new vaccines for existing diseases, as well as those that can help fight diseases that may develop in the future,” she said. “They are looking at how vaccines are delivered, to make disease prevention even easier. These will be combined with other new technologies, such as diagnostic tools, digital technologies and livestock monitoring and pets – to support a healthier future for the country’s animals. It’s good to reflect today how important vaccines are for all of our lives.