Kenilworth, N.J. - 3/12/07 - A deal valued at $14 billion, Schering-Plough is purchasing the animal and human healthcare businesses of Akzo Nobel NV, the parent of Intervet. Pending regulatory approval, the deal is slated to close by the end of 2007.
Springfield, Ill. - 2/28/07 - A bill that would prohibit the transportation of horses into Illinois for the purpose of slaughter for human consumption was introduced to the state legislature last week. Sponsored by Rep. Bob Molaro (D-Chicago), the bill was introduced Feb. 22, representing the state?s second try at an anti-slaughter bill. A similar bill was passed in the Illinois Senate in 2004, but was defeated in the house.
New York - 2/27/07 - Pfizer Animal Health donated $1.1 million to the Morris Animal Foundation (MAF) to establish a national canine tumor biospecimen bank. The bank is expected to be valuable in treating dogs and may provide insights into human cancer. Funds for the tumor bank are restricted to the Canine Comparative Oncology and Geriatrics Consortium (CCOGC), a group of veterinary and medical researchers who have determined that a well-described repository of canine-tumor tissues is an essential resource for progress in new cancer therapies.
Baton Rouge, LA - 2/8/07 - The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) presented an $800,000 check to the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine to launch a community companion animal health program.
SHAWNEE MISSION, KAN. - 1/31/2007 - Bayer Healthcare LLC recently received Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for a new topical product targeting fleas, heartworms and intestinal nemotodes for both dogs and cats. Bayer officials report the approval and subsequent launch signal an important development for broad-spectrum parasite control. Advantage Multi-TM for Dogs Topical Solution and Advantage Multi-TM for Cats Topical Solution are available by prescription only through licensed veterinarians.
MADISON, WI - 1/25/07 - In a study of nonhuman primates infected with the influenza virus that killed 50 million people in 1918, an international team of scientists found a critical clue to how the virus killed so quickly and efficiently.
SACRAMENTO, CA - 1/23/07 - At its 90th annual convention, the California Cattlemen's Association (CCA) Livestock Memorial Research Fund (LMRF) approved a contribution of $50,000 to the University of California, Davis to fund the development of a promising foothill abortion vaccine in cattle.
Stillwater, OK - 1/19/07 - One of Oklahoma State University Center for Veterinary Health Sciences' graduates and emeritus faculty, Dr. Roger Panciera, was inducted as a Distinguished Member of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists (ACVP) at the 57th Annual American College of Veterinary Pathologists meeting in Tucson, AZ.