Providing solutions for animal health
The products our members research and develop prevent and treat disease. Without them, it would be simply impossible to raise healthy livestock or look after our companion animals. But this is only part of our story.
Our solutions at a first glance
Animals, just like people get sick and require medicines. That is a fact. And that's why our members are driving advances in health and well-being that are benefitting the whole of society.
Traditionally, animal medicines are the pharmaceuticals, vaccines, and feed additives used to keep animals healthy. Different types of animal medicines include anaesthetics, antacids, anti-infectives (antibiotics, antimicrobials), biologicals (vaccines, immunisations), anti-inflammatories, parasiticides and muscle relaxants.
Animal health care is a constantly evolving process and we are looking with our stakeholders to develop solutions that go beyond the traditional medicines which will always remain necessary in the vet's toolbox. Our focus is increasingly shifting to disease prevention and animal resilience as well as earlier diagnosis. We're also investing in digital applications to monitor animal health and diagnostic tools to identify disease more rapidly. Doing so, we can facilitate better interventions to improve overall animal health and wellbeing.
And whereas animal health is our top priority when developing our solutions, we also aim to help deliver on One Health needs such as:
- Ensuring a safe supply of nutritious milk, meat, fish & eggs
- Protecting people from illnesses that can pass from animals to people
- Supporting sustainable and resource-efficient livestock farming
Essentially, we aim to offer #MorethanMedicine.
Our industry offers a wide variety of solutions to support animal health. Deploying these tools and developing new ones are key priorities for the future of Europe’s animals, its people and its habitat. The animal medicines industry also plays another important role here; it is part of the front line of defence against new and emerging diseases. These could be highly infectious to livestock or indigenous wildlife; they may even be zoonotic, capable of crossing the species barrier from animal to man. This is an increasing concern for Europe; climate change and upheavals in migration patterns mean that it is likely to face animal diseases that are new or have rarely been seen in the region before.
Fortunately, many of our member companies have a global presence, working with national and global and health authorities to monitor trends and prepare their response, enhancing their readiness. AnimalhealthEurope works closely with the European Commission and other stakeholders to help prioritise research to accelerate development of the tools and treatments needed now and in the future.
The animal health industry is constantly researching new products, new solutions and new approaches to deal with both with new and existing threats, ensuring it remains ahead of the game wherever possible. Our members are using their expertise to develop more effective vaccines, faster, more accurate diagnostics tests, innovative digital tools to help predict disease and monitor health, and improved treatments, and to make these available for the animals that need them, wherever they are.
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