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.
Animals, just like people get sick and require medicines. Animals can get illnesses similar to human illnesses and so use similar types of medicines but they also get a variety of diseases and infections that people do not, requiring very different types of medicines, and sometimes different ways to administer them.
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.
The animal health industry also plays another important role; 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, and improved treatments, and to make these available for the animals that need them, wherever they are.