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Brakke Consulting’s
Animal Health News & Notes for June 3, 2011

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Editor: Lynn Fondon, DVM MBA
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OVER 100 POSTINGS AT ANIMALHEALTHJOBS.COM, the premier online job board for the animal health industry, is pleased to report reaching an all-time high in jobs posted.  Additionally, the site’s resume database contains over 14,000 registered and pre-screened job seekers with animal or human health and nutrition backgrounds. Whether you’re an employer looking for candidates or a job seeker, shouldn’t you take a look?

> Synbiotics Corporation announced that the USDA has granted full USDA approval for marketing and distribution of Flu Detect BE.  The kit is an in-vitro, multispecies Enzyme Linked ImmunoSorbent Assay (ELISA) designed to aid in the qualitative detection of antibody to avian influenza in chicken and turkey sera.  The assay detects all 16 subtypes of avian influenza. (company press release) 
> The Makhteshim Agan Group (MAI) and its affiliate Control Solutions, Inc. announced the launch of Prefurred fipronil flea & tick control for companion animal use.  The launch follows grant of EPA registration obtained by MAI and its affiliates. (PRNewswire) 
> The FDA announced that Oasmia Pharmaceutical AB has received Minor Use Minor Species (MUMS) designation for its Paccal Vet (paclitaxel) for the treatment of resectable and non-resectable squamous cell carcinoma in dogs. (
> Matrix Animal Health, LLC, announced the launch of PentAussie Equine, a sterile post surgical lavage. PentAussie is a pentosan polysulfate (PPS) and N-acetyl glucosamine (NAG) formulation designed to replace synovial fluid lost during arthroscopy. (company press release)
> US – POULTRY RESEARCH   The University of Georgia Research Foundation received a $1.6 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for researchers from The University of Georgia and the USDA to develop a new technology to breed chickens resistant to Newcastle Virus. The team will investigate applying a process called cellular adaptive resistance, which uses stem cells to create disease resistance in animals. (Atlanta Business Chronicle)
> US – VETERINARY LEGISLATION   Legislation has been introduced in the US Congress that would impose new stipulations on veterinary prescriptions. H.R. 1406, known as the Fairness to Pet Owners Act of 2011, would require a veterinarian to write a prescription whether or not he/she will dispense the product; and provide a written disclosure notifying clients that they may fill prescriptions at the veterinary clinic or at an off-site pharmacy.  Additionally, a veterinarian may not require the purchase of an animal drug for which the veterinarian has written a prescription; charge a client a fee for writing a prescription as part of (or in addition to) the fee for examination and evaluation of a pet; or require a client to sign, or supply a client with, a waiver or liability disclaimer should the prescription be inaccurately filled by an off-site pharmacy.  The bill has been referred to the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Health.  (
It appears from the small amount of news that many of you decided to take the whole week of Memorial Day off here in the US.  This should not be misread as a period where little or nothing is occurring.  Companies are trying to adjust to some rapidly changing situations on the marketplace.  Even the companion animal market, which many believe is the less vulnerable to economic downturns, is a mixed bag, particularly with the introduction of generic fipronil products. 
The food animal sector continues to face high feed grain prices and with the current weather conditions in the US grain belt, it’s not likely to change until some time in the future.  In some discussions this week with agriculture economists, there are some that believe corn prices are going to remain high for several years.
One of the current industry positives is the expansion in the personnel area by a number of companies in both sales and marketing.  Our Animal Health Jobs website has more jobs posted than at any time in the past.  In addition, our executive search business is thriving with several positions to be filled.  We appreciate the support or our clients in this service area.  If other parts of the US economy were growing as rapidly in employment as the animal health industry, we’d not be in an economic downturn.
Have a great weekend!!
Ron Brakke
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