Merial will continue to support veterinary practices in passing on valuable knowledge to their farming clients by continuing and extending its sponsorship of NADIS (National Animal Disease Information Service).
An animal health company has announced it will continue to support veterinary practices in passing on valuable knowledge to their farming clients by continuing and extending its sponsorship of NADIS (National Animal Disease Information Service).
NADIS was founded to gather production animal disease information through a network of 40 veterinary practices and seven veterinary colleges. Today, it provides a number of services, including parasite forecasts, disease bulletins and practical training presentations, which can be used by veterinary practices to help educate and build client relations with farmers.
NADIS is a leading UK provider of independently written training presentations for vets, with more than 11,000 farmers trained in the past 12 months. The training presentations are practical and visual, including images and video footage to help bring topics to life.
To date, training presentations have only been sent out to around 80 veterinary practices. Merial Animal Health is currently working on an additional support package to help the existing practices make the most of the resource in transferring knowledge. Merial said it was also working to bring the valuable tool and the associated support package to other livestock practices.
To back up training presentations or for use in their own right, Merial has also supported NADIS to help develop a library of educational “Disease Bulletins”. For cattle alone, there are more than 70 topics covered.
All literature is written by recognised, independent veterinary practitioners and brought to life with photographic illustrations and video clips to increase farmer awareness of the early signs of disease.
As well as training presentations and disease bulletins, NADIS produces a monthly parasite forecast, which highlights the parasitic challenges facing livestock in particular areas that month. Developed by NADIS, the parasite forecast is written by experienced veterinary parasitologists from the University of Edinburgh veterinary school and independent veterinary practitioners.
It incorporates detailed Met Office data, together with field and VIDA data, to help indicate the likely prevalence of common parasitic diseases in sheep and cattle and is sent to all veterinary practices each month. To enhance the service, Merial is supporting NADIS to provide an additional single page summary of the parasite forecast, which can be branded with practices’ details and distributed among farming clients.
Lynda Maris, production animal brand manager with Merial, said: “Merial Animal Health has been supporting NADIS for a number of years and has helped it to build up a huge resource of educational literature and materials, including images and videos. NADIS is striving to maximise knowledge transfer of livestock diseases and their control to the farmer, and ultimately to improve the health of livestock. Of course, the role of livestock vets in this is crucial, so Merial is focused on supporting vets to help them deliver knowledge transfer to their clients and build client relations in the process.”
Mike Howe, director of NADIS, said: “Without the support of Merial Animal Health, we would not have been able to develop our educational and training materials. Merial’s support has enabled us to build up considerable expertise and resources, and with its help we are now hoping to make these more readily available to farmers through their vets.”
To find out more, visit www.nadis.org.uk