Industry News: Animal health

Pfizer Animal Health names Northeast ‘externship’ participants

As part of its “Commitment to Veterinarians” program, Pfizer Animal Health welcomed 12 Northeast university students to its 2010 “externship” program, providing “hands-on” field training in livestock animal medicine. Participants include:

• Cornell University – Stephanie Brittan, Mark Fagan and Caitlyn Jeffrey.

• Tufts University – Deandra Dill, Alison Perkins Keen and Sarah Raabis.

• University of Pennsylvania – Cortney Bower, Amy Gates and Megan Tiffany.

• Virginia Tech – Sarah Brauning, Seth Mavrich and Jenny Miller.

The program is aimed at helping first- and second-year veterinary medicine students with a potential interest in large-animal medicine. They are placed at participating veterinary clinics to expose the students to the real-world aspects of this type of practice.

The program is available to students at every veterinary school and/or college of veterinary medicine in the United States. To view a complete list of the students enrolled in the externship program, click here.

In addition to the externship program, Pfizer Animal Health also provides scholarships to third-year college students who are nearly ready to enter the work force. This spring, Pfizer Animal Health offered a 1% rebate to local veterinarians, who then could donate those funds to the American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP) Foundation scholarship program.

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Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health expands veterinary vaccine manufacturing facility

Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health opened a specialized filling and freeze-drying unit for veterinary vaccines at its Biosciences Center Boxmeer in the Netherlands. The opening of the Central Filling and Freeze-drying Department was performed by her Royal Highness Princess Máxima of the Netherlands in the presence of His Excellency the Minister of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation, Maxime Verhagen, and other guests.

Construction started on the Central Filling and Freeze-drying Department in September 2008, with a total investement of $18 million (U.S.$) The facility is designed to meet the latest requirements related to Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) and Safety, Health and Environment (SHE) and brings all freeze-dried vaccine activities at Biosciences Center Boxmeer together in one building.

The new filling line has a maximum speed of 24,000 glass vials per hour, and the freeze-dryer can process 136,000 vials per batch. Vaccine production of market batches started in September 2010.

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