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Dr Dieter Schillinger, former Merial Deutschland chief executive and long-term chair of the German animal health industry association, BfT (Bundesverband fur Tiergesundheiit) until his recent retirement, has been awarded an honorary doctorate from the veterinary faculty of the Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich.
Merger and acquisition activity in the animal health and related sectors has increased in terms of deal volume in 2012. If this comes as a surprise, it may just be that the absence thus far of the much-expected blockbuster deal has served to skew perceptions somewhat.
The global population is set to rise by another 2 billion people to reach 9 billion by the year 2050. Feeding that additional population will not be easy, and will likely be impossible if current policies that promote traditional and organic methods of farming over more productive methods are left unaddressed.
The first stage in Pfizer’s separation of its animal health business is now officially under way, as announced yesterday (Animal Pharm, June 7).
Antibiotic usage monitoring and reduction strategies continue apace in the animal health sector, but these efforts were relegated, albeit temporarily, to second-tier news last week.
Castration of piglets without anesthesia will be banned in Germany as of January 1 2017. That was one of several amendments to the animal welfare law proposed by the federal German cabinet in late May. National rules on the use of lab animals and horse branding will also be tightened.