Zoetis is a global animal health company dedicated to supporting customers and their businesses in ever better ways. Building on more than 65 years of experience, we deliver quality medicines, vaccines and diagnostic products, complemented by biodevices, genetic tests and precision livestock farming. We are working every day to better understand and address the real-world challenges faced by those who raise and care for animals in ways they find truly relevant.

The name, Zoetis, has its root in zo, familiar in words such as zoo and zoology and derived from zoetic, meaning “pertaining to life.” It signals our ompany’s dedication to supporting the veterinarians and livestock producers everywhere who raise and care for the farm and companion animals on which we all depend.

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  • My journey into milk quality consulting – necessity and passion
    My journey into milk quality consulting began when I was 12 and made the decision I wanted to become a veterinarian. Growing up on a small, general livestock farm in Michigan, USA I learned about caring for many farm animals. By the time I graduated from high school, my favorite farm animal had become the cow. I cannot explain the attraction. I like cows – both dairy and beef, mature and newborn, growing heifers and just fresh first ones, friendly ones and even crazy ones. I like them all and have gladly spent my entire professional career focused on the goal “What is best for the cow!”
  • Comparison of bulk tank milk and water microbiota at Brazilian dairy farms during the dry and wet seasons
    The bulk tank milk (BTM) microbiota is highly diverse, with multiple contamination sources contributing to its complexity. It has been suggested that the continuous use of water during the cleaning process and the frequentl poor quality of water in dairy farms may negatively impact the microbiological quality of raw milk. This master dissertation therefore investigatedRead more
  • Dairy farming in Oceania
    William Smits had the opportunity to travel around few of the main milk producing regions of New Zealand and Australia and have a closer look at the way cows are milked from the perspective of milking efficiency, milk quality and udder health. He shares his impressions and findings based on observing milking sessions and doing wet testing in 17 farms, and discussions with the farmers, the milking system dealers and his colleagues at DeLaval.
  • Implementing selective treatment of non-severe clinical mastitis in Flanders, Belgium via an “on-practice” approach
    Antibiotic resistance in human- and animal-associated pathogens is a well-known and emerging problem (Singer et al., 2003; Dong et al., 2021). Although the contribution of the dairy sector to the antibiotic resistance problem in humans is quite low, we should act more responsibly when it comes to using antibiotics (Tel et al., 2012; Nobrega et al., 2018). Antibiotics on dairy herds are typically used related to udder health and a reduction in the use is possible by maximizing prevention and by applying selective dry cow therapy. Implementing selective treatment of non-severe clinical mastitis is a valuable third option. Recently, M-teamUGent at Ghent University, Belgium started a field trial as part of a larger Flanders Innovation and Entrepreneurship-funded project (HBC.2020.3192) together with Animal Health Service Flanders, Hooibeekhoeve and the Flanders Research Institute for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food. The project aims at transferring relevant scientific findings towards dairy practice through communication and training.
  • Moving away from blanket dry cow therapy and supporting the adoption of selective dry cow therapy in Ireland – key messages from CellCheck.
    The majority of antimicrobial use on dairy farms is for mastitis treatment and prevention. Dry cow antibiotic therapy (DCT) is the administration of long acting intramammary antibiotics at the time of dry off. This practice gained widespread implementation in the 1960’s as part of the ‘five-point plan’. Blanket dry cow therapy, which involves treatment of all quarters of all cows at dry-off, has been commonplace in Ireland for many years. However, the recent European Veterinary Medicines Regulation (2019/6) and the requirement to use antibiotics more prudently, means that preventive antibiotic usage in groups of animals, including dairy cows at the end of their lactation, is no longer acceptable. Only those animals with diagnostic evidence or a clinical diagnosis of infection at drying off should receive an antibiotic. This is known as selective DCT (SDCT). A key aim of the recent legislation is to protect human health, and to keep antimicrobials, – in particular antibiotics, working to treat disease. When antimicrobial resistance (AMR) develops and spreads, then antibiotics can no longer be relied upon to treat disease in people or animals. AMR is a serious global public health threat with potentially devastating consequences for us and our families. Adopting a selective approach to dry cow treatment will require both a change in mindset and practice for many Irish farmers and their prescribing veterinary practitioners. To facilitate this change, CellCheck, the Irish national mastitis control programme, developed a Dry Cow Consult a number of years ago. The objective of this Dry Cow Consult was to enable farmers to engage with their trained nominated vet to develop farm-specific selective dry cow treatment (SDCT) plans, where appropriate.
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