HealthforAnimals Global Industry Round Table on innovation in animal health

On 22nd September 2015, WVA Veterinary Policy Officer, Dr Zeev Noga attended the HealthforAnimals Global Industry Round Table to discuss the issue of innovation in animal health and the survey results

Earlier this year HealthforAnimals, in partnership with the World Veterinary Association and Animal Pharm, conducted a global industry survey amongst 156 professionals within animal health sector. Nearly half of the respondents were veterinarians.

Summary of the results:

· Nearly two thirds of respondents (60.90%) felt that ensuring food safety was the most important role the animal health sector has in the future of food production, whilst nearly half (44.87%) thought improving animal welfare in food producing animals through health innovation was of importance.

· Over three quarters (77.56%) of respondents agreed that the animal health sector should be doing more to promote responsible ownership of pets. When asked which lifestyle related disease in pets had most significance within the animal health sector, obesity was top cited.  

· 42.38% of respondents felt that the animal health sector is not adequately addressing the issue of antibiotic resistance, however there were mixed responses when asked what the main barriers to addressing the issue are, from low perception of risk (32.35%) to being non-commercially viable (22.55%). The main innovations named to help address the issue of antibiotic resistance included vaccine and prevention protocols, surveillance and education and the promotion of responsible use.

· The top innovation or breakthrough within the animal health sector over the past 100 years was named as vaccination.

· With regards to future breakthroughs, vaccine improvement and alternatives to antibiotics were identified as the innovations most desired in the animal health sector, with 37.50% of respondents feeling significant development is achievable within the next 5 years.

· Over three quarters (75.84%) of respondents agreed that the animal health sector has a bigger role to play in the control of diseases amongst the human population.

· 89.03% of respondents felt the human health sector could learn from the veterinary medicine sector; in areas such as preventative healthcare (53.86%), infectious disease control (47.79%) and public education/disease awareness (45.59%).