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ISSUE 43
 
 
The power of innovation

The loss of one in five animals to disease every year is an ongoing and overlooked emergency. The consequences are far-reaching, starting with animal welfare and extending to economic growth, food security and human health and wellbeing.
 
The new HealthforAnimals report, New Frontiers in Animal Care: The Innovations Shaping the Future, shows the many promising innovations on the horizon that can reverse this trend.
 
From smart sensors that continually monitor vital signs and A.I.-driven prediction technologies to mRNA vaccines and feed supplemented with health-boosting ingredients, these scientific advances offer enormous potential for better animal health.
 
Learn more in our Big Reads below or download a full copy of the report here.
 
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A new wave of innovations are already transforming how we provide care to livestock, and perhaps none more so than digital technologies.

Advancements in digital monitoring and surveillance are bringing improvements in speed and efficiency that enable individual-level treatment, even in groups of hundreds or thousands of animals.
  • Smart Sensors & Tags can track activity, feeding, temperature, behavior and more. Reports and real-time alerts then allow animal caretakers to detect health issues in a single animal before they affect the rest of the herd.
     
  • Sound monitoring systems can catch the first signs of disease on fish farms based off the volume and frequency of feed consumption or in a swine pen by hearing a sick animal cough.
     
  • Prediction Technologies can use machine learning and A.I. to analyze monitoring data, predict likely health threats and allow animal caretakers to take preventative measures.
Combined, these technologies can enable much more targeted and effective preventative action for better health. However, expanding it to more areas requires investments in infrastructure such as high-speed internet connectivity and clear rules for data ownership.
 
Dive deeper into these technologies and possible barriers to adoption in the full New Frontiers in Animal Care Report.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Vast swathes of state-of-the-art innovations are currently on the horizon. And they’ll help us to tackle some of the many challenges still present across the animal health industry.
 
If successfully brought to market, these innovations will allow us to better prevent, diagnose and treat disease in both livestock and companion animals.
 
So, what are the hottest pipeline technologies we can expect to see over the coming years?
  • mRNA Vaccines – Already a hot-topic in the human health space in relation to COVID-19 vaccinations, mRNA vaccines work by providing cells in the body with a blue-print for how to fight off infectious disease. This means vaccines can be produced more efficiently and cheaply. We can expect to see them reaching the market for use in animals over the next five years. 
     
  • Antibiotic alternatives could cure bacterial infections without the need for antibiotics. Current technologies in research include ambient cold plasmas and bacteriophages, however significant challenges remain and these will require at least 5-10 years, if not longer.
     
  • ‘Green’ Parasiticides – Climate change and the associated warmer temperatures has seen parasites spread and thrive in recent years. ‘Greener’ parasiticides (which we’ll likely see marketed in the next 3-5 years) could help minimize resistance by degrading quickly after use and limiting entry into the environment.   
It’s clear that tomorrow’s innovations will help us to control and eradicate many of the diseases which currently affect animals. However, there’s still work to be done to ensure these technologies reach market. Read more about the animal health pipeline in our New Frontiers in Animal Care Report.
 
 
 
 
 
WHO SAID IT
 
 
 
“Smoothing the route to bringing new and emerging solutions to market will unlock benefits of improved animal health, making raising animals more sustainable.”

New Frontiers in Animal Care: The Innovations Shaping the Future
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
YOU SHOULD KNOW
 
 
 
To boost innovation, the animal health industry has promised to invest at least $10bn in R&D by 2025, delivering 100+ new vaccines and 20+ new diagnostics tools, as well as more than 30 other products that reduce the need for antibiotics.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Embracing innovation in animal health will enable us to better prevent and fight the diseases which are still prevalent in both livestock and pets.
 
One of the preventative technologies currently in development are mRNA vaccines. Take a look at our infographic below to find out how they work:
 
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