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Administration Assistant

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an individual to provide administration support for an Animal Health Company. If you are looking for a new challenge, enjoy variety in your work and wish to be part of a team striving to make a difference to animal health then we want to hear from you! About us: Ridgeway Research Ltd is a well-known UK Contract Research Organisation within the Animal Health Industry delivering research & development on veterinary medical and feed additive…

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Animal Care Apprentice

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an animal care apprentice to join the team to support scientific research in an animal health company. If you are looking for a new challenge, enjoy variety in your work and wish to be part of a team striving to make a difference to animal health then we want to hear from you! About Us: Ridgeway Research Ltd is a well-known UK Contract Research Organisation within the Animal Health Industry delivering research & development…

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Anthelmintics: when should I use a wormer?

Anthelmintics: when should I use a wormer? What are Anthelmintics? Anthelmintics or wormers are widely used across the globe, and a lot of the time can be misused causing resistance issues. Anthelmintics are drugs used to treat infection with nematodes (roundworms like Ascaradia galli in chickens), cestodes (tapeworms like Moniezia expansa in sheep) and trematodes (flukes like Calicophoron daubneyi in livestock). How do I know which wormer to use? Firstly, how do you know your animals need to be wormed? Have you noticed symptoms or seen…

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Moving towards sustainable use of veterinary antibiotics, globally

Moving towards sustainable use of veterinary antibiotics, globally Misuse of antibiotics Penicillin discovered by the famous Scottish scientist Alexander Fleming, was used to save millions of lives during wartime. Following the discovery,, reliance on antibiotics has increased throughout the twentieth century and overuse of this simple solution has led to an increase in resistance to antibiotics. The scientific community are aware of the growing threat of antibiotic resistance but has this information reached farmers across the world? Case study: India…

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The challenges of going off grid and preparing for the unexpected!

The challenges of going off grid and preparing for the unexpected! Tick heaven: Dartmoor… We don’t normally revisit a topic within a month or so, but a staff member’s recent experience makes a repeat warning worthwhile as we seek to explore uncrowded areas of the UK this summer…. It’s never a good sign when you’re travelling and you look down at your legs only to scream “WHAT IS THAT?!”. It was a tiny “seed” tick……the young larval or nymphal tick…

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What is Blowfly Strike in Sheep?

What is Blowfly Strike in Sheep? Blowfly strike is a common annual battle that sheep farmers must face, particularly during the summer months where the weather is usually warm and wet, optimum conditions for flies and maggots to thrive. What is Blowfly Strike? Blowfly strike is caused by the larvae of dipteran flies which invade the tissue on living sheep causing lesions that can lead to tissue and muscle damage. The primary flies (green bottles) strike first laying their eggs…

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Struggle and strength during COVID-19

Now in August, it’s almost five months since our lives were modified with COVID-19-related restrictions. There are so, so many things that have changed within the business as a result of it. Despite all of the changes and associated challenges, we are performing and achieving results. Having heard Dr Pippa Grange talking about deep wins (as against shallow wins), it feels as if we have actually increased our capacity to achieve deep wins over the past five months, as we…

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Quality monitoring of Liver fluke metacercariae

Quality monitoring of Liver fluke metacercariae At our laboratory part of the work we do is to maintain several colonies of snails, these are the intermediate host in the life cycle of the liver fluke Fasciola hepatica. The metacercariae we produce are supplied to Universities and Pharmaceutical Companies and used in research to gain a better understanding of the parasite, its control and the growing problem of its resistance to anthelmintic treatments. To ensure the metacercariae we supply to our customers…

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Heat detection: is your heat detection method ineffective?

Heat detection: is your heat detection method ineffective? Why do we need heat detection? Heat detection is an essential component of the dairy industry. Missed or mistimed heats lead to increased calving periods and a resulting financial burden. Similarly, wasted Artificial Insemination (AI) and loss of pregnancies caused by mistiming of AI adds to this financial burden.  There is a plethora of heat detection aids in the market, ranging from simple mount detectors like Estrotect to fully automated robotic in…

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Determination of heat and whelping dates in bitches using progesterone assessment

Determination of heat and whelping dates in bitches using progesterone assessment Identifying the optimal time for mating a bitch can be critically important, particularly if the mate lives some distance away, with lengthy ill-timed journeys something to be avoided at all times but particularly at present. At the other end of pregnancy, as whelping approaches, knowing when a bitch is going to whelp can be helpful in making the necessary arrangements for whelping. Progesterone measurement can assist in decision making…

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