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The National Office of Animal Health (NOAH) represents the UK animal medicines industry: its aim is to promote the benefits of safe, effective, quality medicines for the health and welfare of all animals.

NOAH produces briefing paper on antimicrobials in veterinary medicines
NOAH has produced a briefing paper on antimicrobials in veterinary medicines, to help Members of Parliament and Peers remain well-informed about this important topic.

NOAH chief executive Phil Sketchley said: “NOAH welcomed the opportunity to attend the All Party Parliamentary Group on Antibiotics meeting on animal use and selection of antibiotic resistant bacteria, which was held at Portcullis House in June.

“During the discussion that followed the presentations, a number of issues were discussed regarding the authorisation and use of antimicrobials in veterinary medicine. In the limited time that was available, it was not possible for a full and in depth discussion to take place.

“We have produced this paper to help give further background on this topic,” he said.

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NOAH has also issued a press release in response to the publication of the Select Committee on Science and Technology's report on antimicrobial resistance
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Information at your fingertips, standing up for animal health, regulating the industry....NOAH videos highlight the varied role of the organisation
The National Office of Animal Health (NOAH) has produced two new videos talking about the many and varied roles it plays.

One video is targeted at people outside the animal health industry who are interested in the use of medicines on pets and livestock. The second video is aimed at NOAH’s own member companies and outlines some of the successful initiatives with which NOAH has been involved and will be working on in future.

Both films are available on the The UK NOAH YouTube channel.

Thanks to the generosity of guests at the NOAH Dinner in May, and to the companies that donated prizes, 3275 was raised in a raffle for NOAH's 2014 charity SPANA - the charity for the working animals of the world.

NOAH statement on canine vaccination
Member companies of NOAH who market vaccines for companion animals have received multiple queries from practitioners seeking clarification regarding the messages within the recent publication from WSAVA, Vaccination Guidelines for New Puppy Owners.

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77% of owners believe their pet’s health is as or more important than their own

  • 16% of owners claim to visit their pet’s vet more than their own doctor

  • New research marks launch of revamped Pet Health Info website and second year of NOAH’s ‘I Heart My Pet’ campaign

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The image above is available as a free window sticker - contact the NOAH office to claim yours.

The Pet Health Information website features a wealth of animal health information and advice to help owners and potential owners to make informed decisions about their pets’ healthcare. With a wide range of topics including information on buying a pet, health guides, travelling abroad with your pet and first aid, the site features information on a range of species from dogs through to fish

2013/14 Annual Report - now available

2014 Compendium
The 2014 edition of the NOAH Compendium of Data Sheets for Animal Medicines can be ordered here.  (1 from each copy sold will go to NOAH's 2013 charity, Riding for the Disabled)

In these digital times, the book remains a welcome and essential information source for busy vets in practice and other prescribers and users of animal medicines. It is of course fully supported by the online edition at

Edition 24 of the NOAH Code of Practice for the Promotion of Animal Medicines came into force on 1 October 2013
The latest (24th) edition of the NOAH Code has now been published. This edition incorporates a major re-write and restructuring of the Code, so please note many of the Clause and Rule 'numbers' have been changed.

As usual, the approved changes have been indicated by a vertical line in the right hand margin of the new edition, and copies of both the 23rd and 24th editions are available for comparison.

David Ellerton elected NOAH chairman for 2014

David Ellerton has been elected as Chairman of NOAH (National Office of Animal Health) for 2014, following this year’s NOAH AGM in London on 15 May. David is Managing Director of Virbac Ltd. A member of the NOAH Board since 2005, David served as Treasurer for three years, before becoming Vice-Chairman.
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NCAH prizes awarded at NOAH annual dinner
The highest scoring candidates that gained the NOAH Certificate of Animal Health (NCAH) during 2013 received prizes at the NOAH annual dinner in London on 15 May.

left to right: Lisa O'Donnell (Novartis); Charlotte Hobby (Ceva); Gemma Cairns (MSD); Richard Chew (Zoetis); Helen Walker (Vetoquinol)
First prize of 100 went to overall winner Lisa O’Donnell, Customer Development Manager for Novartis.

Lisa O'Donnell receives her prize from new NOAH chairman David Ellerton
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NOAH Compendium of Data Sheets for Animal Medicines 2014 - NOW HALF PRICE!

The NOAH Compendium gives full SPC's or data sheets for animal medicines from 30 companies including withdrawal periods. It also includes easy reference withdrawal period tables, and the legal background relating to withdrawal periods and maximum residue limits. Products are easy to find with a choice between alphabetical index, active ingredient index, list of products by therapeutic indication and by species - look for the coloured pages!

To take advantage of our offer please complete the order form, or alternatively visit our 'Books' page to place your order.

NOAH films challenge myths on livestock medicine use

NOAH has released two films to help industry and consumers understand issues surrounding the use of animal medicines in the food chain.

A film aimed at the food industry titled “Animal Medicines in Food Production – The Food Industry Perspective” has been produced to help industry understand the levels of awareness and concerns that consumers have.

A second film, “Animal Medicines in Food Production – Challenging the Myths” is aimed at consumers and looks at some of the myths surrounding the use of animal medicines in livestock production. Both films are available on the The UK NOAH YouTube channel.
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Jobs and Vacancies in the Animal Health Industry
From time to time, this website publishes details of jobs and vacancies in the animal medicines industry.
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Novartis Animal Health found in breach of NOAH Code on Promotion
At its meeting on 5 October 2012, the NOAH Code of Practice Committee, chaired by Mr Guy Tritton, heard one case. Novartis Animal Health was found to be in breach of the item under complaint.

This related to the phrase or strapline ‘Zolvix – the World’s most effective wormer’ in a promotion contained in the National Sheep Association’s event ‘Scotsheep 2012’ on 6 June 2012. The Committee unanimously took the view that the phrase constituted an all-embracing claim and a superlative which could not be substantiated. Accordingly, the Committee found the promotion in breach of Clause 5.2.
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