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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 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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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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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

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.

Joint press release: European Antibiotics Awareness Day (EAAD)
On 18 November was European Antibiotics Awareness Day - EAAD is a Europe-wide public health initiative to raise awareness of antibiotic resistance and the importance of responsible use of antibiotics.
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The UK's 5 Year Antimicrobial Resistance Strategy 2013-18 has been published
NOAH supports a joint statement (along with DEFRA, BVA, RCVS, NFU and RUMA) regarding the strategy.

Protect our pets - love is not enough says NOAH
We love our pets – but we don’t always show our love by taking care of our pets’ needs.

New figures on vaccination published by the PDSA back up research carried out on behalf of the National Office of Animal Health – while the UK is full of devoted pet lovers, half of us forget about one of the best ways we can help our pet, vaccinating them against preventable infectious diseases.

That’s why NOAH has created a new infographic to raise awareness of the importance of vaccinating pets against infectious diseases (and to illustrate some of our weird and wonderful pet obsessions). Click on the thumbnail to see the infographic.

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This is now available as a free poster - click here for more details!

Antibiotics for Animals
Animals, just like humans, can suffer from disease. Healthy animals mean healthy food. NOAH believes it would be a rejection of our responsibility towards the production of healthy food to deny animals access to medicines which keep them healthy. Animals need antibiotics too.
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National Pet Month: 1 April - 5 May 2014 - 25th anniversary is 'Celebrating our pets'

There's so much more to National Pet Month than a five week campaign each year. We're here to educate pet owners all year round and to help all UK pet charities raise money for their vital work. NOAH is proud to be a trustee of National Pet Month.

There is still time to get involved this year! Find out more on the National Pet Month website, follow @NatPetMonthUK on Twitter or like the National Pet Month Facebook page

National Pet Month is a charity registered number 1114880.

House of Commons Science and Technology Committee: Antimicrobial Resistance
Phil Sketchley from NOAH was amongst the witnesses to the House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee on 29 January.

Follow the link to the UK Parliament site to view the session

NOAH publications - 2014 Compendium
The 2014 edition of the NOAH Compendium of Data Sheets for Animal Medicines is now available.  Order your copy 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

NOAH's 2012/13 Annual Report is still available to download, or hard copies can be requested free of charge from the NOAH office.

NOAH Compendium 2013 - sales raise funds for Medical Detection Dogs

Dr Claire Guest from Medical Detection Dogs receives a cheque from NOAH chief executive Phil Sketchley, watched by Sooty (aka NOAH)For more on Medical Detection Dogs click here....

Joint statement from the National Office of Animal Health (NOAH) and the Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) on the use of flukicides in dairy cattle...
Flukicides are anthelmintic veterinary medicines active against parasites from the trematode class (which includes liver fluke).

The European Community, working with the European Medicines Agency has recently reached a decision that will lead to changes to the Summary of Product Characteristics (SPCs), Marketing Authorisations (MAs) and labels of many medicines containing flukicides across the EU.

Click here to read the NOAH/VMD joint statement on this, which includes a summary of the different flukicides authorised for sale in the UK market and their permitted use in dairy cattle.

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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NOAH: a joint effort from all prescribers offers best chance of reducing anthelmintic resistance spread
The National Office of Animal Health (NOAH) supports initiatives to encourage the responsible prescribing and use of anthelmintics, in order to keep them working effectively to prevent and treat parasitic infestations in farm animals and horses.

NOAH considers a joint effort from all prescribers, working with farmers and horse owners, offers the best chance of success in helping to reduce the spread of resistance.
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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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