Topics and Briefing Documents
VACCINES Companion animal vaccines
HEALTH AND WELFARE
CONTROLS ON ANIMAL MEDICINES
ANIMALS IN RESEARCH
SAFETY OF FOOD & RESIDUES
VETERINARY LEGISLATIVE REVIEW
Animals, just like humans, suffer from a range of infectious diseases.
As veterinary medicine has advanced, prevention of disease has become a priority. One of
the best means of prevention is by creating immunity in the animal. This is usually
achieved by vaccination.
Vaccination has now been
established for over 200 years. Since those early days, enormous strides have been made in the
development of vaccines which have helped to prevent and in some cases eliminate disease
in humans, farm animals and the family pet.
Vaccination also reduces the amount of pharmaceutical treatments (such
as antibiotics) used to control established diseases and, in
many instances, has prevented long term suffering and death.