The role of dietary fiber deserves consideration in finding new strategies to alleviate enteric problems, without the use of high zinc oxide levels.
Alfred Blanch, DVM and Ph.D. in veterinary science/medicine from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), has always been, since the beggining of its career, a technician and marketing professional in the animal feeding sector. Apart from the investigations carried out during its scientific training at the UAB, he also developed research works at the University of Nottingham (UK) and at the University of Hohenheim (Stuttgart, Germany).
After a first period in the field of research, he joined the central headquarters of the multinational company Roche Vitamins (Basel, Switzerland), where his career evolved towards the strategic field in the sector of feed additives. Later on he exercised different tasks at the company Andersen, S.A. (Barcelona, Spain). Currently, his professional work is as an independent consultant for additive and premixes companies at a national and international level.
His path in the academic field and the private sector have allowed him to work intensely with different families of additives and ingredients for animal feeding, such as phytogenics, probiotics, prebiotics, essential oils, organic acids, enzymes, carotenoids, vitamins, micotoxin scavengers, swine plasma, whey, soybean protein concentrates, fats, vegetable oils, fish meals and oils, as well as veterinary antibiotics and anti-inflammatories.
Updated CV 19-Feb-2016
Combining the use of low levels of dietary protein with highly digestible protein sources and certain probiotics can be a good strategy in the face of the increasing restrictions on the use of antibiotics in feed.