The Committee for Veterinary Medicinal Products (CVMP) in the EU recommended the withdrawal of marketing authorisations for veterinary products containing zinc oxide in December 2016. Then CVMP decided to re-evaluate its opinion. The final decision is expected soon…
Octagon Services. United Kingdom
David Burch qualified from the Royal Veterinary College, London University in 1972. After a further two years at the university he spent five years in practice and developed an interest in pig and poultry production and medicine. He joined the animal health industry in 1979 and developed the antibiotic tiamulin for pigs and poultry during the eighties and then valnemulin, the first EU approved medicated feed premix, during the nineties. In 1999 he set up his own consultancy company Octagon Services Ltd and works mainly in antimicrobial development and registration as well as vaccinology. He is a Diplomate of the European College of Porcine Health Management, visiting lecturer at Liverpool University’s Faculty of Veterinary Science where he teaches pig medicine. He also produced The Pig Journal (1998-2008) for the UK’s Pig Veterinary Society and is currently a past president and honorary member.
Updated CV 07-Aug-2013
The European Commission is reviewing and consulting how antimicrobials are used in veterinary medicine following the release of their 12 point programme in 2011. Present and future situation of antimicrobial use in the European Community is analysed.