Merck Animal Health Launches Cattle Care365® and Aqua Care365®

Merck Animal Health rolled out two new editions of its Care365™ training programs to cattlemen, fish farmers, veterinarians and industry professionals in the first quarter of 2019. Cattle Care365® was released at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Conference (NCBA) in January, and Aqua Care365® was introduced at Aquaculture 2019 in March. Building on Dairy Care365®, the employee animal handling video training program is designed to empower the best animal care every day.

Lesson one the first Cattle Care365® educational training module is now available online free to producers and veterinarians. It will focus on beef cattle handling and processing, including: preparation for processing; how to use the flight zone of cattle; handling cattle through a Bud Box, crowding tub and snake; proper use of the chute; and proper product administration. The video module is followed with a brief quiz to help ensure employee understanding of the material, and a certificate of completion is available to document the training. Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) also are included for managers to use alongside their veterinarians to build important protocols.

Dr. Angela Baysinger, DVM, M.S., animal welfare lead for Merck Animal Health, North America talks about the importance of cattle handling at NCBA. Learn more about Cattle Care365®.

Merck Animal Health Announces Stockmanship and Stewardship Sponsorship

Merck Animal Health, in support of its animal care and welfare mission, also announced a partnership with NCBA to sponsor the 2019 Stockmanship and Stewardship events. These regional, two-day events feature low-stress cattle handling demonstrations, Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) education sessions and much, much more.

For more information on the program and a list of events and locations, visit:

Register for Professional Animal Auditor Certification Organization (PAACO) Training

The Professional Animal Auditor Certification Organization (PAACO) invites interested participants to register for their upcoming Animal Welfare Auditor Trainings. These trainings span a variety of species to provide attendees with the latest in animal welfare best practices.

More information on training topics, dates and locations can be found here.

Coming Up:

Save the date for Advancing Animal Welfare Together 2019! August 26-28, 2019, Fair Oaks Farms

The Veterinary and Consumer Affairs team is busy putting together this annual Merck Animal Health event, which will be held this year at Fair Oaks Farms in Indiana. This year, we’ll take a close look at consumer trust and transparency around animal welfare: What is it? How do we do it? What do we need to think about for the future?

Advancing Animal Welfare Together is designed to bring industry leaders together from throughout the food chain to share insights, discuss challenges and learn from others, while discovering the possibilities to Advance Animal Welfare Together. Stay tuned for more information! 

Meet Up with Us!

Catch up with members of the Veterinary and Consumer Affairs team at some of these industry meetings:

  • Animal Agriculture Alliance – Stakeholders Summit: May 8-9, Kansas City, MO
  • CAWS Symposium – Purdue University: May 15-16, Lafayette, IN