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1 June 2016

It’s Here! The Big Tick Project for Cats
Get Collecting and Help Tackle Ticks in Britain

Milton Keynes, June 1, 2016 – Over 1,400 veterinary practices collected more than 6,000 ticks for the Big Tick Project (BTP) last year, contributing to the largest-ever study of tick-borne illnesses in dogs in Britain, if not worldwide. It’s now time to tackle ticks on cats. MSD Animal Health, in collaboration with the University of Bristol, is launching the BTP for cats and asking vets to get collecting from 20th May. The campaign aims to raise awareness and improve education on the growing risk of ticks and tick-borne diseases in Britain amongst cat owners. The data collected from the contributions will be used in a scientific paper which will help vets make more specific recommendations to cat owners, and help keep their pets safe.

Amanda Melvin, Senior Product Manager for BRAVECTO® explains: “We were delighted and rather overwhelmed by the response, support and level of interest in the BTP for dogs from the veterinary profession. We were expecting 100s of ticks to be submitted but they arrived in their 1000s! It made us realise that, with the low levels of awareness of the risks of tick-borne disease to both people and animals, there was an even wider issue to be addressed. The risks to cats could not be ignored. We have therefore created the BTP for cats and are asking the vets, once again, to show their support by collecting and sending in ticks from their practices. The more samples we receive the better. This way we can help the profession better understand the risks associated with ticks and how best to help cat owners treat their pets.”

Those practices that participated in the BTP last year will automatically be registered and will be sent an email with details of this phase of the project. Any practices that did not participate last year and would like to should send their details to vet-support.uk@merck.com.

To support vets in promoting the BTP for cats with their clients MSD Animal Health has designed a range of striking materials for display in practice and as takeaways for clients. This includes a practice waiting room poster, a cat certificate. BTP packs will contain all the instructions and materials required for the practice to participate fully.

Note to Editors
BRAVECTO® Chewable Tablets for Dogs. Active ingredient: fluralaner. POM-V. Use medicines responsibly.
Further information is available from MSD Animal Health, Walton Manor, Walton, Milton Keynes MK7 7AJ.