Fort Dodge Animal Health

Division of Wyeth

Flanders Road, Hedge End, Southampton SO30 4QH

Registered office as above

Telephone: 01489 781711

Facsimile: 01489 788306



Reg. No. 2447810 (England)


Press Release








22 April 2009



Fort Dodge launches cost effective Sheep Bluetongue vaccine, Zulvac 8 Ovis® in the UK


Global vaccine specialist Fort Dodge Animal Health has announced that its Zulvac 8 Ovis® Bluetongue sheep vaccine is now licensed and available in the UK from veterinary surgeons. The company believes that the product will provide significant benefits to sheep farmers.


Zulvac 8 Ovis® is an inactivated adjuvanted vaccine for the active immunisation of sheep by subcutaneous injection against Bluetongue Serotype 8. It also provides a reduction in viraemia. Administration is a two x 2 ml dose primary course in year one but only a single shot booster in the second year. The use of Zulvac 8 Ovis as a booster for animals previously vaccinated with a primary course from other manufacturers is in line with Defra (2009) guidance.


No problems are anticipated with re-vaccinating animals which have already received a primary course of vaccination with a different vaccine 1’.


The first dose can be administered from one month of age and Zulvac 8 Ovis® is proven for use in pregnant sheep. The onset of immunity is provided 25 days after the second dose.


Fort Dodge says Zulvac provides cost savings to farmers through its pricing strategy. While the price for the two dose primary course is competitive with alternative vaccines, for animals which were vaccinated last year and require only a single shot booster, the cost will be half that of competitive offerings, providing a significant incentive to farmers to vaccinate.


The vaccine is supported by a specific Zulvac Ovis fixed 2ml dose applicator with Sterimatic needle protector and cleaning system which aids administration and hygiene and is sold separately.


Commenting on the launch of Zulvac 8 Ovis® in the UK, David Bartram MRCVS, Veterinary Technical Manager at Fort Dodge, said: “Sheep farmers have been waiting for a Bluetongue vaccine which offers a cost effective solution to vaccination – particularly for animals which received their primary course last year and are simply in need of a booster. We expect the fact that it’s licensed for use in pregnant sheep to also prove attractive.


Zulvac 8 Ovis® is the latest addition to Fort Dodge’s Zulvac range for both cows and sheep. It is already used in Europe and has helped protect millions of animals.”


Picture shows: Zulvac 8 Ovis® being administered using the fixed dose applicator


Note to editors:

  1. Defra (2009) Bluetongue vaccination: operational guidance. Available at http://www.defra.gov.uk/animalh/diseases/notifiable/bluetongue/control/vaccination/vaccination-operational.htm [Accessed April 8, 2009]


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