Animalcare, the UK veterinary pharmaceutical company which is based in York, recently took part in a scrub clearing operation in Barlow Common Nature Reserve to remove Himalayan Balsam, an invasive species of plant which, if left untreated, can cause riverbank degradation and prevent indigenous plants from growing.Animalcare team - CSR day


Barlow Common in Selby is part of the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, a charity dedicated to conserving, protecting and restoring wildlife and wild places in Yorkshire and encouraging people to have a genuine and meaningful connection with nature.

The scrub clear was part of Animalcare’s ongoing commitment to sustainability. The company has achieved carbon neutral status and is continually working to ensure that it integrates social and environmental concerns in its business operations.




Kai Crawshaw - invasive species removal at Barlow CommonKai Crawshaw, Brand Manager at Animalcare said:

‘As a business, we strongly feel that we need to play a part in protecting the natural world and ensuring that we operate in the most environmentally friendly way possible. It was great to be able to take part in the scrub clear, particularly since it’s near our headquarters.

‘We’d encourage other businesses to get involved, not only is it worthwhile, it’s also a lot of fun!’.


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Chloe Bird invasive species removal Paul Carlton invasive species removalLaura Bell and Lisa Dickenson invasive species removal at Barlow Common

The National Office of Animal Health (NOAH) has elected a new leadership team, including a new chair. Ned Flaxman, UK country manager for Krka UK Ltd, was elected as the organisation’s new chair for 2023/24 at the association’s AGM. He was previously NOAH’s vice-chair.

In addition, Caitrina Oakes (from Vetoquinol) was elected as past chair, Gerard Ensink (Boehringer Ingelheim) as vice-chair and Matthew Frost (Elanco) as treasurer.

Oya Canbas (Zoetis) and Rachel Smithson (Animalcare Ltd) were also elected to the NOAH board of management.

NOAH chief executive Dawn Howard said: “I congratulate Ned Flaxman as our new chair, the new officer team and board members on their election and look forward to working with them to deliver on NOAH members’ priorities.

“I would also like to note the contribution made to the association over the past two years by outgoing chair Caitrina Oakes and thank her for her great support.”

NOAH represents the UK animal health industry, promoting the benefits of licensed medicines and solutions for the health and welfare of animals.