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Merial plays a key role as one of the five (5) major sponsors of the 2nd APVS Congress to be held on September 19-21, 2005 at the glamorous EDSA Shangri-la Hotel in Mandaluyong City, Phillippines.

As a prime leader in Animal Health, Merial’s commitment to support such international pig events cannot be under emphasized. Dr. Monty Lee, in one of his communications to all LAGE members even commented that the Company’s sponsorship of the 2 nd APVS Congress is “both noble and beneficial to Merial as a whole”.

In order to maximize Merial’s active participation in the 2 nd APVS Congress, a Corporate symposium on Classical Swine Fever (CSF) is being organized in the afternoon of September 20. With the theme Classical Swine Fever: Old Disease, New Challenges, the Symposium promises to showcase Merial’s expertise in this menace that up to now is a major pig disease of economic importance in the Asian Region. Notable speakers such as Dr. Joris Vandeputte of Trivarop, Colfontaine, Belgium, Dr. Jeroen Dewulf, Ghent University, Belgium & Dr. Ng Fook-Kheong, Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority, Singapore will present interesting and up-to-date topics on Classical Swine Fever.

With Dr. Francois Joisel as plenary speaker, APVS participants will also be updated on the new solution in the prevention and control of the emerging PMWS. This is on top of the Company's booth display that shall highlight all innovative products in swine.

In order to fill-in the years between the IPVS (International Pig Veterinary Society (IPVS) Congresses, an Asian version of the same meeting format was created namely, APVS (Asian Pig Veterinary Society) Congress. The enthusiastic Korean pig veterinarians played host to the 1 st Congress held in Seoul, Korea. In the same venue, it was decided that the 2 nd APVS Congress be held in the Philippines. The event promises to bring international experts from the different countries in Europe, United States and Asia to discuss current trends in swine health & production.