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Unable to find a pet food to recommend, I set up a business to make one

Veterinary Record latest issue - 12 October 2018

While working in small animal practice, vet John Burns developed an interest in holistic pet health and eventually became a pet food manufacturer.

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AMR is a shared global problem

Veterinary Record latest issue - 12 October 2018

This week we publish a special investigation in tandem with the Bureau of Investigative Journalism (see pages 432-433).

The research, carried out by the bureau, reveals the fundamental challenge of antimicrobial resistance in that it is very much a shared global problem but there are unequal efforts in tackling it.

Here, as in the rest of Europe, it is illegal to use antibiotics for growth promotion in food producing animals – this has been the case since 2006. The USA also banned the practice last year. But this is not the case elsewhere, for example in India.

In Hyderabad, a bureau reporter found antibiotics used for growth promotion were sold to farmers directly without prescription. The products were sold by Zoetis, the largest global animal pharmaceutical company.

As the story makes clear, Zoetis is not acting illegally here because the Indian government has not set any legislation around this....

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RCVS takes position on no-deal Brexit

Veterinary Record latest issue - 12 October 2018

By Josh Loeb

The RCVS has for the first time voiced public opposition to a no-deal Brexit.

In an unusually strongly worded statement that critics say breaches its stance of political neutrality, the College issued a press release in which president Amanda Boag said: ‘We call on government not to accept a no-deal Brexit that could shrink our veterinary workforce or risk lowering the animal health and welfare standards of which the UK is so justifiably proud.’

It was sent immediately after a Council meeting on 27 September and accompanied a position statement – not agreed upon by Council – in which the RCVS said the government’s technical notices showed a no-deal Brexit would raise new barriers to exports.

No deal would mean more veterinary surgeons would be required to certify animal products and this, combined with existing recruitment challenges and bureaucracy around pet passports, could pile pressure on...

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'The value of vets has never been greater

Veterinary Record latest issue - 12 October 2018

By Kathryn Clark

The current focus on the role of vets in enabling international trade is a ‘small silver lining’ in the turmoil surrounding Brexit, according to the UK’s chief vet.

But, speaking at RCVS Fellowship Day last week, Christine Middlemiss (pictured) warned that, while much of the recent emphasis has been on an immediate need for increased capacity in terms of export certification, there is also a need to ensure there are enough vets ‘in the system’ to help the UK build new trade relationships after March 2019.

Middlemiss said that there was greatly increased awareness within government of the important strategic role played by vets in food security and public health.

‘In some way, the stock of vets and the terms of the value we add has never been greater,’ she said. ‘Our permanent secretary can tell you what export health certificates are, and what official veterinarians...

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'Game changing bovine TB centre to open in Wales

Veterinary Record latest issue - 12 October 2018

Aberystwyth University is to open a new centre for excellence for bovine TB (bTB) later this year.

The centre, which will bring international expertise together with the aim of eradicating the cattle disease, will cost £3.6 million and is backed by Sêr Cymru II, a Welsh Government, EU and University funded programme to grow and develop academic research expertise in Wales.

The Welsh government says the centre for excellence will be a ‘hub for national and international research into bovine TB’. There are aims to commercialise the products it develops, collaborating with industry on products such as new diagnostic tests and vaccines.

It will be headed up by world renowned bTB expert Glyn Hewinson.

Hewinson is the lead scientist for bTB at the APHA and has led research into the disease for more than 20 years.

Bovine TB is the most pressing animal health challenge for Wales today

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Zoetis and its antibiotics for growth in India

Veterinary Record latest issue - 12 October 2018

By Ben Stockton, Madlen Davies, Rahul Meesaraganda

The world’s biggest animal drugs company has been accused of double standards and of exposing consumers in India to ‘higher levels of risk’ by selling antibiotics for purposes now banned in Europe and the USA.

Zoetis, the largest producer of veterinary medicines, was found supplying farmers in India with antibiotics to help their animals grow faster in an investigation carried out by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism (BIJ).

There is international consensus that this practice should be banned in an attempt to stem the rising threat of antimicrobial resistance. The World Health Organization (WHO), the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) have all called for a worldwide ban on the use of antibiotics to make livestock grow faster. The practice was banned in the EU in 2006 and last year in the USA.

After the...

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In brief

Veterinary Record latest issue - 12 October 2018
New look puppy contract website

The Animal Welfare Foundation (AWF) and the RSPCA have launched an updated version of the Puppy Contract website.

The contract is described as a ‘one-stop guide’ that helps prospective puppy owners get all the information they need before making the decision to buy a new puppy.

The website (https://puppycontract.org.uk) includes a ten-step guide with advice on whether a puppy is the right choice for an individual or family, the costs of owning one and where to get a puppy, as well as all the right questions to ask the breeder about socialisation, vaccination, microchipping and health tests.

There are also sections that provide tips on how to spot a puppy dealer and an overview of puppy breeding laws in all four countries of the UK.

The new look website was launched to coincide with the new Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving...

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'Snakes are the only species not allowed to stretch

Veterinary Record latest issue - 12 October 2018

By Josh Loeb

A group of vets is demanding that Defra forces pet shops and commercial traders in England to allow captive snakes enough space to stretch out fully.

The seven vets, all members of The Independent Ad Hoc Scientific Group on Snake Welfare, had expected that the department would specify in its new official husbandry guidance that any enclosure housing a snake should measure at least as long as the animal housed therein.

Small animal practitioner Mike Jessop is among those frustrated that Defra ‘went behind our backs’ to delete a key passage from the final version of its guidance accompanying its latest animal activities regulations.

The original draft version of the document, seen by Vet Record, contained a stipulation that all snakes should ideally be allowed sufficient space to stretch out fully. However, this statement had disappeared by the time the final version was released earlier this...

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The only way is up for Bengal tigers in Nepal

Veterinary Record latest issue - 12 October 2018

Georgina Mills reports on how initiatives and collaborations have led to an increase in tiger numbers in Nepal.

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New TB testing gun offers cost saving

Veterinary Record latest issue - 12 October 2018

UK vet practices carrying out government TB testing work now have access to a new tuberculin gun. Vets in the field say it is easier to use, clean and maintain than the most commonly used alternative. It also offers practices an opportunity to save on the cost of consumable needles.

The V-Grip tuberculin injector, made by Australian manufacturer N. J. Phillips, is now available in the UK from Dairy Insight.

Vet Dave Gilbert, a director with Dairy Insight, said: ‘There is no official requirement to use a single make of gun for TB testing work, so with tightening margins for work in this arena it makes sense for practices to explore valid cost-saving options.’

‘Having trialled this gun over the past 12 months in our own farm practice, we’ve been very pleased with it, particularly when it comes to changing needles. I’ve always found this process fiddly, especially when...

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Veterinary Record latest issue - 12 October 2018

Braemar Finance has appointed Malcolm Holmes as a national account manager for its client finance product, Fast Track – an online client finance solution for vets, dentists, and others, offering payment options for treatments and services at a monthly cost. He joins Braemar from Henry Schein UK.

Nicky Whittaker has been appointed as national account manager in the professional division of Miele. She brings a wealth of technical laundry knowledge to her new role in which she aims to build sustainable customer relationships by advising commercial customers about specialist laundry and dishwashing equipment.

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Veterinary Record latest issue - 12 October 2018

Zoetis says it will supply an alternative equine rotavirus vaccine under a wholesale dealer import certificate until supples of Equip Rotavirus can be restored (which it says won't be before March 2019). Practices wishing to purchase the alternative vaccine must apply to the Veterinary Medicines Directorate for a Special Treatment Certificate. Further information is available from the company’s technical team on 0845 3008034.

Boehringer Ingelheim has announced that Semintra 10 mg/ml Oral Solution for the treatment of kidney disease in cats is now also licensed for the treatment of feline hypertension.

Passionate about Pet Foods has announced that it is the sole distributor for German pet food brands Josera and Green Petfood, which makes vegetarian and insect-based pet foods and treats. www.passionateaboutpetfood.co.uk

Virbac has launched Zenifel, a feline facial pheromone plug-in diffuser, which contains a 48 ml vial of F3 feline facial pheromone. It is designed for...

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Award for poultry innovation

Veterinary Record latest issue - 12 October 2018

Veterinary agritech company PrognostiX has won an innovation prize for its ‘new and insightful way of monitoring animal health and farm performance’ at the British Poultry Awards.

The Predict and Prevent monitoring system uses wireless sensors to capture real-time environmental and health parameters within poultry houses to produce easy-to-read information for farmers, farm advisers, nutritionists and vets.

Transforming data into clear, visual representations enables users to monitor performance and quickly identify trends or discrepancies. It can be used on one site or across a number of farms or businesses.

Having a deeper insight into a farm’s performance can help vets understand what factors are causing disease and allow them to use the information to predict and prevent disease. It could also help reduce antibiotic use, the company says.

PrognostiX Nutwell Estate, Lympstone, Exmouth EX8 5AN, telephone 01392 872893. www.prognostix-uk.com

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Extended duration of immunity for feline leucaemia virus vaccines

Veterinary Record latest issue - 12 October 2018

The feline leukaemia (FeLV) component of Virbac’s Leucogen and Leucofeligen vaccines has been granted an extended duration of immunity by the European Medicines Agency.

This means that following the primary course and first annual booster, the FeLV component is only required every three years.

Leucogen is the world’s first recombinant subunit vaccine containing purified p45 FeLV-envelope antigen. Leucofeligen is a fully authorised combination vaccine for FeLV, rhinotracheitis, calicivirus and the feline panleucopaenia virus.

Virbac, Woolpit Business Park, Windmill Avenue, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk IP30 9UP, telephone 01359 243243.


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Worming guide for equine practitioners

Veterinary Record latest issue - 12 October 2018

Concise information and practical advice concerning the most important gastrointestinal parasites in horses is now available to equine practitioners.

Guideline 8 is the first equine guide produced by the European Scientific Counsel Companion Animal Parasites (ESCCAP). It aims to help prevent or minimise parasite infections and avoid clinical disease.

The Counsel’s key objective is to provide vet professionals with free, practical, independent and research-based advice on how best to protect companion animals from parasitic infection and disease, alongside guidance on how to limit the potential for zoonotic parasitic infections.

ESCCAP, Malvern Hills Science Park, Geraldine Road, Malvern, Worcestershire WR14 3SZ.


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Veterinary Record latest issue - 12 October 2018

Davies Veterinary Specialists is the first veterinary practice to have achieved accreditation from environmental accreditation scheme Investors in the Environment (iiE). The Hertfordshire-based referral practice has been awarded silver accreditation and plans to work towards iiE’s top level green accreditation by establishing a comprehensive environmental policy and action plan.

Vets Now has opened a new out-of-hours pet emergency service within Pengelly & Mizen Vets, Peterborough. The emergency service will be available to all pet owners in the area throughout the nights, at weekends and bank holidays and expects to treat road traffic accidents, severe sickness and diarrhoea, and accidental ingestion and poisonings.

North Downs Specialist Referrals, in Bletchingley, Surrey, has completed a £2.5 million extension that houses a new diagnostic imaging suite complete with CT and MRI scanners. The extension also adds a fourth operating theatre, two more consulting rooms, an additional ward for dogs and an expanded office...

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Jejunal haemorrhage syndrome in cattle in Northern Ireland

Veterinary Record latest issue - 12 October 2018

Northern Ireland disease surveillance, April to June 2018

  • Infectious bovine rhinotracheitis in cattle

  • Jejunal haemorrhage syndrome in cattle

  • Bovine neonatal pancytopenia in calves

  • Listeriosis in sheep

  • Gastric ulceration in pigs

  • Trichomonosis in pigeons

  • CattleRespiratory diseases

    Respiratory disease was identified in 56 cattle postmortem submissions between April and June 2018. The most common pathogens identified included Mycoplasma bovis (17 cases), Pasteurella multocida (14 cases), Mannheimia haemolytica (11 cases), Trueperella pyogenes (seven cases), respiratory syncytial virus (three cases) and Histophilus somni (two cases).

    Infectious bovine rhinotracheitis (IBR) was diagnosed in a five-month-old calf. The trachea was lined with a thick yellow suppurative pseudomembrane and the nasal mucosal surfaces were similarly affected. There was severe bronchopneumonia with miliary suppurative foci in consolidated anteroventral lung lobes. IBR virus was detected by PCR in the lung and trachea and M bovis was also detected by PCR...

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    Teasing out the risks for Alabama rot

    Veterinary Record latest issue - 12 October 2018

    Cutaneous and renal glomerular vasculopathy (CRGV) – more commonly known as Alabama rot – was first reported in the UK in 2012. Since then cases have been reported annually.

    The prognosis for dogs that contract CRGV is not good, mortality is high, often reported at 100 per cent.1 Even though some small success in treatment has been seen recently,2 it remains a serious disease with a poor outcome.

    The aetiology of the disease remains a mystery. However, the lesions seen in cases are consistent with a thrombotic microangiopathy (TMA). In human patients, TMAs have been found to involve hereditary and acquired factors and are not considered as a single disease but as a complex group of diseases.3

    Because of this, epidemiological studies are needed to help better understand CRGV and identify possible risk factors. Two papers, one summarised on p 448 of this...

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    Intramammary infections and milk quality in low-input dairy goat farms

    Veterinary Record latest issue - 12 October 2018

    Low-input goat farming is one of the earliest agricultural activities and a common occupation in arid and semi-arid regions and in developing countries worldwide.1 Its importance lies in the ability of goats to utilise woody plants in degraded, mountainous and remote pasture lands that are not suitable for cultivation or other uses.2

    In Greece, there are about 2.8 million milking goats producing about 385,000 tons of milk each year.3 Over the past 20 years, intensive goat farming systems have rapidly emerged in the country. Nevertheless, the traditional, low-input farming systems are still dominant and prevail mainly in less favoured areas with poorly diversified rural economies and limited employment opportunities.2

    Under these conditions, the sustainability of the farms is marginal and factors that negatively impact on income need to be kept to a minimum. Herd health problems are of great importance in...

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