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Current status of avian influenza in Europe and the UK

Veterinary Record latest issue - 11 January 2018

With the wild bird migratory season reaching its peak, tens of thousands of wild waterfowl have been reaching UK shores from the Baltic States and further afield. It has been established that migratory birds play a role in the spread of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI).1 The detection of H5N8 HPAI cases in wild birds, and outbreaks in poultry and captive birds across Europe during the last migratory season broadly followed this migration trajectory.2

Cases of H5N8 HPAI in 2016/17 across Europe peaked in the early months of 2017. In the UK, a total of 13 cases were identified in poultry and gamebirds (six cases in back yard flocks, seven in commercial premises). In addition, 45 H5N8 positive wild birds (mostly waterfowl) were identified, which were submitted to the APHA via the wild bird surveillance scheme. Epidemiological analysis concluded that, apart from one cluster of...

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The value of good first-opinion practice

Veterinary Record latest issue - 11 January 2018

I was feeling quite upbeat after reading an article online about how important Nottingham’s vet school felt general practice was, then I read Simon Wolfensohn’s letter (VR, 9 December 2017, vol 181, p 629).

He is right that we have a severe recruitment and retention problem in first-opinion veterinary practice in the UK. His suggested solution made me sad, angry and very concerned for the future. Mr Wolfensohn writes that, ‘An evening surgery full of vaccination appointments and anal glands is not what these young people had in mind when they embarked on their degree courses!’ That is what the majority of veterinary practice is, so what were they expecting their first jobs to be? Who is to blame if they are entering vet school imagining they’ll be aping the ‘Supervet’ after a year or so and leave vet school imagining the same?

First-opinion practice is where most jobs...

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Ram health and welfare

Veterinary Record latest issue - 11 January 2018

As committed sheep vets, we are delighted to see Vet Record devote space to a recent study on rams and their welfare in commercial flocks (VR, 2 December 2017, vol 181, pp 583–584). With rams accounting for 50 per cent of the fertility of flocks, their performance and longevity are clear determinants of cost of production and the efficiency of commercial flocks.

In particular, we would like to comment on the poor uptake of clostridial and Pasteurella vaccine as a threat to ram longevity. These vaccinations were described as prohibitively expensive for flocks when vaccinating individual rams at purchase. The authors of the reported study suggested that veterinary practitioners should take responsibility for ensuring vaccination of these rams and offering a vaccination service where possible. We suggest this would be neither cost-effective nor logistically feasible and we feel that it undermines the message of the high cost-benefit of clostridial...

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Its so much harder to be your own vet

Veterinary Record latest issue - 11 January 2018

This month a vet describes dealing with the loss of their own pet and how this impacts on their work.

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Roger Barry Clampitt

Veterinary Record latest issue - 11 January 2018

A clinical pathologist whose outstanding contribution to the profession was to invent the first reliable clinical biochemistry analyser for use in practice.

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Taking a different approach to learning using self reflection

Veterinary Record latest issue - 11 January 2018

Having settled into practice life, Victoria Davies started to investigate what it meant to be an advanced general practitioner and enrolled for a postgraduate certificate with Harper Adams University.

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People

Veterinary Record latest issue - 11 January 2018

Richard Elders has joined London Vet Specialists (LVS). A graduate of University College Dublin, his research on mast cell tumours in dogs led to an MSc in clinical oncology and he went on to complete a PhD on mast cell tumours at the Royal Veterinary College in 2008. He works with referral oncology patients and clients two days a week at LVS and currently spends the rest of his working week as an oncology consultant for IDEXX Laboratories. From February 2018, he will combine his role at LVS alongside one at another Linnaeus Group practice in Southfields, Laindon, Essex.

David Leicester has joined RCVS Council as an elected member, following the tragic death of newly elected Council member Sarah Brown. He has 20 years’ experience working in practice in clinical and training roles, as an assistant and as a manager in general practice and out-of-hours work with new graduates...

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'Quality is never an accident

Veterinary Record latest issue - 11 January 2018

January is, unsurprisingly, the month to change your diet and routine. One initiative that has taken off recently is Veganuary – where people pledge to eat a vegan diet for the whole of January.

The first Veganuary started in 2014, but it was last year that the movement really took off with 60,000 people taking part.

According to research commissioned by the Vegan Society in 2016, the number of vegans in Britain has risen by 360 per cent over the past 10 years. While this represents less than 1 per cent of the UK population, there is a feeling that it is becoming a more popular choice.

An acknowledgement of this change was made at the Oxford Farming Conference earlier this month. Not only did Michael Gove, secretary of state for Defra, mention in his speech to the conference that entrepreneurs were exploring how to derive more protein from...

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Gove sets out key areas for farming reform

Veterinary Record latest issue - 11 January 2018

By Matthew Limb

Environment secretary Michael Gove has pledged that the UK will develop a new system of food labelling that will secure recognition for high animal welfare standards.

He said the UK could establish a ‘world-leading’ measure of farm and food quality after it leaves the European Union in March 2019.

This would show how farmers and food producers were performing on animal welfare and areas such as control of pollution, contribution to water quality and soil health, he said.

Such a ‘gold standard metric’ for farm and food quality would enable the UK to compete for access to global markets.

Gove said it would be ‘foolish’ for the UK to lower animal welfare or environmental standards in trade deals, and in so doing ‘undercut our own reputation for quality’.

‘We will succeed in the global market place because we are competing at the top of the value...

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Are animal research trials fit for purpose?

Veterinary Record latest issue - 11 January 2018

By Matthew Limb

Medical experts are calling for a review of the way data from animal experiments are reported and used.

They say there is ‘systematic failures’ in preclinical research trials involving animals and they want urgent action to make animal research ‘more fit for purpose as a valuable and reliable forerunner to clinical research in humans.’

Their call follows an investigation by The BMJ that unearthed concerns about how researchers from Oxford University ‘misrepresented’ the results of animal studies to gain funding and approval for human trials to test a new tuberculosis vaccine.

The investigation focused on MVA85A, a vaccine developed by researchers to boost the effectiveness of the BCG vaccine and provide extra protection against tuberculosis, which kills over a million people a year.

The vaccine was reported as being effective in animals but failed to show benefit when tested in a large clinical trial in South...

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News in brief

Veterinary Record latest issue - 11 January 2018
PDSA pet wellbeing survey launched

The 2018 PDSA Animal Wellbeing (PAW) report has been launched.

The PAW report, now in its eighth year, is an annual, nationwide survey, which captures the views of pet owners, vets and children on their thoughts of the pressing range of issues facing UK pets.

The charity is encouraging UK vets, vet nurses and students to have their say on the state of the nation’s pets. The survey closes on 2 February.

The 15-minute survey is available at: yougov.com/PDSA. More information and recent reports can be found at pdsa.org.uk/pawreport

Nominations for welfare awards

CEVA is reminding vets that it is not too late to nominate individuals or teams for the Ceva Animal Welfare Awards 2018, which are to be held on 4 April in Birmingham.

There are six awards for 2018. These are: The Chris Laurence Vet of the Year Award; Vet Nurse...

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Surrey awarded {euro}2 million research funding

Veterinary Record latest issue - 11 January 2018

By Georgina Mills

The University of Surrey’s School of Veterinary Medicine has been awarded 2 million from the European Commission for groundbreaking research into emerging infectious diseases and antimicrobial resistance.

The funding, which is the culmination of several years of planning and collaboration with colleagues across Europe, will allow Surrey academics to undertake interdisciplinary research alongside other European veterinary and medical institutes.

The award is part of a landmark 90 million pan-European project between 41 veterinary and medical laboratories, with research into a range of topics, from tackling the growing threat of foodborne zoonoses to the rise of antimicrobial resistance.

Roberto La Ragione, head of pathology and infectious diseases at Surrey, said: ‘Recent zoonotic outbreaks such as avian influenza and the emergence of antibiotic resistance are perfect examples of why this research is urgently required.

‘Transmission of infectious diseases from animals to humans poses a significant threat to public...

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BVA uses photos to explain vet work to politicians

Veterinary Record latest issue - 11 January 2018

MPs and peers got a unique insight into the vet profession this week, with a photographic exhibition showcasing the varied work of vets.

‘Through the eyes of vets’ was held in the House of Commons Upper Waiting Hall from 8 to 11 January, and aimed to depict the vital role performed by vets today. The 22 photographs featured, all taken by vets, were entries from the BVA’s 2016 and 2017 photo competitions. They featured a range of subjects from across the UK and overseas, including cattle during a TB testing day on the island of Arran, an examination of feline myofiber disarray and a meerkat vasectomy (left).

Opening the exhibition on 9 January, chair of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee (EfraCom) and BVA honorary member Neil Parish MP said: ‘These photos show the diverse range of things that vets are involved in. What we respect from BVA is...

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Conservation success story under poisoning threat

Veterinary Record latest issue - 11 January 2018

One of the world’s longest and most successful continuous conservation projects to re-introduce the red kite to England and Scotland is being hampered by poisoning.

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New faces at Animal Welfare Foundation

Veterinary Record latest issue - 11 January 2018

By Georgina Mills

The Animal Welfare Foundation (AWF) has appointed three new trustees to its board.

Stacey Blease graduated from Liverpool, before working in practice. She then embarked on a PhD focusing on dairy herd health planning, and is now a programme manager at the Webinar Vet.

Farm animal vet Matt Dobbs was the founding partner of the Westpoint Veterinary Group and directed the growth of the business as it became the UK’s largest farm animal practice. He went on to found the Origin Group in 2015, which delivers animal health and welfare services to all species through a network of vet practices and professional support businesses.

Michael Appleby is a scientist specialising in behaviour, husbandry and welfare of farm animals. He has worked for the Humane Society of the United States and World Animal Protection, and was on the Farm Animal Welfare Committee until 2016. In 2017, he...

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Medicines update

Veterinary Record latest issue - 11 January 2018

The points below highlight changes in marketing authorisations (MAs) that may have a significant impact on veterinary surgeons’ prescribing decisions.

New marketing authorisations

New marketing authorisations relevant to veterinary surgeons in the UK that were issued or published in October 2017 are listed in Table 1.

Of those products listed, the VMD draws attention to:

  • Exzolt 10 mg/ml oral solution for use in drinking water for chickens, which contains fluralaner, a new active ingredient authorised for use in chickens. The product is indicated for the treatment of poultry red mite (Dermanyssus gallinae) infestation in pullets, breeders and layer hens.

  • Innovax-ND-IBD suspension and solvent for suspension injection for chickens, which is a multivalent vaccine for use in chickens against Newcastle disease (ND), infectious bursal disease (IBD) and Marek’s disease (MD). The product is for active immunisation of one-day-old chicks:

  • to reduce mortality and clinical signs...

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    Equine foot research

    Veterinary Record latest issue - 11 January 2018

    HOOFSEARCH is a monthly index that lists new peer-reviewed research, academic papers, conference proceedings and patents covering hoof science, equine lameness, biomechanics and imaging, as well as related topics, such as equine metabolic syndrome, foot studies and racing, breed and sport-specific lameness research.

    An annual subscription costs US$119, worldwide, and is available at www.paypal.me/Hoofcare/119

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    Inflexion backs pet care business Lintbells

    Veterinary Record latest issue - 11 January 2018

    INFLEXION Private Equity has announced its investment in Lintbells, a producer of nutritional supplements for pets.

    Founded in 2006, it describes Lintbells as the leading pet supplements company in the UK, and growing international business in Asia and Europe.

    According to Inflexion, the UK market for pet supplements is worth approximately £100m and is growing at 7 per cent per annum ‘as pet owners become more aware of the existence and effectiveness of such products’.

    It says there is significant scope for Lintbells to launch new products, enhance its digital presence and continue its international expansion.

    Inflexion says it can draw on its experience in the pet-care market, having already invested in Medivet, the UK’s largest independent operator of veterinary practices, and Kynetec, a provider of market research in the animal health and agriculture sectors.

    John Howie, CEO said: ‘We knew we had found the right partner when the...

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    Animax wins trade supplier of the year for UK animal health industry

    Veterinary Record latest issue - 11 January 2018

    ANIMAX says it is delighted to have been voted the Trade Supplier of the Year for the UK animal health industry at an awards event in London recently.

    The company specialises in the research, development and manufacture of animal health products and is probably best known for its range of trace element supplementation for livestock, particularly Tracesure boluses.

    The award was part of the National SQP (suitably qualified persons) Awards, organised by Over the Counter magazine in conjunction with the Animal Medicines Training Regulatory Authority (AMTRA) and the Animal Health Distributors Association (AHDA).

    Animax was recognised for ‘marketing products with enthusiasm and for having excellent product knowledge’.

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