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Jennifer Poland

Veterinary Record latest issue - 11 October 2019

A woman of ideas. As a teacher with an interest in learning methods, she set up the profession’s first continuing education pack, which were loaned to vets across the world.

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'Its a wonderful career, but keep your options open

Veterinary Record latest issue - 11 October 2019

Sotirios Karvountzis is a vet with an international background. He finds achieving a work-life balance elusive, although being a helicopter pilot adds another interest as well as a relatable skill.

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People

Veterinary Record latest issue - 11 October 2019

Bradley Hill has joined the University of Nottingham’s School of Veterinary Medicine as clinical assistant professor in equine practice, having worked in equine practice since graduating. He will deliver teaching across the curriculum to ensure that students graduate with the skills necessary to prepare them for clinical practice. In particular, he will integrate his knowledge of equine behaviour into students’s learning to ensure a greater understanding of its role in ensuring safety when working around horses, so that students are better able to identify and mitigate against the risk of injury.

The Animal Health Trust charity based in Kentford, Newmarket, is celebrating the appointment of Isabelle Vanhaezebrouck, a European specialist in radiation oncology. Heading up the European Board of Veterinary Specialisation radiation oncology department in the trust’s small animal referral centre, she brings a wealth of experience alongside her particular interests in brachytherapy radiation, stereotactic radiation and intensity modulated...

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EMS Awards

Veterinary Record latest issue - 11 October 2019

Bristol vet school has presented awards for outstanding engagement on EMS placements. Prizes in the form academic book vouchers, provided by Zoetis, were presented at the university’s graduation ceremony in August.

Jamie Rahman received the award as the most engaged vet student on EMS placement: ‘He showed great engagement with the EMS process and his feedback on his placements was thoughtful and considered, with constructive and detailed reflections on each. He used his EMS to improve his clinical skills and knowledge, and to help reaffirm his passion for charity work.’

Dana Flint won the award for the most engaged vet nursing student on EMS placement: ‘She showed great engagement with the process of finding and booking suitable placements. She had good communication skills with the EMS office throughout. Her feedback revealed that she was an exceptional student who showed outstanding professional behaviour.’

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RCVS accreditation for grenada's vet school

Veterinary Record latest issue - 11 October 2019

St George’s University’s (SGU) School of Veterinary Medicine’s degree has received full RCVS accreditation to 2024. This means that its vet graduates, who have also completed the global veterinary health track, will be eligible to register as members of the RCVS to practice in the UK. The school is one of only a few schools to be accredited by both the American Veterinary Medical Association in the USA and Canada, as well as the RCVS. The decision followed two visits by the RCVS to the campus in Grenada in 2017 and 2019, which determined that the vet school was well managed, run sustainably, properly resourced, and provided an up-to-date professional curriculum and appropriate student support.

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New name, wider remit, same importance

Veterinary Record latest issue - 11 October 2019

News that the Farm Animal Welfare Committee has been renamed the Animal Welfare Committee (see VR, 5 October 2019, vol 185, p 389) marks the end of an era. It does not, however, mark the end of the importance of the advice and expertise the committee provides to government.

Constituted originally as the Farm Animal Welfare Council in July 1979, the council was key in refining the concept of the Five Freedoms for farmed animals. It published many reports and opinions considering matters such as dairy cow welfare, lameness in sheep, environmental enrichment and mutilations in pigs, the importance of diligent stockmanship for good welfare, welfare labelling on foods of animal origin, and tail docking and castration of lambs.

It also supported the principle that all farmed animals should have ‘a life worth living’, and that increasing numbers of farmed animals should have ‘a good life’.

The council’s role...

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Is the badger cull actually spreading bTB?

Veterinary Record latest issue - 11 October 2019

By Georgina Mills

Badger culling could be responsible for spreading bovine TB (bTB) more widely due to surviving badger populations travelling further afield during and following a culling episode.

According to new research carried out by the Zoological Society of London’s Institute of Zoology and Imperial’s MRC Centre for Global Infectious Disease Analysis, badgers cover more ground after a cull than they would do ordinarily – some 61 per cent more land each month.

During a cull, they also visit 45 per cent more fields each month, and the odds of a badger visiting neighbouring territories each night increases 20-fold.

The results appear to show that as individuals are removed from neighbouring groups and territories open up during a cull, surviving badgers tend to explore new areas.

The changes in their travel habits are evident from the onset of culling, meaning badgers could spread the infection to others or...

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RCVS signs recognition agreement with Ireland

Veterinary Record latest issue - 11 October 2019

The RCVS has for the first time secured a bilateral mutual recognition agreement with another EU member state.

This is a vital element of future proofing

The move comes ahead of 31 October – the date on which Brexit is due to take place – and was described by RCVS president Niall Connell as ‘a vital element of future proofing’.

Under the deal, the college will recognise graduates of Dublin’s School of Veterinary Medicine as vets whatever the outcome of Brexit. In return, the college’s Irish equivalent, the Veterinary Council of Ireland (VCI), will do the same for UK-qualified vets.

The agreement means that UK vets will be able to continue to register as vets in the Republic of Ireland, and vice versa.

Under the EU’s directive on mutual recognition of professional qualifications, veterinary regulators in EU member states must automatically register any graduates of vet schools in...

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Surrey vet school gains RCVS accreditation

Veterinary Record latest issue - 11 October 2019

The University of Surrey has won accreditation from the RCVS for its veterinary medicine degree course.

The decision by RCVS council last week to accredit Surrey means that, pending final approval from the Privy Council (in reality something of a formality), it is the UK’s eighth vet school.

The first cohort of graduates from Surrey have already registered with the RCVS in anticipation of this becoming official.

Surrey vet school head Chris Proudman said he was delighted by the decision, which he said ‘vindicated’ Surrey’s model of delivering clinical teaching ‘through working in partnership with clinical practices and other organisations involved in animal health.’

Speaking to Vet Record after last week’s council meeting, which he attended, Proudman described the decision as a ‘verdict on the quality of our degree programme.’

Securing RCVS accreditation was the fruit of around eight years’ hard work, he added.

Surrey welcomed its first cohort...

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Corneal graft from a pig saves dogs sight

Veterinary Record latest issue - 11 October 2019

A Chihuahua called Pepe has had his vision restored with the help of a novel corneal xenograft procedure.

Carried out at Davies Veterinary Specialists, vets used a graft from a pig cornea to repair Pepe’s vision, which was deteriorating due to a shallow corneal ulcer that was extending rapidly to the Descemet’s membrane.

An allograft (a graft from another dog) is preferred but, as the team needed to work urgently, they decided to use an available xenograft, derived from pig cornea. The process of creating this graft was developed in China.

Pepe made a full recovery and now, four months after the operation, his eye is fully functional, visual and minimally scarred.

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Tail handling of lab mice could become a thing of the past

Veterinary Record latest issue - 11 October 2019

Josh Loeb reports on research that shows that this practice of handling is on the wane, in favour of other – less aversive – methods

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In brief

Veterinary Record latest issue - 11 October 2019
Tackling African swine fever with dogs

Sniffer dogs are being used to help ensure that the UK remains free of African swine fever.

They have been deployed at borders to search frieght, passengers and luggage for illegal meat. UK border officials, who enforce control at borders, are instructed to seize and destroy illegally imported meat products. African swine fever is highly contagious and the virus can survive in pork meat products, even when cooked or frozen. It has spread widely across Asia and parts of central and eastern Europe.

Chief vet Christine Middlemiss and biosecurity minister Lord Gardiner visited Heathrow airport last week to observe the dogs in action.

In July, Defra launched a new campaign at the UK’s border to help keep the disease out of the country, which included posters prominently displayed at airports.

Informing the profession on sustainability

Leading veterinary figures have joined forces to...

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Products

Veterinary Record latest issue - 11 October 2019

A real-time diagnostic kit to help pig producers identify salmonella infections on farms has been developed and produced by Biotecon Diagnostics in co-operation with Ceva. The test uses DNA to detect and differentiate between the vaccine strains and field strains of Salmonella typhimurium, the most important enzootic salmonella, and will complement Ceva’s Salmoporc vaccine, the company says.

MSD Animal Health presented new data on the Bovilis Intranasal Live vaccine for cattle at the European Bovine Congress in the Netherlands last month, showing that the vaccine can be used in calves from one week of age. This will reduce clinical signs of bovine respiratory disease (BRD) and viral shedding from infection with bovine respiratory syncytial virus and parainfluenza-3 virus, the company says. It is the only EU-licensed vaccine against BRD that can be administered at one week of age.

Boehringer Ingelheim has received additional marketing authorisations from the European Medicines...

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BSAVA launches app

Veterinary Record latest issue - 11 October 2019

The British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA) has launched a new app for its members, containing useful information that is helpful in day-to-day practice.

The app enables the user to view BSAVA CPD and podcasts, the BSAVA library and upcoming courses. It also provides access to a number of the BSAVA’s publications including the Small Animal Formulary, the Guide to Procedures in Small Animal Practice, and the Medicines Guide and the Poisons Database.

App developer Larsson Kabukoba said: ‘We will continue to develop and expand the app in response to feedback from our members to make sure it changes and evolves with the times.’

The app can be downloaded at: https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/bsava-app/id1474813642

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Malaria diagnostic tool nearer launch

Veterinary Record latest issue - 11 October 2019

The first saliva-based rapid diagnostic test for malaria is a step closer to launch thanks to a grant of more than £1 million from Japan’s Global Health Innovative Technology Fund.

South African start-up Erada Technology Alliance aims to launch SALVA! to coincide with World Malaria Day in April 2020.

The latest funding follows the announcement last week of a 288,000 foundation grant from the De Beers Group. The money will support production, testing and field trials being carried out in the Democratic Republic of Congo or Uganda.

The test involves a simple device for standardised collection of saliva that can be used in the community by healthcare professionals, teachers and parents. It works by detecting a unique biomarker from female parasites circulating in an infected person who is asymptomatic, but is carrying the parasite and likely to start to suffer from malaria within a week.

Early subclinical detection of...

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Veterinary Practices

Veterinary Record latest issue - 11 October 2019

Coventry-based Broad Lane Vets has celebrated 50 years of independent practice with a birthday party, at which its founder, 95-year-old vet Roy Hands was guest of honour. Having established the practice in 1969, he was soon joined by his sister Hazel who was head receptionist until her retirement in 2009. The practice added Radford (North Coventry) branch in the early 1970s, and in 2001, Elly Pittaway joined the practice. She took on sole ownership in 2008.

Southfields Veterinary Specialists, part of the Linnaeus Group, is embarking on a major project to convert a 40,000 sq ft site close to its current Essex premises into what is set to be one of the UK’s largest veterinary centres when it opens its doors. The project will see more than £11 million invested by Southfields and Linnaeus, backed by Mars Petcare, with facilities including a cutting-edge imaging suite, state-of-the-art treatment facilities and...

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Generic products stimulate competitiveness

Veterinary Record latest issue - 11 October 2019

Generic companies have an essential role in the EU animal pharmaceutical industry. That is the conclusion of the first comprehensive market analysis of the generic veterinary sector.

The study, sponsored by the European Group for Generic Veterinary Products (EGGVP), was completed by the market research company Kynetec.

In addition, the analysis found that ‘generics’ account for one-third of the EU animal health market, which has an average turnover of 2.9 billion (in 2016). It also found that generic companies obtain, on average, half of the total licenses granted.

The study found that the introduction of one or several generic products always leads to a price decrease in that market segment, of up to 50 per cent for users treating major or minor animal species or less common conditions. In this market, generics hold almost 1400 marketing authorisations.

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Business

Veterinary Record latest issue - 11 October 2019

AnimalhealthEurope has announced two companies have joined the part-EU funded research project DISCONTOOLS, a resource that aims to speed up disease control tools . The new members are Spain-based Syva whose affiliation takes effect immediately, and Northern Ireland-based Norbrook whose affiliation will come into effect in January 2020.

North American pet health insurance provider Petplan has announced that the company has been acquired by Warburg Pincus, a global private equity firm focused on growth investing. The acquisition will provide Petplan with access to significant capital and resources to drive meaningful growth. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

ProBioGen AG and Ceva Santé Animale have signed an exclusive license agreement for the manufacture of vectorised poultry vaccines. The companies have a long track record of producing innovative veterinary vaccine technologies.

The Pirbright Institute has entered into a worldwide exclusive partnership with ECO Animal Health to work on two...

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Test and treat UTIs

Veterinary Record latest issue - 11 October 2019

A new urine test could change the way vets approach cases of suspected urinary tract infections (UTIs) in dogs and cats.

The two-part test identifies UTIs and the best antibiotics to use to treat the condition, with the results available in minutes. It means that vets will no longer have to treat empirically while the urine sample is sent to an external laboratory or risk delaying treatment until the results are received, the company says. The test can also help vets deliver treatment in line with best practice with regard to antimicrobial resistance.

The first part of the test detects the presence of a urinary infection, while the second part looks at antibiotic susceptibility, rapidly showing the best choice of antibiotic, as well as identifying those that won’t work due to antimicrobial resistance. Initial detection of infection takes five minutes and the susceptibility test takes 30 minutes. The tests...

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