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Herriots legacy to future vet practice

18 October 2019

From reading comments in the veterinary and national press in regard to the James Herriot legacy, I feel the remarks might be seen as disrespectful to the memory of Alf Wight.

The profession is held largely in high regard and Wight played a not insignificant part in that. So, if Wight was paid in cake, as is suggested, that may have been the case on the odd occasion, but he also told a good story. His legacy will live on in the eyes of the public.

I know times change, and we have to move on, but it strikes me that practice was a lot happier then than now.

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Death notices

18 October 2019

Lyon On 26 September 2019, Shomari Lyon, BVSc, MRCVS, of Immingham, Lincolnshire. Mr Lyon qualified from Bristol in 2013.

doi: 10.1136/vr.l6025

Marston On 9 September 2019, Stuart David John Marston, BVetMed, MRCVS, of Pocklington, York. Mr Marston qualified from London in 1972.

doi: 10.1136/vr.l6026

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'James Herriot is not responsible for the professions current woes

18 October 2019

I feel, along with my good friend Jim Wight, the son of James Herriot creator, Alf Wight, that James Herriot is far from responsible for our profession’s current woes.

I knew Jim Wight before the James Herriot books were published, which of course led to the world-wide admiration for our wonderful profession.

When I worked in Lockerbie in the late 60s, Jim was a frequent visitor to our practice as the best friend of Ian Sloan, the other assistant in the practice at the time. One weekend he casually said to me ‘My father’s been writing a daft book.’ He produced a preproduction version of ‘All Creatures Great and Small’ and loaned it to me for the weekend, saying ‘Mind Lewis, I need it back, it’s the only copy we have! Tell me what you think of it.’

Of course I was completely captivated by Alf’s writing style and...

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Finding Fern: should microchip scanning be compulsory?

18 October 2019

This month, Jodie Ferrier describes the six-year hunt for her lost dog, Fern

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David William Brocklesby

18 October 2019

An internship at the school of tropical medicine led to important work on tick-borne diseases in Africa and the UK, as well as engendering global collaborations between centres of excellence.

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I am on my way to becoming a vet, but I will never forget my nursing past

18 October 2019

Despite loving working in emergency and critical care as a vet technician in Canada, Sandra Kenny still had a niggling desire to become a vet. She is now in her final year at the Royal Veterinary College.

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Exploring vets potential...'you never know where a conversation may lead

18 October 2019

Exploring vets’ potential is a networking event being held at London Vet Show (LVS) next month. Organised jointly by Vets: Stay, Go, Diversify (VSGD), TVM and London Vet Show, it aims to connect delegates and build useful networks to provide career support through mentoring. Registration is essential and must be completed by 25 October.

VSGD founder and vet Ebony Escalona said: ‘The event will be a place to exchange ideas, get noticed, find new opportunities, improve your creative and social intellect, gain support from career pioneers who have gone before you, build self confidence, and develop long-lasting relationships and mentorship opportunities. We believe everyone has something to offer the profession – you never know where a conversation will lead – our recent events have seen people find new jobs and even start businesses together!’

Where and when

London Vet Show, Thursday 14 November between 3 and 5 pm,...

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Celebrating sporting achievement in Ireland

18 October 2019

University College Dublin (UCD) recently held an event to celebrate veterinary sporting achievement by its alumni, vet staff and students. Pictured at the event are (from left) Derek McGrath (Irish rugby, chief executive of the European Rugby Cup and the Curragh), Brian Dooher (three-time all-Ireland Gaelic football winner with the Tyrone football team), dean of the vet school Michael Doherty, Evanne Ni Chuilinn (sports journalist), Susie Mitchell (track cycling World Masters Champion), Fiona O’Brien (Six Nations winner with Irish women’s rugby team in 2015), Shane McGuckin (double all-Ireland hurling winner with Offaly), Dermot Weld (race horse trainer who celebrated the 4000th winner of his career in 2016), Kevin Foley (member of the Meath football team, who played in championship and national league matches), John Oxx (race horse trainer) and Ger Kelly (member of Clare football team that won the 1992 Munster Championship).

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No-deal Brexit - the UK is not ready

18 October 2019

In this week’s journal we wrap up our assessment of the UK’s preparedness for a no-deal Brexit in terms of its impact on veterinary practice as well as animal health and welfare.

In last week’s issue we rated preparedness in some key areas using a traffic light system and this week we complete that task. Boris Johnson’s government gets an overall rating of red – the UK is not ready.

The key areas and their ratings last week were: UK-EU trade (amber), medicines (amber) and the Irish border (red). This week we examine workforce (red), animal welfare (amber), research and education (amber) and animal travel (amber).

You might think that simple maths should provide an overall amber score. But there is good reason why we have pushed that to red.

The UK is short of vets now – that’s why the Migration Advisory Committee decided to add the profession...

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RCVS makes amendments to its new CPD policy

18 October 2019

By Georgina Mills

The RCVS has made some amendments to its new annual CPD requirements following concerns raised by members of the profession.

In May this year, the college announced it would roll out a new model of CPD for vets and vet nurses (VNs).

This involved moving to a more outcomes-based approach, with a focus on self reflection, the introduction of a new CPD recording platform and a shift to annual hourly requirements rather than over a three-year period.

From January 2020, vets will be required to complete 35 hours of CPD each calendar year and VNs 15 hours. This replaces the previous requirement of 105 hours and 45 hours of CPD over a rolling three-year period for vets and VNs, respectively.

However, concerns were raised about how the scheme would accommodate people’s personal circumstances – for example, parental leave or serious health issues – and...

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Remember, remember pets on the 5th November

18 October 2019

The BVA is encouraging pet owners and livestock keepers to consult with their vet about preparing for firework season to prevent possible injury and distress to their animals.

Many animals can be particularly sensitive to the noise of fireworks – which can reach 150 decibels – making this a traumatic time of the year for them.

The most common injuries reported by vets include self injuries caused by firework-related anxiety, such as a horse that suffered a fractured splint bone as it bolted from its field.

The BVA is supporting calls for a reduction in the maximum permitted noise of fireworks to 97 decibels, as well as restrictions on the use and sale of fireworks. Its full policy on fireworks can be found at https://bit.ly/2OB1XnF

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News section PDF

18 October 2019
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Study suggests badger cull does reduce bTB

18 October 2019

By Georgina Mills

Cases of bovine TB (bTB) in cattle have reduced in two areas of England where badger culling has taken place, research suggests.

After four years of culling (2013–2017), new TB breakdowns decreased by 66 per cent in Gloucestershire and by 37 per cent in Somerset.

However, an area in Dorset that had been culling badgers for two years (2015–2017) was also assessed and no change was found.

The work, commissioned by the APHA and published in Nature Scientific Reports, assessed three areas of England in which badger culling takes place – Gloucestershire, Somerset and Dorset – and compared the incidences of bTB to matched comparison areas. The areas ranged from 223–311 km2.

Around each of the areas, a 2 km buffer zone was also assessed to factor in badger movements during a cull. In the buffer zones, the incidence rate of bTB was lower in Gloucestershire...

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Queens speech recognises commitment to welfare

18 October 2019

Animal welfare reform was a notable feature of this week’s Queen’s Speech.

The government put animal sentience back on their legislative agenda, as well as a renewed promise to recognise animal health and welfare as public goods in all future policy, as part of a reintroduced Agriculture Bill.

The BVA welcomed the moves as crucial steps in the UK demonstrating its commitment to high animal welfare standards.

Under the proposals, the principle of animal sentience would be embedded into UK law as part of a package of measures on key animal health and welfare issues, although it is still looking for the right legislative vehicle to introduce it.

The action would mean that all animals would be recognised in domestic law as sentient beings, and that their welfare would have to be taken into consideration in government policy making.

The BVA, which has been campaigning for sentience to be...

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Preventing the slaughter of surplus male production animals

18 October 2019

Georgina Mills discusses a new position statement on ways to reduce the number of unwanted males on farms

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In brief

18 October 2019
UK secures ‘listed status’ ahead of Brexit

The UK has secured approval to continue exporting animals and animal products to the EU if it leaves the bloc without a deal on 31 October.

Environment secretary Theresa Villiers confirmed the news this week that EU member states have granted the UK ‘national listed status’, which ensures exports of live animals and products of animal origin, such as meat, fish and dairy, can continue.

Listed status will mean the UK can continue exporting animals in a no-deal Brexit

The EU’s Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed confirmed the acceptance of the UK’s listed status after it met the health and biosecurity assurances required for a third country.

With listed status now confirmed, if the UK leaves without a deal, businesses exporting animals and animal products to the EU will still need to meet new requirements, such as going...

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Focus on Brexit 2: just how prepared are we?

18 October 2019

By Josh Loeb and Matthew Limb

What will happen with Brexit? At the time of going to press there were still many unknowns. The legal default was that the UK would leave the EU at 11pm on 31 October, and the government was continuing to insist that a no-deal Brexit was possible.

Parliament will sit this Saturday in what could be one of the most important Commons sessions in the Brexit saga.

In a bid to examine the impact of leaving the EU without a deal, Vet Record last week analysed implications and preparedness across three major areas – trade, medicines and the Irish border (VR, 12 October 2019, vol 185, pp 429-432).

This week, in the second and final part of this series, we turn our attention to workforce, animal travel, animal welfare, and education and research.

For each, we have also identified three questions and provided answers...

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Medicines update

18 October 2019

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 August 2019 are listed in Table 1.

Of those products listed, the VMD draws attention to:

• HorStem suspension for injection for horses is a novel product containing equine umbilical cord mesenchymal stem cells to treat lameness and other clinical symptoms associated with mild to moderate degenerative joint disease (osteoarthritis) in horses.

In prescribing these veterinary medicines, veterinary surgeons should be aware that changes to the Summary of Product Characteristics, labels and leaflets may, in certain cases, change how the medicines should be used. The timing of when such changes have to be taken into account will depend on the circumstances, but as a general rule unless a...

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Small animal disease surveillance 2019: pruritus, pharmacosurveillance, skin tumours and flea infestations

18 October 2019

Pruritus, pharmacosurveillance, skin tumours and flea infestations: Report summary

  • Presentation for investigation and/or treatment of pruritus represented 4.7%, 2.2% and 0.9% of total dog, cat and rabbit consultations, respectively, between 1 May 2018 and 30 June 2019.

  • Cytology was the most frequently recorded diagnostic test for both dogs (9.5% of pruritus survey responses) and cats (4.1%).

  • The proportion of pruritus consultations which prescribed antibiotics authorised for systemic administration (including oral and injectable formulations) decreased between April 2014 and June 2019 by approximately 50% and 33% in dogs and cats, respectively.

  • In a new multidiagnostic laboratory tumour registry curated by SAVSNET, skin tumours (including cutaneous and subcutaneous origins) were commonly reported, with the most commonly reported malignant skin tumours being mast cell tumours in dogs (14.6% of total pathological diagnoses) and squamous cell carcinomas in cats (7.4%).

  • In a clinical narrative summary of records of flea...

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    Animal euthanasia - empathic care or empathic distress?

    18 October 2019

    Many vets are drawn to the profession by a love for animals and a commitment to their welfare. This is often accompanied by a high capacity for empathy which, ironically, can leave them emotionally and psychologically at risk when responding to animal suffering and death while simultaneously dealing with the emotional reaction of the animal’s human carer.1,2

    Advances in the animal care industry – including veterinary medicine, technology and prevention – over the past three decades have coincided with the growing integration of companion animals into people’s families.3,4 In many developed nations, up to two-thirds of households include companion animals.5,6 In Australia, the companion animal population is greater than the human population,6 while, in the USA, more people live with a companion animal than with a child.2

    The companion animal’s transition to family...

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