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Help for hedgehogs

7 February 2019

Many sick, injured and orphaned hedgehogs are taken into vet practices by members of the public each year

The British Hedgehog Preservation Society know that many sick, injured and orphaned hedgehogs are taken into vet practices by members of the public each year. With this in mind, we have produced a free booklet, ‘Care and Treatment of Sick and Injured Hedgehogs’ to offer advice on suitable treatments, this includes a drug formulary. The booklet is available on our website at www.britishhedgehogs.org.uk (under the Rehabilitators area in the Information section) or we can post a free copy.

We have also issued best practice advice for releasing rehabilitated hedgehogs, in collaboration with the RSPCA, Zoological Society of London, British Wildlife Rehabilitation Council and Vale Wildlife Hospital, and a hedgehog worm identification chart. These can also be found in the same section of the website, or hard copies can...

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Temporary registration of overseas vets

7 February 2019

Thank you for your letter. I am satisfied that our story provided all the information and caveats pertaining to temporary registration, as outlined in your letter. However, given the concern you describe, it is understandable that you want to take this opportunity to reinforce your position, and so your letter is welcome.

Any reader wanting to see the new process for applying for temporary registration can see the new guidance at: www.rcvs.org.uk/document-library/temporary-registration-guidance-notes and download an application form at: www.rcvs.org.uk/registration/applications-veterinary-surgeons/restricted-temporary-registration

Having reviewed all email exchanges and notes of conversations pertaining to this story, I am also satisfied that Josh Loeb went to great efforts to explain the story and background to the communications team. The resulting comment the college supplied was, unfortunately, provided too late to meet our extended deadline.

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Surviving an acquisition or merger

7 February 2019

We’ve learned a new language in the vet world – that of mergers and acquisitions. Corporate acquisition has proceeded apace in recent years and there are public limited companies, venture capital funds, private equity and privately owned businesses taking progressively larger stakes in the profession.

CVS, a leading acquirer, noted in its recent trading statement the challenges faced by large vet groups: attracting talent, employment costs, practice profitability and the cost of acquiring clinics. The stock market took a dim view on the trading update and the share price plunged more than 30 per cent last week.

CVS suggested that practice valuations sought by owners are now above levels that will deliver acceptable returns and has said it is re-evaluating its acquisitions. Simon Innes, chief executive officer of CVS, suggested that opening new surgeries could be an alternative strategy.

What happens if CVS pull out of some deals? There...

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Treating guinea pigs seriously

7 February 2019

This month, a first-time dog owner recounts their experience of getting their puppy neutered

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John Charles Codner

7 February 2019

A passionate and accomplished farm animal and equine vet, he was also an inspirational teacher. Away from work, he enjoyed sailing and racing and was always viewed as one to beat.

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Developing myself as a woman in academia

7 February 2019

Veterinary academic Charlotte Dawson has kept an eye on the professional development of many a vet student – now she’s using the Royal Veterinary College’s Aurora programme to grow her own career.

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Ten-minute chat

7 February 2019

Having been selected by Petplan to join its social media panel, vet nurse Jenny Freeth has been busy offering online advice to pet owners.

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Time for a reality check?

7 February 2019

‘If you make a mistake, you’ll get struck off.’

That, apparently, is the gist of comments that students on extramural studies (EMS) placements report they receive from some of the vets with whom they are seeing practice.

While it is to be hoped that, in these cases, the remarks were intended to be light-hearted, there was some consternation (and possibly some examination of consciences) among BVA council members, when they learned of this at their meeting last December.

Taken together with another comment made at the council meeting – that ‘fear of getting into trouble’ affects new graduates’ confidence and makes them reluctant to attempt treatments that they are not completely certain of – it would seem that these casual asides could be having more of an impact than imagined.

Last month’s SPVS conference also discussed how many student vets on EMS placements are simply terrified about the thought...

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A 'welcome improvement for revalidation

7 February 2019

By Josh Loeb

Changes to the revalidation system for official veterinarians (OVs) were announced last week.

The period of time between renewals will be four years for all qualifications

The APHA has made a series of changes for all OVs engaged in work ranging from TB testing to the certification of animals for export (see box). They will be introduced following a review that commenced in October.

Box 1:

Changes to OV revalidation

  • The period of time between renewals has been standardised to four years

  • The two-month window for revalidation submissions has been extended to six months, creating a greater degree of flexibility

  • The ungulate exports OCQ is to be reviewed after concerns that the equine element of this module was difficult to fulfil/irrelevant in cases where the applicant did no equine work

  • Candidates will be given more feedback at the...

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    7 February 2019
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    Seeing an opportunity and taking it

    31 January 2019

    Ashley Gray is the managing director of Vetsure Pet Insurance and director of the Veterinary Management Group.

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    Mixed practice, small animal and equine CPD

    31 January 2019

    The British Small Animal Veterinary Association and the Wales Veterinary Science Centre have launched Vets Cymru, a two-day event offering large and small animal ‘CPD by the sea’ for vets and vet nurses, saying ‘Croeso I bawb!’ (Welcome to all!).

    The event will take place in Aberystwyth on 28 and 29 June and will offer four streams of clinically led CPD, with an exhibition of around 25 companies and a social calendar that includes a traditional Welsh Twmpath, a dance night on the seafront.

    Vet David Church will give a lecture on small animal endocrinology and Sue Paterson will lecture on dermatology. Fyrnwy Equine Group will provide a half day of equine lectures in the large animal stream. Burtons Veterinary Equipment is sponsoring a practical endoscopy event and BVA will lead discussions on antibiotic resistance and medicines control. The chief veterinary officer for Wales, Christianne Glossop, will give a...

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    Is the golden age over?

    31 January 2019

    This week the share price of CVS Group plc plunged by 39 per cent in just one day (from 652.50p to 401p, 29 Jan).

    The slump coincided with the release of a trading statement setting out the company’s financial position and performance expectations until June.

    While CVS has seen strong year-on-year sales growth, pervasive cost pressures mean its financial outlook is ‘below current market expectations’ and it has been forced to roll out cost-saving measures. Thankfully, these do not include redundancies.

    At the heart of its challenge lies the poor supply and high cost of vets. Lack of veterinary supply – particularly specialist vets – has been a critical issue for some time and Simon Innes, the company’s chief executive, has been increasingly vocal about this problem.

    Last year CVS was forced to fork out 10 per cent salary increases for vets and pay locums an extra £50 per...

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    'Were not worried about no-deal Brexit

    31 January 2019

    By Josh Loeb

    Painstaking work designed to avert veterinary medicines shortages in the event of a no-deal Brexit has been carried out and the supply chain stands ‘ready to act’, the National Office of Animal Health (NOAH) says.

    The group, which represents the UK’s animal medicines industry, issued a statement about a no-deal Brexit last week, reassuring vets that the sector has undertaken ‘comprehensive planning’ and has been ‘very carefully’ studying the relevant procurement forecasts.

    ‘Much work has been done with the objective of ensuring fair and appropriate distribution of this [animal medicines] inventory to ensure that disruption in supply is avoided,’ the organisation said.

    ‘While the precise detail of shipping and logistics routes for animal health products is being developed in case of a no-deal Brexit, the groundwork has been done: forecasts have been made and the supply chain is ready to act.

    ‘The key priority is to...

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    NZ lamb will be safe for Easter

    31 January 2019

    A veterinary deal between the UK and New Zealand has been signed guaranteeing that animal products imported from New Zealand into the UK (and vice versa) will be treated in the same way after Brexit as they are now.

    The agreement confirms there will be ‘veterinary regulatory continuity’ between the two countries after 29 March, regardless of the Brexit outcome.

    A similar agreement was signed in early January between the UK and Australia. News agencies have since reported that 36 other countries are now expected to follow suit by signing similar veterinary agreements with the UK.

    New Zealand’s Meat Industry Association’s (MIA) said the deal, alongside advice from the UK about its acceptance of EU health certificates post-Brexit, meant imports of New Zealand chilled lamb would continue to flow into Britain at a ‘critical time’ around Easter.

    ‘The veterinary agreement is key to New Zealand’s sheep and beef exports...

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    Stockpiling pet food for Brexit?

    31 January 2019

    Pets at Home is considering stockpiling an extra £8 million worth of products as 29 March – the date on which the UK is due to withdraw from the EU – approaches.

    The company announced in its latest trading statement that it ‘may consider’ increasing the amount of stock it holds in reserve as a contingency measure in case of disruption to supply.

    It is understood that this includes some pet food products, although figures in the industry believe it is unlikely that the UK will face any overall shortages of pet food. The worst case scenario is believed to be that certain specific products could become less plentiful. Some food supplies are already being stockpiled in the UK because of the risk of a no-deal Brexit.

    The vast majority of the main raw materials used to make pet food sold in the UK are sourced from within the...

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    No review for breed-specific legislation

    31 January 2019

    By Georgina Mills

    The government has commissioned research to examine the effectiveness of current dog control measures, but says it will not entertain breed-specific legislation.

    It announced its decision last week in its response to the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee’s (EfraCom’s) report ‘Controlling dangerous dogs’.

    Last year, following its scrutiny of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991, the committee described the government’s policy on dangerous dogs as ‘incoherent’ and said that dogs that posed no threat were being euthanased every year because of their breed alone. Four breeds – the dogo argentino, fila brasileiro, pit bull terrier and Japanese tosa – are banned (named section 1 dogs) under the Act in the UK.

    The committee, which heard evidence from animal organisations, charities and police forces, urged the government to conduct a full-scale review of existing dog control strategies. It also recommended that the government should remove a ban...

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    Racism feature is something to be 'proud of

    31 January 2019

    Vets who spoke out in Vet Record to combat racism in the profession have received messages of support from colleagues.

    More than a dozen vets from black and minority ethnic communities have come forward with their own stories of discrimination, following last month’s feature article (VR, 19 January 2019, vol 184, pp 81-84).

    Members of the British Veterinary Ethnicity and Diversity Society (BVEDS) said the article – ‘It’s time to call out racism in the profession’ – had a ‘positive’ impact in enabling colleagues to voice their own concerns and feel supported.

    In the feature, BVEDS warned about racist abuse being experienced by vets from black and minority ethnic groups and how it was harming vets’ mental health, confidence and wellbeing.

    They highlighted the failure of tutors and employers to ‘call out’ racism and the fear among many vets of speaking up, especially those at an early stage in...

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    CVS share fall prompts acquisitions rethink

    31 January 2019

    By Matthew Limb

    Major vet chain CVS has issued a financial warning after a sharp fall in share price, as its boss signalled a slowdown in the corporate group’s expansion.

    CVS Group plc chief executive Simon Innes said the company would be buying fewer practices for the time being because valuations were too high.

    He told Vet Record: ‘We feel the enthusiasm for buying practices across the profession has probably gone a bit too far. I guess we’re just kind of getting off the carousel a bit.

    We certainly won’t be paying top dollar

    ‘I think you will see a bit of a slowdown in our acquisition activity, we certainly won’t be paying top dollar.’

    Shares in CVS Group plc slumped 39 per cent at one point this week, from 652.5p to 401p (last year it was regularly above 1000p).

    It said in a City of London trading...

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