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4 April 2019
tramadol is not an effective analgesic in chinchillas

E. Evenson, C. Mans

Journal of Exotic Pet Medicine (2019) 28, 98–104

doi: 10.1053/j.jepm.2018.01.003

• What did the research find?

Tramadol had no significant analgesic effect at any dose tested in this study. A significant reduction in food intake and faecal output occurred in a dose-dependent manner when tramadol was administered at 20 and 40 mg/kg, but this was self-limiting and transient. No other adverse effects were observed.

• How was it conducted?

Twelve adult chinchillas received a subcutaneous injection of either tramadol at 10, 20 or 40 mg/kg or saline at 0.4 ml/kg. Thermal antinociceptive efficacy was determined by measuring hindlimb withdrawal latencies at 0, one, two, four and eight hours after drug administration. Bodyweight, daily food intake and faecal output were measured the day before treatment and for six days after. The animals were also monitored for other adverse...

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Badger culling and the Bern Convention

4 April 2019

The Council of Europe Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats, Bern, 1979 (the Bern Convention), was adopted by the UK in December 1982. The European badger (Meles meles) is not listed in Appendix ll as a species requiring strict protection but appears in Appendix lll as requiring protection. Activities capable of causing local disappearance of, or serious disturbance to, populations of badgers are prohibited. The animal is well protected under English law, most recently the Protection of Badgers Act (1992).

Article 9 of the Bern Convention allows exceptions ‘to prevent serious damage to crops, livestock, forests, fisheries, water and other forms of property’

However, Article 9 of the Bern Convention allows exceptions ‘to prevent serious damage to crops, livestock, forests, fisheries, water and other forms of property’; ‘in the interests of public health’ and ‘overriding public interest’ provided that there is ‘no other satisfactory...

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Vets and organic farming

4 April 2019

I welcome the discussion on the relationship between vets and organic farming, but would like to comment on some remarks in Josh Loeb’s editorial (VR, 23 March 2019, vol 184, p 361).

He states that ‘organic farming can impinge on veterinary decision making’. The Soil Association vaccine standards are used as an example, apparently restricting the use of clostridial vaccines in sheep. The current standards are as follows:1

10.9.11

You may only use vaccines:

• in consultation with your vet, and

• when there is a known disease risk which you cannot control by other means, either on your farm or on your neighbour’s land.

I cannot see an impingement here – if the vet states in the health plan that ewes and lambs are at risk from clostridial diseases an effective vaccine can be used (and is used on many organic farms).

There is a similar...

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Death notices

4 April 2019

Carlson On 26 March 2019, René Carlson, DVM, of Wisconsin, USA. Past-president of the World Veterinary Association and the American Veterinary Medical Association. Dr Carlson qualified from the University of Minnesota in 1978.

doi: 10.1136/vr.l1535

Ranger On 26 March 2019, Michael John Ranger, MRCVS, of Swanage, Dorset. Mr Ranger qualified from London in 1956.

doi: 10.1136/vr.l1529

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Badger culling

4 April 2019

At a recent NFU conference, Michael Gove reiterated the Godfray claim that badger culls will reduce cattle TB by 15 per cent. No doubt government response to Godfray will shortly reaffirm this. But badger cull perturbation increasing bovine TB (bTB) is pure fantasy.

George Eustice and Christine Middlemiss are also still claiming the full four-year pilot culls in Gloucestershire and Somerset halved cases of bTB. But with just 3565 badgers removed, perhaps 400 with bTB and possibly only a dozen superexcretors, from around 300 km2 this sounds unlikely.

Neil Parish and the EFRA Committee asked Tony Juniper, the new chair of Natural England, if he would continue with culls. While preferring The Wildlife Trusts’ vaccination policy, he said he would implement licencing culls if so instructed by Gove. However, a check on the science was needed. If the Godfray report is given as evidence it will be back to...

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Portable digital microscope proves a hit with mobile vet team

4 April 2019

Elliott Simpson – a vet at Westover Vets in Norfolk – trialled the portable ioLight microscope to find out how it compares to laboratory-based equivalents.

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The future and the vet profession

4 April 2019

One of the biggest challenges facing the veterinary profession is being able to provide affordable health care while better rewarding those that provide that care. Here, Lord Trees argues that delegation of responsibilities and embracing technology are two solutions to this problem.

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Waistel Gordon Gerrand

4 April 2019

He spent his professional life working for the state veterinary service, through which he developed a special interest in food hygiene. In later years, he was assistant chief veterinary officer for Scotland.

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Rene Carlson

4 April 2019

A practising small animal veterinarian in her home community, she was also a passionate and enthusiastic leader on international veterinary matters.

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BVA Scottish Branch briefs MSPs on key issues of veterinary concern

4 April 2019

BVA Policy Officer Hayley Atkin reports on a successful night at Holyrood for BVA Scottish Branch.

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Thousands complete BVA discrimination questionnaire

4 April 2019

In February we carried out our first ever survey on discrimination in the veterinary professions. BVA Junior Vice President Daniella Dos Santos thanks everyone who responded.

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Attending BSAVA Congress?

4 April 2019

The BVA and Canine Health Schemes teams will be at BSAVA Congress this week (4 – 7 April), so please come and say hello at stand E43. You can enter our competition for your chance to win a place on a 2019 BVA In Practice CPD course, ask us questions about your membership and find out about our newest member benefits and resources.

You’ll also be able to find out how we’re making it quicker and easier for you to help improve dog health and welfare with online submissions for the Hip and Elbow Dysplasia Schemes, part of the BVA/Kennel Club Canine Health Schemes.

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Member research 2018

4 April 2019
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Vet Futures news: from One Health to one love

4 April 2019

However you define One Health, it is clear that the veterinary professions are an essential element. The phrase has been well known in veterinary circles for many years but was less well known, or used, in the medical and environmental fields. In 2016, the Vet Futures report recognised this problem and called for greater collaboration between the three areas.

In 2017 BVA organised the first meeting of the UK One Health Coordination Group with the aims of fostering joint working, sharing ideas and facilitating practical approaches that could benefit humans, animals and the environment. The group is currently developing a ‘One Health in action’ report and to mark One Health Week 2018 members of the group published a series of blog posts to highlight some of the major issues that have been identified.

Topics included health professionals’ roles in addressing climate change, the vet’s role in tackling abuse in...

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BVA Public Affairs Manager honoured by CVA

4 April 2019

Grace Harman, Young Vet Network representative on BVA Council, shares her tips for better understanding difficult clients.

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Talking about money

4 April 2019

Grace Harman, BVA Council recent graduate representative, passes on some advice about discussing costs with clients.

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Divisional notices

4 April 2019

LINCOLNSHIRE & DISTRICT DIVISION

Feline airway disease

Evening meeting with speaker Fergus Allerton from Willows. The meeting will be sponsored by Breatheazy. Non-members are welcome to attend at a charge of £15.

• 18 April 2019, 19.30, Crystal Suite, Bentley Hotel, South Hykeham, Lincoln Details from Daphne Chapleo, email: daphnechapleo@aol.com

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Investigating social interactions in non-human mammals

29 March 2019

Georgina Mills discusses new research examining facial mimicry in sun bears

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In brief

29 March 2019
Enhanced surveillance for Scotland

A new animal disease surveillance and research laboratory with the capacity to speed up diagnoses of livestock illnesses has opened in Scotland.

The laboratory, a joint initiative between Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) and the Moredun Research Institute, expects to analyse more than a million samples each year and is aiming to become a centre of excellence in disease surveillance and testing.

Tests involving culturing bacteria, which would have previously taken six days, will now be done in less than two days thanks to new equipment at the facility.

SRUC principal Wayne Powell said: ‘Animal health is a cornerstone of a thriving rural economy and the new SRUC veterinary and analytical laboratory offers a step-change in disease surveillance for the whole of the country.

The laboratory, based at the Pentlands Science Park near Edinburgh, opened last week.

Hill’s recalls dog food

Practices that stock Hill’s...

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Medicines update

29 March 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 February 2019 are listed in Table 1.

Table 1 also indicates where a public assessment report should become available for a product. Where available, links to these reports are accessible by clicking on the relevant product on the VMD’s Product Information Database www.gov.uk/check-animal-medicine-licensed

The European Medicines Agency publishes European Public Assessment Reports for every veterinary medicine that is authorised through a centralised procedure. Links to these reports are accessible at www.ema.europa.eu

There may be a delay between the issuing of a marketing authorisation to a company and the product being placed on the market.

Changes to marketing authorisationsFood-producing animals

(1) Amoxicillin Global Vet Health 500...

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