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Supply of antibiotics for small animals

11 October 2019

There is currently a growing concern about antimicrobial resistance, which the veterinary profession must take seriously, particularly with regard to the critically important antibiotics.

When a patient requires antibiotics, we need access to a range of drugs. For our small animal patients, there is currently no trimethoprim sulfonamide or ampicillin tablets licensed, which are good options to have if we are to avoid the critically important antibiotics. There are now multiple fluoroquinolones licensed.

However, I fear that if manufacturers continue to stop manufacturing certain antibiotics, it reduces the available choice of less critically important antibiotics, and the speed of resistance to the newer critically important antibiotics is going to increase.

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People that shaped the profession

11 October 2019

I was pleased to see the feature ‘Personalities that shaped the profession’ (VR, 14 September 2019, vol 185, p 290). However, I was surprised that the RCVS had omitted Sir Frederick Wellington John Fitzwygram.

Following his death in 1904, The Veterinary Record closed its tribute to him with the words ‘Without his assistance it is probable that the RCVS would now have had a rival diploma-granting body, and it is certain that we would not have obtained the Act of 1881, which is our corporate salvation.’ Iain Pattison wrote ‘those who pass [Fitzwyram’s] portrait at the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons should genuflect in gratitude’.1

The obtaining of the Royal Charter by the Mayers was the essential first step in building the profession but it carried no legal weight, anyone could still call themselves ‘veterinary surgeon’. What was needed was an Act of Parliament to confirm the...

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Ovarid: why was this drug withdrawn?

11 October 2019

I have just had my umpteenth cat brought into practice with severe miliary eczema which cannot be treated with flea treatments or steroids and antibiotics. Today’s feline patient has been suffering with this skin condition for years and the only drug I’ve found able to control it is Ovarid (Virbac) (a week’s dose at 5 mg taken every other day). The cat is very difficult to handle and because of this the owners are unable to administer treatment orally. Ovarid is completely palatable to cats and is one of the few drugs I have found which is pet and owner friendly. It has also proven very effective in the treatment of other conditions, such as cystitis, ulcers in rodents and gingivitis.

So, why was this amazing drug taken off the market when it had so many treatment benefits, with minimal side effects and could be administered over shorter periods....

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'Longer jail terms are unlikely to be effective

3 October 2019

Alick Simmons argues that increasing maximum sentencing for animal welfare offences will not be an effective deterrent and that preventing offences occurring in the first place should be the priority.

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Lets not create new veterinary vices

3 October 2019

This month Rachel Dean argues that guidelines should be written by those that will use them, and be properly assessed, to ensure they actually improve patient outcomes

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Arthur Michael Rex Nelson

3 October 2019

A sociable man who made many friends during his working life in practice, industry and with veterinary organisations. As the author of Nelson’s Column, he never shied away from giving his opinion.

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Welcoming our new President

3 October 2019

Girija Duggal, BVA media officer, introduces Daniella Dos Santos, the new BVA President.

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Updated guide for recent and soon-to-be graduates

3 October 2019

We’ve updated our BVA graduate guide, which is intended for those who are soon to graduate or who have recently graduated.

The guide helps new graduates through a process of self-assessment, from working out what they want from a job, through preparing an application, to securing an ideal first role. It then helps them prepare for their first day and first few months in their new role.

It brings together hundreds of helpful tips, advice and personal accounts from veterinary professionals at different stages in their careers, alongside recommendations for additional resources and up-to-date human resources and legal information.

So, whatever type of practice or specialism you may choose, or whether you’re looking for a role outside of practice, this guide will support you in your exciting first steps.

Available exclusively for our members, the BVA graduate guide will be launched on the BVA website in the next few...

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Celebrate with us at the BVA Gala Dinner

3 October 2019

Inject a little glamour into your London Vet Show visit by joining us at our BVA Gala Dinner, which is being hosted at the five-star London Marriott Hotel West India Quay on Thursday 14 November.

Guests will enjoy a drinks reception on arrival, a three-course dinner (which meets the BVA food procurement policy), wine and a DJ and dancing until 1 am.

Tickets cost £84 including VAT and can be booked online via the BVA website, or by calling Jessica Wachtel on 020 7908 6336.

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New members for BVAs committees

3 October 2019

BVA head of policy Amelia Findon introduces the newest members of BVA’s committees.

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BVA and AVS sign MoU to strengthen vet student voice

3 October 2019

BVA and the Association of Veterinary Students (AVS) signed a Memorandum of Understanding at our Members’ Day last month. The new agreement, signed by outgoing BVA President Simon Doherty and AVS President Katie Roberts, formally recognises the organisations’ strong relationship, and will see us working closely together to empower and support the veterinary student community.

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BVA emphasises the importance of accessible information on vet education and careers

3 October 2019

Hayley Atkin, BVA policy officer, encourages members to help spread important messages about veterinary careers.

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Social media: the good and the bad

3 October 2019

Grace Harman, Young Vet Network representative on BVA Council, explains that it’s important to know when to take a step back from social media.

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Develop your research skills with an AWF student grant

3 October 2019

The Animal Welfare Foundation (AWF) is offering students with a passion for animal welfare the opportunity to develop their research skills and address key animal welfare concerns through the AWF Student Grant Scheme.

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Vet Futures news: evidence-based wellbeing

3 October 2019

The Animal Welfare Foundation (AWF) is offering students with a passion for animal welfare the opportunity to develop their research skills and address key animal welfare concerns through the AWF Student Grant Scheme.

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Divisional notices

3 October 2019

Divisional notices for BVA territorial and specialist divisions are published monthly in BVA News. Notices should be e-mailed to divisionalnotices@bva.co.uk at least five weeks before each meeting. Please include details of the title/theme of the meeting and any speakers, as well as the date, venue and time, together with a contact email from which further information can be obtained.

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'I have always believed in providing gold-standard service

3 October 2019

Vet Alemu Shewakena leads by example to create a positive atmosphere at his Vets4Pets Paisley Phoenix practice, which led to his team winning ‘Practice of the Year’ at the group’s National Partner Conference.

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People

3 October 2019

Sheila Potter of Cambridge Vet Group has achieved the British Veterinary Receptionist Association’s (BVRA’s) accredited veterinary receptionist (AVR) certificate at 70 years of age. The certificate requires BVRA members to pass its bronze, silver and gold levels, which are tested by examination, and involve watching webinars, preparing task logs and recording case-based scenarios as evidence of their learning, proving that age is not a barrier to learning new skills.

Yorkshire referral hospital Paragon Veterinary Referrals has been approved as a centre for veterinary residency programmes by the European College of Veterinary Surgeons. Its first resident David Barker is completing a programme that will incorporate both soft tissue and orthopaedic surgery. Paragon is now in the process of starting residency programmes in other disciplines.

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Reaching out to UK zoo vets

3 October 2019

Forty UK vets from 25 zoological collections gathered at Bristol Zoo Gardens recently for the 2019 Zoo Vet Meeting. The challenges of bovine TB (bTB) testing within zoological collections, as well as animal import and export health screening requirements, were discussed, before guest speaker Alistair Hayton from SureFarm spoke about serology testing for bTB in non-domestic species.

This was the first such meeting for a number of years and the organisers are keen to make it an annual event. The aim of the meeting is to ensure that zoo vets from all areas of the UK are represented, whether they are involved with larger zoos or smaller collections. Zoo vet Sarah Chapman said: ‘There are many vets in general practice who provide veterinary services to premises with zoo licences and we want to reach them. If you provide veterinary services for a zoological collection, no matter how small, we...

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3 October 2019
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