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Brexit has not put off EU vets coming to the UK

25 April 2019

By Josh Loeb

Vets are continuing to migrate to the UK in significant numbers from countries in the EU, fresh figures indicate.

Nearly 2000 EU vets moved to the UK to practise after the Brexit vote – indicating that the result of the referendum did not put them off coming. This equates to around a quarter of all the EU vets practising in the UK currently.

Furthermore, most such vets say that they feel optimistic about their future, with younger European vets particularly likely to say this.

The findings, based on thousands of responses to an RCVS survey of members of the UK veterinary workforce who graduated in other EU member states, form part of a college-commissioned Institute for Employment Studies (IES) report, released this week.

The report, intended to give an insight into the current and potential future impacts of Brexit on vets from the EU, lists the...

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Share your clients recognition with #ThankYouThursday

25 April 2019

There is just one more week to get involved in the BVA’s latest campaign.

#ThankYouThursday is a weekly social media campaign for National Pet Month (1 April-6 May) to celebrate the bond between veterinary teams and their patients and to promote the value of vets and vet nurses.

As part of the campaign, the association is asking vets and vet nurses to share photos or videos of their favourite thank you cards from clients. At the same time, they would like pet owners to show their appreciation for the treatment and care their vet or vet nurse provides their pet.

At the end of pet month, the BVA will collate some of its favourite photos and messages in a slideshow or video reel and turn the entries into a Twitter Moment.

Vets and vet nurses can share their pictures on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, using the hashtags #ThankYouThursday, #lovemyvet...

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Business

25 April 2019

Bayer Animal Health GmbH and adivo GmbH have signed a global collaboration agreement to develop therapeutic antibodies for veterinary medicine. Under the terms of the agreement, Bayer Animal Health will have access to adivo’s species-specific monoclonal antibody technology. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The Tangerine Group – which includes VetPlus, Agri Lloyd and Carr Day and Martin – has announced a jump in profits for the year ending June 2018. During the year, sales increased 8 per cent to £26.5 million, while pre-exceptional profits jumped 13 per cent to £3.5 million. The growth was driven largely by the veterinary division, which now accounts for over 70 per cent of all sales, with exports accounting for more than half of those. The group was founded in 1995 and is based in Lytham St Annes, Lancashire.

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Feline hypertension month

25 April 2019

CEVA Animal Health is encouraging vets to measure cats’ blood pressure in May as part of Feline Hypertension Month.

Systemic hypertension is recognised as a serious problem in ageing cats and the initiative aims to improve the detection and management of high blood pressure. Cats aged seven years of age and above should be checked for feline hypertension as recommended by the International Society of Feline Medicine. Practices can register at www.mercurychallenge.ceva.com

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People

25 April 2019

Dogs Trust has appointed Owen Sharp as its chief executive, following the death of Adrian Burder. Sharp joins Dogs Trust in July from the Movember Foundation – a global charity that seeks to improve men’s health. Dogs Trust is now a £106 million charity, helping 15,000 dogs a year directly through its rehoming centres, and many more through its promotion of veterinary research, its dog training classes, education workshops, and its campaign to end puppy smuggling.

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Herriots way - not fit for modern practice

25 April 2019

By Josh Loeb

James Herriot is to blame for some clients expecting vets to carry out work free of charge.

That is the view of Sue Paterson, the new president of the British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA).

She said there was an unfair assumption on the part of some clients that vets’ connection with animals would lead them to carry out work free of charge and that this had led the public to erroneously view vets as a cost-free source of care for animals.

‘I think James Herriot is to blame because we’re all supposed to love animals and work for nothing, but we all run businesses,’ she said.

Paterson made the comments during a discussion about telemedicine at BSAVA’s congress earlier this month.

She also suggested that vets were selling themselves short by imparting free advice.

In the James Herriot series of books, Herriot – the nom...

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New highs for pet insurance market

25 April 2019

By Georgina Mills

Pet insurers paid out a record-breaking £785 million last year, the Association of British Insurers (ABI) has reported.

This compares to £775 million in 2017, and £706 million in 2016.

The ABI said the rise is likely to have been caused by a ‘significant increase’ in average claim size, as prices increase with the sophistication of veterinary treatments available.

The average claim in 2018 was £793, an increase of £36 on the year before. However, the average premium for pet owners actually decreased for the first time in eight years, from £281 in 2017 to £279.

The ABI also reported that more people than ever before insured their pets last year, with nearly 4.3 million pets being covered (see graph). This equates to just over half the pets owned in the UK – the pet population is an estimated 7.5 million.

Payouts for individual pets have...

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Prevention is better than cure

25 April 2019

Suzanne Jarvis discusses new thinking on obesity in cats and dogs

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In brief

25 April 2019
African swine fever in China rages on

African swine fever (ASF) has been dubbed ‘out of control’ in China after being confirmed in all of the country’s provinces and regions.

The Chinese government confirmed last week that the disease had been found in two locations in the Hainan province, an island off China’s southern coast. ASF has now been found in every province in the country since it was first detected in August 2018.

The rapid spread of the disease has caused concern about a pork shortage, given that China is the world’s top producer of the meat.

The National Bureau of Statistics confirmed last week that pork output in the first three months of this year was down 5.2 per cent from a year earlier.

Hainan island was considered by China’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs to have a good ‘natural barrier’ against the disease, and in...

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Bone-sparing surgery for elbow dysplasia

25 April 2019

A new surgical procedure for dogs with elbow dysplasia that can ‘dramatically reduce patient pain’ is now available.

Davies Veterinary Specialists is one of only a few centres in the UK that has invested in the new surgical equipment to treat severe canine elbow dysplasia using canine unicompartmental elbow replacement (CUE).

Despite being one of the commonest causes of chronic front leg lameness in dogs, there is no cure for elbow dysplasia, only treatment options. In severe forms, such as medial compartment diseases (MCD), cartilage wear often results in bone rubbing against bone. The prognosis is typically poor, but now CUE is providing a promising alternative surgical option, the practice says.

The surgery involves partial resurfacing of the elbow joint, providing a less invasive bone-sparing option for resurfacing the bone-on-bone medial compartment, while preserving the dog’s own ‘good’ cartilage in the lateral compartment. In most dogs, the technique significantly...

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20 years of national wildlife disease surveillance

25 April 2019

The need for wildlife surveillance is as great now as it ever has been. Here, members of the APHA’s Diseases of Wildlife Scheme explain why their work is important.

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From farm to board

18 April 2019

Vet Richard Killen is clinical services director of CVS. As an RCVS Practice Standards Scheme assessor, he enrolled all of the group’s practices onto the scheme as a way of improving clinical standards.

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World small animal VETERINARY association announces winner of One health award

18 April 2019

Canadian vet and founder of an innovative community outreach charity Michelle Lem has won the World Small Animal Veterinary Association’s (WSAVA’s) 2019 Global One Health Award. The award is made by the association’s One Health committee to ‘an individual or organisation which has promoted an aspect of One Health relevant to companion animals’ and it will be presented at the WSAVA congress, which is being held in Toronto, Canada, in July.

She set up Community Veterinary Outreach in 2003 and the charity now runs programmes in eight communities in Canada. Its veterinary volunteers care for the animals of homeless and vulnerable people, alongside human health partners who provide preventive healthcare, education and support to their owners. She said: ‘Thanks to our dedicated teams of volunteers and community health partners across Canada, we have provided accessible care to more than 4700 companion animals and 3800 pet owners, and we continue...

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People

18 April 2019

Louise Clark, RCVS and EBVS European specialist in veterinary anaesthesia and analgesia and head of anaesthesia at Davies Veterinary Specialists in Hertfordshire, has been appointed president of the Royal Society of Medicine’s Pain Section for 2018/19. It is thought to be the first time the council, which comprises medical practitioners and consultants, has appointed a vet as president.

Naomi Shimizu has joined the soft tissue and orthopaedic surgery team at Southfields Veterinary Specialists, Laindon, Essex, as a senior clinician. She graduated from Ecole Nationale Vétérinaire d’Alfort in France, and has previously worked in Paris, Tokyo and, most recently, Belgium, where she completed a residency in small animal surgery. She won the 2015 British Small Animal Veterinary Association award for her study on sclerosis and arthritis in dog elbows and is currently working with the University of Liege on research into bladder and prostate carcinomas.

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Polite messaging will no longer cut it

18 April 2019

The Scottish government is to be applauded for its recent advertising campaign aiming to educate people about the dangers of buying puppies online.

The ‘Buy a puppy safely’ campaign ran across social media, in cinemas and on radio at the end of last year, and is currently being evaluated for its impact.

You can watch the advert here: www.buyapuppysafely.org

Anecdotally, however, the signs are that this hard-hitting campaign has had impact.

The average length of time people spent on the campaign’s website has been 14 minutes – compared to a marketing average of around a minute, that’s very impressive. Engagement data have also shown users going on to explore suggested links, hopefully learning more about the consequences of illegal puppy farming.

One in four of puppies bought online will die before their fifth birthday

There is no question that such a campaign is needed – most...

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'Less and better is the key to sustainability

18 April 2019

By Josh Loeb

Vets should be encouraging people to eat less meat, cheese and other animal-derived products, the BVA has suggested.

In its new position on sustainable animal agriculture, the association advocates what it calls a ‘less and better’ approach.

This desired outlook, which would entail greater consumption of plant-based foods by some individuals as alternatives to animal protein, is described in one of 13 recommendations for vets.

‘Within the context of One Health, the veterinary profession should promote the benefits of sustainable consumption and the concept of "less and better", which sees some citizens reduce consumption of animal-derived products, while maintaining proportional spend on high animal health and welfare products,’ the BVA states.

It adds: ‘It is important to recognise that fewer healthier and happier animals with better productivity have less of an impact at all levels compared to numerous animals with poorer health and welfare outcomes.

Considering...

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18 April 2019
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Dog breeding inspections are 'going wrong

18 April 2019

By Josh Loeb

The new dog breeding licensing regime is not working properly because local authority inspectors lack the competence to assess the welfare of bitches and their pups.

That was the claim made by former Dogs Trust veterinary director Chris Laurence, who now chairs the Canine and Feline Sector Group.

He told delegates at the British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA) congress earlier this month that local authority inspectors’ duties were too broad. Many possessed insufficient expertise in the area of dog welfare and struggled to effectively implement the 38-page guidance document produced by Defra.

‘If you are a local authority inspector, the likelihood is that this morning you were inspecting a restaurant for food safety and then you’ll go and inspect a dog breeding establishment and then you’ll go and inspect a taxi firm,’ he said.

‘Expecting those people to keep up-to-date with all of that and...

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Gender pay gap in corporates deteriorates

18 April 2019

By Josh Loeb

The gender pay gap is higher than the national average at all eight major veterinary corporates.

Topping the list in the pay comparison table (see box overleaf) is Goddard Veterinary Group (GVG) – one of the smaller corporates (with under 500 employees) – where female staff earn 50p for every £1 that male staff earn.

Second on the list is Independent Vetcare (IVC), which has more than 500 practices, and has the widest pay gap of any UK company of this size.

Analysis also shows that at some corporates the gap between average hourly earnings for men and women has widened since the first set of pay gap data was made public last year.

At Medivet, for example, the gap between what men and women earned on average (median) across the business as a whole grew from 28 per cent in 2017/18 to 38 per cent...

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'Brexit has created the opportunity for change

18 April 2019

The veterinary medicines sector has become more collaborative and developed a more questioning approach – all as a result of Brexit.

That is the view of industry leaders, speaking at a panel session on Brexit at the British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA) congress earlier this month.

Dawn Howard, chief executive of the National Office of Animal Health (NOAH), which represents veterinary medicines companies, said: ‘I think there’s been a change in mindsets in many areas.

There’s been a change of mindset in a very positive way

‘From what we’ve seen from working with our regulator [the VMD], there’s been a change of mindset in a very positive way.

‘They’re much more open and much more questioning. They’re asking, why do we actually need to do this? Is there a legal requirement for this? Can we do this differently? I think that will be beneficial whatever happens.’

Howard...

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