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Effectiveness of badger culls

1 November 2018

We write this letter in response to McGill and colleagues (VR, 27 October 2018, vol 183, pp 510-511).

The findings published in September showed that initial culls in the Higher Risk Area (HRA) have had a positive impact on disease incidence.

The Minister was commenting on this drop in new cases which is the primary measure behind our analysis on the effect of the culls. This is the same measure used in the Randomised Badger Culling Trial (RBCT).

This is the best method of calculating [TB] incidence

This is the best method of calculating incidence and is the method used for reporting TB incidence in National Statistics.

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Alternative multi-dose TB testing gun

1 November 2018

I am writing in regard to a recent article relating to a TB testing gun – the V-Grip tuberculin injector, available from Dairy Insight (VR, 13 October 2018, vol 183, p 438).

The APHA have sought views from policy teams in England, Scotland and Wales and does not endorse any specific type, design or model of TB testing syringes as long as they can all consistently deliver 0.1 ml of tuberculin intradermally, leading to the formation of a skin nodule – ‘bleb’ – shortly after injection. However, before any novel TB testing equipment can be used in the field, the APHA as the Competent Authority in Great Britain needs to be satisfied that any alternative design is fit for purpose.

THe APHA has not been presented with any data by the manufacturer, distributor or veterinary practice who trialled this new equipment to demonstrate that the syringes are fit for...

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Dave Gilbert and Dan Humphries from Dairy Insight respond

1 November 2018

We are concerned about feedback on compliance following our announcement in early October of the availability of an alternative TB testing gun.

We first became aware of the APHA’s concerns following the release of a briefing note to Official Veterinarians published on 16 October 2018. Consequently, we immediately contacted all customers of the new V-grip injector and offered our support.

We would like to highlight that multiple efforts were made to contact the relevant people at the APHA about the validation of this alternative TB testing equipment before its launch, but no response was received. As a result, we discussed this matter with XL Farmcare, who originally reviewed the injector and informed us that the gun was compliant for use.

Following the release of the APHA briefing note we urgently made efforts once again to contact relevant APHA personnel and are in the process of compiling data to assist...

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Low risk from dogs on exempted register

1 November 2018

I write to thank Josh Loeb for his editorial and news article on the recent Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee (EfraCom) report regarding current ‘dangerous dog’ legislation (VR, 20 October 2018, vol 183, pp 459, 460), and its conclusions which advise that the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 urgently needs review, particularly in respect of the unnecessary banning of certain breeds or types. I would like to highlight the quoted response from Defra, whose illogical responses on this issue have baffled me for some considerable time.

Only dogs (and their owners) deemed by the police and the courts to be ‘non-dangerous’ are allowed onto this exempt register in the first place

It suggests that, owing to the existence of the Index of Exempted Dogs (with its mandatory conditions of a dog being on lead and muzzled in public), no dog has been involved in any significant incident since...

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Salmonellosis in sheep

1 November 2018

The APHA has a responsibility under the Zoonoses Order (ZO) 1989 for laboratory testing, reporting and investigation of Salmonella incidents. The APHA are currently investigating incidents of Salmonella in sheep with the same strain of Salmonella as in an on-going human outbreak.

Scanning surveillance activities in 2017 identified a potential new strain of Salmonella Typhimurium following postmortem examination of sheep in a flock where a high level of mortality had occurred – 207 sheep had died over one month from a group of 512 sheep. In 2018, a second incident was identified by the APHA with the same S Typhimurium strain and clinical signs in sheep included depression, diarrhoea and death.

This new strain of S Typhimurium is different to previous outbreak strains in the UK and does not usually conform to a recognised phage type (RDNC) or is untypable (UNTY). It is sensitive to all antibiotics in the...

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Closantel toxicity in ewes through drinking cattle pour-on

1 November 2018

A recent case of closantel toxicity was identified in a flock of 300 Suffolk cross ewes. Three of the ewes were initially found dead, while nine others in a group of 158 developed a range of vague clinical signs including loss of condition, abnormal gait, weakness and blindness. Diarrhoea was also a feature in later-affected animals.

At the time of presentation five had died while a sixth animal was euthanased for postmortem examination. No gross pathology was identified other than mild brain yellowing and slightly swollen gyri in the cerebral hemispheres. No autofluorescence was observed when the brain was viewed under UV light. Histopathology of the brain identified only mild cellular changes affecting astrocytes, endothelial cells and neurones, and in the eye there was mild pallor and rarefaction of the optic nerve. The changes excluded cerebrocortical necrosis and encephalitis, being suggestive of a toxic or metabolic insult.

A second...

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Making the most of veterinary nurses

1 November 2018

We – a group of vets and vet nurses – were concerned by some of the sentiments expressed by veterinary employers in a roundtable discussion in the Vet Record (29 September 2018, vol 183, pp 374-377). This, and a news item (p 369)in the same issue, also discussing recruitment and workforce issues, made us question why veterinary nurses appear to be undervalued and underused?

In the NHS nurses successfully run vaccination clinics and nurse practitioners deliver effective clinical care.

We have bright, professional veterinary nursing colleagues

We have bright, professional veterinary nursing colleagues able and willing to do the same (as one of the roundtable participants did mention). Veterinary nurses could also be used to support Official Veterinarians. The profession must offer a reasonable career to both vets and vet nurses to boost retention and we believe that expanding the role of the veterinary nurse is absolutely vital...

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Board members sought for SPVS

1 November 2018

The Society of Practising Veterinary Surgeons (SPVS) are pleased to invite applications for SPVS board members.

SPVS members include: veterinary surgeons, non-vet owners, corporate entities and joint venture partners as well as clinical directors and leaders of other veterinary businesses. They represent a range of needs and interests, which are at the heart of our strategic vision for 2019-21.

We are looking forward to enhancing the current skill set and diversity of the board.

We would like to receive applications from any individuals working within the veterinary profession who have an interest in developing a culture of responsible leadership.

There are two board spaces available. One is a general board member, the other is for someone who has an interest in wellbeing and mental health and who has the capacity to oversee the administration of the SPVS/MindMatters Initiative wellbeing awards.

Please visit the SPVS website (https://spvs.org.uk) for...

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Death notices

1 November 2018

Hastie On 23 October, 2018, Hamish Hastie, MRCVS, of North Berwick, East Lothian. Mr Hastie qualified from Edinburgh in 1956.

doi: 10.1136/vr.k4571

Peniston On 13 October, 2018, Audrey Iris Peniston, BVetSts, MRCVS, of Truro, Cornwall. Mrs Peniston qualified from London in 1950. A funeral service will be held at 10.00 on 7 November, 2018 at Our Lady of the Portal and St Piran Church, Truro.

doi: 10.1136/vr.k4572

Stratton On 15 October, 2018, John Stratton, MRCVS, of Lymington, Hampshire. Mr Stratton qualified from London in 1949.

doi: 10.1136/vr.k4456

Tavernor On 14 October, 2018, Derek Tavernor, BVSc, PhD, CBiol, FIBiol, FRCVS, of Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire. Dr Tavernor qualified from Liverpool in 1954.

doi: 10.1136/vr.k4457

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Paul Reginald Greenough

1 November 2018

A well-known Somerset cattle practitioner with a major interest in lameness of dairy cows, he later emigrated to Saskatoon, Canada, where he was on the clinical staff of the university for over 40 years.

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BVA has a packed programme on offer at this years London Vet Show

1 November 2018

With the BVA Congress keynote speaker confirmed, a range of topical issues up for debate, world-class clinical CPD and careers and financial advice on offer, BVA has something for everyone at the London Vet Show. BVA Marketing Manager, Lauren Morris, flags up some of the highlights.

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Lobbying event draws in parliamentarians

1 November 2018

Helena Cotton, BVA Public Affairs Manager, welcomed Peers and MPs to BVA’s annual Afternoon Tea lobbying event.

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Vet Futures: its all happening at the London Vet Show

1 November 2018

This year’s London Vet Show will provide a showcase for a range of Vet Futures activities from BVA, RCVS and the winner of our ‘inspired by Vet Futures’ competition.

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Responsible puppy purchase: empowering owners to buy happy, healthy puppies

1 November 2018

Erika Singh, AWF Manager, introduces the new-look website for The Puppy Contract.

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Corporate giants - friend or foe of the recent graduate?

1 November 2018

Chloe Roberts, East Midlands YVN coordinator and BVA recent graduate representative, discusses what corporatisation means for young vets.

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Should we be adopting rescue dogs from abroad?

1 November 2018

Erika Singh, AWF Manager, shares the key points raised in a debate about importing rescue dogs held at a BVNA Fringe event last month.

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The continually evolving field of surgery

1 November 2018

BVA members can claim an exclusive discount on the latest edition of Small Animal Surgery by Theresa Welch Fossum. Described as ‘the go-to, full-colour guide for everything that general veterinarians and vet students need to know about both soft tissue and orthopaedic surgery’, the new 5th edition discusses the latest advances in key areas such as imaging modalities, regenerative medicine, minimally invasive surgery and neurology

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Divisional notices

1 November 2018

Divisional notices for BVA territorial and specialist divisions will be published 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 e-mail from which further information can be obtained.

LINCOLNSHIRE & DISTRICT DIVISION

Trojan dog – parasite risk myth or reality?

Evening meeting with speaker Ian Wright, guideline director of the European Scientific Counsel Companion Animal Parasites. Veterinary nurses and nursing staff are welcome to attend this meeting.

• 5 December 2018, 19.30

The Cedric Ford Pavilion, Newark & Notts Showground, Newark-on-Trent Details from Daphne Chapleo, telephone 07885 624113, e-mail: daphnechapleo@aol.com

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