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Raymond John Imberger

14 February 2019

Always known as ‘the Australian vet’, he had an integral role at a number of equine studs. His empathy and intuition with animals were renowned.

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Developing an assertive approach

14 February 2019

Do you often try to keep others happy rather than putting yourself first, and then find you regret it? Do you find yourself saying ‘yes’ when you really wanted to say ‘no’?

Within the veterinary profession we see a lot of caring, supportive and peacemaker personalities who prioritise maintaining harmony and avoiding confrontation, even if it’s at their own expense. If you recognise these traits in yourself, you may be thinking that the only person who comes off badly in this is you. But, let me ask you a question – in these situations, are you really being honest and fair with your colleagues?

What is assertiveness?

To understand how to be more assertive, we need to be clear about what assertiveness is. To be assertive means to be open and honest about our opinions and needs, while having consideration for the needs of others. It is stating clearly,...

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What will farmers want from vets in the future?

14 February 2019

Large animal vet John Remnant recently won a Nuffield Scholarship, which will allow him to take some time out from his day job to explore what farmers need from the veterinary profession.

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New CPD facility

14 February 2019

Lord Trees has officially opened the British Small Animal Veterinary Association’s (BSAVA’s) extended teaching facilities at Woodrow House, Gloucestershire. These include a new practical wet lab equipped to share learning with a remote audience and a hi-tech lecture room. Meeting rooms include video conferencing technology and large presentation screens, offering modern working environments, energy-saving innovations and break-out areas. Outside there are electric car charge points, bicycle racks and landscaping. With the wildlife and the environment in mind, boxes were built into the walls and a small pond and log pile were created. The two-year transformation was unveiled at an open day on 11 January, during which Maxine Wood paid tribute to her father, BSAVA founder Brian Singleton, after whom the new lecture theatre has been named.

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UFAW animal welfare student scholarships

14 February 2019

The Universities Federation for Animal Welfare (UFAW) is inviting applications for its Animal Welfare Student Scholarships. Applications are invited from undergraduates (or equivalent) registered at either a university or college in the British Isles or an overseas institution at which there is a UFAW University Link person. Applications from MSc students on appropriate courses will also be considered.

Projects are normally carried out during the summer break and may be undertaken in the UK or overseas. The project must be relevant to improving the welfare of farm, laboratory, companion, zoo or free-living wild animals whose welfare is compromised by humans. Successful applicants will receive up to £2400 to cover subsistence and project expenses.

The closing date for applications is 28 February. Further information about the scholarships and application forms can be obtained online at www.ufaw.org.uk (Grants and Awards page), or by emailing goodwin@ufaw.org.uk

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'Non-stun slaughter must be banned

7 February 2019

By Georgina Mills

All animals should be stunned before slaughter. No exceptions.

That was the message from the BVA and the RSPCA in an open letter to environment secretary Michael Gove, published this week.

The organisations joined forces to call on the UK government to repeal the legal exemption that permits animals to be slaughtered without pre-stunning for religious purposes.

The letter also asked Gove to provide further public transparency on the issue by releasing slaughterhouse survey results from 2018. The Food Standards Agency (FSA) carried out this survey in the autumn of 2018 and the results have yet to be released.

Until a ban comes into force, the BVA and the RSPCA would like the government to implement a number of measures. These are:

  • Require an immediate post-cut stun for cattle, sheep, goats and deer to reduce the suffering of animals at slaughter;

  • Ensure supply meets...

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    Psychometric testing for vet students could help selection

    7 February 2019

    Prospective vets should be the subject of army-style ‘stress tests’ and psychometric assessments, the president of the British Equine Veterinary Association has suggested.

    Speaking during a panel discussion about recruitment and retention at the Society of Practising Veterinary Surgeons (SPVS) Congress, Renate Weller said she did not believe that today’s millennial vet students were necessarily any less resilient than older vets.

    However, she added that she would nonetheless support reforming the selection process to try and better select for individuals who are sufficiently resilient to be able to withstand the pressures of the job.

    Do I think we could do better in terms of university selection? Yes

    ‘Do I think we could do better in terms of university selection? Yes,’ Weller told SPVS delegates.

    Asked what new selection criteria she would apply, she responded: ‘I would really go down the army route. I know this is probably very...

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    Space for snakes debate stretches on ...

    7 February 2019

    By Georgina Mills

    Defra has decided there is insufficient evidence that snakes need space to stretch out to their full length.

    It has set out its position in a letter to reptile biologist Clifford Warwick after he wrote to the department questioning its recently published guidelines on the care of snakes.

    The department’s first draft of the guidance, which accompanied the Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018, contained a condition that ‘all snakes should be allowed sufficient space to stretch out fully’.

    However, by the time the final version was published in October, this statement had been removed.

    Warwick believes that Defra should have consulted fully with the profession before taking the condition out of the guidance, and fears that parties with ‘vested interests’ were involved; for example, pet shops and commercial reptile sellers.

    However in its letter, seen by Vet Record, Defra made it...

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    Identifying dogs at risk of BOAS

    7 February 2019

    By Emma Boxer

    A new health screening scheme to assess the severity of brachycephalic obstructive airway syndrome (BOAS) in pugs, French bulldogs and bulldogs was launched last week by the University of Cambridge and the Kennel Club.

    The scheme involves listening to a dog’s airway both before and after an exercise tolerance test to assess respiratory function.

    Dogs can be graded from 0 to 3 – grade 0 means there are no signs of BOAS, grade 1 mild signs, grade 2 moderate signs and grade 3 severe. Dogs at grades 2 and 3 are deemed to be clinically affected and will require veterinary intervention.

    It is hoped that the scheme, which was developed with the input of breed clubs, will enable vets to identify dogs at risk of BOAS and allow them to work with owners to provide the best care and treatment for managing the condition.

    The grading,...

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    Brachycephalic airway surgery on the rise for Battersea

    7 February 2019

    2018 saw Battersea Dogs & Cats Home perform more brachycephalic obstructive airway syndrome (BOAS) surgery than ever before in its 159-year history.

    It carried out the surgery some 62 times last year. This compares to 2015, when the surgery was only carried out seven times.

    Last year, Battersea took in 40 French bullldogs – a breed that topped the Kennel Club’s registrations in 2018. In 2014, only eight were brought to the home.

    A similar pattern exists for pugs. A total of 47 pugs came into the home last year, compared with 38 in 2017 and 36 in 2014.

    Battersea’s head vet Shaun Opperman said: ‘The dogs Battersea takes in really holds a mirror up to society and reflects what breeds are the most popular in that moment. Sadly, that mirror also shows the ugly side of dog ownership, and – for these dogs – looks literally can kill....

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    To rescue or not to rescue?

    7 February 2019

    If proposed regulations are written into law, it will mean alien wildlife species will no longer be allowed in rescue centres. Georgina Mills explains

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    In brief

    7 February 2019
    Discrimination in the vet profession

    BVA is seeking feedback on incidents of discrimination

    The BVA has launched a questionnaire to gather information on incidents of discrimination in the veterinary professions.

    The association is seeking anonymous feedback from all vet professionals regarding events where they have witnessed discrimination or felt discriminated against.

    The survey includes questions about discriminatory events involving the nine protected characteristics under the Equality Act and other forms of discrimination which might not fit under these characteristics (eg, weight, socioeconomic background).

    It was developed with the support of the British Veterinary Ethnicity and Diversity Society and British Veterinary LGBT+.

    The questionnaire is open until 2 March and can be found at https://bit.ly/2Bjt8Md

    Scotland consults on animal welfare

    The Scottish government has opened a consultation to seek views on proposals to strengthen the enforcement of animal welfare legislation.

    It is proposing increasing the penalties...

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    Virtual consultations for all practices

    7 February 2019

    Vet practices could offer existing clients the option of having a virtual consultation using a mobile app created by the software developers at the Virtual Vet Group (VVG).

    Telemedicine could allow them the ability to offer a consultation with a qualified vet at any time of the day and night.

    George Kyriacou, VVG operations director said: ‘Virtual consultations are becoming more and more popular with pet owners who are not really sure if they need to see a vet and would simply like some reassurance. However, in addition to this, the option of having a convenient consultation with your own trusted vet is the holy grail’.

    The VVG platform allows practices to offer the convenience of a virtual consultation as an option alongside their current arrangements.

    Simon Power, commercial manager at Vets One referrals in Crimplesham, Norfolk, said: ‘Since adopting the system we have had a number of virtual...

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    Keeping Britains pets healthy

    7 February 2019

    A set of guidelines on how to improve preventive healthcare consultations has been developed by MSD Animal Health.

    Keeping Britain’s Pets Healthy champions the role of each member of the vet practice team in educating and engaging pet owners. It’s the first step towards emphasising the importance of an annual preventative health visit, the company says.

    John Helps, senior technical manager at MSD Animal Health, said: ‘They support the partnership between the practice and its clients around the health and welfare of their pets and the significant contribution vaccines and parasiticides make to pet health and welfare’.

    The guidelines have been created as a result of research carried out in partnership with the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine at the University of Nottingham.

    www.msd-animal-health.com

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    Business

    7 February 2019

    Pet supplements company Vetark Products has been bought by Italian pharmaceuticals group Candioli Srl. The acquisition sees Candioli expand into the UK market, which it says will bring positive changes to the company’s product portfolio, international distribution and technical support. Vetark will continue to operate out of its Winchester office under its current name.

    Mars Petcare has become a diamond partner of the World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA). Individual divisions of Mars Petcare will support the work of four of the association’s key clinical committees. The global nutrition committee will be supported by Royal Canin; the animal wellness and welfare committee will be supported by Mars Petcare; the hereditary disease committee will be supported by Wisdom Health, and the WSAVA One Health committee will be supported by Mars Petcare.

    Hill’s Pet Nutrition has committed to become a gold partner of WSAVA. It will support the association’s global nutrition...

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    Spreading the cost of routine pet care

    7 February 2019

    A new pet health plan has been launched to help pet owners spread the cost of routine pet health care.

    Vetsure Pet Insurance’s pet health plan will ensure that pets receive the necessary preventive healthcare they require throughout the year, the company says.

    Practices can determine the price they want to charge for the plans and implement price changes when they see fit. They can also be flexible about choosing what to include in their plans.

    Clients who take out a pet health plan will automatically receive a five per cent discount on their Vetsure pet insurance premium either at renewal or when they take out a new policy.

    The company’s customer service team handles direct debits and can sell plans on behalf of practices. Practices wanting more information or that are interested in starting a Pet Health Plan, or those that would like to transfer from their existing...

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    Genomic testing puts vets at the forefront of cattle herd health management

    7 February 2019

    A test that helps vets provide strategic breeding and herd management advice to their farm clients is now available.

    CLARIFIDE offers testing of pure-bred cattle from six breeds – Holstein, British Friesian, Guernsey, Jersey, Ayrshire and brown Swiss. It can determine which animals will be most profitable, Zoetis says. Testing involves taking a small hair or tissue sample, which is then sent to the USA for analysis. The results are accessible through an online analysis tool called SearchPoint that will help farmers determine which animals will be most profitable on their farm.

    Offering it as a service allows vets to help their clients improve heifer management, make better breeding decisions and improve cash flow by only breeding from the best individuals in a herd. Training is available to equip vets with the resources to set herd-specific breeding objectives, interpret genetic evaluation data and ensure the productivity of a client’s...

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    Vet practice

    7 February 2019

    Mixed practice West Bar Veterinary Hospital (West Bar Vets) has added the Siemens Healthineers Acuson P500 Ultrasound Solution to its diagnostic equipment. The system was purchased through Siemens Financial Services and offers increased processing speeds and enhanced image quality with exclusive motion correction.

    Scarsdale Vets is opening three new practices in Alfreton, Langley Mill and Wollaton in March and April. The practices will function independently of the group’s other first-opinion practices and will be supported by the out-of-hours service at Pride Veterinary Centre in Derby.

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    Treatment for seizures and epilepsy in dogs

    7 February 2019

    A bioequivalent phenobarbital formulation for treating canine epilepsy is now available.

    TVM UK has launched Soliphen, a user-friendly tablet, 60 mg phenobarbital tablet with an affordable price tag.

    Tablets are divisible into 15 mg increments to enable accurate dosing and have a liver flavour to help with dosing compliance.

    Soliphen has proven bioequivalence to the market leading brand, which the company says is a first for a phenobarbital generic.

    Vet William Peel, product manager said: ‘Phenobarbital is the only veterinary licensed drug for use in idiopathic and structural epilepsy, offering an improvement in seizure frequency and benefitting a large proportion of epileptic dogs. With Soliphen, we have developed a cost-effective, easier and more accurate solution.’

    Soliphen is part of TVM UK’s neurology range and is supported by a range of materials for use in practice, such as owner booklets on epilepsy and in-practice guidelines for the management of status...

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    Medicines update

    7 February 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 December 2018 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) Rhiniseng...

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