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Releasing grey squirrels into the wild

7 June 2019

Maureen Hutchison (VR, 25 May 2019, vol 184, p 655) questions the role of squirrelpox in the decline of red squirrels (Sciurus vulgaris).

There is a strong body of scientific evidence firmly establishing a combination of squirrelpox disease outbreaks and competition with grey squirrels (Sciurus carolinensis) as the cause of decline of red squirrels in mainland England, Scotland and Wales.

A series of serological, experimental, spatial and temporal epidemiological, translocation and modelling studies has shown that grey squirrels are the reservoir for the squirrelpox virus and that the rate of decline of red squirrel populations is estimated to be 17 to 25 times higher where squirrelpox virus is present in grey squirrel populations compared with populations where squirrelpox virus is absent.1–5 There is a reduction in the recruitment of young red squirrels into the population where red squirrels and grey squirrels share the same habitat.

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Death notices

7 June 2019

Allan On 25 May 2019, Lorraine Anne Allan, BVSc, MRCVS, of Preston, Lancashire. Mrs Allan qualified from Liverpool in 1975.

doi: 10.1136/vr.l4054

Burns On 9 May 2019, Kenneth Ninian Burns, BSc, FRCVS, OBE, of Bristol. Mr Burns qualified from Edinburgh in 1949.

doi: 10.1136/vr.l4055

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'The badger cull policy is not evidence based

7 June 2019

National bovine TB policy is based on the outcome of a single unblinded trial and we need stronger evidence that badger culling is appropriate, argues Tom Langton.

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The case for pragmatism in equine practice

7 June 2019

This month, a horse owner discusses the importance of offering a range of treatment options

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The behaviour and welfare of cats

7 June 2019

Reviewed by vet nurse Sarah Ginger who is currently studying for the diploma in feline nursing.

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Goat diseases

7 June 2019

After I graduated in 2012, I joined a large animal practice and needed a quick and easy textbook on goats. The third edition of John Matthews’ ‘Diseases of the Goat’ was my go-to book, and my well-loved and worn edition has accompanied me through many ‘firsts’, so I was keen to review the newer edition.

The author takes a problem-based approach to goat health, which will be particularly useful for students approaching their final exams or clinicians facing a clinical conundrum. Each chapter has a list of relevant references – very useful for those beginning literature reviews, clinical audits or simply wanting to know more.

The chapter on disbudding and surgical procedures is particularly worthy of note. The clear and concise text means this book lends itself to a rapid referral guide, as well as more in-depth reading.

Those who are familiar with the previous edition will be pleased...

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Broadening my horizons

1 June 2019

Johanna Forsyth is the first vet to have been awarded a BSAVA masters in clinical veterinary research. Here, she describes how postgraduate study helps her enjoy her diverse role and build her career.

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People

1 June 2019

The Royal Veterinary College has awarded honorary fellowship to Michael Lairmore, dean of the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of California, Davis (UC Davis), in recognition of his outstanding leadership in veterinary medicine and One Health. ‘Under Lairmore, UC Davis has grown as a leader in developing new veterinary medical practices and fostered new discoveries in veterinary and human health. It has also made major advances in student diversity, and has significantly expanded the number of women in leadership positions.’

MSD Animal Health has announced that Amie Wilson of Ashbrook Equine Hospital, Cheshire, has been awarded its 2018 veterinary surgeon research bursary in the companion animal sector. Her research proposal is on current equine vaccination practices and protocols used by vets in the UK. Applications for the 2019 bursaries will open in August and details can be found at www.msd-animal-health.com

Hamilton Specialist Referrals has announced...

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Update on Klebsiella pneumoniae septicaemia outbreaks in preweaned pigs

1 June 2019

This focus article has been prepared by Susanna Williamson, Cornelia Bidewell and Manal AbuOun of the APHA.

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Benefits of a vet-led team

1 June 2019

This week the BVA launched its vision for the veterinary team of the future.

The set-up is described as a ‘hub and spoke’ model, and is vet-led, with the vet ‘hub’ coordinating services and care out to the ‘spokes’ – allied veterinary professionals – who should refer back to the vet hub when necessary.

The allied professionals include an array of technicians with expertise that many vet practices already employ or work closely with, including farriers, behaviourists, physiotherapists, embryo transfer technicians, meat hygiene inspectors and equine dental technicians. And, of course, veterinary nurses.

The model proposed by the BVA supports a clearer, expanded role for vet nurses, with the aim to introduce new career pathways for them. It also recommends the veterinary nursing title be protected in law.

Anything that can provide clarity around Schedule 3 of the Veterinary Surgeons Act, which allows certain tasks to be delegated to...

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Migration experts recognise vet shortages

1 June 2019

By Josh Loeb

Veterinary employers look set to find it easier to recruit from outside the EU after government migration advisers recommended restoring vets to the Shortage Occupation List.

A report by the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC), released this week, was immediately hailed by the BVA as a ‘huge win for animal welfare and a resounding vote of confidence in the veterinary community’.

Restoring vets to the list had been a top priority for the association, and the report had been hotly anticipated for months.

The MAC ranked vets at number 44 in a league table of 105 occupations reported to have shortages, with the occupation at the top of the table (computer programmers and software development professionals) judged as being most eligible for inclusion in the list while the occupation at the bottom (librarians) was assessed as least eligible.

The MAC’s recommendation means key stakeholders in the profession...

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1 June 2019
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'Hub and spoke model puts vets in control

1 June 2019

By Josh Loeb

Vets should be at the centre of all treatment of animals, guiding associated allied professionals in appropriate procedures and care.

That is according to a new vision for effective collaboration between vets and members of the teams they lead, unveiled this week by the BVA.

The association describes vets as the ‘hub’, with allied professionals acting as ‘spokes’.

Spokes encompass, among others, registered veterinary nurses (RVNs), meat hygiene inspectors, embryo transfer technicians, animal care assistants, foot trimmers, hydrotherapists and behaviourists.

Clients would be directed first to hubs, who would manage and lead spokes, overseeing and directing treatment.

Diagnoses and referrals would be made by hubs, whose surrounding spokes would then carry out particular procedures or treatments and return cases back to the hub for further direction when necessary.

The wheel analogy can be viewed as an attempt by the BVA to bring order to a complex...

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Vet nurse who poisoned own dog struck off

1 June 2019

By Josh Loeb

The past behaviour of a convicted animal abuser is ‘fundamentally incompatible’ with her continuing to hold the title of registered veterinary nurse (RVN), a disciplinary committee has decided.

Dunbartonshire-based Georgina Bretman poisoned her two-year-old cocker spaniel, Florence, with insulin in June 2013, causing the dog to suffer from hypoglycaemia, collapse, convulsions and seizures. The animal needed immediate veterinary treatment to avoid coma and death.

Bretman’s then employer grew suspicious after seeing Florence and subsequently reported Bretman to the Scottish SPCA.

In August 2017 Bretman was convicted of causing unnecessary pain and suffering to her dog. She was sentenced to carry out 140 hours of unpaid ‘community payback’ work. In addition, an order was made to take Florence away from her, and she was banned from owning a dog for two years.

The case was brought to the RCVS disciplinary committee last month. The delay from the...

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'Revoking unlawful bird licences was right

1 June 2019

By Josh Loeb

Natural England has defended its decision to revoke three so-called ‘general licences’ that allowed for the killing of certain birds in order to protect livestock, saying that it had no choice but to take that action.

The decision in April followed a legal challenge by campaign group Wild Justice, which describes itself as having been set up to ‘fight for wildlife’.

Wild Justice’s case was essentially that lethal methods of control could only legally be used as a last resort.

Its lawyers argued that, before permitting the killing of wild birds, Natural England was legally obliged to first ‘properly satisfy itself’ that no alternative non-lethal means, such as scaring, existed and could prove effective.

After taking legal advice, Natural England conceded that its general licences, in the form in which they were originally written, did not comply with UK and EU law. It therefore revoked them.

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What do graduates want from their employers?

1 June 2019

The RCVS and Veterinary Schools Council (VSC) have joined forces to launch a new survey for employers of recent graduates.

It aims to make it simpler for employers to give insights about recent graduates, while also reducing the number of survey requests received from individual vet schools.

The results are expected to provide valuable evidence about recent graduates’ preparedness for practice and experiences of professional life after university.

The survey comes after the Vet Futures project found there was often a mismatch between the expectations of veterinary graduates and the reality of veterinary practice.

Any future changes to policy – for example, those aimed at bolstering support for recent graduates in a bid to improve retention rates – can then be evaluated against the results.

Ewan Cameron, VSC chair and a member of RCVS council, said the scheme was part of an ‘improved and ongoing conversation with the employers...

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Diving deep to detect manta ray pregnancies

1 June 2019

Georgina Mills explains how researchers have used cutting-edge technology to learn more about reproduction in manta rays in the Maldives.

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In brief

1 June 2019
RVC rowing crew takes on 100 km test

A team of students from the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) has rowed 100 km to raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital, as well as supporting their college boat club.

Setting off at 5:30 am from Reading Boat Club last week, the coxed eight team rowed continuously and unaccompanied to the University of London Boat Club in Chiswick, arriving there some 18 hours later at 11:30 pm. The endurance test has only been completed once before by another team at the RVC.

It was a challenging row with technical malfunctions and the heat making it difficult for the crew – in addition, they had to pass through 22 locks along the way.

The crew have raised over £2000 so far and donations can be made at www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/rvcbc-100k

RCVS signs mental health pledge

THE RCVS has shown its commitment...

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Medicines update

1 June 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 April 2019 are listed in Table 1.

Of those products listed, the VMD draws attention to:

  • Arti-Cell Forte suspension for injection for horses, containing chonodrogenic induced equine allogeneic peripheral blood-derived mesenchymal stem cells, indicated for the reduction of mild to moderate recurrent lameness associated with non-septic joint inflammation in horses is a novel stem cell product.

  • 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...

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    Disease surveillance in England and Wales, May 2019

    1 June 2019

    APHA disease surveillance report headlines

  • Metabolic bone disease in dairy heifers

  • Warning of a possible increase in cases of oestrosis (nasal bot fly) in sheep this summer

  • Mulberry heart disease in pigs found dead

  • Infectious bronchitis virus and colisepticaemia in broilers

  • Update on Klebsiella pneumoniae septicaemia in preweaned pigs

  • Highlights from the scanning surveillance networkCattleMetabolic bone disease

    Recumbent weaned animals were a feature of investigations by the APHA Shrewsbury Veterinary Investigation Centre (VIC) on four farms. Two of these cases were in fattening bulls, while, more unusually, two were in replacement dairy heifers.

    The affected dairy heifers were between four and six months old. In the largest herd of 450 cows, five of a group of 60 heifers were reported to have become recumbent over a period of about three weeks. They made repeated attempts to rise without success. In the second...

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