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HQ return set for spring

31 January 2019

As work continues on the refurbishment of our Georgian townhouse headquarters in Mansfield Street, we are starting to get excited about our return. The architects have been working closely with us on ideas for the layout, design and style of the building so that it is truly something special for our members and staff, and we can provide a warm and welcoming space for our members to meet more formally or socialise. We remain on track to return this spring and can’t wait to show you around.

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New role models to celebrate LGBT+ History Month 2019

31 January 2019

Nina Rossi, BVA Media Manager, introduces this year’s role models as part of LGBT+ History Month.

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BEVA CPD discount for BVA members

31 January 2019

BVA is extending its member benefits package with an equine CPD discount, as Lauren Morris, Marketing Manager, explains.

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Coping with criticism from clients

31 January 2019

Grace Harman, Young Vet Network representative on BVA Council, shares her tips for better understanding difficult clients.

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Why now is the time to find your new graduate

31 January 2019

It may only be February, but, as Lauren Morris, Marketing Manager, explains, many final-year students are already hunting for their first job.

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Free talks for students from AWF

31 January 2019

The Animal Welfare Foundation offers free talks on many different subjects for student vets and vet nurses, as Sian Johnston explains.

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Whats new with My Vet Future?

31 January 2019

BVA Media Officer Charlotte Raynsford provides an update on veterinary careers hub, My Vet Future, including a look at some of its most popular content so far.

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Divisional notices

31 January 2019

Divisional notices for BVA territorial and specialist divisions are 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.

NORTH OF IRELAND VETERINARY ASSOCIATION

We are what we eat, but who do we trust?

Annual general meeting for members only, followed by a talk by Professor Chris Elliott, which is open to all vets and their guests.

• 6 February 2019, AGM at 19.45, talk at 20.30 Four Seasons Suite, Galgorm Resort and Spa, Ballymena Full details on the Events page of www.vetni.co.uk; register by e-mail to info@vetni.co.uk

LINCOLNSHIRE & DISTRICT DIVISION

An update on diagnosis and treatment of toxic events in companion animals

Evening meeting with speaker...

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Your future is precious - make time to plan for it

31 January 2019

Forty per cent of working adults have no idea how much their pension pots are worth. But if you haven’t yet checked your savings or investments, how will you know what you can afford for the future? BVA members can benefit from independent financial advice from Lloyd & Whyte to help them plan for their retirement.

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RCVS delays vote on voting

25 January 2019

By Josh Loeb

A proposal to turn all votes into ‘secret ballots’ was discussed at last week’s RCVS council meeting.

The development would mean that no one would know who voted for what.

But a decision on whether to adopt the plan has been delayed after one council member called on the college not to ‘fear transparency’.

Council meetings are generally held in public, and votes at such meetings – apart from those conducted in closed sessions and elections for some senior positions – have traditionally taken place in public via a show of hands.

In recent months RCVS council members have voted on numerous issues of concern to the profession, including whether to proceed with a trial of remote prescribing and whether to approve the creation of a new certification support officer role before Brexit.

However, the default convention of holding all votes in public changed last summer...

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In brief

25 January 2019
United approach to disease surveillance

The government has published a report that sets out how surveillance should be carried out in the UK.

‘The UK approach to animal health surveillance’ lists the responsibilities of the government, industry and the vet profession for the surveillance of threats to animal and public health.

It focuses on the shared objectives that the devolved countries in the UK should adhere to and how, despite having national priorities, each administration should be transparent, communicate and share data.

In a foreword, chief vets Christine Middlemiss, Christianne Glossop, Sheila Voas and Robert Huey welcome the report, which they say represents a significant opportunity to reinforce the key components of a surveillance system. They said that a robust system underpins the UK’s credibility with trading partners and supports the rural economy, underpins food security and protects public health.

The full report can be found at

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Pitch perfect: showcasing veterinary innovations

25 January 2019

By Georgina Mills

Wearable technology to help manage pain in pets, a PCR point-of-care diagnostic platform, and alternatives to antibiotics are three of 24 innovations selected to be presented to the animal health industry next month.

Companies will pitch ideas to delegates and investors at Animal Health Investment Europe – Dragons’ Den style – in the hope of attracting investment that will allow them to take their product to the next level.

Many of the shortlisted companies are developing their own medicines. One such business is Proteon Pharmaceuticals, which creates bacteriophage-based products as an alternative to antibiotics.

Chief operating officer Matthew Tebeau told Vet Record that the company’s products help farmers to prophylactically manage animal health and would ‘eliminate the unnecessary use of antibiotics in livestock farming’.

Proteon already manufactures products to treat Salmonella in poultry and bacterial diseases in fish, and has plans to develop products for avian...

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Snakes need space to stretch

25 January 2019

New research finds that if snakes are allowed the space to stretch out, many will do so. Kathryn Clark explains

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Hardwearing phone for tough conditions

25 January 2019

A ‘Rugged’ smartphone may prove to be just as useful for large animal vets as it has for farmers.

The CAT S61 is shock-, water- and dustproof and features thermal imaging capability, laser-assisted distance measuring and an indoor air quality monitor, the manufacturer Bullitt Group says.

It can be used with wet hands or while wearing gloves

The phone’s qualities make it well suited to on-farm conditions. Its developers say it is built to survive being dropped on concrete or in a wet and muddy field – it can also withstand a power hose-down. It can be used with wet hands or while wearing gloves, and has an extended battery life of more than 12 hours, the company says.

The inbuilt thermal imaging technology is said to be able to confirm mastitis in dairy cattle or check for hypothermia in lambs. It can also help to locate fresh...

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Practice news

25 January 2019

The Linnaeus Group has acquired Davies Veterinary Specialists, a multidisciplinary referral centre based near Hitchin, Hertfordshire. More information is available at www.linnaeusgroup.co.uk

Hampshire, West Sussex and East Sussex vet group Downland Vets has opened a new branch in Selsey – its 13th clinic – which provides traditional small animal practice facilities as well as vet nurse clinics and puppy parties.

Linnaeus Group-backed practice Avonvale Veterinary Centre, which has seven practices across Warwickshire, has installed a CT scanner, having already invested in laparoscopic spaying and endoscopy equipment. It also has a new £20,000, purpose-built pet ambulance.

Willows Veterinary Centre and Referral Service in Solihull has announced that European specialist in small animal surgery Alexis Bilmont has gained total hip replacement accreditation, which brings its team of orthopaedic surgeons to six.

Hadrian Vets in Hexham has been awarded silver status by the Rabbit Welfare Association and Fund, having demonstrated...

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Gastrointestinal health in pets

25 January 2019

A new campaign has been launched to help pet owners to recognise common signs that may indicate their pet is suffering from a digestive problem.

ADM Protexin’s Spot the Signs campaign features a poster and educational animation for practices. A leaflet is also available explaining a ‘Poop Points’ scoring system, which can help owners to regularly check their cat or dog’s faeces and keep track of their digestive health. Owners who identify problems are encouraged to seek the advice of their vet.

ADM Protexin is offering free digital and display kits for waiting rooms, containing the poster and client leaflets, as well as a digital kit with images and an animation that can be added to practices’ social media platforms. Kits can be obtained by emailing: info@protexin.com

ADM Protexin, Lopen Head, Somerset TA13 5JH telephone 01460 243230 www.protexin.com

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Modular clinical housing

25 January 2019

A new range of clinical housing has been developed for vet practices, which focuses on patient wellbeing and being easy to use and maintain.

CASCO Pet’s veterinary range comes in a modular form – offering flexibility in ward design. The units are constructed from toughened glass, making them hygienic and time-saving in that they are easier to clean. ‘Quiet and easy close doors’ come with secure twist locks and holes in the doors provide ventilation but won’t allow paws to get caught.

Available with integrated heat mats, LED lighting, air-pump integrated ventilation and removable dividers, the enclosures create an ideal calming environment for safe patient recovery, the company says.

Other innovative features include details such as privacy frosting for cats, corner cut-outs for routing intravenous lines or oxygen, and built-in power sockets.

The range consists of a full size walk-in dog unit, plus three modular stacks:

  • Dog multistack,...

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    Industry

    25 January 2019

    A Leeds-based veterinary research and development start-up has secured £1 million in funding. Vet-AI was founded in 2017 by technology specialist Paul Hallett and vet Robert Dawson. The company’s Joii app, which enables pet owners to diagnose and receive recommended treatment, is set to launch in April.

    Pet food company Burns Pet Nutrition has announced that it will support three chosen charities this year as part of its ongoing Charity of the Year programme. The Blue Cross, Yorkshire Cat Rescue and Galway SPCA were selected through an interview process and will receive a year’s worth of financial assistance and food amounting to more than £100,000 in value.

    The Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health Business Unit and Global Stem Cell Technology (GST) have announced that, having achieved marketing authorisation from the European Medicines Agency, Boehringer Ingelheim will exclusively distribute Arti-Cell Forte in the EU. The regenerative treatment – developed by GST...

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    XLVets appoints new chair to its board

    25 January 2019

    XLVets has appointed Laura Whyte to be the chair of its board.

    As an independent, non-executive director, she will bring ‘a fresh perspective and business knowledge to enhance the experience of existing members and new members as their practices join the group’.

    Whyte was previously HR director at John Lewis where she had been extensively involved in governance, acting as an employee advocate. She has also worked in non-executive director positions within the government, investment and charity sectors and has held positions with the British Horseracing Authority and the British Equestrian Federation.

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    The 'good medicine of job satisfaction

    25 January 2019

    At face value, a veterinary career has some obvious drawbacks. It is, by its very nature, an unpredictable and challenging job dealing with problem after problem. The stakes are high, sometimes literally life or death. The work can be dirty and dangerous, all within an emotionally charged and often stressful environment. Why, then, would anyone want to be a veterinarian?

    The answer, of course, lies in an implicit balance in which the rewards of the job outweigh its demands. Historically, this positive side of the work equation has been less clearly articulated than the negatives, particularly in the veterinary research literature.1 In a study summarised on page 121 of this issue of Vet Record, Adam and colleagues2 have qualitatively explored these ‘pros and cons’ from the viewpoint of one relatively small, but important, part of the veterinary workforce – farm and mixed animal practitioners in...

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