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Recognising the signs of Chiari-like malformation-associated pain

8 August 2019

Clarissa Wu reports on a recent study examining the signs of Chiari-like malformation and syringomyelia

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Drying coats for dogs

8 August 2019

Dogrobes’ practical design and unique fabric make them ideal for use in a clinical environment – whether pre- or postsurgery – or after a hydrotherapy session, says managing director Margaret Reynolds.

British made, a great deal of thought went into developing the robes, she explains. They are made from fabric that has longer loops on the inside, which creates a greater area for absorbing moisture from the dog’s coat, as well as trapping body heat to help to dry the dog.

Dogrobes slip over the dog’s head and are secured with cross over ties in a single loop to the side of the spine. There is no Velcro to get clogged up with dog hair and debris.

Veterinary wholesaler IMS Europe is distributing the dog drying coats for clinical use in veterinary practices, hospitals, vet schools and therapy practices.

Dogrobes, 2 Speyside Business Centre, 8 West Street, Fochabers IV32...

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Opening up conversations about the profession and leading on wellbeing issues

1 August 2019

Concern about the mental, physical and financial health of vets led Liz Barton to collaborate with like minded people to provide support services and promote wellbeing.

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1 August 2019

MSD Animal Health has announced new leadership for its Antelliq, Sure Petcare and HomeAgain businesses.

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Standing still in education is not an option

1 August 2019

Next year the UK will open its ninth vet school.

But Harper and Keele Veterinary School will be unique in that it will be the first to be set up and run jointly – a collaboration between two independent higher education institutions with a genuine 50:50 split in effort and reward.

When it opens its doors next autumn, it will have a small cohort of students but, from year two, it will be training up to 110 per year.

Last week, progress on the school was shared with vets, academics, politicians and interested supporters at a reception at the House of Lords.

We were told a great deal of work has been done by the team behind the enterprise since their first kick-off meeting in November 2016. Their job has effectively been equivalent to setting up an entirely new university since the processes and policies for each academic institution...

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'Pre-stun slaughter could be accepted by all

1 August 2019

By Josh Loeb

Many Islamic scholars would accept pre-stun slaughter of livestock – but only if shown proof that animals continue to live after being stunned up until the point of having their necks cut.

This finding by academic and halal slaughter expert Awal Fuseini has fuelled calls for Defra to undertake a study aimed at determining whether animals die post-stunning, and, if so, at what point.

In a paper recently published in the Universities Federation for Animal Welfare’s journal Animal Welfare, Fuseini wrote that the debate within the Muslim community about whether stunning was acceptable arose from a lack of consensus about the definition of death.

This matters because, for meat to be considered halal, animals must be still alive at the point of cutting the neck.

If it can be demonstrated that animals show a return to rhythmic breathing after being stunned, those Muslim scholars currently of...

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1 August 2019
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Villiers appointed as new environment secretary

1 August 2019

By Georgina Mills

Former Northern Ireland secretary Theresa Villiers has been appointed as the new secretary of state for Defra.

Following Boris Johnson’s win to become leader of the Conservative Party – and therefore UK prime minister – Villiers was appointed by Johnson to replace former environment secretary Michael Gove last week.

Gove is now chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, a position some describe as ‘the unofficial deputy prime minister’, where he will oversee preparations for a no-deal Brexit.

Villiers was previously Northern Ireland secretary (September 2012 to July 2016) and minister of state for transport (May 2010 to September 2012). She was elected as Conservative MP for Chipping Barnet in 2005.

Her past voting history on environmental issues is varied. She has historically voted both for and against measures to prevent climate change and for and against lower taxes on fuel for motor vehicles. While she has...

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Home Office move will make recruiting vets easier

1 August 2019

Vets are set to be put back on the Shortage Occupation List – making it easier for employers to recruit them from outside the EU.

The Home Office last week announced that it had accepted a recommendation, made by the Migration Advisory Committee, for vets to be reinstated to the list after being removed from it in 2011.

The change will come into effect in the autumn of this year and will make it easier for employers to recruit vets from anywhere in the world, since they will no longer be obliged to advertise vacancies locally first.

Visa application fees will be reduced for applicants for veterinary surgeon roles. Such applicants will also be exempted from the minimum income threshold of £35,000 that some non-EU migrants must currently demonstrate that they will earn annually before being allowed to immigrate to the UK.

The move, which was wholeheartedly welcomed by...

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Vet suspended for kicking and stamping on dog

1 August 2019

By Josh Loeb

A vet who kicked a dog multiple times has been found guilty of ‘disgraceful conduct in a professional respect’ by an RCVS disciplinary panel.

Jatinder Dhami, a partner at a Vets4Pets practice in Leicestershire, was found to have used ‘unnecessary force’ against the animal, a Staffordshire bull terrier, after it bit him.

Dhami admitted to having kicked the dog, and he expressed remorse, saying that his actions were the result of an ‘error of judgement’. He said he had been angry and had an ‘adrenaline rush’ at the time.

Dhami denied another sub-charge of stamping on the same dog. However, Ian Green, chair of the disciplinary panel, said the panel had heard ‘credible and reliable’ evidence from witnesses which led it to conclude that this sub-charge was proven.

The panel also heard how one member of staff at the practice had ‘left the premises in tears’...

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RCVS warning: do not employ this fake vet!

1 August 2019

The RCVS is warning the profession not to employ a bogus vet with a history of fraudulently practising in the UK and who has pleaded guilty to a number of animal cruelty charges.

Jayson Paul Wells was convicted of animal welfare charges in Humberside in 2013, including causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal. He was also convicted of offences contrary to the Veterinary Surgeons Act and fraud.

He has been known to use different surnames, including Kesby, Ceswell, Simpson and Cheswell.

In 2014, Wells received a 19-month prison sentence and a seven-year ban from owning, adopting, treating or being in contact with animals. He was released in March 2015 and it appears that he is now active in the Republic of Ireland, running an animal rescue sanctuary.

Vet practices should be vigilant when interviewing for new staff

The college has released a picture of Wells (right) and...

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Microchips should be checked more, says BVA

1 August 2019

By Josh Loeb

The BVA is to adopt an expanded policy on dog microchip scanning after representatives on council approved the move last week.

Under the revised policy, the association is to recommend that a microchip is scanned upon the patient’s admission for treatment and hospitalisation, and also when a dog is presented for euthanasia.

However, both are only to be done ‘if considered appropriate’ by the vet, thereby emphasising vets’ discretion.

When a vet first sees a dog, they should check its microchip details are correct

The BVA also continues to recommend that, whenever a dog is presented at a practice for the first time, vets should check whether its microchip details are correct and up to date.

This follows criticism from the campaign group Vets Get Scanning, which wants it to be made compulsory – as opposed to merely recommended – for vets to check whether...

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How should we measure antibiotic use on beef farms?

1 August 2019

A new consultation aimed at farmers, vets, advisors and other stakeholders in the beef supply chain has been launched to determine the best way of measuring and comparing antibiotic use in UK beef herds.

The consultation, issued by the Cattle Health and Welfare Group (CHAWG), aims to identify a common set of measures for UK beef farms. These will allow farms to understand their antibiotic use, and how this is changing over time and relative to the whole industry.

Once agreed, these measures will also be incorporated in the electronic Medicines Book for Cattle and Sheep, which is currently under development. Similar metrics for the dairy sector were consulted on, agreed and announced last year.

Chair of CHAWG Tim Brigstocke says the beef metrics have taken longer to define because of the complexity created by a wide array of production systems and numerous movements on and off farms.


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Defra taking action to prevent African swine fever in the UK

1 August 2019

Josh Loeb outlines new government measures to tackle the disease that is steadily making its way through Europe

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In brief

1 August 2019
African swine fever found in Slovakia

Slovakia has reported its first case of African swine fever.

The case was found in Strážne, in the Kosice region, in a backyard pig holding. Four animals were suspected to have the disease, but only one case was confirmed. All four were killed and disposed of.

Strážne is situated in the south of Slovakia, just a few kilometres from the Hungarian border where ASF has been found in wild boar.

A three-kilometre protective zone and 10-kilometre surveillance zone have been put in place. Farmers within these zones will be subject to additional measures to control the disease. The origin of the outbreak is unknown.

Since Defra’s last report on ASF, dated 18 July, there have been three outbreaks of ASF found in domestic pigs in large commercial holdings in Bulgaria and Romania. There have also been an additional 94 outbreaks in small commercial...

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'Theres no conspiracy with telemedicine debate

1 August 2019

By Josh Loeb

A member of RCVS council has delivered an impassioned plea for members of the profession to believe reassurances given on telemedicine.

In recent weeks the college has sought to address concerns that have arisen around provision of telemedicine services, including remote prescribing.

The issue was raised at BVA council last week, when Sue Paterson, a member of RCVS council and president of the British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA), leapt to the college’s defence.

The college is receptive to everybody’s views

She acknowledged that some members of the profession were wary about some council members’ ‘conflicts of interest’, but she added: ‘I promise you, the college is receptive to everybody’s views, and everybody is absolutely hand in the air when they have a conflict at every single stage of the proceedings.’

She said she was open about the fact that she is the veterinary director...

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Celebrating success in animal welfare science

1 August 2019

Two top scientists were awarded for their contributions to the field of animal welfare at the Universities Federation for Animal Welfare (UFAW) conference last month.

Paul Hemsworth was awarded the UFAW Medal for outstanding contributions to animal welfare science.

For almost 40 years, Australian scientist Hemsworth pioneered and led internationally acclaimed research on the role of human-animal interactions in the welfare and productivity of farm livestock.

His research focussed on furthering the understanding of how human characteristics – such as attitudes and behaviours – can affect farm animal welfare and productivity. This research underpinned training programmes for the dairy, pig and poultry industries.

In 1997, he jointly established the Animal Welfare Science Centre with the University of Melbourne, Monash University and the Department of Natural Resources and Environment in Victoria, and as director led the centre to become the pre-eminent such centre in Australia.

Also receiving an award was...

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Building a veterinary evidence manifesto

1 August 2019

Ingrid Torjesen reports from EBMLive, where Vet Record ran a workshop session to explore what vets can learn from the human medical world when it comes to driving evidence-based practice.

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Disease surveillance in England and Wales, July 2019

1 August 2019

APHA disease Surveillance report headlines

  • Illegal imports and the risk of African swine fever

  • Nutritional myopathy in suckler calves

  • Tetracycline resistance in Mannheimia haemolytica isolated from lambs with pneumonia

  • Clostridial myositis and cellulitis in pigs

  • Leg abnormalities in pheasants

  • Disease and threats summaryAfrican swine fever virus and imported pork products

    There are ongoing concerns around pork products from non-EU countries entering the EU in passenger luggage and then being discarded in areas where wild boar or domestic pigs are present.

    With regular direct flights to the EU, including the UK, from China and eastern Asia, there is a risk of entry of African swine fever (ASF) virus in products of animal origin from Asia. Numerous media accounts in 2019 have reported the movement of illegal pork products and ASF-infected pork products from China.

    In June 2019, as part of routine activities, port...

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    Enzootic abortion of ewes

    1 August 2019

    This focus article has been prepared by Amanda Carson and Rudolf Reichel of the APHA Small Ruminant Species Expert Group and Maggie He, data analyst at the APHA Surveillance Intelligence Unit.

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