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MSD awards prizes for best research projects by Vet students

25 July 2019

MSD Animal Health has awarded prizes to the best research project presentations by vet students who had each received one of its research bursaries in 2018. Hosted at its headquarters in Milton Keynes, the company selected Eleanor Robertson (pictured, right) from the University of Liverpool for the top £1000 prize for her exploration on access to and use of antifungal treatments in Ethiopia. Joanna Gillingham, also from the University of Liverpool, won the £500 runner-up prize for her project assessing mineral deficiency in association with fertility in cross breed cows in Sri Lanka. Their awards were presented by the company’s managing director Jan Moehlenbrock. Presentations were also made for completed research projects by vet students Jessica Seale, on cryptosporidium in UK cattle, and Lucy Yarnold, on aeromonas in canine cutaneous and renal glomerular vasculopathy cases.

Vets, Jennifer Duncan of the University of Liverpool and Sarah Caddy from the Laboratory...

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Promoting the breeding of sound, healthy dogs

25 July 2019

Tackling inherited orthopaedic problems in dogs is the title of a symposium being organised by the Dog Breeding Reform Group on 6 October. It is for vets, vet students, dog owners, dog breeders, breed health coordinators, dog welfare organisations and anyone interesting in dog welfare. Taking place at the School of Veterinary Medicine, the University of Surrey (in the vet school main building), registration costs £55 per person and £25 for vet students and breed health coordinators. Further details can be found at

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The OIE - all carrot and no stick

25 July 2019

The World Organisation for Animal Health – which confusingly goes by the acronym OIE – sets standards for controlling transboundary animal diseases but has no power to enforce those standards.

That isn’t a value judgement, just a description of reality. One can argue the toss about whether the OIE should be given ‘teeth’ but the fact is, it doesn’t have any – and it’s easy to see why that’s causing frustration.

For OIE members there are metaphorical carrots but no punishment for rule-breaking. Countries can become members, make promises (in bad faith), then repeatedly break them – all in the knowledge that the OIE will be unable or unwilling to take meaningful action.

This problem, if it is a problem, is highlighted by the rapid spread of African swine fever (ASF) around the world – precisely the type of disease that the OIE was set up to assist in...

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OIE member accused of 'hiding ASF outbreaks

25 July 2019

By Josh Loeb

Experts in African swine fever (ASF) have expressed frustration at the system for monitoring the disease’s spread.

Several vets and related professionals from across the world have suggested that efforts to combat ASF are being hampered because of a lack of sufficiently rigorous mechanisms to ensure transparent reporting of outbreaks.

A case in point is Belarus, an eastern European, ex-Soviet country bordering the EU.

It is suspected of knowingly concealing outbreaks of ASF – in defiance of its obligations as a member of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).

Belarus stopped sending ASF outbreak notifications to the OIE in 2013, despite there having been outbreaks in the country at that time. Ever since, the Belarussian authorities have denied that their country is affected.

However, last month there was an ASF outbreak at a Polish pig farm six miles from the border with Belarus, and last...

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25 July 2019
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Awareness of hydatid disease needs to increase

25 July 2019

Hydatid disease is a ‘largely forgotten’ zoonosis that should be ‘put back on the agenda’. That is the view of the UK and Ireland head of the European Scientific Counsel for Companion Animal Parasites (ESCCAP).

Ian Wright made the call following a special ESCCAP meeting last month, when it was agreed that more data are needed to establish where in Great Britain the hydatid worm – Echinococcus granulosus – is endemic.

Wright told Vet Record: ‘I think most vets will have heard of hydatid but might consider it to be a Welsh problem or a Scottish island problem. They might not be aware of the risk – or might underestimate the risk – in the rest of Britain.’

Hydatid, which is transmitted by dogs, is a serious zoonosis that can lead to the formation of potentially fatal cysts in vital organs. The parasites have a long incubation period, meaning...

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Certificates must only be signed if welfare is OK

25 July 2019

By Josh Loeb

The Federation of Veterinarians of Europe (FVE) is warning its members not to sign export health certificates for consignments of live animals – unless they can be sure of good animal welfare en route.

The organisation, which represents veterinary bodies from 40 countries, including the UK, suggested vets could be held criminally liable if they sign but animal welfare in transit is uncertain.

The intervention, which came earlier this month as a ship from Kuwait docked in Romania to collect some 70,000 live sheep for transport to the Middle East, is regarded as highly significant by welfare campaigners.

The sheep were due to be slaughtered for a religious festival, and senior figures in the EU had – in vain – urged Romania to halt the transport.

If the FVE’s call is heeded, it would likely spell an end to all live exports from Europe to countries...

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BVA warns of risk of injury to farm vets

25 July 2019

By Georgina Mills

More than 60 per cent of farm vets have suffered injuries in the past year, according to new BVA figures.

The figures were released last week during Farm Safety Week, a campaign run by the National Farmers’ Union that shares safety stories so farms can learn how to reduce risks.

Taken from the association’s biannual Voice of the Veterinary Profession survey, the findings showed that 61 per cent of vets working with production animals had suffered injuries over a 12-month period.

One in five production animal vets who responded to the survey had suffered injuries which they rated as ‘very severe’ or ‘quite severe’.

The most common injury for production animal vets was bruising caused by kicks – some 81 per cent of farm vets reported this.

Other injuries suffered by production animal vets included crush injuries, lacerations, scratches and bites. Almost a fifth of vets...

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Annual statistics on animal experiments released

25 July 2019

The number of scientific procedures carried out on living animals fell to a 10-year low last year, fresh figures from the government show.

In 2018 there were 3.52 million scientific procedures in Great Britain involving living animals – a decrease of 7 per cent from last year, and the lowest number of procedures recorded since 2007.

There was also a decrease in the number of scientific procedures involving living animals classed as most ‘severe’ in terms of their impact on the animal.

The statistics arguably give an overinflated impression of the extent of experiments on animals. A ‘precautionary principle’ underlying the counting method means that merely breeding genetically altered animals – to generate experimental cohorts – counts as a ‘procedure’.

In 2018, around half of the 3.52 million scientific procedures carried out consisted simply of this type of breeding. The number of true experimental procedures was 1.8 million. However,...

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Interpol leads crackdown on wildlife trafficking

25 July 2019

Georgina Mills reports on recent work to tackle global wildlife crime.

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In brief

25 July 2019
Call for more action to control air guns

The RSPCA has called for the licensing of air guns, as it released new figures showing that it received almost 800 reports of animals being shot in 2018.

Pet cats were the most common species to be shot, with 258 incidents involving them, while pigeons came in second with 112 incidents. Dogs accounted for 73 of the 767 incidents.

The five counties recording the highest incidents of animals being shot by air guns last year were (in order from greatest) Greater London, Greater Manchester, Kent, West Midlands and South Yorkshire, according to the RSPCA’s data.

RSPCA chief inspectorate officer Dermot Murphy said: ‘We believe air gun misuse is happening on a large scale and what we see at the RSPCA could be the tip of the iceberg. We believe that stricter controls are long overdue. Mandatory licensing would be an effective...

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The profession must reflect the society it serves

25 July 2019

By Adele Waters

Now it is time to create diversity.

That was the key message from this year’s Royal College Day, the annual RCVS event that combines its annual general meeting and awards ceremony.

Both the outgoing and new presidents highlighted the importance of encouraging diversity and for vets from disadvantaged and ethnic minority backgrounds to have relatable role models.

And in the keynote speech, Patricia Mundy, an ophthalmologist at the Matthew J Ryan Veterinary Hospital at the University of Pennsylvania, talked about the need for the profession to reflect the society it served.

Mundy, a black vet, who is also the lead veterinary ophthalmologist for the New York Police Department, gave a talk entitled: ‘Navigating diversity and inclusion in the veterinary profession’.

In it she detailed her journey from a North London council estate to studying veterinary medicine at Cambridge university, through to completing a fellowship at Wisconsin...

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3D printed jaw gives new bite to injured dog

25 July 2019

A vet has carried out a successful 3D printed partial jaw replacement on a dog, a procedure that has been rarely performed in the UK.

The dog, an eight-year-old rescued shih tzu required reconstructive surgery because its mandible was fractured on both sides, with one side missing a large segment of bone.

CT scans were taken of the jaw and sent to a 3D printing company to make a titanium implant to recreate the mandible (pictured).

The one-hour operation was carried out by Ryk Botes, who runs an orthopaedic centre of excellence for Medivet in Kent.

He said: ‘The experience gained in the design, production and fitting of the jaw replacement implant will benefit many patients in the future.’

Following surgery, the owner reported the dog had made a good recovery.

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New vet nursing qualifications

25 July 2019

VetSkill has added three advanced vet nursing qualifications to its portfolio, which can be delivered at approved training centres.

The new qualifications are Level 5 diplomas in advanced veterinary nursing, each one concentrating on an area of special interest (medical, surgical and practice nursing). The recognised qualifications will take 12 months to complete and are assessed by a combination of online written exams, skills portfolio, and case scenarios, assignments and practical exams.

VetSkill training centre is an RCVS-approved awarding body specialising in qualifications in the veterinary and animal care sectors.

VetSkill, Unit 1, Headland House, Chord Business Park, London Road, Godmanchester, Cambridgeshire. PE29 2BQ, telephone 01480 278580

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Preventing further spread of equine flu

25 July 2019

Cases of equine flu are showing no sign of slowing down, with 54 outbreaks diagnosed in June compared with 35 in February.

With the aim of preventing further outbreaks, MSD Animal Health has launched its V3 campaign to encourage horse owners to complete the third vaccination of the initial equine flu course and help strengthen herd immunity.

The campaign focuses on three areas – reminding horse owners that outbreaks are ongoing, ensuring they know the importance of the third vaccination for longer term immunity and understanding that flu is not a benign disease.

Veterinary practices that would like to participate in this campaign will receive a range of materials to help them highlight this message and should contact their MSD account manager.

MSD Animal Health, Walton Manor, Walton, Milton Keynes MK7 7AJ, telephone 0370 060 3380

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25 July 2019

The SureFeed Microchip Pet Feeder Connect now has integrated scales which, when used with the Sure Petcare app, allows owners to accurately weigh their pet’s food. Owners can use the app to check when, how often and how much their pet has eaten, which is ideal for pets on weight management or prescription diets, the company says. A video can be viewed at

Zoetis has announced European Commission approval for variations on Suvaxyn PRRS MLV vaccine, which contains a modified live strain of European porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus. It provides earlier protection for fattening pigs, gilts and sows, and has an extended duration of immunity. The onset of immunity for fattening pigs, gilts and sows has been shortened from 28 to 21 days and the duration of immunity for gilts and sows extended from 16 to 26 weeks.

Dechra Veterinary Products has launched Recicort ear drops...

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Move for veterinary pathology group

25 July 2019

Veterinary pathology firm, The Veterinary Pathology Group (VPG), has moved to Exeter Science Park.

Starting with a team of three in 2001, the company now has 135 employees in the UK and Ireland, 45 of whom are based in Exeter.

The VPG provides a diagnostic results service for veterinary surgeons, offering particular expertise in cytology, haematology and histopathology.

The move to Exeter Science Park will underpin the next phase of the company’s growth and allow it to develop new diagnostic tests, the company says.

The Science Park was chosen because of its accessibility for courier drivers and clients. Exeter will become the company’s head office; the other laboratories and offices are located in Ringwood, Hitchin, Bristol, Leeds and Cork.

Veterinary Pathology Group, Newton Building, Babbage Way, Exeter Science Park, Clyst Honiton, Exeter EX5 2FN, telephone 01392 247914

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Once-a-day diuretic for dogs

25 July 2019

A new diuretic for the treatment of dogs with congestive heart failure is now available.

Following eight years in product development, Ceva has launched Isemid in Europe – a once-a-day diuretic tablet with the active ingredient torasemide, which is as effective as the common diuretic furosemide, the company says.

The tablets come in three strengths –1 mg, 2 mg and 4 mg – and can be administered with or without food. They are scored so they can be halved and are pork liver flavoured to help with owner compliance.

The marketing authorisation was obtained earlier this year and the product is currently being launched across Europe.

‘Isemid is an original drug developed by Ceva, and the subject of full efficacy and safety studies,’ explained Marie Boutot, development project leader.

The European Medicines Agency recently awarded the product an innovation award, recognising its use in advancing animal health.

Ceva Animal...

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Veterinary practices

25 July 2019

Wellpets Vets in Sheerness, Kent, has become the first practice within the Independent Vetcare group to receive the company’s Patient Safety Award. To achieve the award, practices have to demonstrate that they have a clinical governance policy, follow strict hygiene protocols, use checklists, perform regular clinical audits and review clinical case outcomes regularly.

Solihull-based Willows Veterinary Centre and Referral Service has introduced a new service, providing bespoke pain management plans for pets. Led by Jacques Ferreira, an RCVS and European specialist in veterinary anaesthesia and analgesia, the clinic offers techniques and treatments that include acupuncture and physiotherapy.

Vets4Pets has volunteered around 480 hours of work to local charities and organisations across Wiltshire, as part of its ‘Community Day’ initiative. Sixty colleagues from across the group helped with a range of tasks, from painting to gardening, at seven local good causes in the Swindon area, where its support office is...

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Specialist veterinary hospitals lobby RCVS for multidisciplinary accreditation

25 July 2019

The British College of Veterinary Specialists (BCVSp) has approached the RCVS Practice Standards Group to look at the feasibility of Practice Standards Scheme (PSS) accreditation for multidisciplinary specialist hospitals.

It proposes that VSH(M) – veterinary specialist hospital (multidisciplinary) – accreditation would help owners to make informed decisions about veterinary care by differentiating multidisciplinary specialist hospitals from general veterinary hospitals.

The BCVSp proposes that qualifying specialist hospitals would be required to meet the requirements in all of the modules (small animal or equine as appropriate) and achieve awards points at outstanding level in the relevant modules. It has put forward an outline plan, which is currently being considered by the Practice Standards Group.

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