Vet professionals warned of eye injuries to owners and pets from canine ear gel

Apr 30, 2018

European Medicines Agency advises application caution after ocular damage from accidental exposure to popular otitis externa treatment reported. The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has issued a warning about cases of injuries to pets and their owners from accidental eye exposure to Osurnia ear gel for dogs. The patented gel formulation – from Elanco Europe – is indicated for the treatment of otitis externa in canines and contains the active substances terbinafine, florfenicol and betamethasone acetate. Eye exposure An EMA release stated: “Eye exposure in people mostly happened when the dog shook its head during – or just after – applying the medicine. “It is not clear if cases in dogs were also due to accidental contact, although this was confirmed in a few reports. “The injuries in people include two cases of corneal ulcer, as well as reports of eye irritation, conjunctivitis, redness, burning, stinging and itchiness. “The eye injuries in dogs included corneal ulcers, squinting, impaired vision, conjunctivitis, redness and swelling around the eye.” Report side effects The release... ...

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Vet reprimanded for ‘misguided’ greyhound rescue attempt

Apr 30, 2018

RCVS disciplinary committee hears veterinarian motivated by her ‘overwhelming wish’ to promote health or welfare of the breed knowingly signed official forms containing incorrect details. A vet has been given a formal warning by the RCVS disciplinary committee (DC) in relation to false certification about the conditions of a greyhound kennel, after the committee accepted her actions were “governed by her overwhelming wish to promote the health or welfare” of the breed. Charges against Warrington-based Natalia Oakes centred on a Greyhound Board of Great Britain (GBGB) Veterinary Surgeons Residential Kennel Inspection Form concerning greyhound kennels at Rough Cottage in Croft, Cheshire. Charges The charges were that Miss Oakes: had signed a form that indicated 55 greyhounds were in the kennel, when, in fact, it had more had stated the kennels were in an acceptable condition,when they were not knew the form was inaccurate and/or was dishonest in relation to what she indicated on the form Hearing At the beginning of the hearing, Miss Oakes admitted all charges except for the... ...

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Exotics vet raises more than £1,600 for animal welfare

Apr 30, 2018

Daniella Dos Santos completes London Marathon in seven hours and four minutes  An exotics vet overcame a spider bite and scorching temperatures to raise money for animal welfare at the 2018 Virgin London Marathon. Daniella Dos Santos had planned to undertake the gruelling 26.2 miles dressed as an ostrich. But the early summer heatwave and subsequent warning from event organisers not to run in costume meant that she had to drop the idea. Thankfully, the heat – together with a nasty spider bite and a leg injury – did not stop Daniella completing the Marathon in seven hours and four minutes and raising more than £1,600 for the Animal Welfare Foundation (AWF). Commenting on her achievement, Daniela said: “I have a real knack of getting bitten by spiders and ending up in pretty bad shape. About three weeks ago I was bitten, for the sixth time, by a spider in Australia. Walking, let alone running, was a challenge, and as a result, I picked up an injury in my other... ...

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Rabbit specialist crowned ‘vet of the year’ at CEVA awards

Apr 16, 2018

Dr Richard Saunders praised for getting RVHD2 vaccination into the UK Rabbit specialist advisor Dr Richard Saunders was crowned ‘Vet of the Year’ at the 2018 Ceva Animal Welfare Awards. Richard, who helps guide the welfare and strategy of the Rabbit Welfare Association & Fund (RWAF), won the prestigious ’Chris Laurence Vet of the Year’ award for his dedication to improving rabbit welfare. Judges praised Richard for his work in getting a new vaccine into the UK to protect rabbits against RVHD2. Rae Todd, CEO of the RWAF, commented: “We’re incredibly proud of Richard for all of his hard work and delighted that he’s received recognition for his work. We all owe Richard a huge debt of gratitude for his commitment to the industry and for protecting all pet rabbits. So far, we estimate in the region of 70,000 rabbits have been vaccinated thanks to Richard.” Richard graduated from the University of Liverpool in 1994 before obtaining his Certificate in Zoological Medicine in 2001 and his Diploma in Zoological Medicine... ...

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Slaughterhouse CCTV law laid before parliament

Feb 26, 2018

Legislation to come into force in May 2018 New legislation making CCTV cameras mandatory in slaughterhouses has been laid before parliament today. Under the proposals, official veterinarians (OVs) will have unfettered access to the last 90 days of footage, to help them monitor and enforce animal welfare standards. The legislation will come into force in England from May 2018, once it has passed through parliament, and businesses will have six months to comply. BVA president John Fishwick said mandatory CCTV in all areas of the slaughterhouse offers an “essential tool in fostering a culture of compassion that could help safeguard animal welfare”. He added: “We commend the Government’s commitment to provide Official Veterinarians with unrestricted access to the footage, which the veterinary profession has long been campaigning for. “It is vets’ independence and unique qualifications that help ensure the UK will continue to have the highest standards of animal health, welfare and food safety post-Brexit.” BVA and the Veterinary Public Health Association have long campaigned for mandatory CCTV in all... ...

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Vets urged to back #BreedtoBreathe campaign

Jan 8, 2018

The BVA is urging vets to join its new #BreedtoBreathe campaign and help tackle the prevalence of brachycephalic dogs in advertising and social media. The call comes as new figures show almost half of all UK vets (49 per cent) believe their clients who choose brachycephalic dogs are swayed by social media or celebrities. Data from the BVA’s Voice of the Veterinary Profession survey also shows that almost all companion animal vets (98 per cent) treated brachycephalic dogs for conformation-related health problems in the last year. As part of its campaign, BVA is urging practices to avoid using images of brachycephalic breeds across their own communication channels. They are also encouraging practices to write to brands that use brachycephalic breeds in their advertising. To support practices, BVA has developed a position statement, a 10-point plan and an online toolbox. The position statement was approved at BVA’s December council and lists actions that veterinary practices can undertake to improve the health and welfare of brachycephalic breeds. BVA President John Fishwick said:... ...

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Awards turn spotlight on practice stars

Dec 11, 2017

Veterinary group VetPartners held its inaugural awards ceremony to honour the success and hard work of its practices and team members. The company, which was established in November 2015, has more than 50 veterinary practices, with 2,000 employees working across 200 sites in England, Scotland and Wales. Teams were invited to nominate colleagues in eight categories, with winners revealed at the ceremony in York, along with a special award chosen by directors. Best Friends Veterinary Group, which has its headquarters in Peterborough and 28 other surgeries across the south-east and midlands, was named Practice of the Year. It employs 41 vets and 47 VNs, as well as reception and admin staff, and joined VetPartners in November 2016. VetPartners chief executive Jo Malone said: “Best Friends Veterinary Group was chosen because of its commitment to change and the huge drive for improvement in so many areas. “They wholeheartedly embraced our culture. The collaboration within the practice, and also of VetPartners, is great, so they are deserved winners.” Lisa Flood, a clinical... ...

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Vet Dynamics unveils a new benchmarking analysis platform

Dec 11, 2017

The technical team at Vet Dynamics has unveiled the company’s new benchmarking analysis platform that will allow users to compare the performance of their practices across a wide range of key performance indicators. Using the platform, owners can securely and anonymously compare the performance of their practice against dozens and dozens of their peers. The addition of benchmarking to the Vet Dynamics Index allows practice owners to cross compare 24 different key performance indicators (KPIs) with more than 80 independent practices across the UK. vet, KPIMeasurable KPIs include, but are not limited to: percentage of new clients annual revenue increase average transaction cost Users can also track the amount of customers buying pet food or flea and worming treatments as extras. James Kenworthy, senior data analyst at Vet Dynamics and part of the team that built the platform, said: “The dashboard and benchmarking is incredibly valuable to practice owners and managers; it’s been incredibly sought after for years. Benchmarking shows how practices compare to each other: real practices, up to... ...

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Woodley Equipment launched the Bionote Vcheck V200 at London Vet Show

Dec 4, 2017

Woodley Equipment launched the Bionote Vcheck V200 at London Vet Show, with this fully quantitative automated analyser which provides accurate diagnosis for dogs and cats proving to be extremely popular. Woodley Equipment to release new tests for Vcheck V200 fully quantitative automated analyser following successful launch at London Vet Show. The Vcheck V200 enables you to achieve true analysis with fluorescence technology, providing reference lab quality without test referrals. Say goodbye to semi quantitative guesswork and don’t rely on a rapid test device reader. The V200 can currently test for the following groups of analytes: Pancreatic specific lipase is used to diagnose pancreatitis in dogs and cats presenting vomiting, fever, anorexia or abdominal pain. The Vcheck 200 enables accurate measurement of: Canine pancreatitis – specific lipase – cPL measurement range 50~2000ng/ml Feline pancreatitis – specific lipase – fPL measurement range 1~50ng/mL Real-time inflammation markers – acute phase proteins cCRP and fSAA are real-time inflammation markers in cats and dogs, providing accurate and rapid information about inflammation: Dog inflammation marker cCRP (C-Reactive Protein)... ...

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Detector puts diagnosis power in clinicians’ hands

Nov 27, 2017

Vets looking to diagnose and monitor anaemia can obtain results in 10 seconds with a new haematocrit/haemoglobin detector from Vet Direct. The AniPoc Handheld Monitor is a portable unit that enables clinicians to conduct a single-step ear prick test to diagnose and monitor anaemia in dogs, cats and horses. Such an approach eliminates the need to spend any time in the lab and, once obtained, the result can be saved for future review, if necessary – the company said. Leon Wright, managing director at Vet Direct, said: “The AniPoc device eliminates the need to draw blood with a syringe – a simple pin prick is enough – and it is perfect for both veterinary practices and home visits. “The speed and accuracy of the product means it is better equipped to monitor animals undergoing anaesthesia or transfusions, and can be used to effectively screen animals taking part in pet blood banks and mobile clinics.” The AniPoc Handheld Monitor and Starter Kit is available from Vet Direct for £250. For more... ...

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