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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Purina Launches its First Report Reflecting on Commitments to Society

Nov 27, 2017

Nestlé Purina PetCare EMENA [NPPE] unveiled its first Purina in Society Report ( http://www.purina.eu/pinsreport ) last night. The report shares highlights of the progress made in 2016 against Purina’s 10 commitments to society and showcases success stories from across Europe that demonstrate the value of the pet-human bond in a world that is becoming more complex. It was launched at an exclusive evening event held in London last night that brought together experts, including leading futurist speaker, Gerd Leonhard, who discussed the role that our humanity and relationships, including those with pets, play in a technologically-driven society. The event focussed on four (of the 10) Purina in Society pet-focused commitments: Promote pet adoption through collaborations and partnerships Promote responsible pet ownership programmes for children Promote pets in the workplace Help reduce the risk of pet obesity through collaborative prevention programmes Purina believes that the benefits of the pet-human bond will become increasingly important in the future. The emotional bond between pets and people helps to keep us connected in a... ...

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Trouw Nutrition LifeStart symposium gathers world experts to showcase scientific insights in dairy heifer development

Nov 27, 2017

The benefits of optimal dairy heifer development and the shift required to focus on longer term resilience due to the irruption of metabolic programming in the field of calf nutrition was discussed in detail at the LifeStart Symposium organised by Trouw Nutrition in The Netherlands on the 17th and 18th October 2017. With the theme of ‘Breaking down barriers: dairy heifer development beyond weaning growth’, the Symposium encouraged producers to adopt the LifeStart approach and learn how to utilise regulation of gene expression in the very first two months of life to achieve higher performance of their cows.   As well as metabolic programming, specific topics that were addressed at the LifeStart Symposium include development of the digestive tract, nutritional strategies pre and post-weaning and the role of early life nutrition in building immunity. The Symposium brought together academic scientists, researchers and industry leaders from across the world, specialising in dairy nutrition, nutritional immunology and ruminant production systems, as well as practicing vets, nutritionists and farmers, offering a ‘real life’ perspective on... ...

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Chewing robot aids canine oral care

Nov 20, 2017

Scientists have created a unique “chewing robot“ in a bid to improve canine oral care by providing insights into how potential new products or prototypes are performing when it comes to plaque removal. Using a scan of a real canine mouth and jaw, the 3D-printed model replicates the normal mastication action of a dog and the pressures it might exert on a dental chew. By painting the robotic teeth with a coloured compound that mimics dental plaque, scientists can comprehensively, but rapidly, test the effectiveness of different product materials and shapes in removing that plaque. Developed by Mars Petcare, the “chewbot“ therefore allows scientists to hone and refine canine food products at a much earlier stage in the research and development process. Phil McGenity, global pet oral care technical leader at Mars Petcare, said the robot allows scientists to observe the effects of a dental chew much easier than in a real dog. “Typically, it’s very difficult to look inside the mouth of a dog while it’s chewing, but this... ...

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Unique mycobacteria test a ‘game changer’

Nov 20, 2017

A unique test to detect diseases such as bTB and Johne’s disease, with the global potential to be worth “billions” of pounds, will be commercially available to UK veterinary laboratories from the end of November. The test, Actiphage, which is in the process of securing a worldwide patent, is based on advanced bacteriophage research conducted by Cath Rees, associate professor in microbiology at the The University of Nottingham School of Biosciences, and colleague Ben Swift, now a research fellow at the RVC. The test can detect live mycobacteria in blood or milk in six hours, allowing affected cattle to be quickly identified and isolated/culled before they can infect others within the herd. Dr Rees said: “The existing skin test [for bTB] is based on the animal’s immune response, and takes three days to produce a result, but, more worryingly, is known to miss about 20% of infected animals, so more tests are needed to improve disease detection. “Our new test is unique as it is the only test that directly... ...

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Norbrook launches product compendium

Nov 13, 2017

Norbrook Laboratories has launched the latest edition of its product compendium for vets – an easy-to-use reference guide to all of the company’s products. Douglas Palmer, veterinary advisor for Norbrook, said products are easy to find, with a choice of searching alphabetically, by species or by active ingredient – with important information, such as safety instructions, withdrawal periods, product indications and dosage rates under the name of each product. The compendium contains data sheets for recently launched products, including: Solantel – a closantel-containing oral suspension for sheep Thyronorm – a liquid oral suspension for treating hyperthyroidism in cats Betafuse – a fusidic acid/betamethasone gel for dogs A copy of the compendium can be obtained from your Norbrook territory manager, or by telephoning 01536 741147. Alternatively, a digital version can be downloaded from the Norbrook website and the datasheets are also available on the Norbrook Veterinary Excellence Tool app, available to download for Apple and Android devices. ...

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