New draft code for meat chickens

Jan 15, 2018

An updated draft code of practice for meat chickens and meat breeding chickens has been published by Defra. The code follows a consultation carried out last year and was presented to Parliament on Tuesday (9 January). If there are no objections, it will come into force in March 2018. BVA president John Fishwick said: “We welcome the Government’s recognition of the vital role the veterinary profession plays in poultry welfare, with further references throughout the updated draft code to the importance of seeking veterinary advice.” The current code exists to give owners and breeders of meat chickens guidance on how to comply with relevant welfare legislation. However, it has not been updated since 2002. Defra says that the new code aims to provide up-to-date guidance on the current legislation, maintain animal welfare standards and reflect the latest scientific and veterinary knowledge. John Fishwick continued: “We are particularly pleased to see the recommendation that welfare outcomes should be used to assess and monitor the ongoing welfare of the birds as part... ...

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Nearly 300 VNs removed from register for non-payment

Jan 15, 2018

Almost 300 veterinary nurses have been removed from the RCVS register for non-payment of the annual renewal fee. The RCVS is encouraging practices to check staff members are still on the register, after 295 veterinary nurses were removed from it on 1 January for non-payment. It is technically illegal for veterinary nurses to practice and perform any procedures that fall under Schedule 3 of the Veterinary Surgeons Act if they are not on the register. The annual payment is due on 1 November, although nurses have until midnight on 31 December to pay before they are removed from the register. This year, 295 were removed for non-payment, of whom more than 25 have subsequently applied for restoration and paid a fee of £118. Although the number of removals has increased from the previous year, when 247 veterinary nurses came off the register for non-payment, it is far fewer than 2016, when 692 were removed, the college said. Head of registration Nicola South said: “Over the past two years, we have... ...

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Hallmarq completes its first Toshiba CT installation in UK vet practice

Jan 15, 2018

Hallmarq Veterinary Imaging has completed its first installation of a Toshiba CT scanner at Swayne and Partners veterinary practice in Bury St Edmunds in the UK. The practice runs from four locations across West Suffolk and will be accepting imaging referrals within the region. The installation follows on from an exclusive agreement that allows high quality CT scanners made by Toshiba to benefit from specialist installation, advice, training, service and support provided by Hallmarq. Swayne’s partner, Dr Duncan Hole says having the in-house facility is a real benefit, allowing fast and accurate diagnoses across the practice case load and opening up new opportunities, “The recent installation of a Toshiba 64 slice CT machine has revolutionised our imaging capabilities. We are now able to diagnose and treat conditions we previously struggled with or referred to other centres.” He continued, “We are very excited and impressed with the image quality and are looking forward to continuing to expand our imaging and treatment capabilities as we develop our case load.” Speaking about the... ...

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Global Initiatives Promoting Good Regulatory Practices for Veterinary Medicines

Dec 21, 2017

The objectives of the ‘Livestock’ project correspond with Vision3 of HealthforAnimals, the global animal medicines industry association, for globally harmonised regulatory systems and their objectives to promote regulatory convergence. Rick Clayton at Healthfor-Animals Animals discusses how the maintaining of livestock health by improving access to veterinary medicinal products (VMPs) can minimise the negative economic impact of diseases and safeguard the livelihoods of millions of farmers around the world. ...

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Data Management in Veterinary Clinical Studies

Dec 21, 2017

  Data management tasks and procedures, with their direct influence on data quality and compliance, are an aspect of great importance for any clinical study. Dr Brigitte Steiner and Dr Klaus Hellmann at KLIFOVET discuss that the implemented routine data management procedures should be transferable to different kinds of studies, to assist the parties involved in their tasks and help to increase efficiency in the conduct of veterinary clinical trials. ...

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RVN creates ‘district nurse’ role to aid clients and clinics

Dec 18, 2017

A pioneering RVN has created the role of “veterinary district nurse” to help reduce pressure on patients, clients and clinicians. Carla Finzel felt compelled to develop the post after observing the difficulties clients had in assimilating information about their pets’ condition following diagnosis or surgery. The concept of continuing to care for their pets at home and administering medicines was also a daunting task for many. To address the problem, Ms Finzel launched her own business, Carla Finzel District Veterinary Nurse, that saw her conduct home visits and carry out a range of veterinary nursing services for dogs, cats and rabbits. In addition to managing clinical cases and conducting daily nursing duties, such as tending to wounds and drugs administration, Ms Finzel runs a series of specialist clinics, including diabetic blood glucose curves, Doppler blood pressure monitoring and weight management clinics. Carla Finzel with patient Russ. IMAGE: Carla Finzel RVN. Ms Finzel said she felt tremendous empathy for owners who often felt helpless and confused on arrival into a consulting... ...

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A state-of-the-art £5 million veterinary referral centre, due to open early in the new year

Dec 18, 2017

Paragon Veterinary Referrals, in Wakefield’s Paragon Business Park, is nearing the end of construction and will boast eight consulting rooms, five operating theatres, MRI and CT scanners, and intensive care facilities, along with a cutting-edge and all-digital imaging department. About 80 staff will be employed, including up to 18 referral vets and 32 VNs, while specialist services will include cardiology, neurology, ophthalmology, and orthopaedic and soft tissue surgery. Positions include a diagnostic imager, internal medicine specialist, neurology specialist, oncology specialist and an ophthalmologist, as well as various nursing posts. Ian Monteith, managing director of Paragon – part of the Linnaeus Group, said: “We are looking for the best possible people, who not only have the right skills and experience, but who will also fit into the ethos we want to create at Paragon. “It is a significant and exciting opportunity for motivated, high-calibre people to help shape something that has a very bright future for both the industry and for their own careers. “Our philosophy is very much one of... ...

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Veterinary Vaccines Market Worth $12.6 Billion by 2025 | CAGR: 6.2%: Grand View Research, Inc.

Dec 18, 2017

The global veterinary vaccines market is expected to reach USD 12.6 billion by 2025, according to a new report by Grand View Research, Inc. Rise in the outbreak of livestock diseases, expanding livestock population and increasing zoonotic diseases are driving the market growth. Increasing awareness regarding commercially available vaccines is pushing the adoption globally. However, higher costs associated with storage is challenging the growth and restricting the entry of new players. This market has emerged to be one of the profitable investment options seeking attention and investments from both government and non-government players. Rise in the number of pet owners and their shifting focus towards healthy animal practices are some other factors propelling the growth of the market. Government intervention in distribution channel on the other hand, is affecting the profitability of the veterinary vaccine manufacturers. The bulk purchase and supply of livestock vaccines by countries such as India and Alaska that have large livestock population are reducing the profit margins of the vaccine manufacturers’ through bulk pricing. Further Key Findings From... ...

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MLS®: A Tailored Laser Therapy for Veterinary Medicine by ASAveterinary

Dec 18, 2017

Ever thought of laser therapy to treat the stomatitis of your 4-legged friend, the fracture of your turtle’s carapace, or the backache of your horse? As laser therapy is effective in dealing with some of your most painful and disabling pathologies, so it can offer surprising results even for the problems that undermine the wellbeing of your pets. However, to quickly recover their best quality of life, not all laser therapies are the same. Effective as well as non-invasive and painless, as confirmed by the veterinarians who use it, is ASAlaser MLS® Laser Therapy, synchronized and combined laser emission that synergistically enhances the therapeutic effects thanks to the use of different wavelengths. “When I started using it in France,” explains Dr Roberta Burdisso, physiotherapist, functional rehabilitation therapist, and Head of the physiotherapy service at the Center Hospitalier Vétérinaire Fregis in Arcueil, “MLS® was completely unknown, and the owners of the animals were a little sceptical when I proposed to use it. Today, thanks to the results obtained in treating various... ...

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Dechra Veterinary Products introduces Redonyl Ultra to its dermatology offering

Dec 11, 2017

A dietetic complementary feed to help cats and dogs suffering with allergic skin conditions has been launched. Dechra Veterinary Products has added Redonyl Ultra to its dermatology range for use as part of a multimodal approach to support skin function in cases of dermatosis and excessive hair loss. The company said Redonyl Ultra’s skittle capsules contain essential fatty acids, palmitoylethanolamide (PEA) and biotin, which are balanced to support the physiology of the skin barrier. PEA is a naturally occurring biomodulator with scientifically proven activity against the mechanisms contributing to inflammation and pain, while biotin is important for synthesis of fatty acids and support of optimal skin condition. Dechra brand manager Claire Morgan said: “Redonyl Ultra is a great addition to Dechra’s extensive dermatology range that allows a holistic approach to treatment, control and maintenance of dermatological conditions. “Allergic skin conditions are among the most common causes of skin and ear disease in cats and dogs, and it is estimated up to 15% of dogs are affected by atopy. “In situations where an... ...

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