Nominations Open for Blue Cross VN of the Year!

Posted 5 days ago

Blue Cross is searching for the UK’s veterinary nurse of the year – and is calling on veterinary practices and pet owners to help find this year’s winner. Blue Cross director of veterinary clinical services David Catlow said: “Blue Cross gives this annual award to recognise the commitment of vet nurses across the UK who…

Consultation on RVN Post-registration Qualifications

Posted 1 week ago

The RCVS is asking for feedback from across the VN and vet professions regarding formal career development for nurses as the College moves towards the introduction of the Advanced Veterinary Nurse status. The consultation will be launched in early July with an email sent to all veterinary nurses and veterinary surgeons containing a link to the…

New Equine Microchipping Legislation

Posted 2 weeks ago

Parliament is expected to vote in new legislation to make microchipping of all equines compulsory. Owners have until October 2020 to comply with the new law. Lord Gardiner, animal welfare minister, said: “The Government shares the British public’s high regard for animal welfare and it is completely unacceptable hundreds of horses and ponies are left abandoned…

BVA Raises Concerns Over Non-stun Meat Exports

Posted 3 weeks ago

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has raised serious concerns over the lack of information on UK exports of meat from animals that have not been stunned before slaughter. Latest figures from the Food Standards Agency (FSA) indicate that 22 % of sheep and goats (3 million) are not stunned before slaughter. This is an increase…

Online Survey Investigating Dog Activity Levels Launched

Posted 1 month ago

A team at Nottingham Trent University are inviting owners to participate in a survey to investigate how breed, age, gender, medical conditions and the time of year impact the activity levels of different dogs. It is hoped that the results may be useful in helping new dog owners identify breeds that suit their lifestyle, and in helping veterinary…

Study Highlights Alarming Fly-strike Issue in UK Rabbit Population

Posted 1 month ago

Nearly 45% of rabbits presenting with fly strike died or were euthanised, according to the most extensive survey undertaken into the disease of the third most popular companion animal in the UK. Researchers at the University of Liverpool Small Animal Veterinary Surveillance Network (SAVSNET) used text-mining to screen electronic health records from a sentinel network of 389…

American Study Indicates Tramadol Ineffective Against Osteoarthritis in Dogs

Posted 1 month ago

A report funded by the Morris Animal Foundation (MAF) out of the University of Georgia has found tramadol to be ineffective in alleviating signs of pain associated with osteoarthritis in dogs. Director of Clinical Research at the university, Prof Steven Budsberg DVM, said: “The data shows conclusively that tramadol is not an effective drug in treating…

Simply Locums Bootcamp Success

Posted 1 month ago

Simply Locums hosted its first Bootcamp CPD day in Liverpool last weekend. The event was attended by over 30 delegates and subjects covered included financial management and personal coaching. Our very own Sophia Salmon spoke at the event about the RCVS’ new CPD model and how locums can best use their time and money to…

Dangerous Dogs Legislation Review Announced

Posted 2 months ago

Following growing controversy about the validity and effectiveness of breed-specific legislation, a cross-party inquiry is to be launched into improving public safety with regards to The Dangerous Dogs Act 1991. The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Efra) Committee is calling for evidence on how effective the act is at protecting the public and what changes could be…

Pets in the Press: The High Cost of Owning French Bulldogs

Posted 2 months ago

In an article titled “French Bulldog owners should expect lifetime of expensive vets bills, warns Royal Veterinary College”, The Daily Telegraph last week highlighted the high cost of owning these animals in terms of veterinary costs. Dr Dan O’Neill, Senior Lecturer at RVC and the main author, said: “As well as the health risks associated with their…

Pets in the Press: Shock Collar Ban

Posted 2 months ago

Several news agencies have reported on the government’s ongoing consultation process regarding a proposed shock-collar ban. The environment secretary Michael Gove MP still plans to ban the collars when used for training purposes but told MPs he believes when used with containment fences the collars offer pets “freedom”. Gove said: “Containment fences can play a…

RCVS to Host Free Evening Event About Flexible Working for RVNs

Posted 2 months ago

The event, to be held on the evening of 3rd May at Dovecote Veterinary Hospital in Castle Donington in Leicestershire, is open to all veterinary nurses and employers who are considering, or already have, a flexible approach to working arrangements. It includes a supper starting at 18:15, with the event itself kicking off at 19:00…

RCVS Telemedicine Consultation Summary Published

Posted 3 months ago

Anthony Roberts, RCVS Director of Leadership and Innovation, commented: “The use of telemedicine is growing rapidly in human healthcare and it is only right the RCVS assesses the opportunities it could bring to improve access to veterinary services. It is critical, however, that we understand the issues it presents ‘at the coal face’ and consider…

Facebook Case Discussion Group Membership Approaches 900!

Posted 3 months ago

Central CPD’s Small Animal Case Discussion Group is only in its third month, yet membership is close to hitting 900. The group is very active, with help and advice from other clinicians usually being given within minutes of the original post. Not a member yet? Joining is easy: its a closed group for the veterinary…

Massive RSPCA raid on “vet clinic” in North Lincolnshire

Posted 3 months ago

A major animal welfare operation involving the RSPCA, Dogs Trust, police and local authority personnel was undertaken last week to remove more than 100 dogs from the premises of “4Paws Veterinary Clinic, Boarding Kennels and Second Chance Rescue”. Several cats and horses have also been removed from the site. Further details of the investigation have yet…

Vets Encouraged to Use “Baby-talk” with Dogs

Posted 3 months ago

New research from the University of York has led to the suggestion that clinic staff should use an exaggerated “sing-song” voice when dealing with canine patients, in order to help the dogs relax. Previous studies on communicating with dogs had suggested talking in a high-pitch voice with exaggerated emotion, just as adults do with babies,…

Electric Shock Collars to be Banned in England

Posted 4 months ago

As part of the current government’s wave of animal welfare legislative reforms, including plans to fit CCTV in slaughterhouses and a clampdown on puppy farming, a ban on the use of shock collars in England has been proposed. The devices are already illegal in Wales and are also set to be banned in Scotland. To read…

Pets in the Press: Raw Diet Zoonosis Risks

Posted 4 months ago

Several newspapers last week picked up on the findings of a Dutch research paper, which supports other published evidence of the zoonotic potential of commercial raw meat-based diets (RMBDs). The results of this study demonstrated the presence of potential zoonotic pathogens in frozen RMBDs which may be a possible source of bacterial or parasitic infections in…

Prof Lord Sandy Trees Speaks Out About Non-stun Slaughter

Posted 5 months ago

During the debate ”Abattoirs: Ritual Slaughter” in the House of Lords, Prof Lord Trees congratulated the Government on the announcement of progressive measures designed to improve the welfare of animals. However, he decried the lack of progress to date regarding non-stun slaughter. The latest Food Standards Agency figures show the number of sheep slaughtered without…

**Clinical Case Discussion Group Launched on Facebook**

Posted 5 months ago

Central CPD is thrilled to announce the launch of its new Facebook group Veterinary Case Discussions – Small Animal. Within just one week membership has reached over 600 and we have seen a whole spectrum of cases discussed; from sedation protocols in cats with complex medical histories to managing infected elbow calluses. We will be inviting…

Demand for New Legislation Following Airgun Attacks on Animals

Posted 5 months ago

The RSPCA is calling for mandatory licensing of airguns in England and Wales. In 2017, they received telephone calls alleging attacks on 519 wild birds, 341 cats, 125 wild mammals and 111 dogs, among others. The RSPCA wants to see England and Wales follow the lead of Scotland and Northern Ireland, where airgun owners and…

RCVS Calls for Volunteers for Extension of CPD Pilot

Posted 5 months ago

Following an initial pilot in 2017, the RCVS has announced that it will extend the trial of their proposed changes to CPD.  The new model will concentrate less on hours logged and more on interactive, reflective learning. It will also aim to measure the impact that CPD has on the individual’s practice and patient health…

Avian Influenza Outbreak in Dorset

Posted 6 months ago

Seventeen wild birds have tested positive for H5N6 virus. BVA president John Fishwick said: “I’d encourage vets to reassure their clients this strain of avian influenza poses a very low risk to public health and the food chain. “Defra has acted swiftly to try to contain further spread of the disease, which has likely come…

New Puppy Breeding Legislation Announced

Posted 6 months ago

Proposed new legislation regarding the sale of puppies and the breeding of dogs with harmful genetic disorders has been announced by the Prime Minister. Moves under consideration include: Ensuring licensed dog breeders must show puppies alongside their mother before a sale is made Tightening regulations so puppy sales are completed in the presence of the…

Vets and Nurses Urged to Participate in Stress and Resilience Survey

Posted 6 months ago

The RCVS has urged its members to participate in a survey by PhD student Lucy Whitehall in order to better understand mindset, resilience and stress amongst veterinary surgeons and veterinary nurses. The results will be shared with the RCVS’ Mind Matters Initiative and should help to provide an evidence base that will help them to…

BSAVA Draws Attention to Rise in Alabama Rot Cases

Posted 7 months ago

With the recent reporting of six Alabama Rot cases in the UK, the BSAVA has urged its members to refresh their knowledge of the condition. Their latest online post states that “a range of dog breeds in many areas across the UK have been identified showing signs of the disease with many of the cases…

EMA HQ to Move From London to Amsterdam

Posted 7 months ago

Following the announcement last week that the European Medicines Agency (EMA) will be relocating to the Netherlands, animal health agencies have called for a continued close relationship between the UK and EU on animal medicines safety, regulation and supply. Dawn Howard, NOAH chief executive, said: “Now the agency’s destination is known, we need to ensure…

Strangles Research Contributes to Human “Strep Throat” Breakthrough

Posted 7 months ago

A new research technique developed by the AHT to investigate the devastating disease Strangles (Strep equi) in horses has helped scientists in human medicine take a leap forward in understanding the bacteria that causes many of us to become hoarse ourselves. The research has been carried out in partnership with the Houston Methodist Research Institute…

RCVS Shares Reports and Videos from Latest Innovation Symposium

Posted 7 months ago

The RCVS has updated its ViVet website with resources from the latest Innovation Symposium it hosted back in September. The symposium saw delegates from across the veterinary and wider healthcare professions gather to hear from experts in innovation and technological development in the animal health sector. The ViVet site is a new resource, looking at areas…

London Vet Show is Back

Posted 8 months ago

The ninth annual London Vet Show opens this week at the ExCel Centre. With seven clinical streams, a business stream, the BVA Careers Fair, the BVA Congress, sponsor-led workshops and the Gallery Suites; the conference programme is a great opportunity to listen to – and interact with – some of the leading thinkers, visionaries and practitioners in small and…

Keep in Touch Newsletter Launched

Posted 8 months ago

Available for free via Vetsnet, the KiT newsletter is designed to keep those taking an extended break from practice up to date with disease, drug and treatment trends, and topical news.  It will be written by vets in practice, collating all the pertinent changes that may affect a smooth transition back into practice life after an extended break, for…

AHT Launches Three New DNA Tests for Dogs

Posted 8 months ago

The AHT’s Kennel Club Genetics Centre, has announced the launch DNA tests for PRA4 in Lhasa Apsos, Shaking Puppy Syndrome in Border Terriers and Oculoskeletal Dysplasia (OSD3) in Northern Inuits. Dr Cathryn Mellersh, Head of Canine Genetics at the Animal Health Trust, said: “Being able to launch three new DNA tests in such quick succession is…

Share your Views on Kitten Neutering at LVS

Posted 8 months ago

The Cat Population Control Group (CPCG) is calling on vets to share their views on the age of neutering in cats at next month’s London Vet Show. They will be at stand A46. The organisation now advocates neutering at four months of age, rather than six, as they believe that this is key to reducing the…

New Mediation Service Approved by RCVS

Posted 8 months ago

At its September meeting, the RCVS Council approved the establishment of an alternative dispute resolution (ADR) service to help resolve lower-level complaints about veterinary services through mediation. The service will deal with complaints by members of the public which have not been able to be resolved within the practice but do not meet the RCVS’ threshold for…

Seasonal Canine Illness Awareness Drive by AHT

Posted 9 months ago

The AHT has produced a poster for vet practices to display in order to increase owners’ awareness of Seasonal Canine Illness (SCI). The poster describes the signs to look out for and advises owners to seek immediate veterinary attention if they suspect their dog may be unwell within 72 hours of having been walking in…

Latest Research Shows Behavioural Benefits of Delayed Weaning in Kittens

Posted 9 months ago

A recently published research paper from Finland has recommended delaying weaning of kittens until at least 14 weeks of age. The study by the University of Helsinki, based on the results of a survey of owners of 5,726 home-living domestic cats, has shown the age of weaning in cats has a direct impact on the animal’s later behaviour and that…

Inspired by one of our lecturers?

Posted 9 months ago

We would like to nominate one (or more!) of our lecturers as part of this year’s RCVS Annual Awards. As well as the established Queen’s Medal and Golden Jubilee Award, 2017 sees the creation of two new awards: the RVCS Inspiration Award and the RCVS Impact Award. Have you been particularly inspired by one of…

2017 Vet Wellbeing Awards Launched

Posted 9 months ago

This autumn sees the return of the 2017 Vet Wellbeing Awards. The Awards, now in their second year, were created by SPVS in order to highlight and celebrate the significance of wellbeing in vet practices and are now run in partnership with the RCVS Mind Matters Initiative. The Awards are open to UK veterinary practices,…

United Kingdom Declared Free of Avian Flu

Posted 10 months ago

Yesterday the United Kingdom was officially declared free of Avian Flu. Thirteen cases of H5N8 Avian Flu were confirmed in farmed poultry in the UK in the last 9 months as well as the cases found in wild birds. However farmers are still being advised to take the necessary steps to protect their flocks due…

Dog Breeding Defects a High Concern for Vets

Posted 10 months ago

Vets are encouraging all prospective dog owners to think twice before buying a puppy, after breeding and hereditary defects emerged as vets’ top animal health and welfare concern. 52% of almost 700 vets polled across the UK cited the issue as more than doubling in the past two years, according to figures from the British…