RCVS Council Refers Telemedicine Trial Decision Back to Standards Committee

Posted 1 week ago

The aim of the proposed trial is to assess the benefits and risks of the remote prescription of POM-Vs where no physical examination of the animal has taken place. A more detailed proposal will come back to a future meeting of the council for discussion. Issues raised at the meeting included how this would affect…

RCVS Publishes Informed Consent Case Studies Series

Posted 2 weeks ago

The series of case studies have been developed by the Standards Committee to aid veterinary surgeons and veterinary nurses regarding the important issue of gaining informed consent from clients for procedures and treatments, as well as advice on communication. They use a variety of examples of where miscommunication between a client and the veterinary practice…

Vigilance Urged for Seasonal Canine Illness (SCI)

Posted 1 month ago

Now that autumn is here, the AHT has once again published advice urging owners and vets to be aware of the signs of SCI. To download a copy of their poster for your practice click here.

VN Futures Focus Group Seeks to Address Diversity Issues in Nursing Profession

Posted 1 month ago

The latest RCVS statistics revealed 97.62 per cent of RVNs are female compared with 2.36 per cent male (0.02 per cent were unidentified). Chairman of VN council Racheal Marshall said: “Our aim to increase diversity does not sit solely with the focus on bringing more male VNs into the profession, but diversity in the wider…

“The Puppy Contract” Launched by BVA and AWF

Posted 1 month ago

With stronger animal licensing and breeding regulations coming into effect in England as of 1 October, the BVA and AWF have relaunched a new-look website and a step-by-step guide to the dos and don’ts of buying a puppy The aim is to empower prospective buyers with all the information they need in order to avoid puppy farms and…

New Findings From Alabama Rot Research

Posted 1 month ago

Study shows that Gundogs and Hounds have been found to be more at risk than terriers from contracting Alabama Rot. The research carried out by RVC has also identified other risk factors including sex and neuter status. Researchers hope that these findings will help vets to more reliably discern suspicion for the disease and aid…

Top Award Given to British Vet for Discovery of Propofol

Posted 2 months ago

Scottish Veterinary Surgeon, John Glen has been given the Lasker Award- America’s top biomedical research prize, for his discovery of Propofol. John spent 13 years developing the breakthrough anaesthesia, which is now one of the most widely used anaesthetic agents in over 90 countries. Read the full article HERE.  

*Pets in the Press* Third of Puppies Bought Online Dead or Ill Within a Year

Posted 2 months ago

Several news outlets have reported on the Kennel Club’s finding that a third of puppies bought over the internet become unwell and even die within a year of having been purchased. Their report has found that of the eight million dogs in the UK, more than 630,000 were ordered online and delivered to people’s homes.…

First Report of Congenital Platelet Disorder in Cats

Posted 2 months ago

Vets at UC Davis have diagnosed the first reported case of a cat with a congenital platelet disorder – Glanzmann thrombasthenia (GT). Miao Miao, a four-year-old male domestic shorthair, was brought to the veterinary hospital with clinical signs consistent with a bleeding disorder. GT causes Miao Miao’s platelets to be nonfunctional and lack expression of the…

RCVS Launches Case Studies to Boost Understanding of Schedule 3 Delegation

Posted 2 months ago

Vets and vet nurses seeking clarification around Schedule 3 can now access a host of case studies via the RCVS website. The college added the studies to its website following a consultation last year highlighting some confusion existed among vets and VNs around Schedule 3 of the Veterinary Surgeons’ Act, which covers what vets can…

New Study Reports Neuropathic Pain Complications Following Tail-docking

Posted 3 months ago

New research has been published relating to the controversial practice of pre-emptive tail-docking in working dogs. Scotland-based researchers involved in The FareWellDock project have demonstrated tail amputation causes significant adverse effects on the welfare of pigs up to four months after the procedure is carried out, despite the use of local anaesthetic and postoperative pain…

Animal Welfare Foundation Seeks New Trustees

Posted 3 months ago

The Animal Welfare Foundation (AWF) is looking to recruit two production animal vets as trustees to help drive the charity’s mission to improve the welfare of animals through veterinary science, education and debate. Simon Doherty, British Veterinary Association Junior Vice President and AWF Trustee, said: “As a vet with a long-standing interest in research that provides an…

BVA Launches #ChooseAssured Campaign

Posted 3 months ago

The campaign aims to raise awareness of the UK’s farm assurance schemes and the crucial work of vets within the schemes to safeguard animal health and welfare. It is hoped that this will inspire informed choice amongst consumers when buying animal-derived food products and aims to provide the public with guiding principles to help them…

BVA’s #ChooseAssured Campaign release infographic on UK farm assurance schemes

Posted 3 months ago

As part of the #ChooseAssured campaign, aiming to educate and encourage people to buy farm assured animal products, the BVA has released an useful infographic. It outlines how each farm assurance scheme addresses different aspects of animal health and welfare and hopes to make it easier for veterinary professionals and the general public to make…

Government Rejects Proposal to Add SBT to Banned Breed List

Posted 3 months ago

Staffordshire Bull Terriers will not be put on the Dangerous Dogs list, despite a leading animal rights charity calling for the breed to be placed on the register. PETA submitted a proposal to the Government’s consultation on the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 concerning the status of the breed, claiming it would help protect the animals…

Nominations Open for Blue Cross VN of the Year!

Posted 4 months 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 4 months 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 4 months 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 4 months 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 5 months 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 5 months 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 5 months 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 5 months 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 8 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 8 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 10 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 10 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…