Plowright honor for cattle disease research

A leading academic has been awarded the prestigious Plowright Prize for his work examining the development, prevention, control and treatment of infectious diseases in cattle. Herman Barkema is due to receive the award, presented by RCVS Knowledge in recognition of his research into mastitis, Johne’s disease and antimicrobial resistance, at a ceremony at RCVS Day … Read more

Biosecurity app launches to reduce disease risk on farms

An app designed with the assistance of vets is being trialled on farms to help identify and resolve weak spots in biosecurity. It is hoped that the app, if successfully rolled out in Wales, will help reduce the need for antibiotics in livestock, helping in moves to tackle antibiotic-resistant bacteria in animals and the country … Read more

EPRUMA hits back following objections to important antibiotics list

An 11th-hour decision by some European MPs to object to a list of antibiotics restricted for human use has been criticized. The European Platform for the Responsible Using of Medicines in Animals (EPRUMA) argued objections from the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) are misguided and “highlight the disregard for EU … Read more

Vets save Labrador retriever with eight-hour intestinal surgery

Vets undertook an eight-hour operation to save the life of a Labrador retriever suffering from a ruptured intestine and septic peritonitis. Harlyn, 10, was rushed to Maven Vets in North Cheam, London Borough of Sutton, where Tom Bacon led the eight-hour life-saving operation. He said the full extent of Harlyn’s problems – which included a … Read more

Farm vets at forefront of new health schemes

Farm vets will be key to the success of two major projects to track antibiotic use and boost herd health in livestock. Stakeholders are in the process of launching the Medicine Hub, which will collect detailed data on the amount of antibiotics being used in cattle and sheep for the first time. The test phase … Read more

Davies solves sublumbar abscess mystery

An eagle-eyed radiologist at Davies Veterinary Specialists in Hertfordshire identified two migrating grass seeds as the cause of a spaniel’s sublumbar abscess using a combination of CT and ultrasound. The veterinary team performed a minimally invasive, ultrasound-guided retrieval of the perpetrators and the dog was discharged the following day. Further investigations English springer spaniel Dexter’s … Read more

SPVS fee survey now available to complete

The annual SPVS fee survey is now available to complete online. Designed to provide an overview of the fees charged across the veterinary profession, the survey allows practices to compare fee structures across a wide range of benchmarks. All aspects Vets are encouraged to complete the survey and those who do so will receive a … Read more

Vet groups unite for project to tackle AMR

Some of the largest vet groups in the UK have joined forces with BEVA on a new project to share information on worming in a bid to tackle anthelmintic resistance. In an attempt to find a solution to the growing problem of resistance to equine worming products, VetPartners, CVS Group and IVC Evidensia are collaborating … Read more

CiCi the dog overcomes challenging case of severe generalized tetanus

Three weeks of specialist treatment have helped save a dog suffering with a challenging case of tetanus. CiCi, a 10-year-old small female cross-breed, was rushed to Davies Veterinary Specialists in Hertfordshire as an emergency when her own vet spotted general stiffness a couple of days after she had cut her paw. Although the cut was … Read more

Vet-led workshop aims to improve farmers’ lamb performance

A training course led by vets has been launched to help farmers improve post-weaning lamb performance. Wales’ Farming Connect Animal Health and Welfare has added the additional module to its fully funded training workshops, making it the 16th such webinar to be rolled out. All content has been developed in conjunction with the National Animal … Read more