sponsored Put it into practice: sustainably cutting costs within veterinary practices

The cost-of-living crisis has put pressure on everyone, and this includes pet owners – making clients think twice about bringing their pets into veterinary clinics for fear of costly bills. But it’s not just owners who are feeling the pinch; with rising wholesale costs in supplies, energy and more, veterinary practices across the UK are … Read more

CMA launches probe into IVC Evidence practice purchases

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has announced that it has launched an investigation into the acquisition of several practices by IVC Evidensia. The inquiry relates to deals involving an equine clinic in Berkshire, plus five other practices in eastern England and two in Wales. IVC said it was “engaging constructively” with the probe, which … Read more

New RCVS Knowledge course offers medicine safety support

A new online course covering the safe and legal use of veterinary medicines has been launched by RCVS Knowledge. The organization has linked up with the VMD for the program, called “Managing Veterinary Medicines: staying legal and promoting safety”. The course offers six hours of free CPD, and includes a range of webinars, podcasts and … Read more

sponsored Understanding the impact of changing biocidal regulations

Regulatory compliance within the biocides industry has long been a source of confusion. With regulations changing so significantly post-Brexit, it’s easy to lose track of what to look for in a compliant and effective veterinary disinfectant. Here, Chris Plummer, head of technical at Byotrol, an antimicrobial technology specialist, discusses the importance of researching the hygiene … Read more

sponsored Enterprise veterinary hardware and data migration services

The decision to move practice management system is a big consideration. You not only want to ensure the functionality is suitable for your business, but also that the provider can: successfully migrate your hardware and organize your practice sites migrate data from your legacy practice management system to the target practice management system, performing all … Read more

Cautious welcome to chancellor scrapping IR35 reforms

Reforms to off-payroll working rules that impact locum vet professionals and practices have been scrapped by the chancellor. But some in the veterinary professions have urged caution when interpreting the announcement – and called for the Government to provide more clarity on its future plans. IR35 was introduced first in the public sector and later … Read more

Eville & Jones complete Vorenta merger deal

Veterinary public health company Eville & Jones (E&J) has announced a major expansion, which it said will increase the range of services available to clients. The Leeds-based firm said it has completed a deal to acquire the Vorenta group, which includes HallMark Veterinary and Compliance Services, and Meat and Livestock Commercial Services Ltd (MLCSL). Bosses … Read more

BVA renews concern at ‘Trojan’ rescue dogs after B canis cases

The BVA has urged its teams to take additional precautions in the wake of a steep rise in Brucella canis cases – and the first confirmed instance of dog-to-human transmission. A rescue dog imported from Belarus in March tested positive for B canis, while the woman fostering it and three of her four dogs later … Read more

Associations issue advice after B canis case

The BVA and BSAVA have issued fresh advice to veterinary professionals following the first case of dog-to-dog and dog-to-human transmission of Brucella canis. Many in the professions have been concerned about the potential for B canis to be imported, spread and become established in the UK, and a case of transmission, which led to a … Read more

Promising new splint design would ‘return power to vets’

Splint materials commonly used in the treatment of humans could now provide better care with fewer side effects for dogs, a new report has suggested. Further studies of the UPETS system are now being planned following encouraging results from a small-scale project involving animals treated at three clinics in Norway. The system was launched earlier … Read more