PVA says ‘members will shape our agenda’

Supporters of a new veterinary group, which has pledged to put animal welfare first, have been told they will be able to influence the causes that it campaigns on. Officials of the new Progressive Veterinary Association (PVA) said public engagement and support would be critical to the success of its work during a launch event … Read more

Under care reforms could be profession’s ‘Brexit moment’

A vet and academic has warned that proposed reforms to “under care” guidelines risk becoming the veterinary profession’s “Brexit moment”. Iain Richards, a senior lecturer at the University of Central Lancashire, delivered the stark message in a robust debate on the issue during the first day of the London Vet Show. RCVS president Melissa Donald … Read more

MSD launches innovative new microchip

A new microchip, which its developers say can offer both pet identification and temperature monitoring, has been launched in the UK. MSD Animal Health says the HomeAgain Thermochip, which has already been used for several years in the US, and an associated free database can also make it easier to reunite lost pets with their … Read more

Charity in Magic Carpet vow amid funding crisis

A charity helping a group of Afghan veterinary professionals evacuated following the Taliban takeover says it may have to close its animal shelter to keep supporting them. One member of the group moved through the Operation Magic Carpet (OMC) initiative last year said he and his compatriots have been “forgotten” by the UK Government, despite … Read more

Task force call as survey finds canine fertility clinic concerns

An animal charity has demanded tougher regulation of canine fertility clinics (CFCs) to better protect dogs that can’t mate naturally from what it sees as unethical and irresponsible practices. The plea by the Naturewatch Foundation coincides with the release of its own survey of veterinary professionals, which indicated overwhelming concern about CFCs activities. But the … Read more

New Progressive Veterinary Association vows to ‘put animals first’

A new campaigning organization that says it wants to speed up improvements to animal protection within the veterinary industry is due to be launched next week. Officials heading the Progressive Veterinary Association (PVA) claim their group will put animals first and challenge human activities that threaten either their welfare or conservation. They say they also … Read more

Weybridge at risk of ‘major breakdown’, Commons committee warns

A new report has warned the APHA’s Weybridge headquarters is at risk of “a major breakdown” following years of poor management and underinvestment. The House of Commons’ Public Accounts Committee (PAC) said Defra had “comprehensively failed” on the issue and the Government as a whole is not sufficiently prioritizing the threat posed by zoonotic diseases. … Read more

Weybridge upgrade estimate is ‘peanuts’, scientist claims

A scientist has described the approximate costs of upgrading the UK’s main line of defense against disease threats as “peanuts”, compared to its potential benefits. The comment by Johannes Charlier comes amid renewed focus on the state of the APHA’s Weybridge headquarters, amid the deepening crisis over avian flu. Defra officials said work has already … Read more

‘We have been forgotten’: Magic Carpet vets make new plea for UK Government action

An Afghan vet who was among dozens of people evacuated from the country following the Taliban takeover says he and his compatriots have been “forgotten” by the UK Government. Activists supporting the group that was moved to Pakistan under the high-profile Operation Magic Carpet initiative last year are facing another fund-raising deadline tomorrow (November 15). … Read more

Food production antibiotic sales drop to record low

Vets and farmers have been praised for their efforts to curb antibiotic use after new figures showed sales for food production processes are at their lowest level since records began. Data from the UK Veterinary Antimicrobial Resistance and Sales Surveillance (VARSS) 2021 report, published by the VMD, revealed the volume of veterinary antibiotics sold for … Read more