Largest study reveals most common disorders in UK hamsters

The largest study of its kind has revealed the 20 most common disorders in hamsters, most prominent causes of death and the average lifespan as 1.75 years. Findings for one of the world’s most popular small pets are the latest to be revealed under the RVC’s VetCompass project, and aim to help owners better understand … Read more

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

Research lays out extent of English bulldog’s health issues

Health of the UK’s English bulldogs is substantially lower than other breeds and urgent action is needed to reduce serious health issues, say researchers. In the latest study from the RVC on a specific dog breed, health issues known about for a century were still compromising the breed, while extreme body shape in today’s dogs … Read more

Owner misconceptions help fuel designer dog boom, study shows

Huge demand for designer cross-breed dogs has been fuelled by misconceptions they are more hypoallergenic, generally healthy, easy to train and good with children, according to a new study. Led by the RVC, the study looked at the reason for a boom in cross-breed dogs – including cockapoos, Labradoodles, cavapoos, sprockers and golden doodles – … Read more

Pug health risks mean it can no longer be considered ‘typical dog’

Pugs are almost twice as likely to suffer one or more disorders a year compared to other dogs – and the breed should no longer be considered a “typical dog”. Research carried out by the RVC reveals that the health of the brachycephalic breed in the UK is substantially different and largely worse than non-pug … Read more

Feline intestinal parasites

The unique lifestyle of cats means we must consider their requirements for worming treatments differently to that of dogs. For example, some cats live entirely indoors and therefore have a low risk of exposure to roundworms (Toxocara catifor example) and tapeworm (such as Taenia taeniaeformis). It is also important to consider the zoonotic risk of … Read more

‘Life tables’ study sheds light on dog breed life expectancy

Researchers hope findings in a massive study on dog life expectancy could be central to helping vets steer owners away from brachycephalic breeds. Breeds with the greatest and lowest life expectancies were studied, with French bulldogs having the shortest at 4.5 years and Jack Russell terriers the highest at 12.7 years. The average age life … Read more

Survey launches to establish ongoing UK impacts of Schmallenberg virus

A new survey is now open allowing vet students on lambing placements to identify the prevalence of deformed lambs – an indicator of the presence of Schmallenberg virus (SBV). As the UK experiences a phase of heightened SBV risk, the survey has been launched by Ruminant Health and Welfare (RH&W) with the support of a … Read more

Honorary epidemiology body membership for RVC chief

The RVC’s principal has been awarded honorary life membership of the Society for Veterinary Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine (SVEPM). Stuart Reid CBE, who is also the RVC’s president, was awarded membership for his support of society and lifetime of service. Founded in 1982, the SVEPM has around 250 vet and non-veterinary members from 24 countries, … Read more