UTI antibiotic use study seeks own case contributions

Primary care vets in the UK are being asked for help with a study into the use of antibiotics for treating canine urinary tract infections (UTIs). The study is aiming to find the optimal length of antibiotic treatment for UTIs to avoid unnecessary use and help to tackle antimicrobial resistance (AMR). The Stop on Sunday … Read more

Third of dogs infected with A. vasorum ‘asymptomatic’ – study

Angiostrongylus vasorum infection could be more common among seemingly health dogs, after researchers found more than a third of infected dogs in a study were clinically asymptomatic. Data in the study1which challenges perceptions of what was thought a largely clinical disease, shows that more than a third (36.1%) of the dogs were clinically asymptomatic and … Read more

Mars appoints Ian Battersby as global lead on pharmaceutical stewardship

Mars Veterinary Health has appointed Ian Battersby as its responsible pharmaceutical stewardship lead. In his new role, Dr Battersby will guide the development of interventions, strategies, process changes and campaigns to improve responsible pharmaceutical usage across all Mars veterinary clinics worldwide. Subject expert Dr Battersby was previously head of internal medicine at Hertfordshire-based Davies Veterinary … Read more

Collaborative care focus for Purina Institute webinar series

The Purina Institute has organized a series of free webinars with internationally renowned vets to champion the importance of collaborative care in veterinary practice. The next webinars, in July and September, will center on practical ways to integrate conversations around nutrition into everyday consultations, and include insights from disciplines including dermatology, internal medicine and nutrition. … Read more

Wear makes double appointment of specialists to lead services

Two specialists at a County Durham animal hospital have been appointed as heads of service. Diagnostic imaging specialist Naomi Earley, and veterinary anesthesia and analgesia specialist Felipe Márquez Grados now lead their respective disciplines at Linnaeus-owned Wear Referrals in Bradbury. Wear said their promotions to leadership roles underlined its commitment to excellence across its multidisciplinary … Read more

Cat’s glucose levels successfully monitored using Bluetooth technology

A pet cat is now in diabetic remission after her glucose levels were successfully tracked by a glucose monitor fitted by veterinary specialists at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies’ Hospital for Small Animals. Shadow, a 10-year-old black domestic short-hair cat, developed diabetes due to her severe pancreatitis. After treatment by the hospital’s internal … Read more

Welfare fears at plans to restrict drug used for chronic pain

Vets fear proposals to restrict a key treatment used for chronic pain in dogs and cats to humans only could hit animal welfare. While myriad licensed vet analgesic medications are available and prescribed, human antiviral amantadine is also used by vets because no licensed product is available for the treatment of central sensitization – a … Read more

Animal hospital completes its first balloon dilation on cat

A referral practice has performed its first balloon dilation procedure on a young cat beset by a rare condition. Rupert was referred to Paragon Veterinary Referrals in Wakefield with a five-month history of upper respiratory tract noises, and had been unresponsive to several medications. He was prone to intermittent spells of open-mouth breathing and occasional … Read more

Linnaeus Post Registration Program hosts first in-person training session since COVID

The Linnaeus Post Registration Program (PRP) has hosted its first in-person training day since 2020. The event – which took place in Solihull on 19 April – had 18 nurses attending from Linnaeus’ nationwide referral hospitals. Remote learning Part of the day was dedicated to a teaching and mentoring workshop, with the nurses given time … Read more

Webinar to explore prevention of equine gastric ulcers

Registration has opened for a live webinar that will discuss the prevention of equine gastric ulcer syndrome. Presented by Norbrook, “Preventing equine gastric ulcer syndrome” will see Ben Sykes consider appropriate management changes or medical treatment for this issue. The webinar will take place on Monday 16 May from 8pm. Internationally recognized Prof Sykes – … Read more