WSAVA issues new global pain guidelines

New guidelines for recognizing, assessing and treating pain have been issued by the WSAVA’s global pain council (GPC). The updated guidance, which was launched during the association’s annual congress in Lima, Peru, includes evaluations of both new drugs and some non-drug therapies. Officials hope the measures will encourage vets to take action to prevent fear … Read more

EMS reform plans must address financial issues, industry leaders warn

Industry leaders have broadly welcomed plans to reform the extramural studies (EMS) element of veterinary degree courses, although funding concerns persist. RCVS officials said their proposals, published earlier this week, are meant to help reduce the financial burden on students, while also giving them more flexible and higher quality training. But, while there appears to … Read more

Dark matter and lithium water: 15 big issues poised to affect oceans and coastlines | Oceans

Then the spirit of the annual University of Cambridge–led horizon scan of emerging conservation issues, 30 experts from around the world last year put their heads together to brainstorm and assess the potential impacts to ocean and coastal ecosystems over the next decade of a spectrum of human activities. Their analysis, published in July in … Read more

BEVA and horse bodies monitoring equine flu vaccine supply issues

BEVA and equine sector representative bodies have joined forces to monitor the potential impact of a shortage of doses of equine influenza vaccines. The vet association along with British Equestrian and the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) have noted minor interruptions to the supply of vaccines in 2022, but a pan-European logistical problem being experienced by … Read more

CVO issues warnings as avian influenza zone measures ease

UK CVO Christine Middlemiss has urged bird keepers to continue to follow enhanced biosecurity measures when formal restrictions are lifted tomorrow (August 16) following the country’s worst avian influenza outbreak. An avian influenza prevention zone (AIPZ) was put in place for the whole of Great Britain in November following discussions between Dr Middlemiss and her … Read more

Pet Eye Health Awareness Week to focus on brachycephalic issues

Pet Eye Health Awareness Week will focus on brachycephalic ocular syndrome among other topics when it returns for the third time next month. TVM started the initiative to assist veterinary practices by providing waiting room displays, web pages and social media packs to help them with their education to owners. This year, a dedicated section … Read more

BVA issues cat welfare warning after survey

Almost one in four of all cats being presented to UK pets are not having all their welfare needs met, a new BVA survey has warned. The organization has urged owners to make sure they are looking after their pets fully in an appeal that coincided with International Cat Day on August 8. Welfare worries … Read more

VMD issues response following media Leptospira vaccine concerns

The VMD has issued reassurance to vets, and through them dog owners, following media reports and social media concerns raised about vaccines containing four strains of Leptospira bacteria. The directorate said it was aware of reports and concerns following cases of serious adverse events in dogs given a vaccine containing four strains of Leptospira bacteria. … Read more

New talks to focus on post-pandemic issues facing vet nurses – VetNurse News – Vet Nurse

WellVet has announced the launch of a new series of talks focusing on post-pandemic issues affecting veterinary professionals. The talks will be free to join live on Zoom, while being simultaneously streamed into the Vet Mums Facebook group. Following the live stream those on Zoom will be invited to join in a private, unrecorded QnA … 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