Not so happy bunnies: research reveals tear duct inflammation risk

Rabbit breeds at most risk of developing dacryocystitis have been revealed in a study by the RVC. Lionheads, mini lops, lops and dwarf lop rabbits are the most susceptible breeds to the inflammatory condition of the tear ducts. The research – a retrospective study released to mark International Rabbit Day tomorrow (September 24) – also … Read more

Welsh vets deliver vital rabies protection to the Malawi community

A Welsh practice team has taken its skills to one of the world’s poorest countries to help reduce the spread of rabies there. Staff from the Mochdre Veterinary Practice in Conwy vaccinated hundreds of animals against the disease in just three days at the Illovo Sugar estate in Malawi. The work was carried out in … Read more

Anaesthetic study ‘can ease fear of the unknown’ for dog owners, say scientists

Scientists say owners can be reassured by new research suggesting the risk of death for dogs that undergo sedation or anesthesia procedures is around one in every 700 cases. Academics from the RVC and the University of Manchester worked together on the latest VetCompass study, which examined data from more than 150,000 dogs over a … Read more

Hypocobalaminaemia in cats and dogs: a case study

Cobalamin, or vitamin B12 , is a key water-soluble vitamin responsible for multiple functions in the body. As an essential enzyme co-factor, it is involved with cellular energy production, DNA synthesis, nervous system function, amino acid and lipid metabolism, and in erythrocytosis. Cobalamin is found in foods of animal origin and, when ingested, forms a … Read more

RVN sets off to Sri Lanka to help street dogs

A vet nurse is jetting off to Sri Lanka on a mission to help care for the country’s three million street dogs. London-based Holly Brown, a surgical nurse at London Vet Specialists (LVS) in Belsize Park, is leaving on August 2 and will be spending a month on the island working at an animal hospital … Read more

Kit is Cats Protection’s new chair of trustees

New chair of trustees for charity Cats Protection Kit Sturgess. RCVS specialist Kit Sturgess has been appointed the new chair of trustees for the charity Cats Protection. Private practice owned by Dr Sturgess, who is a specialist in small animal medicine and editor-in-chief of RCVS Knowledge’s open access journal Veterinary Evidencewill lead the charity’s board … Read more

Neutering efforts a cut above, but appointments hard to find

Cat owners are struggling to book routine neutering appointments due to the increasing workforce pressures affecting post-pandemic practices. Welfare charities had feared the onset of COVID-19 would lead to an explosion in the number of unwanted litters, but collaborative efforts by them and the veterinary profession ensured this did not come to pass. However, as … Read more

Veterinary sector must brace for impending inflation effects

A senior sector leader has warned of “a veterinary ecosystem that is more brittle than ever”, as the cost of living crisis continues to bite. VMG president Rich Casey has urged practitioners to be transparent and face the challenges head on as families and businesses continue to feel the squeeze. Meanwhile, the RSPCA said it … Read more

Vets must share the blame for the rise of fertility clinics

The veterinary profession must “take responsibility” for the part it has played in the huge rise in the number of canine fertility clinics across the UK. According to former BVA president Daniella Dos Santos, years of negative messaging about brachycephalic dogs, coupled with a degree of “snobbery”, has forced many breeders to turn their backs … Read more

Study finds 60% of dogs neutered by 15 months old

Almost 60% of dogs are neutered by the time they are 15 months old, a new UK and Republic of Ireland (ROI) study suggests. The findings are the latest from the Generation Pup project run by Dogs Trust, which is tracking a group of dogs throughout their lives. Out of 593 dogs data was available … Read more