Fifth VN congress for Askham Bryan College to take place in 2023

Askham Bryan College will hold its fifth annual veterinary nursing congress early next year, it has announced. The all-day, online event – ​​set to take place on February 24, 2023 – offers a full program of sessions about new research and developments in the field, presented by industry experts and academics. Session topics Session topics … Read more

The link between coat color, disease and behavior in cats

ABSTRACT A few sex-linked genes control each of the main cat coat color characteristics: black/orange, dilute/non-dilute, agouti/non-agouti, tabby/non-tabby and white/non-white. As the tortoiseshell coat color is produced by a female cat with two X chromosomes, possessing one copy of the black and one copy of the orange allele on each of its two X chromosomes, … Read more

Celebrating a decade of cat-friendly progress

Is there a separate consultation room for cats? A different waiting area for cats? In 2022, these are no longer novel ideas – and for the team at the charity International Cat Care (iCatCare), that’s great news. With incredible progress in the field of feline medicine, it’s almost hard to believe that it’s only been … Read more

Profession should do more to push not adopt shop position, says charity boss

A senior charity official has urged the sector to do more to encourage would-be owners to adopt, rather than buy, a new pet. The call comes after a new Cats Protection report revealed a surge in the number of animals being bought online, while the proportion of felids being adopted fell sharply. The Cats and … Read more

Expansion work begins at Cheshire hospital

Construction work is underway at a Cheshire animal hospital that is being improved in a £300,000 project. Work began at Northwest Veterinary Specialists (NWVS) in Sutton Weaver near Runcorn, Cheshire on 10 October and, when completed, will triple the size of its waiting area and nearly double the number of consultation rooms to seven – … Read more

Volunteers flock from far and wide for StreetVet Conference 2022

StreetVet held its fifth annual conference last week (13 to 14 October), with delegates traveling from as far afield as Scotland and Cornwall for the event. Held at 3 Pancras Square in London’s Kings Cross, more than 100 delegates attended in person with another 50 joining online for two days of interactive workshops, inspirational talks … Read more

Practice Profile: Southfields Veterinary Specialists

If any practice mirrors the rapid growth of the UK’s veterinary referral sector in recent years, then it’s Southfields in Basildon, Essex. In less than a decade, the business has grown from one that employed 10 people in a 5,000 sq ft building to one that now boasts a team of almost 150 in a … Read more

Specialists lined up for their own show sessions

Dechra Veterinary Products is hosting a series of exclusive CPD sessions during the London Vet Show that aim to promote best practice during consultations and yard visits. Companion animal and equine specialists, including feline specialist Sam Taylor and Matt Gurney, clinical director at Anderson Moores, will be leading sessions along with Andrew Waller, chief scientific … Read more

‘Proactive strategies’ call as 1.2m UK cats don’t have pets

A new report has estimated that up to 1.2 million cats in the UK are not registered with a veterinary practice and millions more may have undiagnosed health problems. The Cats and Their Stats Report 2022, released by Cats Protection, also indicated much greater reluctance to visit a vet among owners already worried about other … Read more

BVNA reveals 2022 award winners

Vet nurses were celebrated at the 2022 BVNA Congress Awards as winners were revealed at the organization’s flagship event in Telford last weekend (October 7 to 9).   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Dr Paul Manktelow (@drpaul_thevet) The accolades were handed out during the congress’ feline-themed dinner dance on Saturday … Read more