New guidelines to help vet nurses decide what’s routine and what’s research – VetNurse News – Vet Nurse

On the 1st of July, the RCVS will publish new guidelines on whether procedures count as routine veterinary practice (RVP), clinical veterinary research (CVR) or as experimental. The new guidance replaces Chapter 25 of the Supporting Guidance to the Code of Professional Conduct. Routine Veterinary Practice describes the procedures and techniques performed on animals by … Read more

Research links raw meat diets to higher presence of bacteria

A study has found Salmonella and antibiotic ‑ resistant forms of Escherichia coli are more commonly present in dogs fed raw meat diets, compared to those that are not. Scientists from the University of Liverpool analyzed nearly 200 faecal samples for the study, which has been published in the Journal of Small Animal Practice. And … 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

Chickens were first tempted down from trees by rice, research suggests | Archeology

Chickens were originally tempted down from the trees and into domestication by rice, according to research. Chicken is one of the most popular foods in the world today, with more than one billion birds slaughtered annually in the UK alone. But researchers at the University of Exeter, the University of Oxford and Cardiff University say … Read more

RVC research rated ‘world-leading’ – VetNurse News – Vet Nurse

The Royal Veterinary College (RVC) has had 88% of its research rated as world-leading (4 *) or internationally excellent (3 *) by the 2021 Research Excellence Framework (REF). The impact of the College’s research on society was similarly highly-ranked, with 83% being scored 4 *, and 7.5 of the 9 impact case studies submitted found … Read more

Top grades for vet schools in research review

Vet schools in the UK have received top grades in a national assessment of the strength and quality of university research. All seven of the vet schools that participated in the 2021 Research Excellence Framework (REF) had the majority of their research ranked as either “world-leading” or “internationally excellent”, with some also acknowledged for the … Read more

New research suggests poodle crosses are greater risk of dental disease – VetNurse News – Vet Nurse

Veterinary digital services company, VisioCare, has released the preliminary results of some research which appears to show that poodle cross puppies are at greater risk of dental problems The company says that of the 249 responses to its Puppy Tooth Census received so far (of which 40% were from vets, 21% vet nurses, 2% other … Read more

VetPartners launches £ 100k research fund

VetPartners has launched a £ 100,000 research fund to allow clinical team members to apply to undertake research projects. The aim of the fund is to help increase the evidence base for clinical decision-making by increasing the amount of research conducted by the group’s practices. Employees working in clinical settings in the UK or Europe … Read more

Research sheds light on best housing for ferret welfare

Poor choice of toys or environmental enrichments can make ferrets more combative and less likely to play with others, according to research. A new study by the RVC has revealed the toys and improvements to housing that can directly impact on ferrets’ health and well-being. While good environmental enrichment is beneficial, inappropriate attempts to enhance … Read more