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

Milk price schedule: how actions on the farm affect it

In simple terms, our role as dairy vets is to advise on health and welfare, so why should we be interested in milk pricing schedules? Our clients are commercial enterprises and, as such, our advice needs to consider both the cost implications, as well as the return on investment. But then we can base that … Read more

Investigating and treating poor performance in sport horses

Veterinarians have an integral role to play when horses fail to perform at an expected level. Performance relies on many factors that all work together and cannot easily be divorced from one another. Most poorly performing horses have several different problems that are contributing to the loss of performance. Equally, many horses continue to perform … Read more

MSD launches suckler herd performance app

An app to help farms and their animals with herd performance has been launched to market by MSD Animal Health. The new app is based on MSD’s popular paper-based suckler herd performance checklist tool, works on tablets and Apple and Android phones, and allows for audit results to be easily emailed to farmer clients following … Read more

Vets urged to help farmers understand IBR control

Vets have been reminded they play a key role in helping farmers prevent respiratory disease outbreaks ahead of the high-risk winter period. Around 70% of UK dairy herds are affected by infectious bovine rhinotracheitis (IBR) and only 22% of farmers are currently vaccinating. MSD Animal Health said the best IBR prevention strategies included good management, … Read more

Young farm vets taken under mentors’ wings in new initiative

A Welsh project working with farmers and vets to promote proactive flock and herd health management is helping create a blueprint for animal welfare, sustainability and efficiency. The Stoc+ Project, led by Hybu Cig Cymru (HCC), is one strand of the Red Meat Development Program – a five-year Welsh Government and European Union-funded initiative. As … Read more

Hill’s to host a free dermatology symposium later this month

The organizers of the annual Hill’s Global Symposium are promising to give veterinary professionals access to leading subject matter experts and cutting-edge sessions. The free online event will take place on September 29, and will focus on topics including canine and feline dermatology; diagnosis, causes and contributing factors; science-based approaches; and nutrition-based support for prevention, … Read more

Purina to offer nutrition conversation support at BVNA Congress

Delegates attending next month’s BVNA Congress are being encouraged to learn more about how to have difficult conversations with clients about their pets’ weight. Purina is offering a series of talks on the subject during the three-day gathering in Telford, as well as the chance for one delegate each day to win a spa day … Read more

Therapeutic pet foods: benefits and nutritional innovations

Image © 279photo / Adobe Stock Veterinary therapeutic diets are those formulated to help with the management of clinical conditions in dogs and cats. In Europe, these diets are regulated differently than other (physiological) pet food, under the feeds for a particular nutritional purpose (PARNUT) legislation1. They must meet specific characteristics, depending on each PARNUT. … Read more

Raw food accreditation scheme ‘a huge step forward’ – producers

A new raw dog food certification scheme can help to address veterinary and scientific fears about the dietary program, leading producers have claimed. The RawSAFE accreditation, which has been developed with the support of the Raw Feeding Veterinary Society (RFVS), has already been awarded to two UK-based pet food manufacturers. Three recent studies have found … Read more