Student seeks help for welfare dissertation

An RVC student is appealing for help with a survey she is conducting for a dissertation for her wild animal biology master. Jasmine Knight has created a short, anonymous survey and is hoping to reach as many veterinary professionals as possible for their views. Survey parameters The dissertation has the title “An investigation into how … Read more

Toxic rat poison killing growing number of England’s birds of prey | Birds

A highly toxic rat poison is killing increasing numbers of birds of prey, figures show, as wildlife campaigners call for its use to be banned outdoors. Most recently, a white-tailed eagle was found poisoned by the anticoagulant brodifacoum on an estate in Dorset. Police closed the investigation into the eagle death last week with no … Read more

Concern as data shows 3.4m pets given up in past year

Animal charities fear a looming pet welfare crisis as data shows around 3.4 million households have given up a pet for adoption in the past year – with many citing financial reasons. The Pet Food Manufacturers’ Association (PFMA) has released its annual population data – and while it shows 17.4 million UK pet-owning households, and … Read more

Linnaeus introduces PCA training courses

Linnaeus will be rolling out three technical training courses for patient care assistants (PCAs) in 2022. In April, a “Diagnostic Support” program is being introduced, followed by “Inpatient Care for Exotics” in June and “Laboratory Diagnostic Support” in October. The three modular courses will be offered to PCAs across Linnaeus, with participants being able to … Read more

VetPartners team help to Keep Britain Tidy

A team of almost 30 volunteers from VetPartners spent a morning picking up wrappers, bottles, cans, cigarette butts and fast food containers as part of the UK’s largest mass-action environmental campaign. Volunteers from VetPartners’ headquarters in York joined forces on Tuesday 29 March to take part in Keep Britain Tidy’s Great British Spring Clean, which … Read more

Vets warn further delays to EU import checks could ‘wreak havoc for disease prevention’

The BVA has expressed serious concerns that the UK Government is considering whether to impose a fourth delay to post-Brexit border checks on goods entering Great Britain from the EU. The Financial Times reported earlier this week (29 March) that senior government officials are “sympathetic” to the idea of ​​imposing further delays to the checks, … Read more

Survey launches to establish ongoing UK impacts of Schmallenberg virus

A new survey is now open allowing vet students on lambing placements to identify the prevalence of deformed lambs – an indicator of the presence of Schmallenberg virus (SBV). As the UK experiences a phase of heightened SBV risk, the survey has been launched by Ruminant Health and Welfare (RH&W) with the support of a … Read more

Boost for two Royal Dick teams

Two teams at The University of Edinburgh’s Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies have been given a boost. Zohra Khan, a lecturer in veterinary neurology, has become a diplomat of the European College of Veterinary Neurology (ECVN), while Amy Miele has started a residency at the behavioral clinic at Royal Dick’s hospital for small animals. … Read more

Petplan crowns 2022 award winners

The winners of the 2022 Petplan Veterinary Awards were announced at a glittering ceremony on Thursday 24 March – its first in-person ceremony since the start of the pandemic coronavirus in 2020. Now celebrating its 23rd year, the awards – dubbed the “Oscars of the veterinary world” – were held at Kimpton Clocktower Hotel in … Read more

Can Raw Dog Food Really Cause Nerve Damage?

Raw meats are known to carry harmful pathogens. We’re familiar with the requirements to keep a clean kitchen after handling raw meat. All surfaces in contact with raw meat must be disinfected and cleaned with warm, soapy water, because these pathogens commonly cause gut upsets in both people and pets. Recently, however, some veterinary researchers have begun to speculate about a link between nerve damage and feeding raw diets.

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