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elcome to the latest edition of Veterinary Supplies Magazine, covering the most recent news and developments in the veterinary industry. This is our London Vet Show issue and we’re very excited to be showcasing what some of our clients will be unveiling at the event. It’s an exciting time of year with people tying up loose ends from 2015 and looking ahead to what 2016 may have in store for the industry. Our main aim over the last few months of this year is to speak to as many suppliers and vets as possible, so that we can adapt and implement some of the plans we have for 2016. We have planned a range of new features for next year that are sure to interest readers and provide them with insightful information.


This issue has spotlight features consisting of; Practice Equipment, Equine Veterinary, and the London Vet Show, along with our regular features. Some articles to look out for are; a Question and Answer on page 12 with Dr Roger Mugford, Founder and CEO of The Company of Animals, and page 23 which has an article detailing the problems of hairballs with cats and how to effectively manage them. I can’t detail every article we have, but I’m sure you’ll enjoy reading the magazine and I hope to see some of you at the London Vet Show.

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General News Lumbry Park Veterinary Specialists Opens its Doors


umbry Park Veterinary Specialists, a new small animal referral hospital in Alton, Hampshire, was officially opened on Saturday 10 October 2015 by the Town Mayor of Alton during an Open Day attended by local dignitaries and more than 100 vets, together with representatives from the veterinary industry and animal charities. Dr Caner Salih, a Consultant Cardiac Surgeon at the Evelina London Children’s Hospital was a special guest. Lumbry Park Veterinary

Specialists has been created from a former out-of-town office building in Alton by CVS, the UK’s fastest growing practice. Building work commenced in March 2015 and CVS has invested more than £4.3 million to create one of the most advanced, multi-disciplinary specialist veterinary hospitals in the UK. It occupies 1,300 square metres and, at the time of its opening, employs nine referral clinicians including seven boarded specialists, together with support and admin staff, creating an initial staffing level of forty. They offer a

range of advanced diagnostics and treatments for dogs and cats across a range of specialties, including highfield MRI and CT scanning, key-hole surgery, interventional cardiac procedures, and joint replacements. Cardiology specialist Dr Luca Ferasin is Lumbry Park’s Clinical Director and reports to Professor John Innes, CVS’ Referral Director. Commenting, Simon Innes, Chief Executive of CVS, said: “The opening of Lumbry Park is a proud moment for CVS and the culmination of a huge amount of work by John, Luca and the team involved. They have worked together to create a fantastic environment in which our specialists can offer the highest standard of veterinary care to our patients and their owners and we are delighted to bring their expertise to veterinary practices and their clients right across the South East of England.” CVS Referral Director, Professor John Innes said: “The opening of Lumbry Park marks a major step for CVS in terms of investment in veterinary specialist services and we will work to ensure that it develops an international reputation


for the standard of care it provides. The Hospital is easily accessible and has the space and rural setting to provide a professional and pleasant environment for our patients, their owners, and our team. Luca and his excellent team are raring to go and we look forward to welcoming our first patients next week.” Alton Town Mayor Mrs Pam Jones added: “I am delighted that Alton has been chosen as the location for such a prestigious veterinary centre and I am honoured to be asked to open it.” Key to its success is CVS’ ability to attract ambitious veterinary staff and to invest in their clinical skills, knowledge and in research to drive the profession forward. It also provides the business support to ensure its diverse range of small animal, large animal and equine practices achieve their full potential. CVS’ guiding principles include a commitment to excellence in all aspects of its work and a focus on building long-term relationships with its customers and suppliers. The company works in close partnership with the wider veterinary profession and industry colleagues.

Vets Asked to Bring Redundant IT Equipment to London Vet Show for Repurposing for African Vets

“Education is a key part of helping our colleagues deliver the best level of clinical care that they can in Africa and we are delighted to be part of the team delivering this transformation.” Any companies or practices wishing to help are asked to bring equipment to Computers 4 Africa’s stand at the London Vet Show. Alternatively, they can: • Deliver it to Vetstream’s offices near Cambridge • Contact Computers 4 Africa which will arrange to collect the equipment free of charge for a minimum of ten computers plus other items • Take it to one of the charity’s donation centres around the UK - uk/appeals/index.php


no longer need. This is a real win-win across two continents.” Rob Chapman, Director of the London Vet Show, said: “We’re delighted to support this initiative which seems to provide benefits for everyone. UK businesses get to reduce recycling costs while putting their redundant hardware to good use in supporting developing nations.” Vetstream is also providing its Canis and Felis peer-reviewed multimedia point-of-care encyclopaedias to veterinarians in the participating AFSCAN countries. Vetstream Canis and Felis feature content from more than 900 leading veterinary clinicians from around the world, are updated weekly and are accessible via any internet-enabled device. Mark Johnston continued:


AFSCAN project which is being led by the World Small Animal Veterinary Association’s (WSAVA’s) charitable Foundation, to advance standards of veterinary care across the continent. Dr G Mark Johnston, Managing Director of Vetstream, explained: “These days we replace IT equipment so often that it is amazing how quickly a large pile of redundant equipment can build up. Rather than letting it clutter up your office or throwing it away, this equipment can now be repurposed for vets in Africa who really need it. The team at Computers 4 Africa data-wipe it and refurbish it before installing software and browser solutions and shipping it to Africa for use by veterinarians in the AFSCANparticipating countries.” Sharon Roberts from Computers 4 Africa, added: “The veterinary profession is really behind this initiative and we’re grateful for the equipment we have already received. It’s so kind of the organisers of the London Vet Show to give us this opportunity to highlight the real difference vets here can make to their colleagues in Africa, simply by donating equipment such as laptops, tablets, smartphones, leads, chargers and mice that they



etstream, one of the companies behind an initiative to give vets in Africa online access to the latest CPD and point of care information, has called on the veterinary profession to bring redundant IT equipment to the London Vet Show so that it can repurposed for African vets as part of the African Small Companion Animal Network (AFSCAN) project. CloserStill Media, organiser of the London Vet Show, has donated a free stand to the UK-based charity Computers 4 Africa, which prepares the equipment for its new role and ships it out to Africa. Vetstream, a leading provider of digital clinical resources to the veterinary profession, has already donated more than 40 items of IT equipment, including desktop PCs, laptops and monitors to Computers 4 Africa. Through the AFSCAN project, it is working with the charity to bring more than 150 African veterinary practices online in five subSaharan countries (Kenya, Namibia, Nigeria, Tanzania and Uganda) by the end of 2015. Called ‘Distance Learning for Colleagues in Africa’, the project is also sponsored by global veterinary supplier KRUUSE. Their efforts form part of the

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Veterinary charities boosted by BVA donations


he British Veterinary Association (BVA) has made donations to two leading veterinary charities, the Veterinary Benevolent Fund (VBF) and the Animal Welfare Foundation (AWF), in recognition of and to support their vital ongoing work assisting BVA members, the wider veterinary community and animals in the UK. BVA has continued its support of VBF this year with a £23,000 donation, as the free and confidential service it offers the veterinary community through its Helpline, health and financial support programmes is as important now as it ever has been - with recent figures showing over 60% of vets suffer high levels of job-related stress. The donation will go towards updating VBF’s new working name to Vetlife, the creation of the new website and training sessions for those involved in running the vet helpline service. The other £23,000 donation

for AWF will go towards a number of campaigns including the Links Project, a programme that trains vets and other professionals to recognise signs of domestic abuse through suspicious pet injuries and how they can then report and address this. The donation will also go towards running the 2016 AWF Discussion Forum and producing animal welfare leaflets for vets and pet owners. Derek Williams, Chairman of BVA Board, said: “Both of these charities do fantastic, life-changing work within the veterinary world and I’m delighted BVA have been able to make substantial donations to help them continue this. The contribution VBF makes as a lifeline for the vet community is invaluable, bringing discussions about mental health issues to the fore and offering a place for vets to turn. AWF has worked tirelessly towards improving animal welfare for many years and the Links

Project is one great example of this - a brilliant programme that supports both animals and owners that may be affected by domestic abuse.” John Moffitt, President of VBF, said: “On behalf of the Veterinary Benevolent Fund I would like to thank the British Veterinary Association for the generous donation. We do appreciate the support that the BVA has provided to VBF over many years and we hope that we will continue to work together in the future.” Dr Tiffany Hemming, Chair of Trustees for the AWF, said:

“We appreciate the ongoing support given to the charity by BVA and these funds will make a big difference in helping us carry out our work and move projects forward. AWF greatly values its relationship with the BVA and looks forward to continuing close collaboration on areas of mutual interest in the future.” More information about AWF is available at and veterinary surgeons, nurses and students who would like support can contact the Vet Helpline on 0303 040 2551 or via anonymous email https://helpline.vetlife.

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84% of vets give up time to work with animal charities and shelters


he majority of veterinary surgeons in the UK - more than 4 in 5 - provide some of their time and veterinary expertise at a reduced rate, while more than 2 in 5 give their time to work unpaid with animal charities and shelters to treat thousands of abandoned, mistreated or injured animals each year. The charitable contributions that vets make to assist animals are highlighted today with the release of results from the Voice of the Veterinary Profession survey by the British Veterinary Association (BVA), which asked vets about the arrangements they have with charities. The results show that across the UK: • 72% have formal arrangements with charities to provide veterinary services at a reduced fee with the figure rising to 84% when including less formal set-ups • 43% of vets do unpaid work for animal charities or other animal welfare organisations Charitable activities vary from practice to practice and vets often work with local animal shelters and national animal charities to provide a range of pro bono or reduced fee

services, such as health checking, medicating and treating, neutering and vaccinating. • Many vets give up their time providing veterinary care at animal shelters and rescue centres to improve the health and welfare of animals in need, ranging from treating injured wildlife to caring for abandoned and mistreated dogs and cats. • Many veterinary practices provide veterinary advice to homeless people and those in housing crisis, and care for their dogs as part of the Dogs Trust Hope Project. Vets also support other projects, such as the Freedom Project, which temporarily fosters animals belonging to families fleeing domestic violence. • Overbreeding of cats and dogs contributes to thousands of unwanted and neglected pets each year. Vets help reduce the numbers and help improve animal welfare by teaming up with charities, some of which provide neutering vouchers to owners on limited incomes. Vets helped neuter 158,000 cats and

kittens with Cats Protection in 2014 alone. • Over 300 veterinary practices undertake work for the charity PDSA, providing treatment to animals of owners on meanstested benefits. The scheme ensures some of the most disadvantaged people in society can access veterinary treatment to keep their pets healthy. • Vets never turn away an un-owned or wild animal needing emergency treatment. The RSPCA and BVA recognise the essential role vets play with the Initial Emergency Treatment (IET) scheme. When a member of the public finds a sick or injured stray or wild animal, vets will always provide necessary treatment, and may receive a charitable contribution towards the cost of that treatment, for instance through the RSPCA IET scheme. Commenting, BVA President Sean Wensley, said: “Behind these statistics are countless stories of veterinary teams – who already often work long, demanding hours – giving





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their time for free to support animal rescue staff and charities to care for abandoned, injured and neglected animals, as well as help owners to keep and care for much loved animals in times of hardship and crisis. The UK’s network of animal charities and rehoming centres do a fantastic job protecting wild and domestic animals each year. Animal welfare legislation is clear that animal keepers and owners are responsible for meeting their animals’ needs, and prospective animal owners must be aware of the cost and time commitment involved in animal ownership, but we appreciate people’s circumstances can change.” RSPCA Chief Veterinary Officer James Yeates, commenting on the IET scheme, said: “Vets’ work in this area can go unrecognised but it is appreciated by the RSPCA that they are part of the team trying to help animals. The RSPCA is dedicated to helping animals most in need and relies on vets’ welfare work to help bring a stop to the suffering of all animals.”

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Queen opens University of Surrey’s new vet school T he University of Surrey’s new School of Veterinary Medicine was officially opened on the 14th October by Her Majesty The Queen, accompanied by His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh. Her Majesty and His Royal Highness will tour the £45m School and visit the Large Animal Clinical Skills Building, where they will meet students undertaking equine examinations and working with livestock. The Royal Party will also view a demonstration in the Biomechanics Laboratory, meeting Professor Noel Fitzpatrick, the “Supervet”, and dogs that have benefitted from prosthetic limb surgery. Finally, they will observe teaching sessions in the Clinical Skills Laboratory, meeting staff and students undertaking clinical skills training. After the tour, The Queen, The Duke and assembled guests will participate in a short ceremony to celebrate the opening of the new teaching facilities, at which Her Majesty will be invited to unveil a plaque to mark the occasion. As The Royal Party leaves the School, Joey, the star of the theatre production War Horse will approach The Royal Party and say farewell to The Queen and The Duke by rearing up on his hind legs as the state limousine departs. Professor Michael Kearney, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Surrey, said: “We are hugely honoured

to welcome Her Majesty and His Royal Highness to the University of Surrey. This is a very special occasion that tops off an exceptional start to the academic year for the University, after the launch of our 5G Innovation Centre and achieving The Times and Sunday Times ‘University of the Year’ accolade. “The School of Veterinary Medicine further cements our position as a world-class institution that is delivering cutting-edge teaching and research from state-of-the-art facilities. It will not only provide the next generation of sought-after veterinary graduates, but it will offer significant opportunities for collaboration between human and animal medical science professionals and public sector organisations.” Partners in education The School of Veterinary Medicine, only the second vet school to open in the UK since 1965, embraces the ‘One Health’ philosophy that human and animal health is intrinsically linked. The custom-built buildings are integral to the School’s innovative approach to veterinary education, which puts veterinary professionals, government agencies and industry at the heart of its teaching and research. Professor Lisa Roberts, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, added: “It has taken five years of vision,

enthusiasm and determination from many talented individuals for us to reach the official opening of a new and different School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Surrey. “Veterinarians play a pivotal role in animal and human disease control and prevention. The University’s veterinary programme encompasses global diseases and food security issues and facilitates progression into a broad range of careers in the veterinary profession. “We are particularly proud of the innovative and modern curriculum we are delivering for our students in collaboration with partners across the veterinary sector in small and large animal practices, government and industry. “I would like to thank all of our partners for the time and effort they have put into this School, including the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), which contributed £4.9m to the School’s

clinical skills facilities. Their support has been vital to its creation and we look forward to continuing to work with them to train the next generation of veterinary experts.” Professor Noel Fitzpatrick, one of the founding partners of the School of Veterinary Medicine, said: “I had a vision where we would deliver a degree structure which was truly focussed on what you dream about when you are sixteen years old, when you are desperate to become a vet. I fully intend to be part of a team that will kindle that fire throughout professional life to shine a light onto the world that badly needs ambassadors of purpose and integrity to be the caretakers of health on Earth, both now and for long after I’m gone and these new buildings will still be standing. This is our legacy, and we are intensely proud to be part of this evolution in health education.”

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he launch of the non-profit British Mobile Veterinary Association (BMVA) will take place in connection with the 2015 London Vet Show and include an inaugural general meeting (AGM) followed by a networking dinner with special guest, mobile vet colleague, author, LVS speaker and IAAHPC President, Dr. Kathy Cooney, DVM (USA). “Having been a mobile vet for ten years, I am thrilled to see such a massive year-on-year increase in new mobile practices around the UK over the past 10 years and it seems a logical step to organise the growing number of colleagues operating this rather atypical and alternative practice model in an official Association”, says Co-Founder Susan Gregersen,

MRCVS and practice owner since 2005 of Vets2Home - Peaceful Pet Goodbyes. “It is our hope, through the BMVA and the online directory of mobile member practices, that we can help raise awareness among pet owners and vet colleagues alike about the valuable and high standard of services we offer to pets and their owners in their own home” says Amy Bergs, MRCVS, owner of The Cat Doctor in Surrey and the other Co-Founder. “Offering veterinary health care to our patients in their own home, whenever possible, is a natural progression in a convenience-driven society and where companion animals are now regarded as fully fledged family members seeking only the very best

in veterinary attention and health care. Demand for these services are clearly exploding as many owners now turn to dedicated, un-hurried and convenient services such as those offered by personal, flexible mobile vets and as comprehensive services are often offered in collaboration with local, forward-thinking full-service practices” says Susan, who is an in-home hospice and euthanasia vet herself. Amy, who is a cat-only mobile vet in her third year, adds, “Providing quality at-home veterinary care is rewarding but not always easy, often requiring skills and techniques that can only be gained through experience. The ability to exchange and build professional knowledge in this developing, niche area is therefore

invaluable and we hope all mobile vet colleagues in the UK will join us in this new initiative. By bringing together many like-minded individuals into an official association and online mobile vet directory, we aim to increase awareness of this alternative type of veterinary care – a goal which will benefit not only our members but also the patients and clients that appreciate our services”, Amy finishes. For more general information, membership enquiries or if you would like to attend the first AGM in Kensington, London please contact Susan Gregersen on or call on 01273 842115. The BMVA and Online Directory can be found on www. which will be launched shortly after the inauguration.

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The Company of Animals Q&A with Dr Roger Mugford


. Tell me about The Company of Animals The name of our company was inspired by the book title chosen by Professor James Serpell ‘In The Company of Animals’, which explores the social and psychological basis to the human-animal bond. That is exactly what our Company of Animals is today: We are here to help every pet-human relationship to be a success, and where problems arise to find practical and speedy solutions. Of course, that work was inspired by my being the first person to introduce a scientific approach to companion animal behaviour therapy: sorting out problem pets. That goes back about 37 years, when I left a career as a research scientist with the Waltham Centre for Pet Nutrition to explore how best to reduce the negatives in pet people relationships.




2. What is your business model? Simply put, we aim to please! We are a worldwide company and where possible, we strive to reproduce the formula which we have in the UK, supplying both the veterinary and the pet speciality channels. In the UK, we supply all of the three main veterinary wholesalers and have a good presence in veterinary practices that have a retail area as part of the surgery. In many countries however veterinarians do not market or sell accessories to improve the behaviour or the control of their patients. This is a source of great frustration because I have always believed that vets are in the frontline of identifying then hopefully resolving pet animal behaviour problems, no matter what. Many canine behavioural problems will be helped by the use of one or other of our Company of Animals products: for instance, the HALTI, our Baskerville muzzles, reward-based training accessories or the Pet Corrector to interrupt unwanted or otherwise out of control behaviours. Despite having a large presence on the internet, we intend to remain with the b to b business model and not b to c. 3. Can you explain the impact that social networking and web 2.0 has made on your business? I personally am not too hot on social media, being lazy about even updating my own Facebook, let alone reading the thousands of postings that come our way. Nevertheless, as a business we do consider this to be a very important way of reaching and communicating with our clients. We have one person full time engaged in corresponding with our admirers (and few critics) that reach us through Facebook, Twitter or other such

social media. 4. What is The Company of Animals doing to ensure the business continues to develop and grow? I’m personally very actively involved in the treatment of behavioural problems in both dogs and cats, and they continue to be a source of inspiration for new product development: creating problem solving products. In addition, there is a healthy community of inventors who keep sending us ideas on how things can be done better. That is one source of growth for the company: expanding the effectiveness and the range of our portfolio of products. In addition, we see ourselves as a worldwide company, best represented in the United Kingdom, the United States and north European countries. We are starting to develop a presence in Asia or South America and it is in these important and populous countries that we want to develop the same presence that readers will be familiar with in the United Kingdom. 5. The Company of Animals has a number of innovative products in its portfolio, what is the product that you are most proud of? Undoubtedly it is the HALTI, which has been such a very simple way of resolving a host of behavioural problems in dogs. Despite three decades of marketing it in the UK, I still encounter dog owners who think that maybe it is some kind of muzzle for managing nasty dogs! HALTI has enabled little people to have big dogs and people with disabilities to experience the same pleasures as those of us who are fit and strong.

6. How long have you worked in your current role and what was your working history prior to working at Company of Animals? I established The Company of Animals about 37 years ago, after a career as a research scientist with Pedigree Pet Foods at the Waltham Centre for Pet Nutrition. I was the first animal psychologist to be employed within the pet industry, where in addition to an interest in feeding behaviour and food preferences, I had a major responsibility to explore the psychological basis of the human-animal bond. It is that latter aspect of my work at Pedigree that continues today. 7. What do you feel has been The Company of Animal’s biggest achievement? The recent big achievement has been to create a solid business foundation in the United States. The stakes are very high for a relatively small European company to establish itself in this large and complex market, but we are now well respected with our own USA subsidiary company, not just a jolly foreigner importer! American dog trainers and owners understand that we have real expertise within our specialist sector, and we generate just as much excitement and admiration amongst dog owners as in the UK. Quite remarkably, I was recently awarded the Trio Matsui award as the world pet association “person of the year”: an award which has only once before been given to a non-American. That is almost as big an achievement as by three times F1 champion Lewis Hamilton!

8. What is the favourite part of your job? Undoubtedly, it is dealing on a one to one basis with a family worried about their pet’s behaviour. It remains an incredibly satisfying role which I’m privileged still to have. That matters to me more than any other aspect of my day to day business. 9.

Do you have any pets? I presently have three dogs but no cats, principally because my Staffie cross, Humphrey really does not like cats. I always have one or more dogs living with us for evaluation, a candidate for rehoming by one of the animal charities with which we work. In addition to my obvious love of dogs, is the affection I have and the pride I take in my farm animals. I have a herd of pedigree South Devon cattle, sheep, horses, chickens, llamas and more. 10. What is your perfect Sunday? Driving my tractor, as per this Sunday when I was harrowing in grass seeds on an eight-acre new pasture field. Then checking out and being with my cattle. 11. Any new announcements that company of animals would like to make? There will be more announcements in the coming weeks, but right now they remain top secret! Dr Roger Mugford, Founder and CEO of The Company of Animals

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Pet-ID offers new online ordering facility in new veterinary specific store


focus on innovation and customer needs has long been key to Pet-ID Microchips, already resulting in advanced coatings on its microchips to help prevent migration and narrower sharper needles for ease of application. Now the company is opening an online shop so that veterinary professionals can place their orders online. For added convenience the shop will be hosted by Vbay ( – the veterinary professionals’ online marketplace, where practice teams can go to buy and sell anything veterinary. Managing Director, Jo Briault, says it’s another example of how the company is thinking ‘outside the box’, “It’s certainly true that we could easily add an integral shop to our current website but we fully appreciate that busy practice staff don’t want to be visiting multiple sites to place their orders. We have decided that our best location for online ordering is within a thriving marketplace where the veterinary community can engage with suppliers that are completely focused on meeting their needs.”

Now when vets are looking for a dog microchip, or a cat microchip, or indeed a microchip for any other animal, there’s no need to wait. The online system will go live in November and offers 24-7 ordering, complementing the current telephone ordering system, providing both convenience and choice. Caroline Johnson, Vbay Director is delighted to welcome Pet ID to the growing list of suppliers who have Vbay stores, “In this increasingly digital world it’s easy to get lost in the plethora of URLs, so bringing everything together in one central veterinary shopping mall designed with professional needs in mind, makes perfect sense.” Vets, RVNs and practice managers can find Vbay stores at list-stores.html where the Pet ID store is expected to go live in time for London Vet Show.

For more information visit, telephone 01273 837676, or visit Pet-ID Microchips at stand 151 at London Vet Show.

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IDEXX introduces paperless lab test ordering





rom 22nd October, practices will be able to use a new function of the IDEXX VetConnect™ PLUS software to request external laboratory tests at the click of a button, and without the need to complete paper requisition forms. The additional functionality of the existing VetConnect PLUS technology will simplify and speed up the process of carrying out analytical tests. “The user interface will now allow practitioners to search for tests by name, code, component or by a number of pre-populated frequently used, popular tests, making it very easy to find and request the appropriate test,” says Simon Wootton, UK CAG Marketing Manager at IDEXX.

“Once a test is selected, the practitioner is presented with a range of relevant additional information. This includes sampling requirements, possible interferences and diagnostic usage indications, all designed to help avoid some of the common pitfalls with test choice and sampling techniques. Patient data is also stored, so only needs to be entered once. “Another feature is the ability to edit the order and add additional tests while the sample is in transit, if these are required based on the clinical presentation,” adds Simon. VetConnect PLUS is freeto-use technology and part of the IDEXX philosophy of delivering innovative solutions for practitioners to help improve animal health.


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HealthforAnimals supports the global medical and veterinary communities in their efforts to counter additional restrictions on ketamine use.


n 16-20 November 2015, the Expert Committee on Drug Dependence (ECDD) of the World Health Organisation (WHO) will hold a meeting, where they will consider placing ketamine on a list[1] that will restrict its availability. Ketamine is an important anaesthesia and it is used for veterinary medical interventions and to restrain dangerous animals. It is an important part of the veterinarian’s toolkit. HealthforAnimals opposes this initiative to restrict its availability as this will severely undermine the ability to provide effective care for animals.

The WHO Expert Committee on Drug Dependence (ECDD) evaluated ketamine in 2006, 2012 and 2014. It did not recommend placing ketamine under international control. HealthforAnimals supports the decision of WHO ECDD not to recommend ketamine scheduling. The HealthforAnimals position is in line with that of the World Medical Association (WMA), the World Veterinary Association (WMA), the World Small Animal Veterinarians Association (WSAVA) and many other informed representative organisations





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Fitzpatrick Referrals upgrades its Advanced Diagnostic Imaging Suite to be one of best in Europe I n October 2015, Fitzpatrick Referrals upgraded their Imaging Suite to now host some of the best technology available today in the world of veterinary diagnostics. The new upgrades with the Toshiba Aquilion 160 CT Scanner and Siemens 1.5T MRI Tim System Scanner, available at both their Orthopaedics/Neurology and Oncology/Soft Tissue hospitals, are unique in the UK. The new scanners have the capability of providing highly advanced imaging offering the very latest and best detector technology for our patients. The Toshiba Aquilion 160 slice CT scanner which has been installed in both their Eashing and Guildford hospitals are currently, in terms of hardware and software, the most advanced CT machines in the UK. They provide excellent image quality within just a few seconds. This multidetector scanner can produce high resolution imaging of the thorax, abdomen, pelvis, head, bones and joints with CT angiographic studies which has revolutionised the ability

to view fractures, complex joint disorders, limb deformities and bone-invading cancers in 3D. The Siemens 1.5T MRI Tim System Scanner in their Orthopaedics/Neurology referral centre obtains images of exceptionally high quality in order to achieve more rapid diagnosis and reduced examination time. This state-of-theart system has 32 channels and can combine up to 72 coil elements, a configuration that makes this system superior for scanning the patient top to toe without any repositioning. Since introducing the new MRI machine, our practice has already managed to reduce scanning time by 30% per patient. The scanner has the capability to evaluate perfusion in brain tumours, cartilage thickness, and spinal cord changes with 1mm slice thickness. Eli Jovanovik PGDip BSc, Head of Imaging at Fitzpatrick Referrals, said: “With this latest upgrade, our imaging department is now equal to that of leading

hospitals in human medicine today. For example, a routine MRI scan of the brain now only takes 15 minutes which previously would take 25 minutes. The CT scanners have state of the art detector technology, capable of producing very thin slices of 0.5mm that enable the clinician to recognize and diagnose very subtle changes. Our upgraded suite will revolutionise veterinary medicine and represents a paradigm shift

for the future of animal care. With such cutting edge equipment, we will make a huge step forward in improving patient care for our animal friends and will ultimately have a direct impact on diagnostics protocols for human patients too.” For more information about Fitzpatrick Referrals Imaging Service, visit: http://www.fitzpatrickreferrals.

ROYAL CANIN® launches new weight management programme for practices





OYAL CANIN® has announced a new Approved Weight Management Centre programme for vet practices across the UK. Launched by ROYAL CANIN®’s dedicated Weight Management Team, a number of practices across the UK will receive ‘Centre of Excellence’ status for managing overweight or obese cats and dogs educating clients on prevention. To gain approved centre status, practices are required to establish a formal Weight Management Clinic and work as a team to refer clients with overweight pets through the clinic. The chosen practices will receive bespoke training from a member of the Weight Management Team, providing them with the skills and protocols to discuss obesity with clients and encouraging vets, nurses and receptionists to work together to raise awareness of obesity. Shelley Holden from the

Weight Management Team said: “This is a unique platform for practices across the UK to take advantage of and really excel in addressing weight management issues in practice and tackling prevention. We are excited to currently work with an elite group of practices, all committed to raising awareness of obesity in cats and dogs.” As part of the accolade, all nine approved clinics now discuss body condition scoring with patients to identify whether the pet is in ideal condition. If overweight or obese, they are then referred for further advice and support to their weight clinic. The weight clinic is a complimentary 30 minute appointment with a weight management nurse, followed by ongoing monitoring, personalised advice and telephone support. Approved clinics also educate owners about prevention during puppy parties, puppy and kitten vaccinations, and at neutering

to ensure owners are aware of the health risks of weight gain from the outset. Mrs Jo Hammett BVSc MRCVS, Owner of The Stocks Vets, explained: “We have received bespoke training from ROYAL CANIN® to achieve centre status, giving our team the confidence to discuss the sensitive issues surrounding weight with clients, in addition to tackling education. This

has really helped break down barriers in approaching the topic with clients about their pets’ weight and we are finding they are now much more open with the team during consultations, which is a major achievement in itself.” For more information about the Approved Weight Management Centre programme, practices should contact their ROYAL CANIN® veterinary business manager or visit

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ore than 250 delegates experienced workshops and keynote presentations delivered by more than 25 expert speakers at the 2015 International Companion Animal Welfare Conference in Porto, Portugal last week. Sessions included topics as varied as puppy smuggling in Europe the topical issue of identifying sexual animal abuse. The conference included exhibitor trade stands and

sponsors including MDC who along with SNIP International and Cats Protection donated more than £2000.00 worth of MDC humane animal handling equipment to worthy recipients. Registrations to attend the conference came from animal welfare organisations as far afield as Afghanistan and Japan. The donated equipment included stretchers, cat traps and protective gloves – all of huge benefit to the welfare workers to strengthen their own animal welfare projects

on return to their home countries. The event (organized by the Dogs Trust) was the first under the direction of new CEO Adrian Burder who said “We are thrilled to host this annual conference. It is such a lovely atmosphere. The wealth of knowledge amongst both delegates and speakers is remarkable. I think the standard of presentations were at an all time high and this has been the best event yet” The conference closed with

the presentation of the Clarissa Baldwin International Award for Excellence in Animal Welfare awarded to Doretha Friz; veterinarian and founder the Italian welfare organization - Lega Pro Animale. The next ICAWC will be held 11th-13th October 2016, Dubrovnik, Croatia. For more information

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Companion Animal Antibiotics vital to animal health















o mark European Antibiotics practise responsible approaches Awareness Day on 18 to the use of these vital medicines, November the British Small especially those that are highest Animal Veterinary Association priority in human medicine. We (BSAVA) urged the veterinary prohave to preserve these lifesavfession and pet owners to work ing drugs for the future, and also together to slow the emergence of protect our right to prescribe them antibiotic-resistant bacteria and to our patients.” prevent the spread of resistant In order to do this, The infections. BSAVA and University of Liverpool Antibiotics have been an have developed the Small Animal important health tool since the Veterinary Surveillance Network discovery of penicillin in 1928 (SAVSNET) to improve our underyet today antibiotic resistance standing of pet animal health. is an international One Health David Singleton is a veterinary concern. The number of infecsurgeon who has just started a tions due to antibiotic-resistant PhD with SAVSNET in partnerbacteria is growing, new antibiotic ship with the Veterinary Medicines development is slow, and may Directorate, specifically aimed be preserved for human healthat improving our understanding care, presenting a bleak outlook of antimicrobial prescription and on effective veterinary antibiotic resistance in small animals. Early treatment in the future. results show that around 39% of “We know that many anticats and dogs that are presented bacterials considered important sick at a consultation are being in human medicine are also treated with antibiotics, and that considered important in veterivets are avoiding the use of those nary medicine” explains BSAVA antibiotics recommended for use President, Colville. “This only in humans. SFG Half Page Trisha Advert 1 04/03/2014 15:19 is why the veterinary profession David Singleton is a is working hard to promote and University of Liverpool veterinary

graduate undertaking a PhD, working with SAVSNET to focus on national surveillance of antimicrobial prescription and resistance in small animals. This will help the veterinary profession have an even greater understanding of the threat of antimicrobial resistance and inform the way that it prescribes these important medicines. “Monitoring antibiotic use is essential because the profession will be able to use that data to ask ‘are we currently prescribing at the right levels, for the right things, and in the right ways?’” says general practitioner Ross Allan. “It’s also why the PROTECT guidelines from BSAVA are so invaluable to those of us in practice.”

BSAVA’s PROTECT guidelines, developed with the Small Animal Medicine Society, have become an essential tool in helping practices ensure they are taking a responsible approach to antibacterial prescribing. This provides a checklist by which vets in practice can ensure they are taking the best course of action. Working with clients to ensure antibiotics are used in the right way is as much of a challenge in veterinary medicine as it is in human health. Vets and vet nurses work hard to communicate with pet owners the importance of completing the course of prescribed antibiotics in order to cure the infection and keep bacteria from finding new ways of being resistant to the antibiotic.

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Hair today, coughed up tomorrow!



eva Animal Health product manager Abigail King BSc(Hons), provides an overview of the problem and how to manage and prevent hairballs in cats. Vomiting or ‘coughing up’ hairballs is a common problem in domestic cats as they can spend up to 25% of their waking hours grooming. Longhaired cats are more commonly affected than those with short hair.

Prevention and advice for cat owners There are a number of preventative measures that cat

Assessing the cat’s home environment for resources to consider any contribution by chronic stress • Distraction using toys, games or puzzle feeders can decrease the time spent grooming Ceva Animal Health has recently launched its LOGIC Ease range of palatable ‘soft chew’ veterinary strength supplements that can be given as treats. The range supports pets through their whole lives and includes LOGIC® EaseFlex, LOGIC® EaseLife and LOGIC® EaseDerm for dogs and LOGIC® EaseFlex and LOGIC® EaseBall for cats. For information visit or contact Ceva on 01494 781510.


the added benefit of contributing to a healthy, shiny coat. For the reduction of hairballs, one tasty chew should be fed per day. To assist in removal of existing hairballs, up to four chews should be fed daily until the hairballs are passed. Consider the cat’s diet – there are specially formulated commercial diets available to improve skin and coat health, which can reduce shedding. These diets often include increased levels of insoluble fibre to improve gastric motility. Feeding small meals throughout the day can also promote upper gastrointestinal motility A vet check to check for any underlying medical causes


Overgrooming Overgrooming resulting in increased hair ingestion can occur for a variety of reasons including flea infestation, pruritis, pain and/ or anxiety or altered upper gastrointestinal motility (chronic gastrointestinal disease or increased sympathetic nervous stimulation secondary to chronic pain and/or stress).

owners can carry out to help prevent and manage hairballs in cats. These include: • Regularly brush the cat to decrease the amount of hair that is ingested. Ideally longhaired breeds this should be groomed daily. After brushing, wiping the cat with a clean cloth removes any loose hairs • OTC supplements are available to aid passing hairballs. These products are usually based on oils to aid the passing of hair into the faeces. A new product on the market is LOGIC® EaseBall tasty salmon flavoured soft chews. These chews contain natural fish oils to lubricate the digestive tract and enhance the passage of fur through the gut and have


What are hairballs? Due to the rough ‘brushlike’ surface of their tongues, cats ingest a large amount of hair every day while grooming. Hair generally passes through the digestive system into the faeces, however some hair can collect and clump together in the stomach and reach a size that is too large to pass into the duodenum causing the animal to hack and/or retch until it vomits up the hairball. The hair that is brought up often appears matted in appearance. Hairballs may cause a lack of appetite and/or constipation. In rare cases hairballs can get stuck in the oesophagus or cause intestinal blockages, which may require surgery. Frequent vomiting of hairballs may indicate an underlying gastrointestinal problem, such as inflammatory bowel disease or dietary intolerance.


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Harnessing the technological takeover


echnology surrounds us in our everyday life and as vets we’re becoming ever more familiar to the huge advantages that this can bring. Most of us have grown accustomed to our Practice Management Systems and we’re now looking at new ways such technology can help inform us, our patients, and the owners who rely on our expertise. We’ve all formed a close relationship with our smart phones, laptops and tablets – which provide

information at our fingertips that can inform our every day behaviour – and now this is creeping into practice lives too. Indeed, communicating on-line and using digital platforms to learn can help us quickly diagnose, treat and inform our patients and their owners. This ongoing need for information led ROYAL CANIN® to launch NATOM (‘aNATOMical map’) – an interactive educational tool designed to help the entire practice team visualise and explain

cat and dog anatomy and disease conditions. NATOM hosts a library that supports explanations given by the vet or nurse to the owner during or after the consultation and delivers an interactive reference tool to vets, with 360 degree navigation, three levels of zoom, full image annotation and the ability to share bespoke images and save them for future reference. Users can use the charts to study the skeletal, nervous, circulatory, muscular, visceral and more superficial layers. In addition there are ‘special views’ of over 100 common disease processes which graphically describe illness presentation, clinical signs, diagnosis and treatment as well as giving pointers on long-term management. All information can be personalised by the user, who can add comments, sketches and upload other files before saving and sharing the information. All content is written and verified by experts in anatomy and small animal practice with significant contributions from DR. Alex German, Prof. Tim Gruffydd-Jones and Dr. Kit Sturgess.

For vets, it’s an easy to use, time-saving tool which can help explain all disease conditions in a simplified way – particularly key when presenting complex health topics and diseases to your clients. It can also help to differentiate your practice from others by creating a unique client experience and aligning the standards of communication. For owners, it allows them to better understand the health issues of their companion animals and provides them with accurate and trustworthy information both inside and outside of the practice environment. This is particularly key when considering compliance – sometimes key parts of treatment plans can be forgotten or ignored outside of the practice environment, but being able to illustrate a patient’s condition or share details of their illness can encourage owners to stick to treatment plans – ultimately improving their pets quality of life. NATOM was viewed over 1,000 times during its initial launch to students. Vets interested in the tool can visit for further information.

MuttMate is a ‘must’ for the modern social netwoofer!





uttMate’s founder, Sarah Edwards, really was barking up the right tree when she created a unique social netwoofing site for dogs and their owners. Already 20% of UK pets have social media profiles on sites such as Facebook and 90% of owners admit to sharing pet photos online (1). The pet market has been howling for a dog-specific platform so the launch of MuttMate is perfectly timed and already getting a ‘paws up’ from dogs across the UK. The key to MuttMate’s success is that, although it’s a website with a global vision, (it has also been launched in the USA, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Europe) it focuses on communities and bringing pets and their people together on a local scale. MuttMate’s clever geo-location targets your specific area so you only receive local information that’s relevant to you and your best friend. Doggy businesses can connect easily with owners within a certain radius in order to offer discounts or promote events, and owners can search for walking buddies with the same breeds as them or those who are interested in the same doggy sports.

The pet sector is one area of the retail market that is still booming despite the recession. In fact, the total spend on pet care in the UK is set to reach a record high this year when it hits £4.6bn. That’s a rise of 3% on last year and a whopping 25% rise since 2010! (2) This increase could be due to pets becoming more popular, with 9 million dogs currently in the UK compared to 8 million in 2012. (3) Also, our attitudes have changed towards our pets and we are now shopping for them in the same way as we shop for

ourselves. Organic food, high tech gadgets and luxury accessories have become de rigueur. The pet food market alone is set to reach £2.6bn by 2017, driven by a desire for advanced nutrition and a more natural diet for dogs. (4) Sarah, a digital media expert, had her ‘eureka’ moment when she moved to a new area with her Hungarian Vizsla, Rozsa. She couldn’t find a local dog sport club to joinor a way to connect with other Vizsla owners in her area. The seed of an idea grew into a one-stop social networking

site for pet owners that incorporates local news, discounts and offers from local businesses, social groups and clubs, and a safe way of sharing photos, setting reminders for vet appointments and a handy online place for keeping all your doggy stuff. MuttMate represents a natural progression for pets in the online world. As social animals it follows that dogs want to get in on the social networking action too, and MuttMate’s just for them! For further information: www.

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on Mills of West Midlands Veterinary Referrals has been working as a small animal referral surgeon since 2004. In his practice they use the Nomad Pro handheld x-ray device supplied by Clark Dental. He says: “Without a doubt the Nomad was the best money that we ever spent - and the single greatest reason we’ve got for never considering Direct Radiography – Computed Radiography is much more versatile! “Our Clients love it. We can provide X-rays while they wait without needing sedation. Furthermore, we don’t have to charge extra for these as it costs us very little. The saving for us is

not just financial; we save on time, kennel space, sedation and general hassle.” Recent advances in digital radiography have boosted the scope of veterinary practice incredibly and represent an undeniable move forwards for the profession. If you would like to see how your practice can benefit from incorporating the latest digital imaging equipment, contact Clark Dental today. For more information contact Clark Dental on 01270 613750, email, or visit




petDetect announce the release of two new products to market petDetect is proud to announce that branded collar tags and all-in-one implanter systems are now available for purchase. This announcement is the result of extensive discussions with our microchip implanters who cited the usefulness of the collar tags for providing extra reassurance to dog owners as scanning for a microchip is not compulsory. The tags are plastic and feature the words ‘Please Scan Me’ alongside Petlog’s phone number for faster reunification. Putting one alongside a dog’s name tag can assist with a missing pet’s return as they improve the chance a

pet will be scanned thoroughly for a microchip. petDetect aims to ensure every implanter we supply is comfortable and confident in their equipment. Introducing the allin-one implanters allows clients the flexibility to select the tool best suited to their technique and situation. The disposable unit features an ergonomic design and plunger locking system to show when the microchip has been fully deployed into the pet. Both products are available for purchase at com or over the phone on +44 (0)

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ighlight of the Girbau UK stand (X32) at the London Vet Show, taking place 19-20 November at Olympia, will be the latest ED Series energy efficient laundry dryers. Representing a new generation in tumble drying technology, durable Girbau ED Series dryers are typically as much as 25 per cent more energy efficient than conventional laundry dryers. The highly reliable and accurate built-in humidity control system automatically senses when items are dry and activates the cool down process maximising energy efficiency and caring for delicate and synthetic fabrics such as blankets and bedding. ED Series dryers feature Girbau’s TRANSFLOW technology for maximum efficiency, reduced cycle times and lower energy costs. Cabinet insulation and a doubleglazed door further optimise energy

efficiency. Like all Girbau commercial laundry equipment, ED dryers are designed for years of every day use. Veterinary surgeries, kennels and catteries looking to reduce laundry energy bills and lower their cost of ownership immediately can upgrade to Girbau’s new ED Series dryers by taking advantage of the company’s Compete Laundry Care package. There is no upfront capital cost as equipment rental, service and maintenance are all included in an affordable fixed monthly payment. The RSPCA, Dogs Trust, Blue Cross and numerous veterinary surgeries nationwide are among the many long-term users of Girbau laundry equipment. Girbau UK offers the country’s most comprehensive range of commercial laundry equipment. Its 6 Series high speed washers are among the most energy efficient in

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New Activo-Med Vibro-Combi Floor now available from FMBs Therapy Systems


n line with its other performance and recovery equipment, FMBs Therapy Systems is delighted to introduce the Activo-Med VibroCombi Floor. For improved circulation, recovery and rehabilitation, this state-of-the-art product combines controlled vibration with pulsed electromagnetic therapy. It can also be purchased with integral weighing scales, stocks and/or a solarium if required. The Activo-Med VibroCombi Floor can be used in a number of different situations, whether this is pre warm up and post cool down, for recovery and rehabilitation, or even while you carry out tasks like plaiting and clipping. “The first time I saw this floor, I was very excited about it and its potential,” says Serena Hickson from FMBs Therapy Systems. “The way the system works can support general recovery after exercise, suppleness and circulation, but it can also be used for rehabilitation after injury and general wellbeing. As with the other Activo-Med products we supply, the control box is set to provide the right combination of

therapies for your horse, depending on the circumstances, but can also be programmed to a bespoke combination to suit the horse’s requirements. This means that the programme time, PEMF frequency and intensity and the intensity of the massage / vibration can be altered as needed. As an additional benefit, the floor can be customised to include weighing scales to allow riders to accurately monitor their horse’s weight, and the additional options of stocks and even a solarium ensure there’s a solution for all locations requiring minimum space used.” The floor can be operated from a mains supply or rechargeable battery, which makes is very portable if you need to take it in the lorry or to shows. The Activo-Med Vibro-Combi Floor with optional weighing scales, stocks and solarium is available in a range of configurations. For more information on this versatile floor please contact the FMBs Therapy Systems team. For more information see www. or call 01494 883433.

Specialising in sympathy cards for pets Having worked within the Veterinary Profession for 20 years, I know how much client’s appreciate receiving a condolence card after the loss of a pet. Combining my background knowledge along with my love for watercolour painting I have produced an individual range of quality cards, which are exceptional value for money and are very different to others available to the veterinary market, making this a sympathetic way to promote your practice.




The cards are printed on a stylish textured surface measuring 140mm x 140mm, with envelopes provided. They can be supplied with a simple verse inside or left blank for your own message or insert. Personalisation is available on all orders, please contact us for details. WAYSIDE, 2 THE LOKE, DITCHINGHAM, BUNGAY, SUFFOLK. NR35 2QS. UNITED KINGDOM Tel: 01986 893953 | Fax: 01986 893953 | |

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MILA Long Term Catheters will soon be specific to Small Animal or Large Animal. The chart below will help you determine which to order. All kits will contain: Catheter, scalpel, introducer, guidewire, dilator, needle free caps, suture wings, and gauze. SMALL ANIMAL KITS include a fenestrated drape and 3-0 suture. LARGE ANIMAL KITS include a larger introducer and 2-0 suture.

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Shelf Life Extension for Virbac’s Cattle Parasiticide Neoprinil®


irbac’s recently launched parasiticide Neoprinil has been granted a shelf life extension from one to two years after first opening, minimising the risk of wasted product and increasing its convenience to farmers. An eprinomectin pour-on solution, Neoprinil is indicated for use against internal and external parasites in cattle, including gut and lungworms, mange mites, sucking and chewing lice, horn flies and warbles. It is administered using the company’s award-winning FARMPACK® and FLEXIBAG®, which combine easy application with freedom of movement for the farmer, and offers a zero-day withdrawal period in milk. Virbac Product Manager for Large Animals Brigitte Goasduf MRCVS commented: “Understanding the challenges our customers face and offering products to overcome them is our goal so we are delighted that Neoprinil has received a shelf life extension

because this adds to its flexibility and convenience for farmers. It also brings it into line with Deltanil, our deltamethrin-based pour-on for use against a range of ectoparasites in cattle and sheep. “We now offer a comprehensive and flexible parasiticide range administered with a dispensing system that sets a new standard for convenience and ease of use.” Neoprinil is presented in 2.5l, 4.5l and 8l pack sizes. An independent veterinary pharmaceutical company, Virbac’s investment in R&D is focused on promoting animal welfare and offering veterinary surgeons and farmers innovative solutions and treatment approaches, such as the recent launch of the awardwinning FARMPACK and FLEXIBAG dispensing system for its new pouron range, Deltanil and Neoprinil. It aims to work in close partnership with its customers, providing the advice and support they need to run successful, profitable businesses.




British Veterinary Association welcomes new bovine TB controls in Scotland T he British Veterinary Association (BVA) and BVA Scottish Branch have welcomed legislation in Scotland that will further protect Scotland’s livestock against bovine TB, which came into effect on the 9th October. The new legislation will extend the regime of TB controls to specified non-bovine animals, including alpaca, sheep, and farmed deer. The controls aim to ensure that Scotland retains it’s officially TB free status. These controls include notification of the disease in specified non-bovine animals and compulsory slaughter of any TB reactors identified. BVA Scottish Branch President Grace Webster said: “BVA and BVA Scottish Branch responded to the initial consultation on these disease control measures last December. We are pleased to see that the Scottish Government has put legislative measures in place to

guard against an incursion of the disease into Scotland in line with our advice. We know that the disease in South American Camelids has an extensive and aggressive pathology, and has zoonotic potential, so these new controls show the foresight of the Scottish Government in animal welfare and agriculture as well as human health.” BVA President Sean Wensley said: “We continue to work with our Scottish colleagues and the Scottish Government to protect Scotland’s officially TB free status and welcome this new legislation, however we know that disease does not respect borders and that one of the surest ways to safeguard Scotland’s livestock against bovine TB is to ensure its eradication in the rest of the UK. BVA continues to work with all governments of the UK towards this end.”

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Boehringer Ingelheim launches two new PRRS vaccines B

oehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica has increased its health protection range for UK pig producers with the introduction of two new vaccines against Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS). Ingelvac PRRSFLEX® EU is a pigletspecific vaccine, while ReproCyc® PRRS EU is for breeding gilts and sows. Ingelvac PRRSFLEX EU reduces respiratory clinical signs due to PRRS virus infection and is the only piglet-specific PRRS vaccine available to UK producers. It can be used for the active immunisation of healthy pigs from as early as 17 days of age. ReproCyc PRRS EU is for breeding gilts and sows in herds affected with PRRS, and can be administered at all stages of the reproductive cycle as part of a mass vaccination programme. Vaccination of breeding females reduces PRRS-induced reproductive disorders such as premature farrowing, weak-born piglets and

neonatal mortality. Vaccinated gilts and sows show decreased transplacental PRRS virus transmission from infected females to piglets and a reduction in the negative effects of PRRS virus infection on their piglets during the suckling period. “We are very confident that the simultaneous launch of two new vaccines will significantly benefit UK pig producers”, states Dr David Strachan, Swine Business

Manager at Boehringer Ingelheim. “The company has worked hard to develop an effective solution for sustainable whole-herd PRRS control, and we are convinced that these two new vaccines are a great combination.” PRRS affects pigs around the globe, causing reproductive failure in breeding stock and respiratory tract illness, slower growth and increased mortality in growing pigs.

The resultant economic losses can be considerable, with UK estimates of around £107 per sow per year on a 500-sow farrow-to-finish unit in the chronic phase of the disease1. The launch of Ingelvac PRRSFLEX EU and ReproCyc PRRS EU represent a new opportunity for producers to protect their whole herds against the negative impacts of PRRS.

Bimeda UK Launches Oxytobel: A New Oxytocin Injection With A Unique Outside-Fridge Storage Claim





imeda UK are pleased to announce the launch of their new product; Oxytobel. Oxytobel injection (equivalent to 10 IU Oxytocin per ml) is only the second oxytocin available in the UK market and is the most recent product to be added to Bimeda’s ever-expanding range of veterinary pharmaceuticals. The German-manufactured Oxytobel contains equivalent to 10 IU Oxytocin per ml, and is licensed For use in horses, cattle (dairy and beef), pigs, sheep, goats, dogs and cats. Bimeda Vet Padraig Hyland commented, ‘Oxytocin is suitable for milk let down and obstetric use. What’s more Oxytobel, uniquely, can be stored outside the fridge at room temperature for 7 days

post-opening for convenience to the busy ambulatory practitioner. Oxytobel has zero milk and zero meat withdrawal’. He added, ‘this launch is being widely welcomed particularly by UK dairy and equine vets who are looking for flexibility, convenience and efficacy. Bimeda UK Head of Sales, James Hutchings, noted, ‘this latest addition to our expanding range highlights out commitment to the UK veterinary sector. Vets can find out more about our full range by visiting our website,, speaking to their local Bimeda Territory Manager, or by calling Bimeda on 01248 725 400’ Use Medicines




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First Dedicated OV Conference Draws Delegates from Across the UK


call for increased information flow between APHA, private vets and farmers on bovine TB testing; the complexities of arranging the export of travelling horses and challenges around the certification of Pet Passports in the digital age were just some of the topics discussed at the first conference aimed at Official Veterinarians (OVs), which took place on Thursday 22 and Friday 23 October 2015 in Swindon. Attended by 250 delegates from right across the country, the conference, themed ‘Reducing the impact of notifiable animal diseases in the UK,’ featured lecture streams for large animal, small animal and equine vets with topics ranging from new thinking on the eradication of bovine TB, the potential threat to UK pets from Echinococcus multilocularis and an update on avian influenza. Round table debates gave delegates a chance to quiz speakers directly and an exhibition of the latest products and services for OVs ran alongside. The conference was organised as a joint venture by Improve International, the company

which handles OV registration and training in England, Scotland and Wales and 5m Publishing, both part of the Benchmark Holdings Group. It was run in association with the Animal & Plant Health Agency (APHA) and took place at the Alexandra House Hotel and Conference Centre. Commenting on its success, David Babington MRCVS, Managing Director of Improve International, said: “Since working more closely with OVs we have become increasingly aware of their commitment to fulfilling their role effectively and of their desire to be better informed and more actively involved in discussions about the control of notifiable diseases. Staging this conference to bring them up to date with the latest thinking and to provide an environment in which they could network and share ideas was our response and we are delighted at the support it has received in its first year.” He added: “The enthusiastic and stimulating discussions following many of the lectures confirmed the need for a forum such as this that brings OVs together with

experts from private practice, other animal health-related organisations and the APHA. We are already planning the 2016 OV conference.” Acquired by Benchmark Holdings Plc in February 2015 and based in Swindon, Improve International provides high quality CPD in a range of formats for

veterinary surgeons, veterinary nurses, receptionists and practice managers to help them to develop their skills and knowledge, using a combination of review lectures, case-based discussion and where, applicable, hands-on practical sessions.

Dairy farmers urged to know their cost of production, know their contract, and adopt a five year plan

60% of dairy farmers unaware of production costs





etting to grips with cost of production must be among all dairy farmers’ priorities if they are to establish a sustainable and profitable business capable of withstanding future volatile global markets, according to the Royal Association of British Dairy Farmer. “An estimated 60% of dairy farmers are not aware of their true costs of production, according to a consensus of leading dairy consultants, a percentage figure which has not improved over the last 10 years,” says RABDF policy director, Tim Brigstocke. “Unless they start to measure production costs and ensure that

figure takes in to account family labour and provision for retirement, then they will remain unable to fully understand the true profitability of their businesses. “We would also urge all

dairy farmers to know exactly what their milk buyer wants in terms of volume, profile and constituents, in other words they must know their contract and how to maximise milk price. Finally, they must have

a five year plan that is realistic and achievable in order to be able to accurately budget income and expenditure in a potential volatile marketplace.”

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‘New’ Veterinary Laryngoscopes from Albert Waeschle Veterinary


heep, Goats, large animals, small animals, exotics - you name it and the chances are OPTICLAR has a laryngoscope blade suitable with sizes from 00 to ruminant. Manufactured from the highest quality stainless steel, all blades have exceptional fibre optic light transmission ensuring no hot bulbs to blow or damage to delicate, sensitive tissue. Our new Vmag model has been specially designed with a 3x swivelling lens to deliver excellent magnification and visual clarity of the smallest anatomical structure.





Ideal for many ear, nose, throat, rectal, and vaginal examinations, they are also perfect for soft tissue retraction and routine intubation. Backed by a superb 10 year warranty on the LED module and a working life of more than 10,000 hours you can also enjoy reducing the cost and aggravation of replacing the bulbs. Albert Waeschle Veterinary Telephone: 01202 607092 Fax: 01202 650022 Email:


Registered Office: 24 Cheshire Avenue, Cheshire Business Park, Lostock Gralam, Northwich CW9 7UA. Registered in England and Wales, Company Registration No.5385888. Dechra Veterinary Products Limited is part of Dechra Pharmaceuticals PLC group. TAF spray contains Thiamphenicol 28.5 mg / g. UK: POM-V , ROI: POM . Use medicines responsibly: Dechra Veterinary Products Limited, Sansaw Business Park - Hadnall, Shrewsbury SY4 4AS, UK T +44 (0)1939 211200 F +44 (0)1939 211201

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Woodley Equipment expand their range with the Clinispin MPC Centrifuge and the handheld InSight® HCT Meter


oodley Equipment realises the need for veterinary practices to have cost effective in-house testing and sample preparation capabilities. We are pleased to add two new products to our range. The Clinispin Multi Purpose Centrifuge (MPC) is a high speed centrifuge equipped with a maintenance free drive, digital display and simple interface for silent and efficient operation. It is supplied

with two rotors providing efficient separation of blood and urine micro samples and accurate Haematocrit determination using capillary tubes. The Haematocrit Rotor is also designed for QBC® Autoread tubes and StatSpin® 40mm HCT Tubes allowing this centrifuge to be a low cost alternative to the original QBC® Autoread and StatSpin® centrifuges. The InSight® HCT meter is a cost effective solution for the

measurement of canine and feline haematocrit and total haemoglobin in capillary and venous whole blood. The InSight HCT® meter utilises optical reflectance for determination of haematocrit (HCT) and total haemoglobin. The appropriate species chip (cat or dog) and test strip are inserted into the meter and a drop of whole blood (10µl) is applied to the strip. The meter displays haematocrit (HCT) and total haemoglobin

results in just 30 seconds reporting HCT as a percentage (%). The InSight® HCT meter is calibrated and validated specifically for use in cats and dogs. To find out more about our products or services, contact Woodley Equipment Company: Email: Tel: 01204 669033 Fax: 01204 669034

Small Animal Induction Chambers At Braun & Company Limited





as induction chambers have been specifically designed to promote safe anaesthetisation for small animals that are challenging to mask when awake. Perspex chamber technology means that the need for physical restraint is considerably reduced, which, in turn, minimises stress and decreases the chance of injury to the animal. Furthermore, the clear Perspex means that the animal is under continuous observation throughout the procedure. Prior to the development of induction chambers, it was common practice for vets to use inhalation masks on small animals. This, however, would sometimes cause complications resulting from the animal struggling and injuring itself, as well as posing a risk to the operating veterinarian. The induction chambers have been constructed with 4mm shatter-proof Perspex, so they have the added benefit of being highly durable under pressure. Furthermore, the apparatus has been expertly developed in three standard sizes (approx. 1.5 litres, 5.2 litres and 18.5 litres), however, they have the added benefit that they can also be manufactured to order, to fit each veterinary practice’s specific requirements. Their flexibility with regards to size, therefore, accommodates most small animals, including birds, rabbits, rodents, cats, dogs and other household pets. Equipped with both passive and active scavenging capabilities, the small animal induction chambers

can safely and effectively collect and remove the anaesthetic gases. This is an imperative function of the apparatus, and necessitates that the flow of gas entering the breathing compartment each minute be equal to the volume leaving it (in order to avoid future problems such as barotrauma). Within active scavenging, suction is applied and incorporates an advanced system which protects against this applied suction as well as protecting the animal’s airway from an accumulation of heightened pressure. Conversely, passive scavenging only requires the latter of these features. Moreover, induction chambers have been developed with the utmost functionality in mind. They are designed to make a veterinary doctor’s life as easy as possible. They are fitted with a sliding lid, which offers superior safety compared with hinges as they are more durable and cannot be pushed open from the inside. They are also available in red Perspex, which minimises stress to rabbits and rodents and in particular albino rodents, by significantly reducing their reaction to light. Additionally, the inside base is detachable, which enables efficient and thorough cleaning, thus guaranteeing the hygiene of every procedure (induction chambers can be cleaned with medical grade alcohol, disinfecting spray or soapy water). A new range of small animal induction chambers have been added to the already extensive range of veterinary equipment at Braun &

Company Ltd. The business, which is widely referred to simply as Braun, has grown to become one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of medical and veterinary supplies since its formation in 1848. The addition of these induction chambers to the Braun range is therefore a significant development in recognising their importance within inhalation anaesthesia procedures. Braun is one of only a few manufacturers of small animal induction chamber within the UK. Getting your veterinary equipment from the UK reduces the possibility of the product being damaged during the usual shipping process. The fact that the apparatus has been endorsed and manufactured

by veterinary equipment specialists such as Braun represents a considerable step forward in the development of small animal anaesthesia. As any complex veterinary equipment comes with a learning curve for the veterinary doctors using it, Braun have many experts at hand should you need to talk about their small animal induction chambers, or, indeed, anything in their veterinary equipment range. For further information: Email: Tel: 44(0) 1652 632273 Website:

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iM3 helps make Dental X-rays easy A

t iM3 we believe Veterinary Dentistry is an untapped goldmine in most general practices. 80% of dogs and 70% of cats over 3 years old have some form of dental pathology* and Dental X-ray is an extremely powerful tool for both diagnosing this pathology, and for selling dental procedures to pet owners. Vets today are taught to use a Size 2 film and take 14 X-Rays using bisecting angles to achieve a full mouth series on a medium dog. Veterinary diplomats and Dental Specialists are able to make good use of the 14 X-ray method as it gives a clear image of a defined area. However vets in general practice who do not have the same training and do not have the time to take that many X-rays find this is simply not practical. As a GP you want an overview of the mouth,


similar to how human dentists use an OPG. The goal in your practice should be to take a full mouth series on every dental patient and for the reasons mentioned above this is in likelihood not happening. What we need is a simple, fast and cost effective method for taking Dental X-ray that takes away the challenge of bisecting angles. iM3 would like to introduce you to a new technique for taking a full mouth series in just 6 simple X-rays. Size Matters! Forget trying to use a Size 2 image plate to X-ray a full mouth, for Veterinary Dentistry DR is old technology, with CR X-ray technology it is possible to work with a range of plate sizes. We can show you how you can take a full mouth series in a medium to large dog in under 5 minutes when you use the correct size of plate.



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Simple to use 1 Remove the 10cm x 10cm monofilament polyester pad from the sterile packet 2 Moisten the Debrisoft® pad with saline or tap water and allow to drip 3 Gently, use a circular motion to debride the wound as appropriate (Always use the fleecy side)

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Veterinary nurse goes for gold with Dechra


veterinary nurse experienced her own ‘golden moment’ after netting the top prize at the launch of Dechra’s next generation antibiotic wound spray in Northern Ireland. Beverley Smith, who is Head Nurse at Cromlyn House Vet Hospital in County Down, won a 5g gold bar in a competition at Dechra’s stand at the AVSPNI (Association of Veterinary Surgeons Practising in Northern Ireland) conference. Beverley won the bar worth more than £100 in a simple scratch card game to find three golden cans of TAF Spray®. The competition was held to highlight the unique benefits of the wound spray, which is the only product of its kind on the market that is licensed for use on horses. Dechra Brand Manager Emma Jennings said: “We were really pleased to unveil TAF Spray® to the Northern Ireland market and our stand was very busy with delegates

wanting to find out more about how it could complement their existing treatment methods. “Its golden yellow, turmericbased, colouring allows treatment areas to be clearly distinguished and with a 360-degree spray users can target wounds at any angle, making it a big asset to those working in the field.” TAF Spray® comes in a 150 ml can and can be used for superficial wound infections in horses, cattle, goats, sheep and pigs. It can also be used to treat infections of the claw and hoof in cattle, goats and sheep such as foot rot, interdigital dermatitis and digital dermatitis. TAF Spray® has a zero day meat withdrawal period for horses, cattle, goats, sheep, and 14 days for pigs. For more information about Dechra’s antibiotic portfolio and other products, visit

New Vitamin E Oil – now available from Equimins E E Oil.

quimins has added a new product to its Performance range of supplements – Vitamin

This high quality, natural oil provides an excellent way of supplementing the horse’s diet with vitamin E. Vitamin E can support performance, recovery after strenuous exercise and the blocking of free

radicals. “We’re pleased to add Vitamin E Oil to our Performance range,” says David Willey from Equimins. “This high quality, natural oil can be used to support the performance horse in a number of ways and, due to the high level of iu’s/gram, a small amount contains a lot of vitamin E.” Vitamin E Oil contains 1000

iu’s/gram. Feeding amounts vary depending on the horse’s need for vitamin E. It’s available in 250 ml, 500 ml and 1 litre bottles. RRP 250 ml for £25.00, 500 ml for £47.50 and 1 litre for £89. For more information see www., email sales@equimins. com or call 01548 531770.

Two New Equine Territory Managers Boost Merial Practice Support





wo new territory managers have joined the Merial equine team to support equine veterinary practices in the south of England. Sofie Jones will cover the UK South East territory, and Amanda Holmes the UK South West territory. Graduating from Oxford Brookes University with an honours degree in equine science, Sofie brings a wealth of experience gained in the animal health industry, working previously for MSD as a ruminant account manager in South and Central England, says Jo GaterWillats, Merial’s national equine sales manager. “We are delighted that Sofie and Amanda have joined the team. Sofie has a lifelong interest in equine sports and health, and her

commitment to quality and passion for all things equine, together with her drive and enthusiasm are already proving a great asset to equine practices in the region. “Amanda’ s extensive background in human pharmaceuticals working with general practices to support development, education and patient care together with being an accomplished event rider, make her a valuable addition to the Merial equine team,” adds Jo. “The strengthening of the equine team highlights Merial’s ongoing commitment to the equine business portfolio, and follows the acquisition of Hyonate from Bayer earlier this year and the launch of the updated equine flu vaccine, Proteqflu, in 2014,” she concludes.

To contact Sofie or Amanda to discuss the Merial equine range please call Sofie on 07917615164 or email sofie. or Amanda on 07825 382707, email amanda.holmes@merial. com

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Vets warn horse owners as first cases of fatal sycamore poisoning are confirmed


s vets in the UK see this year’s first cases of fatal muscle disease in horses that have eaten sycamore seeds, the British Veterinary Association (BVA) and British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) are warning horse owners to take extra precautions as autumn winds bring down seeds into pastures. Sycamore seeds are toxic and can cause Seasonal Pasture Myopathy (SPM), previously known as Atypical Myopathy (AM), a fatal muscle disease in horses that, until recently, was of unknown origin. Yet recent research (2013-14) showed SPM to be caused by the toxin hypoglycin A, contained in tree seeds (fruit) including that of the sycamore. BVA President Sean Wensley said: “SPM is a disease that is extremely distressing for both the animal and the owner of the horse affected. BVA is working closely with our colleagues in BEVA, who deal with the aftermath of sycamore poisoning in horses all too often throughout the autumn, to ensure we get timely advice to owners to prevent their animals suffering in this way.” High winds during autumn 2014 resulted in considerable contamination of pastures with sycamore seeds. Data from the National Equine Health Survey showed owners reported a four-fold increase in cases last year. BEVA President Mark Bowen said:

“In the last two years our understanding of this awful condition in horses has increased considerably. We now know that sycamore seeds contain the highly toxic agents that cause SPM and this means there are practical things that we can advise owners to do that minimise the risk to their animals. BEVA members know from experience the suffering that horses with SPM endure and the anguish this causes owners. We urge owners to act on the advice that BEVA and BVA have issued.” Horses that develop SPM are usually kept in sparse pastures with

an accumulation of dead leaves, dead wood and trees in or around the pasture and are often not fed any supplementary hay or feed. While the seeds may not be directly palatable, horses grazing on poor quality pasture may ingest considerable numbers of them. BVA and BEVA advise owners to: *Restrict access to seeds by using temporary fencing. *Ensure horses have access to good quality uncontaminated pasture. *Move horses off pasture at times of risk. *Provide supplementary feed

in the field to minimise the risk of horses being tempted to ingest seeds. *Avoid leaving wet hay on the ground where it will rot and potentially trap seeds. *Discuss the risks and how to identify early clinical signs of AM with your veterinary surgeon. *Be aware that a field without sycamore trees can still contain seeds spread by high winds or flood water. *Do not prune seed laden trees as this can lead to massive pasture contamination and further increase the risk to horses.

Moorland Rider launches new websites… and invites stockists to enjoy a free listing





oorland Rider is delighted to announce the launch of its new website, which contains more information on products than ever before. In addition, it also has a blog showing press cuttings, and a prominent stockists section. “We’d like to invite all our stockists to come forward and contact us for a free listing on our website,” says Caroline Graham from Moorland Rider. “As we sell through a number of wholesalers, we know that a lot of companies stock our products, and this facility on our new site means we can help promote them to people interested in our range. We’ve also added a

blog that will showcase our latest press cuttings. This information can be really useful to retailers, particularly those active on social media, as they can see some of the publications that we’ve been featured in and how our products have performed in tried and tested features.” To get your company listed in Moorland Rider’s stockists section, just contact the company by emailing and explain where you buy your Moorland Rider products. For more information, see www., email or call 01782 397796





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New ProteqFlu® contains a Richmond 1/07 flu strain, and is the first and only licensed vaccine to do so. Richmond 1/07 belongs to Florida Clade 2, the group of antigenically related viruses responsible for almost all equine flu outbreaks in Europe since 2011.1 Containing both Florida Clade 1 and Clade 2 virus strains, new ProteqFlu® is now the only vaccine fully aligned with 2014 OIE recommendations.1

Reference: 1. OIE Expert Surveillance Panel on Equine Influenza Vaccine Composition, OIE Headquarters, 4 March 2013. Available at: (accessed August 2014). OIE = World Organisation for Animal Health

Use Medicines Responsibly Merial Animal Health Ltd CM19 5TG, UK. ProteqFlu® and ProteqFlu®-Te are registered trademarks of Merial Ltd. © Merial 2014. All rights reserved. Legal category UK. POM-V , IE- POM . New ProteqFlu®–Te contains Influenza A/eq/Ohio/03, Influenza A/eq/Richmond/1/07, Clostridium tetani toxoid. New ProteqFlu® contains Influenza A/eq/Ohio/03; Influenza. Read packaging before use. For further information call the Merial Customer Support Centre on 0845 6014236

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Blue Cross helps Rafiki finds his perfect home





afiki, a young cob rescued from a miserable life of fly grazing and neglect, has landed on his feet in his new home, thanks to Blue Cross. His new owner Margaret suffers with severe arthritis and following radical surgery earlier this year is now unable to walk and needs a power wheelchair. Rafiki has turned her life around. “He gives me a reason to get up in the morning,” she says. The pretty little strawberry roan cob, who was named after the baboon in the Lion King because of his indomitable spirit, was found fly-grazing in Buckinghamshire with several others. Three ponies had already been found dead at the site and a further two had to be euthanized as a result of a condition caused by excessive burdens of encysted small redworm. Rafiki, at just 18-monthsold, had a massive worm burden of 5300 eggs per gram and needed urgent veterinary attention, including specific treatment for encysted small redworm. He was nursed back to health by experienced staff at Blue Cross and within weeks was looking much healthier and was ready to be routinely castrated. Understandably wary of people, he was gently introduced to basic handling until he was happy to be groomed and to have his feet trimmed. He was then put in a short-term Blue Cross foster home for some invaluable oneto-one attention to prepare him for rehoming on the charity’s loan scheme. Rafiki is now living like a king in his new home with Margaret. Unrecognisable as the shabby waif he once was, he is her pride and joy. Margaret is an experienced horse handler who has, amongst other things, worked with semi feral young New Forest ponies. She was determined not to let her wheelchair curtail her lifestyle. “Once I had got used to the wheelchair I was bored, getting fat, and really missed fresh air and equine company,” she said. “I looked at the Blue Cross website and there he was. It was instant. We went to see him and he was perfect. He was not the slightest bit bothered by the wheelchair and quite happily sniffed me all over.”

“From day one he has been an absolute joy. He is kind, gentle and so patient. He seems to understand that wheelchairs are not as versatile as legs, and waits until I have sorted my muddles out. All the credit of this goes to Blue Cross. They have done the most amazing job in making him the way he is now, and I thank them enormously. He has made such a huge difference to my life and given it some purpose. He is doing me much more good than anything I can do for him.” Margaret handles Rafiki every day. In time she plans to introduce him to as much as she can, including a saddle, bridle, rugs and a trailer. With the help of her daughter she hopes to be able to take him for walks round the village and the farm where he will become familiar with traffic and tractors. Vicki Alford, Horse Manager at Blue Cross in Burford, continued: “We couldn’t have asked for a better home for Rafiki. We are currently inundated with lovely young cobs like him and are desperate to find them good homes before winter sets in and our resources become tighter. If you are an experienced horse owner with the knowledge, time and facilities to give a calibre youngster a home, please get in touch.” The tragic death of some of Rafiki’s companions has prompted Blue Cross to remind horse owners to treat their horses for encysted small redworm during the late autumn/early winter. Small redworm are the most common worms found in UK horses and, in their encysted stage, they are potentially fatal. As they don’t show up in faecal worm egg counts and may not cause any obvious symptoms, owners often don’t know their horse has got them. Blue Cross advises horse owners to speak to their vet or SQP for worming guidance. To find out more about how you can give a cob a home or make a donation to Blue Cross please visit The Blue Cross supported loan scheme offers borrowers financial help with vaccinations and worming costs until the horse is four years old.

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Industry believes equine practice needs to adapt to help family life


quine Practice needs to adapt to accommodate family life was the conclusion of a vigorous Moral Maze debate held by members at the British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) Congress earlier this month. 92% of voters agreed with the motion Does equine practice need to change to become more compatible with family life? This result may reflect in part the changing demographics of the profession, with females now accounting for 76% of new graduate intakes. Traditionally vets have worked together in practices, able to share resources and expertise as well as the out-of-hours rota. Until recently, men from the Baby Boomer Generation dominated the profession and many vets focused their efforts on work at the expense of their family. However, as Generation Y takes hold and more females are joining equine practice, there are different personal expectations with many vets now wanting greater commitment to family life and a better work-life balance. The session took the form of

a moral maze debate, chaired by Malcolm Morley, in which expert witnesses were challenged by informed interrogators. The proposers contended that it is possible to achieve a good work-life balance as an effective vet in a successful equine practice by working smarter, not harder and adopting a flexible approach. “Choosing to be an equine vet shouldn’t go hand in hand with giving up the rest of your life,” said Carolyne Crowe, veterinary coach and mentor. “Allowing flexibility within job roles should result in more engagement, productivity and thus economic benefit for the practice.” Job share that included a proportionate allocation of the out-ofhours rota, was cited as a tenable solution for those juggling maternity leave and parenthood. The consistency of attending vets so often demanded by clients could be achieved by introducing two vets of equal calibre to the client, from the outset. Members of the audience outlined successful examples of job sharing and

New Honorary Secretary for NEF





he National Equine Forum has appointed a new Honorary Secretary to help run their popular annual event. Mary Martin was selected from three shortlisted candidates who applied for the role and takes up the reins with immediate effect. Mary is the Assistant to the Secretariat at the British Equestrian Federation. She is also a professional double bass player, following a tradition on both sides of her family. Her grandfather was one of the founding members of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Mary has ridden since the age of 10 and is delighted that her two favourite hobbies have eventually become her career. She has taken over the role of Honorary Secretary from Tracy Allen who retained the position for seven years while working for Warwickshire College. Mary said: “I was thrilled to

get the job as Honorary Secretary for the National Equine Forum. I believe this event is an incredible vehicle for bringing all aspects of equestrianism together. It creates great momentum for the continuing development of the sector which I am so lucky to be a part of.” The National Equine Forum is an annual event bringing together representatives from all echelons of the equestrian industry, including government, equestrian sport, veterinary science and welfare. It has been running for 24 years and is organised by a committee of appointed volunteers, reflecting various sectors of the equestrian industry. The 2016 National Equine Forum will be held on Thursday 3rd March at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Westminster, London. Details of the programme and how to apply for tickets will be released shortly.

the consensus was that the turnover generated by part time, job share employees was often higher than their full time equivalents. Mark Bowen, President of BEVA, said: “I’m not surprised that 92% of voters supported the motion, given the fact that the recent Vet Futures survey has shown a high rate of job dissatisfaction in equine practice. It reiterates the importance of moving with the times to evaluate the needs of working parents and make the equine veterinary workplace more adaptable to family life.” BEVA is already working on various projects to help address and support the needs of members who are striving for a better work-life balance. CPD on personal effectiveness, covering work-life balance and

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Equine obesity still on the rise reveals new survey D

espite the risks posed by equine obesity it seems that horses and ponies in the UK are still piling on surplus pounds. Almost a quarter were recorded as overweight or obese in this year’s National Equine Health Survey (NEHS), an increase of 37% per cent on last year’s figures. However, the good news is that the survey showed increased awareness and understanding of condition monitoring methods. SPILLERS® is helping horse owners to take responsibility for weight management by providing new practical tools and information on their website. NEHS is a snapshot survey run annually by Blue Cross every May, in partnership with the British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) and sponsored by SPILLERS® and Zoetis. This year 23.2% of horses were assessed as being overweight (with a score of 3.5 to 5 on the 0-5 scale), a continuation of the upward trend seen in previous years (16.9% in 2014 and 7.8% in 2013). On a more positive note the survey showed that owners are keen to tackle the problem. 96% changed their management to try to control weight. Preferred methods included reducing hard feed (20%), strip grazing (15%), soaking hay (13%), restricting turn out time (12%), grazing in a bare paddock (11%), reducing forage (9%), changing hard feed (6%) and using a grazing

muzzle (5%). Around two thirds (64%) of respondents used a weigh tape to assess their horse’s weight, showing a significant increase from last year (51%). “Whilst it’s alarming that this year’s data shows a rise in obesity we hope that it might simply be the result of increased recognition of the problem,” said Clare Barfoot, Research and Development Manager for SPILLERS®. “It’s particularly encouraging to see a higher number of people using weigh tapes, which hopefully reflects increasing awareness of the importance of assessing condition, as a direct result of educational campaigns.” Last month SPILLERS®

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Acupuncture Spotlight 58

Acupuncture -

Myth or Modern medicine





ention Acupuncture to a conventional vet in the 1990’s and you would probably be met with a look of derision or at least skepticism. Thankfully for our patients attitudes have changed and Acupuncture is being accepted into mainstream veterinary medicine more and more. The origins of Acupuncture go back thousands of years and probably followed on from a medieval practice of bleeding patients as a means of treatment. Some authors postulated that it resulted from observation following arrow injuries in battle and this theory was supposedly supported by an image of a Chinese warrior standing close to his horses’ neck with an arrow in his hand having just removed it from a wound. It is much more likely however that he was about to bleed the horse. It is likely that the instruments for bleeding were gradually refined until just needles were used. Interestingly the Chinese still take bleeding from an acupuncture point after the needle is removed to be a good sign, as they believe it allows pathogenic factors to escape from the body. Although the Chinese lay claim to the origins of Acupuncture it was used in other countries such as India, Korea and Japan as well. So how did the position of Acupuncture points arise? Again it is likely that initially the preceding bleeding points were used but through a process of observation and effect others were added. The points on the human body were arranged along channels which connected them together and were related to internal organs which in Traditional Chinese Medicine were given similar names to those in Western medicine but whose functions were different. The whole process involves the substance Qui. We have no equivalent in the west. The nearest

translation we get is energy or a life force. This however is a misnomer as Qui is present in everything. Ancient Chinese texts on Acupuncture for animals only listed points, no channels were drawn. This has led to disagreements in the West as scholars transposed these channels onto animals, which works fine if you are looking at an animal with five digits such as the dog, but falls down somewhat in the horse that only has one digit. Compromises had to be done to include all the points that were used leading to some confusion as to where some of the points actually are. A further complication lies in the fact that old texts on Traditional Chinese Medicine were written in old Chinese that even the Chinese found difficult to translate. Add that to the difficulty we have in translating modern Chinese and you have a recipe for misunderstanding and mistakes. This has led to erroneous beliefs about what the ancient Chinese were meaning and how the application of Acupuncture should be done. This led to a mysticism arising from lack of understanding leading many to dismiss Traditional Chinese Medicine as a belief system rather than a valid modality. Although we can use Acupuncture as a stand-alone treatment it was only part of the story in TCM, which involved the use of herbs and food therapy along with life style changes if necessary. It was a true holistic approach to health and treatment of disease. We were late in beginning to appreciate the benefits of this approach to health. So how does Acupuncture work? It is possible to demonstrate a number of physiological effects of Acupuncture. These include among other things, changes in blood flow of the skin around the needles site, release of endogenous endorphins in

the brain and effects on the immune system. Messages travel from the acupuncture point into the central nervous system via the spinal cord and mid brain. These messages modify the perception of pain and influence the release of vasoactive and anti-inflammatory substances which along with direct inhibition of pain pathways leads to a lowering of pain and reduction in swelling at injury sites. Recent research has demonstrated that the fascia system, which extends throughout the body, is an important means of enabling messages to be sent and received in addition to those along nerve pathways. This combination provides a plethora of information to the brain as to how the body is responding to stimuli and is an important means of maintaining homeostasis. Acupuncture needles pick up the fascia when twisted and thereby affect its condition. Many clinical trials have been carried out which demonstrate the effects of acupuncture not only on muscle systems but organ function as well. Acupuncture can be used to treat musculoskeletal problems such as arthritis, muscle spasm myofascial pain and organ dysfunction such as irritable bowel syndrome and incontinence. Theses are not the only uses as the Chinese use it to treat a whole range of conditions. The great advantage is that in many cases it can be used alongside conventional treatments to achieve a better effect. It is also useful where patients are unable to tolerate conventional treatment such as non-steroidal antinflammatory drugs for arthritis. Such patients can be treated with acupuncture with good effect. It has very few side effects and is safe if used by trained acupuncturists. Disbelievers say the effects in humans are largely placebo but you try telling that to a dog or horse which is treated and responds well. Not all

patients respond but those that do benefit from a treatment modality that is drug free with very few if any side effects and can be repeated as and when necessary. Treating patients with Acupuncture can be done with needles, pressure on the point or injection of liquids into the points. Also laser can be used in needles shy patients. The effects can be spectacular after a single treatment but it is more usual to see a gradual improvement over three or four treatments the effect lasting longer each time. Booster or top up sessions can usually be done anywhere from one to three months apart depending on the condition and the response of the patient. Many GP’s use Acupuncture or refer patients for treatment. In the veterinary field more and more vets are becoming aware of the advantages of using Acupuncture and are willing to either learn about it or refer patients to vets who practice it. This has to some extent been driven by the increase in owner awareness too. Acupuncture has also been listed as a possible treatment for musculo -skeletal problems in the horse in some papers presented at the British Equine Veterinary Congress recently. This was not the case in the past. It illustrates how far we have come in our understanding and acceptance of this ancient art. Written by Les Cox, certified veterinary Acupuncturist through the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS) and President of the Association of British Veterinary Acupuncturists (ABVA) who can be contacted at BMAS House, 3 Winnington Court, Northwich, Cheshire, CV8 1AQ or via: www. ABVA run courses for anyone interested in learning about how to use Acupuncture for treating animals.

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Feed Don’t Fast at the London Vet Show N ew veterinary supplier Macahl Animal Health will make its debut appearance at London Vet Show this year, with its Feed Don’t Fast campaign taking centre stage. The initiative is aimed at encouraging veterinary professionals to take a much more proactive approach to the early feeding of patients to improve patient outcomes. Macahl Director Anthony Mackle said, “The Feed Don’t Fast campaign is gathering momentum. We’ve been encouraged by the feedback we’ve had from veterinary practices starting to look at the nutritional needs of their in-patients much earlier than they did before. Rather than waiting to see if a patient will eat or not, they are starting to be more nutritionally-aware, and prioritising feeding in the same way that they prioritise the administration of clinical care or medication. The case studies we’ve received show a clear benefit in early nutrition assisting recovery. “But we don’t want to sit back and wait for the message to make its

own way round: it’s an urgent need. We have to flip the notion of delaying feeding or fasting patients until the gut settles down or they have recovered from whatever condition they were admitted for. Science has moved on. The protocols for human patients recommend early intervention with appropriate nutrition and we need to get this message out to give the same benefits to our pet patients. This is why the educational message of Feed Don’t Fast is so important.” Macahl is making education a key feature of its stand at London Vet Show with technical updates on early feeding of patients and the opportunity to sign up for nutrition and critical care feeding webinars. Staff will be on hand to explain the benefits of early day 1 microenteral feeding to help with the optimal functioning of the gut, and maintenance of the gut-associated lymphoid barrier. The company will be offering a special buy-two-getone-free LVS promotion on its leading microenteral and rehydration product, Oralade, as well as giving away free dog- and cat-shaped ice cube trays

to encourage practice staff to freeze left-over product for further use. Macahl took over manufacture and distribution of Oralade in the summer. Whilst Macahl is a new company, it comes from a sound footing in the animal health industry, bringing with it over 40 years of experience in the supply and distribution of pet foods. The company aims to channel its pet food expertise to help clinics develop a best practice approach to the early nutritional care of both in- and out-patients, supported by an experienced sales and customer support team on the ground. A new website, www.oralade. com will be launched at London Vet Show which will allow veterinary professionals to access their own portal to view educational material, videos and sign up for new and recent webinars. More information on the Feed Don’t Fast campaign is available at, Facebook/feeddontfast and on Twitter #feeddontfast.

Freelance Surgical Ltd offering FREE LABS at London Vet Show!





ristol based surgical equipment specialist Freelance Surgical Ltd will be offering FREE* lab sessions at London Vet show 2015! Stand D40 has sparked a vast amount of preshow interest and will inevitably form quite a focal point at the event with several engaging sections including a laparoscopic challenge! On hand, and heading up the lab sessions will be European Veterinary Specialist Jerry o’Riordan MVB CertSAS Dipl ECVS MRCVS. Jerry operates on a wide variety of orthopaedic, neurosurgical and soft tissue cases. The sessions will introduce individuals to the superior nature of IMEX’s SK External Skeletal Fixation system with its many advantages. The flexibility of the system that allows surgeons to quickly and affordably add linear, hybrid and circular fixation to their armamentarium, according to veterinary director James Towler, ‘has proven to be extremely popular within the industry. Initially, there was a steady flow in IMEX sales but through the

use, word of mouth and reliability of the system sales have recently rocketed’. IMEX® Veterinary, Inc. is the leading manufacturer of veterinary orthopaedic products, providing surgical veterinary products to hospitals and practices for 25 years. These sessions have proved to be extremely popular in the past and booking will be essential. There will be 45 minute slots allocated on a first come first served basis. The timings for both days will be as follows; 09:30 – 10:15 11:30 – 12:15 14:30 – 15:15 15:45 – 16:15 Each slot has enough space for 3 places, so in total there are 24 places up for grabs. Act quickly to reserve your place – To book visit london-vet-show-imex-esf-labsessions-tickets-19149168679, contact 01934 864280 or email

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Vetark Professional troubleshoots the treatment of common dietary issues in exotic pets


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better suited to modern lifestyles and become as much a part of the family as a dog or cat. Providing appropriate nutrition is vital for health and usually requires a routine of good-quality supplementation. There are significant benefits to including probiotics during sickness to improve the overall condition and health of the pet. In particular, animals suffering

illnesses like Post-Hibernation Anorexia and stress-related problems can see significant benefit from the correct Vetark probiotic for that animal type. Vetark’s full range of licensed probiotics offers a complimentary approach to traditional medical treatments and a way of supporting the animal throughout treatment and beyond. The updated, fully licensed probiotic

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Independent Vetcare go down a storm at BVNA 2015 with mug giveaway


ndependent Vetcare enjoyed the company of over 1,300 veterinary nurses in Telford at this year’s BVNA congress. The Independent Vetcare exhibition team included veterinary nurses from practices that had been taken over by the company, who wanted to talk about the positive experience this had been for them and what the investment in the companies nurse committee, among other initiatives, has meant to them as a professional. So popular was the stand and its mug giveaway, that they gave out over 250 of their “Carry On” themed veterinary nursing mugs by lunch on Saturday, having had them go viral on the Facebook

group Vet Nurse Chatter during the first day of the event. “It’s been fantastic to meet so many amazing nurses in such a short period of time. This is the first time we’ve attended BVNA and we will certainly be coming again next year after we’ve been given such a warm welcome this weekend” said Recruitment Manager Debbie Loding. With London Vet Show just around the corner, the team say they are looking forward to sharing some exciting new developments that are coming to support nurses that work for IVC and make sure that any nurse that wants one of their beautiful mugs can get their hands on one at stand A60.




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Take a Break in the Virbac Garden at the London Vet Show T

he scent of grass and the sound of birdsong will greet visitors to Virbac’s stand at the London Vet Show 2015. The company’s garden-themed creation makes it the perfect place for delegates to take a relaxing break while catching up on the company’s latest product news.

Information and resources for Prinovox®, Virbac’s prescriptiononly spot-on ectoparasiticide; Indorex®, the UK’s no 1 household flea spray¹, palatable wormer Milpro®, and Cylcavance®, an affordable ciclosporin for the treatment of canine atopic dermatitis, will all be featured on the stand in displays using Blippar, a market-leading image-recognition and augmented reality platform with the power to bring the physical world to life using the camera in a smart device. To find out about Canigen Lepto 4, our new Propofol and congress competitions and promotions take a walk through our garden and we can reveal all. Prinovox, which offers the same combination of Moxidectin and

Imidacloprid as the market leader, was recently awarded an Easy to Give Award from feline charity International Cat Care, based on its innovative parasite protection support package. The resources form part of Virbac’s strategy to offer a unique and highly innovative pet owner engagement programme to help practices to build loyalty, increase compliance and encourage repeat purchase in house. Prinovox and Milpro both offer Blippar-based augmented reality packaging and this new technology has now been added to cans of Indorex. Pet owners simply download the free Blippar app to their smart device and scan the front or top of the can to access information on fleas and an extremely popular video showing how to use Indorex. For the treatment of atopic canine dermatitis, Cyclavance is presented in a liquid formulation to facilitate precise dosing, with a pack featuring a unique Adaptor Cap to ensure secure, leak-proof dispensing. Virbac’s Head of Marketing (Companion Animal), Simon Boulton MRCVS, explained: “It has been a

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BrAVO and BVRSMA to support the London Vet Show





rAVO (British Association of Veterinary Ophthalmologists) and BVRSMA (British Veterinary Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine Association) have signed up to support the London Vet Show (LVS), which takes place on Thursday 19th and Friday 20th November 2015 at the Olympia Grand. Both organisations will be hosting lectures at the show to raise awareness of ophthalmology and rehabilitation and sports medicine with veterinary professionals. On the first day of the event, Tim Knott, chair of BrAVO, will be presenting from 3.30pm to 4.40pm in Henley Suite 4 on ‘Cat’s eyes with black spots and dog’s eyes with black holes: managing the difficult cornea’. Delivered by BVRSMA, Rhona Warnock, director of The

Animal Rehabilitation Centre at Donaldson’s Vets Ltd, will be lecturing from 10.15am to 11.15am on the Friday in Henley Suite 3 on ‘Fat to fit: how rehabilitation can assist with management of the overweight patient.’ Rhona Warnock from BVRSMA, comments: “London Vet Show is an exciting opportunity for BVRSMA to reach an enthusiastic and growing veterinary public interested in rehabilitation, and we look forward to offering straightforward and practical information relevant to all veterinary general practitioners on a subject encountered day in and day out in practice.”

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