Vetlife contacts hit record high
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by Allister Webb
20h ago
Image: © morganka / Adobe Stock Requests for assistance from a leading veterinary charity’s helpline hit a new record high last year after exceeding 4,000 for the first time. Newly released Vetlife data showed the service received a total of 4,042 contacts in 2023 – an increase of more than 15% on the 3,503 recorded in 2022. The charity has also revealed that it facilitated nearly 200 referrals to mental health care services and provided tens of thousands of pounds in financial help. Although officials said contact levels have now plateaued, the release of the figures was accompanied by a fres ..read more
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Defra urges precautions following new raw feeding row
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by Allister Webb
20h ago
Government agencies are monitoring the potential risks associated with the use of raw pet food amid a fresh row about its effects, officials say. The issue came under renewed focus last month following the release of an open letter calling for a “cross-profession” effort to reduce the prevalence of raw feeding to protect both animal and human health. But supporters of the approach hit back, describing the latest claims about its potential dangers as “alarmist”. Precautions Now, Defra has had its say on the row, urging pet owners to take precautions when handling the products. A spokesperson sa ..read more
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Business remains ‘resilient’ despite profit dip, says CVS boss
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by Allister Webb
1d ago
The CVS Group has seen a sharp fall in profits, despite increasing revenues, in its latest half-year results published yesterday (29 February). Bosses say the picture is largely due to inflationary pressures and continuing investment in both new staff and practices. During the six months to the end of December 2023, group revenues rose by 11.4%, compared with the previous year, to £329.9 million, with like-for-like sales up by 6%. However, pre-tax profits fell by 16.4% to £23.4 million, while operating profits were down 9.2% to £28.6 million. But adjusted earnings before interest, tax, depreci ..read more
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Virbac announces SPC changes for one of its best-selling livestock brands 
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by Vet Times
1d ago
Virbac has announced changes to the summary of product characteristics (SPC) for Bovigen Scour. Bovigen Scour is a one shot vaccine for the immunisation of pregnant cows and heifers to raise antibodies against Escherichia coli F5 (K99), rotavirus and coronavirus. The SPC change has been announced after Bovigen Scour was granted a 10 day shelf life from first puncture of the vial. Cost effective The broached bottle must be kept refrigerated between 2oC and 8oC until the next use. Virbac says that the change to the SPC of the product significantly increases the cost effectiveness and convenience ..read more
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Sponsored Is veterinary practice software essential to digital transformation?
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by Nigel Woodbine
1d ago
In recent years, veterinary clinics of every kind have begun to reevaluate how their practices operate. Whether by necessity or by choice, many are changing their approach to everything from staffing and responsibilities to the role that technology plays in the practice. One term that veterinary professionals may have grown accustomed to hearing: digital transformation. This generally refers to the process by which a practice updates its systems and modes of delivering care to improve efficiency and enhance the client experience. Questions on digital transformation often revolve around the cli ..read more
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Sponsored Empowering busy veterinary teams with tailored CPD
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by Nigel Woodbine
1d ago
Veterinary practices are facing unprecedented challenges. The surge in pet ownership post pandemic, coupled with the ramifications of Brexit on recruitment, has created a perfect storm of obstacles for practices nationwide. As of 2022, a record 62% of households owned at least one pet1 and while pet ownership has tailed off a little, the dog and cat population still stands at 12 and 11 million, respectively. Workforce shortages mean that veterinary teams are stretched and practice life is busy. With demand for services is at an all-time high, full diaries leave little room for “extras” or emer ..read more
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BVA leader demands legislation reform commitments
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by Allister Webb
2d ago
The BVA president, Anna Judson, has urged politicians to commit themselves to reforming both veterinary and dangerous dog legislation in their manifestos for the forthcoming general election. The challenge was made during the association’s annual London dinner in Westminster last night (28 February), which was attended by representatives of all three main UK parties, including Defra secretary Steve Barclay. Dr Judson told guests that the case for reform of the Veterinary Surgeons Act already has significant cross-party support and was crucial to the sector’s future. ‘Outdated’ She added: “My p ..read more
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Is recruiting a vet from overseas right for you?
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by Nigel Woodbine
2d ago
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Put your hands where my eyes can see
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by Carly Kilby
3d ago
Theatre practice. It’s a funny world, the world of asepsis and sterility. To an alien, the rituals we go through to prevent infection – our repetitive, obsessive attitude towards touching certain things after a period of cleansing – must seem very bizarre. And this weird ritual continues once we enter theatre: Don’t touch anything unless it’s blue or shiny and on the instrument trolley. Don’t scratch your head. Don’t blow your nose. Don’t speak too much. Don’t move around… The rules are endless, and all you want to do out of that list is scratch the itch that immediately occurs once you’ve ..read more
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Raw meat fears branded ‘alarmist’ by diet’s supporters
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by Allister Webb
3d ago
Fears of a major disease outbreak associated with pets’ consumption of raw meat products have been branded “alarmist” by prominent supporters of the diets. Senior figures in both the animal and human health spheres have been urged to launch a “cross-profession initiative” to reduce the perceived risks. But prominent agencies within the veterinary sector have so far remained tight-lipped on the issue. Controversy The new controversy has broken out following the release of an open letter by vet and academic Mike Davies, in which he argued that human cases of several illnesses could be linked to ..read more
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