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Myxomatosis Outbreaks in Parts of the UK

August 26, 2014

Just this week we’ve heard of confirmed cases in Nottinghamshire, West Sussex and Peterborough where one owner has lost 17 (unvaccinated) rabbits. We also know that there have been reports elsewhere of outbreaks in Aberdeenshire, North Essex, Abingdon (Oxfordshire), Medway and Isle of Grain in Kent. The new combined vaccine is not a mixture of [...]


Supreme Shines the Spotlight on Rabbits at London Vet Show

August 19, 2014

After last year’s sell-out success, Supreme Petfoods is delighted to announce it will once again be hosting a series of specialist rabbit lectures at London Vet Show (LVS) this November. The Rabbit Sessions seminars will be freely available to all LVS delegates and will see experts from across the globe cover a host of hot [...]

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First IBQX Vaccine For The UK And Irish Poultry Industry

August 12, 2014

Zoetis has announced the availability in the UK and Ireland of the first specific vaccine against the QX strain of the infectious bronchitis virus — Poulvac® IBQX For the past two years the vaccine has only been available with a special import certificate from the Veterinary Medicines Directorate for use on flocks where the QX [...]

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First Equine Case of SLEV Reported in Brazil

August 5, 2014

A case of neurologic disease caused by St. Louis encephalitis virus (SLEV) has been found in a horse in Brazil. The horse died from the infection, which was thought to be the first instance of SLEV infecting an equine. An outbreak of human encephalitis in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1933 was blamed on the virus, [...]


Professor Tim Gruffydd-Jones Receives AVMF/Winn Feline Foundation Award

July 29, 2014

This week the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) will recognize University of Bristol feline medicine specialist Professor Tim Gruffydd-Jones, BVetMed PhD, with the 2014 AVMF/Winn Feline Foundation Award at its 2014 meeting. During the AVMA’s Annual Convention in Denver, July 25–29, the AVMA will honor some of the nation’s top veterinarians, individuals and organizations during [...]


New Lower Starting Dose Announced for Vetoryl

July 22, 2014

Dechra Veterinary Products has announced a new lower recommended starting dose of its Vetoryl treatment for dogs with Cushing’s syndrome. The change to the Summary of Product Characteristics for Vetoryl (trilostane) Hard Capsules for Dogs follows the publication of research and studies into the effects of lowering the initial dose rate. The new, lower recommended [...]

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Britain’s Obese Pets Could Lead to Rises in Insurance Premiums

July 15, 2014

Britain is a nation of pet lovers but some owners may well be overindulging their animals. A health report on the nation’s pets by the People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA) has found that 10million of them are being fed fatty treats that damage health and mean more costly trips to the vets. Elaine Pendlebury, [...]

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New Support Pack will Encourage Owner Compliance

July 3, 2014

Veterinary professionals in the UK are being offered a new package of support to help encourage owner compliance when their dogs are being treated for ear disease. Dechra Veterinary Products has developed its Dermatology Partners in Practice programme to support vets and vet nurses dealing with otitis externa, one of the most prevalent presenting conditions [...]

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Rapid Diagnosis to Help Fight Against Pig Disease Epidemic

July 2, 2014

2014 has seen a devastating epidemic of porcine epidemic diarrhoea (PED) in the USA, affecting more than 30 states and driving up the price of pork products. Later today, Professor Wim van der Poel will tell delegates at the Society for Applied Microbiology annual Summer Conference how veterinary laboratories in Europe are working together to [...]

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Tramadol Added to List of Controlled Drugs

June 24, 2014

The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) is advising veterinary practice premises and practitioners that tramadol has now become a controlled drug and has been added to Schedule 3 of the Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2001. The change to the regulations was made by the Home Office and was effective as of 10 June 2014. [...]