Veterinary Science in the News: Recent Media Interest in Obesity and Appetite Genetic Study

The Times and The Telegraph have both published articles this month about research by the University of Cambridge into the genetics of appetite and obesity in Labradors and Flat-Coated Retrievers. The study, which also attracted media interest when it was published in 2016, involved analysing the genes of 310 dogs, combined with weighing the animals and […]

High Number of Dog Poisoning Incidents Reported

244 suspected dog poisoning incidents have been reported to the RSPCA so far this year. Sadly this number remains high following 368 logged incidents throughout 2016 compared with 213 in 2012. The charity is urging all pet owners to be vigilant and keep an eye on what their pet is eating and can get access […]

Online Pet Calorie Counter

Struggling to make owners aware of how many calories are in those scraps of food they give their pet as a little treat? It’s a common problem in practice and a new online tool may be able to help. has launched an online pet calorie counter that converts human foods that owners commonly give […]

SPVS Salary Survey

SPVS are urging veterinary professionals to take part in their salary survey. All SPVS members who take part in the survey will be sent personalised survey results, allowing them to compare their results to the industry average and if you aren’t already a member of SPVS they are offering 3 months free membership if you […]

Useful Leaflet Available For Owners of Travelling Pets

We all know that owners rarely take in all the information we bombard them with in consults and when it comes to pet travel there is often too much information to convey in a 10 minute consultation. The Animal Welfare Foundation have created a ‘Taking Your Pets Abroad’ leaflet that provides a simple guide for […]

RCVS Alert Regarding Bogus Telephone Calls

Over the past few weeks the RCVS has been informed of a number of bogus calls to veterinary practices, from a caller claiming to work for the RCVS who says they are requesting practice details to help rebuild their database after a loss of data. The RCVS have stressed that this is not a genuine […]

Chickens Could Help Protect Humans From Viruses

Researchers from The Pirbright Institute investigating chicken immunology, have discovered a new component of the chicken’s immune system which could help protect humans from important diseases. Two zoonotic poultry viruses were used in the study to test this new component in genetically modified chicken embryos. The results of which, showed that the embryo’s had better […]

Hypertension in Cats

One of our fantastic lecturers’, Fiona Adam BVM&S DipECVIM-CA MRCVS, European and RCVS Specialist in Small Animal Internal Medicine, has written an interesting article for Vet Times, titled ‘Hypertension and importance of ocular examination in cats’ covering Blood Pressure assessment, ocular examination and prognosis’. Read the full article Here Learning streams with Fiona Adam such as […]

Free Veterinary Business and Management Workshop

We are pleased to partner with HR and Health and Safety experts Citation to offer an afternoon workshop for veterinary surgeons, practice managers and owners. Citation support veterinary businesses on a daily basis and have compacted two great speakers and useful content into a short session that will leave you with the tools to: -Understand […]

Possible Reversal of Tail Docking Ban in Scotland

Since 2007 tail docking of any dog in Scotland has been banned, making it the only part of the United Kingdom with an outright ban on the procedure. Yesterday MSPs on the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee voted to amend the legislation so that there are exemptions allowing vets to shorten by up […]