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Heartworm on the rise in imported dogs

Posted: 19th August 2019

Calls have been made for vigilance and appropriate testing for heartworm in imported dogs after a spike in reported UK cases. Ian Wright, head of the European Scientific Counsel Companion Animal Parasites (ESCCAP) UK and Ireland, said the problem stems

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Kennel Club Launches All-in-one DNA Test Kit

Posted: 12th August 2019

The Kennel Club (KC) said its CombiBreed Health Test Packages will simplify the genetic testing process by using a single cheek swab to check a dog’s DNA for markers associated with a number of inherited disorders. The £135 test can be used

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Wild Animals in Circuses Bill Passed

Posted: 26th July 2019

The use of wild animals in travelling circuses will now be banned in England from January 2020. Following more than 20 years of campaigning by animal rights groups, the Wild Animals in Circuses (No. 2) Bill passed its third, and final,

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Adverse Drug Reaction Survey Launched

Posted: 12th July 2019

Liverpool University has launched a survey exploring the perceptions, attitudes and experiences of UK veterinary professionals towards adverse drug reaction (ADR) reporting. Conducted by researchers at the University of Liverpool, the survey aims to study how the safety of veterinary

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Giant Schnauzer Blindness Breakthrough

Posted: 28th June 2019

Scientists at the Animal Health Trust have identified a blinding condition in Giant Schnauzers: Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA), as well as launching a DNA test for the genetic mutation which causes it. This breakthrough should enable the eradication of the

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Annual RVN CPD Audit Launched

Posted: 17th June 2019

The RCVS’ latest veterinary nurses’ CPD compliance audit is now underway. This week, 1,130 RVNs will receive an invitation to share their CPD records for 2016-18 with the college, to demonstrate they have complied with the requirements. Under the RCVS Code

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Raw Diet Review Published

Posted: 11th June 2019

This month’s Journal of Small Animal Practice (JSAP) includes an article of the pros and cons of feeding raw diets to dogs. The work, “Raw diets for dogs and cats: a review, with particular reference to microbiological hazards”, looks at the practice, rationale

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New Resource For Dog Owners

Posted: 29th May 2019

BSAVA’s PetSavers have produced new downloadable client information leaflets that can be given to owners in order to help their understanding of their dog’s condition. Topics range from diabetes to behavioural problems. Veterinary practices can also order hardcopies of the

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Ban on Wild Animals in Circuses

Posted: 21st May 2019

Environment Secretary Michael Gove has announced a new Bill to ban the use of wild animals in travelling circuses. Some of the animals which currently perform in circuses include reindeer, zebras and camels. The use of wild animals in travelling

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New Distemper Strain Found in US

Posted: 13th May 2019

A new strain of canine distemper virus (CDV) has been identified by pathologists in the US. Scientists at the New Hampshire Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory at the University of New Hampshire said the virus has been identified in eight wild animals. No

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