Help build a network that's right for you
Becky Richardson, Young Vet Network representative on BVA Council, explains how young vets can get involved. (Source: Veterinary Record)
Source: Veterinary Record - June 2, 2017 Category: Veterinary Research Tags: BVA News Source Type: research

Outback is put through its paces
Ashley Rubens, winner of the competition to find the BVA member facing the toughest driving conditions in the UK, has spent the past few months putting a Subaru Outback through its paces. (Source: Veterinary Record)
Source: Veterinary Record - June 2, 2017 Category: Veterinary Research Tags: BVA News Source Type: research

Hop to it to help rabbits
Rabbit Awareness Week promotes the welfare needs of rabbits; it takes place from June 17 to 25. (Source: Veterinary Record)
Source: Veterinary Record - June 2, 2017 Category: Veterinary Research Tags: BVA News Source Type: research

Championing the profession in Scotland
Hayley Atkin, BVA Policy Officer, gives a roundup of highlights from BVA Scottish Branch. (Source: Veterinary Record)
Source: Veterinary Record - June 2, 2017 Category: Veterinary Research Tags: BVA News Source Type: research

Great value BVA In Practice CPD for 2017
BVA has 16 CPD courses coming up for the second half of the year. They are aimed at vets working in general and mixed practice. Zoe Davies, marketing manager, outlines some of the highlights. (Source: Veterinary Record)
Source: Veterinary Record - June 2, 2017 Category: Veterinary Research Tags: BVA News Source Type: research

Helping clients understand pets' needs
During National Pet Month in April the Veterinary Animal Welfare Coalition launched its second public-facing campaign to improve pet owners' understanding of their animals' welfare, writes Felicity Quick, BVA media officer. (Source: Veterinary Record)
Source: Veterinary Record - June 2, 2017 Category: Veterinary Research Tags: BVA News Source Type: research

General Election 2017: influencing the party manifestos
Amy Waddell, BVA head of media and public affairs, says that following the announcement of a snap General Election, BVA has produced a manifesto for 2017, highlighting 20 key recommendations for the next Government to consider in terms of domestic policy setting as well as throughout Brexit discussions. (Source: Veterinary Record)
Source: Veterinary Record - June 2, 2017 Category: Veterinary Research Tags: BVA News Source Type: research

Duncan McMartin
A veterinarian whose contributions to avian health and food safety were recognised nationally and internationally. He enthusiastically and readily shared his knowledge about poultry care and health. (Source: Veterinary Record)
Source: Veterinary Record - June 2, 2017 Category: Veterinary Research Tags: Obituaries Source Type: research

No action likely on slaughter without stunning
IN her Comment on the content of the manifestos of the political parties (VR, May 27 2017, vol 180, p 506), Adele Waters notes that no political party proposes to end slaughter without stunning and suggests that the alternative of a requirement to label meat from such slaughter could be more easily achieved post-Brexit. It is true that it is always easier for one country to take a decision than to come an agreement between 28 countries. However, it should be realised that the UK has always led the opposition at European level to proposals to take any action on slaughter without stunning. The UK Commissioner blocked a draft...
Source: Veterinary Record - June 2, 2017 Category: Veterinary Research Tags: Letters and Notices Source Type: research

Holly leaf ingestion causing pharyngeal obstruction in lambs
WE would like to report the case of a three-week-old texel ewe lamb that presented to us showing respiratory distress, blood-tinged hypersalivation, oral pain and dysphagia. Palpation of the laryngeal region induced pain and exacerbated the respiratory distress. Visualisation of the pharyngeal region was not possible in the fully conscious animal and therefore heavy sedation was induced. A laryngoscope was used to see the pharynx which revealed a holly leaf lodged in front of the larynx, which was quite easily removed with artery forceps (Fig 1). A long acting antibiotic injection (Betamox LA; Norbrook) was administered to...
Source: Veterinary Record - June 2, 2017 Category: Veterinary Research Tags: Letters and Notices Source Type: research

Transfusion medicine across the species
Wendy Barnett comments: I would like to apologise to Mr Barr for this inaccuracy. This was an accidental oversight and I appreciate that equine plasma has been available for longer than canine blood and plasma products. As this book is focused on small animal transfusion medicine and blood banking, my comment was referencing the availability of canine blood and plasma products. I still consider canine transfusion medicine to be in its infancy but I accept that I should have specified the species within my review. Wendy Barnett, Pet Blood Bank UK, Unit 21 & 22, Loughborough Technology Centre, Epinal Way, Loughborough, L...
Source: Veterinary Record - June 2, 2017 Category: Veterinary Research Tags: Letters and Notices Source Type: research

Transfusion medicine across the species
I WOULD like to respectfully draw attention to the inaccuracies in Wendy Barnett's recent review of the publication, Manual of Veterinary Transfusion Medicine and Blood Banking (VR, May 20, 2017, vol 180, p 502). Commercial equine plasma was first produced on this site in July 1992 and was made available to equine veterinary surgeons in the UK for the foaling season in 1993 and every year thereafter in increasing quantities. Since 2003 it has been supplied as a licensed immunological veterinary medicinal product in the UK and since 2008 in the Republic of Ireland, and under the prescribing cascade elsewhere. I would not ag...
Source: Veterinary Record - June 2, 2017 Category: Veterinary Research Tags: Letters and Notices Source Type: research

Hunting with hounds
THERESA May recently reconfirmed her support for fox hunting (BBC 2017) and the Conservative manifesto (2017) contains a commitment to grant a free vote, on a government bill in government time, to give parliament the opportunity to decide the future of the Hunting Act. If attempts to repeal the Act were successful, this would result in a return to wild mammals being chased and killed by hunts using packs of hounds. As veterinary professionals committed to upholding the highest possible standards of animal welfare, we are opposed to any dilution or repeal of the Hunting Act 2004. In 2000, the Burns report (Burns and others...
Source: Veterinary Record - June 2, 2017 Category: Veterinary Research Tags: Letters and Notices Source Type: research

Can zoo licensing be improved?
ZOO licensing may be something of a curate's egg, and frankly I would challenge even that. To suggest (VR, May 27, 2017, vol 180, p 510) that it is not fit for purpose is simply fallacious; the fact that there are many welfare cases prosecuted by Defra or the RSPCA in a year does not demonstrate how ineffective they are at improving welfare. Defra and the APHA appoint two lists of inspectors – a list of appropriately experienced veterinary surgeons, and a list of experienced biologists and curators. This produces a broad inspectorate with a wide range of skills which can be matched to zoos. Where there is no controve...
Source: Veterinary Record - June 2, 2017 Category: Veterinary Research Tags: Letters and Notices Source Type: research

Selected highlights from other veterinary journals
This study investigated the relationship between previous litter box use and the identity of the previous user, type of elimination, odour and presence of physical/visual obstructions in a multi-cat household scenario. Four-day preference test scenarios, in which each cat was provided with two litter boxes each presenting a different treatment condition, were set up to assess if previous litter box use affects box preference; if odour alone influenced litter box preference; and to... (Source: Veterinary Record)
Source: Veterinary Record - June 2, 2017 Category: Veterinary Research Tags: Research Digest Source Type: research

Evidence that avian influenza vaccination induces long-lived immune responses in zoo birds
VACCINATION has advanced as a control measure to protect zoo bird populations from highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) outbreaks (Ellis and others 2004; European Commission 2006; United States Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 2016). In 2005 through 2007, European zoos implemented preventive HPAI vaccination protocols of their bird populations, which elicited strong although heterogeneous responses in zoo birds in the months following vaccination (Philippa and others 2007; Bertelsen and others 2007; Furger and others 2008; Lécu and others 2009; Vergara-Alert and others 2011)....
Source: Veterinary Record - June 2, 2017 Category: Veterinary Research Authors: Fernandez-Bellon, H., Vergara-Alert, J., Almagro, V., Rivas, R., Majo, N., Busquets, N., Ramis, A. Tags: Research Source Type: research

First detection of Salmonella enterica serovar Napoli in kennel dogs in Italy
IN the last two decades, reports of human infections due to Salmonella enterica serovar Napoli have notably increased especially in France, Italy and Switzerland (Fisher and others, 2009; Graziani and others, 2013). Although relatively uncommon in Europe, S Napoli is the 15th most prevalent serovar isolated from human salmonellosis with 333 confirmed cases in 2014 (EFSA and ECDC, 2015). In Italy this serotype seems to be endemic, in the Northern Regions especially. It is among the five main serovars isolated from human infections in the last years (Fisher and others, 2009; Graziani and others, 2013). Although several epide...
Source: Veterinary Record - June 2, 2017 Category: Veterinary Research Authors: Dotto, G., Menandro, M. L., Mondin, A., Martini, M., Pasotto, D. Tags: Research Source Type: research

Umbilical infections in foals: microbiological investigation and management
This study aims to investigate the bacteria involved in equine omphalitis and their susceptibility to antimicrobial drugs, and consequently to provide guidelines concerning the most suitable treatment protocol in accordance with the clinical, ultrasound and laboratory findings. Forty foals aged between one and 30 days were evaluated in the course of this investigation. An ultrasound examination of all umbilical remnants was carried out carefully in all foals; umbilical swabs were collected for bacteriological examination, and blood samples were collected for blood culture from 19 foals with fever and abnormal blood va...
Source: Veterinary Record - June 2, 2017 Category: Veterinary Research Authors: Rampacci, E., Passamonti, F., Bottinelli, M., Stefanetti, V., Cercone, M., Nannarone, S., Gialletti, R., Beccati, F., Coletti, M., Pepe, M. Tags: Research Source Type: research

Role of canine circovirus in dogs with acute haemorrhagic diarrhoea
This study evaluated a suspected association between the presence of CanineCV and acute haemorrhagic diarrhoea syndrome (AHDS) in dogs. The prevalence of CanineCV in dogs with AHDS was compared with that in healthy dogs and those infected with canine parvovirus (CPV). Additionally, time to recovery and mortality rate were compared between CanineCV-positive and CanineCV-negative dogs. Faecal samples of dogs with AHDS (n=55), healthy dogs (n=66) and dogs infected with CPV (n=54) were examined by two real-time TaqMan PCR assays targeting the replicase and capsid genes of CanineCV. CanineCV was detected in faecal samples of tw...
Source: Veterinary Record - June 2, 2017 Category: Veterinary Research Authors: Anderson, A., Hartmann, K., Leutenegger, C. M., Proksch, A. L., Mueller, R. S., Unterer, S. Tags: Research Source Type: research

What is causing acute haemorrhagic diarrhoea syndrome in dogs?
IDIOPATHIC acute haemorrhagic diarrhoea syndrome (AHDS) in dogs is characterised by acute onset of haemorrhagic diarrhoea, which is commonly, but not always, preceded by acute onset vomiting. Other clinical and laboratory findings include lethargy, tachycardia, hypothermia, increased haematocrit values and stress leukogram with neutrophilic left shift (Mortier and others 2015). All these likely reflect hypovolaemia and decreased perfusion of all internal organs, as they are quickly corrected with appropriate fluid therapy (Mortier and others 2015). The syndrome appears to be more common in winter months and affects predomi...
Source: Veterinary Record - June 2, 2017 Category: Veterinary Research Authors: Dunowska, M. Tags: Research Source Type: research

Wildlife: topical issues, recent cases
This focus article was prepared by Paul Duff, Paul Holmes and Alex Barlow of the APHA Wildlife Expert Group (Source: Veterinary Record)
Source: Veterinary Record - June 2, 2017 Category: Veterinary Research Tags: Surveillance Source Type: research

Disease surveillance in England and Wales, May 2017
 Current and emerging issues: potentially toxic blue-green algal blooms  Highlights from the scanning surveillance network  Update on international disease threats  Focus on topical issues and recent cases relating to wildlife These are among matters discussed in the Animal and Plant Health Agency's (APHA's) disease surveillance report for May 2017 (Source: Veterinary Record)
Source: Veterinary Record - June 2, 2017 Category: Veterinary Research Tags: Surveillance Source Type: research

Researchers find mutation linked to brachycephaly in dogs
A study by researchers at the Roslin Institute has identified a genetic mutation linked to the flat face shape seen in dog breeds such as bulldogs and pugs. The study was carried out in 374 pet dogs of various pedigree and mixed breeds that had been treated at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies. All the dogs had undergone CT scanning as part of their care, and researchers were able to take precise measurements of the shape of each dog's skull. They also analysed DNA samples from every dog. By comparing the genetic information with the skull measurements, the researchers were able to pinpoint DNA variations that ...
Source: Veterinary Record - June 2, 2017 Category: Veterinary Research Tags: News section Source Type: research

Owners of brachycephalic dogs pay more attention to looks than health
APPEARANCE is the top reason why owners purchase brachycephalic dogs, according to research carried out by the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) and Plymouth University. The perceived health of a breed was of less concern to owners who bought a brachycephalic dog such as a French bulldog or pug compared with owners who bought breeds such as labrador retrievers or cocker spaniels. The research featured in the journal Animal Welfare from a team led by Rowena Packer, a research fellow at the RVC. ‘With their small size and baby-like features, some people cannot resist the looks of a brachycephalic dog,’ said Dr Packe...
Source: Veterinary Record - June 2, 2017 Category: Veterinary Research Tags: News section Source Type: research

Farmers urged to be vigilant for bluetongue
Livestock farmers – particularly those on the Kent and Sussex coast – are being encouraged to talk to their vet about vaccinating their animals against bluetongue this year. In an updated assessment of the risk of serotype 8 of the bluetongue virus (BTV-8) entering the UK this year, Defra says that, while the risk is currently low, it will change as the summer progresses. BTV-8 re-emerged in France in 2015, having been undetected in mainland Europe for five years. By May 5 this year, more than 2300 cases of BTV-8 had been detected in France. Most cases have been found in the centre of the country but, recently,...
Source: Veterinary Record - June 2, 2017 Category: Veterinary Research Tags: News section Source Type: research

News in brief
Discussion Forum on June 5 will focus on the licensing of animal establishments. The session will give delegates a chance to discuss the current animal establishments legislation, enforcement and local authorities' role and responsibilities, and what the future of animal establishments licensing could or should look like. A limited number of tickets for the AWF discussion forum are still available, which includes a drinks reception at the... (Source: Veterinary Record)
Source: Veterinary Record - June 2, 2017 Category: Veterinary Research Tags: News in Brief Source Type: research

RUMA adopts European Medicines Agency's list of highest priority antibiotics
The Responsible Use of Medicines in Agriculture (RUMA) Alliance has decided to use the European Medicines Agency (EMA) list of critically important antibiotics (CIAs) setting out which antibiotic groups should only be used in livestock when no other product will be effective. RUMA explains that slightly different lists of CIAs – so-called because they are considered critically important for use in human medicine – have been published by the World Health Organization, the US Food and Drug Administration and the EMA. This has led to debate within farming about which list should be observed. After discussions with...
Source: Veterinary Record - June 2, 2017 Category: Veterinary Research Tags: News section Source Type: research

Targeted control measures to reduce bovine TB 'are working' in Wales
THE incidence of bovine TB in the Intensive Action Area (IAA) in Wales has fallen by 35 per cent over the course of six years, according to figures released by the Welsh Government last week. The incidence in a nearby comparison area fell by 23 per cent over the same period. The IAA was established in 2010 and is situated in north Pembrokeshire, an area that had one of the highest incidence rates of bovine TB in Wales. A targeted programme of measures to tackle all sources of bovine TB, in both domestic and wild animal species, has been applied in the area since May 2010. The measures include stricter cattle controls, impr...
Source: Veterinary Record - June 2, 2017 Category: Veterinary Research Tags: News section Source Type: research

Employers views sought on the competencies of new graduates
THE Veterinary Schools Council (VSC) has launched a combined national employer survey to analyse the competencies of new graduates from every UK veterinary school, as well as those from University College Dublin and Utrecht University. Previously, individual schools issued their own surveys, but this new combined survey will provide not only an analysis of graduates from each individual school, but an analysis of the graduates as a whole. The 15-minute survey has been informed by the day 1 competencies, as defined by the RCVS and the Veterinary Council of Ireland, and by the new 'domains of competence’ being develope...
Source: Veterinary Record - June 2, 2017 Category: Veterinary Research Tags: News section Source Type: research

Charities call for the next government to protect companion animals
‘Don't forget about the animals’ is the call from Battersea Dogs & Cats Home to the next UK government. Launching a 10-point manifesto last week, the charity set out the most pressing welfare issues affecting dogs and cats. It is calling for tougher sentencing for animal cruelty, the tightening of regulations around the breeding and sale of dogs, and a new pet passports scheme ahead of the UK leaving the EU. Claire Horton, Battersea's chief executive, commented: ‘We know how much the public cares about these issues – prior to the 2015 General Election a YouGov poll showed that around one in six ...
Source: Veterinary Record - June 2, 2017 Category: Veterinary Research Tags: News section Source Type: research

Workforce issues and animal welfare high on agenda in agricultural manifestos
CALLS for clarity around the status of non-UK EU workers also feature in the manifestos of agricultural organisations. As with the veterinary workforce, access to EU workers is vitally important to the agricultural industry. In its manifesto, the National Farmers' Union (NFU) raises concern about the competitiveness of the UK's food supply chain if restrictions are placed on labour after Brexit. It calls for the next government to urgently clarify the rules around EU migrants following the end of free movement. Likewise, the National Pig Association (NPA) is calling for a balanced immigration policy that ensures the pig in...
Source: Veterinary Record - June 2, 2017 Category: Veterinary Research Tags: News section Source Type: research

Who will get your vote next week?
How do the political parties compare on Brexit and animal welfare issues? (Source: Veterinary Record)
Source: Veterinary Record - June 2, 2017 Category: Veterinary Research Tags: News section Source Type: research

Pets at risk as vaccinations decline
MILLIONS of pets in the UK could be at risk from deadly diseases as figures from the PDSA show that the number of owners vaccinating their pets has declined steeply. The findings, which come from the latest PDSA Animal Wellbeing (PAW) report, show that 25 per cent of dogs, 35 per cent of cats and 50 per cent of rabbits have not had a primary vaccination course. The charity describes the figures as ‘troubling’ – they are the lowest levels recorded since the PAW report was first published in 2011 and show a significant decrease from 2016 (when 12 per cent of dogs, 18 per cent of cats and 37 per cent of rabb...
Source: Veterinary Record - June 2, 2017 Category: Veterinary Research Tags: News section Source Type: research

News section
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Source: Veterinary Record - June 2, 2017 Category: Veterinary Research Tags: News section Source Type: research

Brexit and funding for UK R&D
THIS time last year, the UK's electorate was gearing up to vote in a referendum to decide on the country's future in the European Union. This week, the electorate is gearing up to vote again, this time to decide on the government it wants to lead Brexit negotiations. Among those who will be following those negotiations closely will be members of the UK's research, development and innovation sector, including the veterinary research community. The EU currently has a total estimated budget of 120 billion available to support research and innovation activities up until 2020 and, in recent years, the UK has been one of the mos...
Source: Veterinary Record - June 2, 2017 Category: Veterinary Research Authors: Clark, K. Tags: Comment Source Type: research

My week: Greta Manfrin
Greta Manfrin joined Vets Now through its Cutting Edge programme. Here, she describes a recent working week as the principal vet at an out-of-hours pet emergency clinic in Gillingham, Kent. (Source: Veterinary Record)
Source: Veterinary Record - June 2, 2017 Category: Veterinary Research Authors: Manfrin, G. Tags: Vet Record Careers Source Type: research

How I found my career
Kenny Hall was unaware of the veterinary nursing profession until his vet student girlfriend suggested it would be the perfect career for him. As a male nurse he got used to being a ‘rarity’ and now encourages other men to consider veterinary nursing as a great career choice (Source: Veterinary Record)
Source: Veterinary Record - June 2, 2017 Category: Veterinary Research Authors: Hall, K. Tags: Veterinary nurses Vet Record Careers Source Type: research

Ceva extends companion animal dermatology range with the launch of Dermipred
Ceva Animal Health has added Dermipred, containing the active ingredient prednisolone, to its range of dermatology products. Dermipred is indicated for the symptomatic treatment of, or as adjunct treatment for, inflammatory and immune-mediated dermatitis in dogs The product is presented as 10 mg or 20 mg flavoured tablets which can be divided into two or four equal parts; this, the company says, offers accurate and flexible dosing for a wide range of dog sizes. The tablets are blister-packed for easy dispensing. Ceva has also produced a downloadable guide for vets on management options for dealing with canine ato...
Source: Veterinary Record - May 26, 2017 Category: Veterinary Research Tags: Products and Services Source Type: research

Shockwave therapy for the rehabilitation of horses and small animals
Eickemeyer has launched a ‘user-friendly’ portable shockwave therapy system that it says can be used in the treatment of various conditions in sport horses or in the management of chronic or postoperative pain in small animals. The company describes the Likawave Vario Vet Shockwave Therapy System as ‘a genuine innovation in extracorporeal, high-energy shockwave therapy’. It reports that, because of its ‘intelligently controlled modulation of shockwave intensity and treatment frequency’, the Vario therapy is more effective and gentler than conventional techniques, and that the application...
Source: Veterinary Record - May 26, 2017 Category: Veterinary Research Tags: Products and Services Source Type: research

Protecting pigs against postweaning diarrhoea
Elanco Animal Health will act as the distributor for Coliprotec F4/F18, a new vaccine to protect pigs against postweaning diarrhoea (PWD). The vaccine has been developed by Prevtec Microbia and is now available in the UK and Ireland. The vaccine is intended for the active immunisation of pigs against F4- and F18-positive strains of enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli (ETEC), which, the company says, are a major cause of economic loss for pig producers. Coliprotec F4/F18 is given as a single oral dose, with protection beginning seven days after vaccination and lasting for 21 days after vaccination. The company says that proact...
Source: Veterinary Record - May 26, 2017 Category: Veterinary Research Tags: Products and Services Source Type: research

Coccidiosis control
KrKa has launched Tolracol, an oral suspension of toltrazuril, which is licensed for the control of coccidiosis in sheep, cattle and pigs. The company says the product offers vets an ‘effective, economic, single dose’ treatment to prevent coccidiosis infections in youngstock on farms with a history of the disease. Tolracol is a prescription-only medicine containing 50 mg/ml of toltrazuril. Krka says that it should be used ahead of the peak infection period on farms with a pre-existing coccidiosis problem and that it is recommended for use in neonatal pigs at three to five days old and as soon as required i...
Source: Veterinary Record - May 26, 2017 Category: Veterinary Research Tags: Products and Services Source Type: research

Testing scheme to help vets investigate ovine abortion
Ceva Animal Health has launched Assure Ewe, a subsidised blood testing scheme to help sheep vets identify the cause of abortion on-farm. The scheme is available to all flocks of 50 or more breeding ewes whether or not there has been evidence of abortion. The company describes Assure Ewe as a user-friendly, simple scheme and says it will help facilitate conversations between vets and farmers while providing useful testing information to vets. The scheme requires vets to collect blood samples from six ewes in a flock and supply their own details and those of the farm. Once the results are available, Ceva will share informati...
Source: Veterinary Record - May 26, 2017 Category: Veterinary Research Tags: Products and Services Source Type: research

Warnock Rodger Plenderleith
Warnock Plenderleith began studying medicine at Glasgow university at the age of 17, but transferred to veterinary medicine in his second year, qualifying in 1958 at the age of 22. We were a year apart at vet school and were taught physiology by Dr Black – who became Nobel prizewinner Sir James Black – my brother was awarded the medal for physiology in his year. He was born in Durisdeer, Dumfriesshire, in 1936, where our father was a headmaster, although we spent much of our early lives in Lanarkshire and we both attended Biggar High School. After qualifying, Warnock spent the first year in practice in Biggar b...
Source: Veterinary Record - May 26, 2017 Category: Veterinary Research Tags: Obituaries Source Type: research

Ron Sismey
was born in Bexleyheath on October 27, 1935, the only child of Ted and Barbara Sismey. He went to school in Kent and, not being allowed to keep pets at home, he decided early on that he was going to become a vet. After two years’ National Service in the Royal Artillery, he was among the 1957 student intake at the Royal Veterinary College, London, qualifying in 1963 – the same year that he married Liz, whom he had met in London. They moved to Andover where Ron started as an assistant in large animal practice; it was here that their first child Jonathan was born in 1966. Karen was born in 1968 and in 1971, a sec...
Source: Veterinary Record - May 26, 2017 Category: Veterinary Research Tags: Obituaries Source Type: research

Comment about timings of death notices
Veterinary Record comments: We would like to apologise for the late publication of Mr Bewsher's death notice. Many of our readers will have noticed the changes we have made to the ‘Gazette’ section of the journal, namely the addition of a dedicated ‘Obituaries’ page. We feel that this will respectfully pay tribute to the life and work of members of the profession who have died. Unfortunately, in making the decision on this section, there was a slight delay in us publishing recent death notices. Death notices will still be published, appearing in the Letters and Notices section of the journal, and we...
Source: Veterinary Record - May 26, 2017 Category: Veterinary Research Tags: Letters and Notices Source Type: research

Comment about timings of death notices
YOUR paragraph headed ‘Obituaries’ in a recent issue of Veterinary Record (VR, May 13, 2017, vol 180, p 478) indicates that you would like to be helpful to the families of those members of the profession who have died. In the case of Colin Bewsher, I notified you on April 28 and May 5. His funeral was May 12, the day his death was recorded in Veterinary Record and received by such as myself. It would indeed be helpful if notices of deaths were published at least one week before the funeral, in order to give friends and colleagues the chance to contact the bereaved and perhaps attend the funeral. Ian Geoffrey Ne...
Source: Veterinary Record - May 26, 2017 Category: Veterinary Research Tags: Letters and Notices Source Type: research

Contributions sought for inaugural three-day BVZS conference
AFTER many years of holding biannual meetings, the British Veterinary Zoological Society (BVZS) is changing its conference format to an annual three-day meeting in 2017. The aims are to enhance the diversity and depth of scientific content and promote increased collaboration within the exotic pet, wildlife and zoo community. The meeting will offer three full days of affordable high-quality CPD, together with a social programme. To make this a success we are inviting high-quality talks and posters from veterinary surgeons, wildlife disease investigators, nurses and students on all aspects of exotic pet, wildlife and zoo ani...
Source: Veterinary Record - May 26, 2017 Category: Veterinary Research Tags: Letters and Notices Source Type: research

Death notices
Mott On April 29, 2017, Brian Mott BVSc, DipAH, MRCVS, of 20 East Woodhay Road, Winchester, Hampshire. Mr Mott qualified from Bristol in 1958. Packer On May 14, 2017, Derek Overton Packer, MRCVS, of Rocklands, 66A Bedwlwyn Road, Ystrad Mynach, Hengoei, Mid Glamorgan. Mr Packer qualified from London in 1948. (Source: Veterinary Record)
Source: Veterinary Record - May 26, 2017 Category: Veterinary Research Tags: Letters and Notices Source Type: research

Virus presence within Welsh red squirrels
FOLLOWING sustained grey squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis) control (Schuchert and others 2014), and a red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) translocation and conservation programme, red squirrels on Anglesey have increased from a low of 40 animals in 1998, restricted within an isolated coniferous plantation in the east of the island, to in excess of 700 adults island-wide today. In addition, the red squirrel population has expanded in both range and numbers from Anglesey itself. This dispersal is considered to have been a result of the natural movement of red squirrels via the road/rail bridge links from Anglesey to the adjacent m...
Source: Veterinary Record - May 26, 2017 Category: Veterinary Research Tags: Letters and Notices Source Type: research

Selected highlights from other veterinary journals
This study aimed to produce the first estimate of the density of pets at a fine spatial scale in Great Britain to provide an evidence base for decision-makers and other research workers. An estimate of the structure and density of pet populations was made using recent national population estimates of... (Source: Veterinary Record)
Source: Veterinary Record - May 26, 2017 Category: Veterinary Research Tags: Research Digest Source Type: research