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You are invited to scavenge at this year’s BEVA Congress

Scavenging in the exhibition hall is bound to be at the top of most delegate agendas at this year’s BEVA Congress 11-14 September 2019 because a prize pot of £1,000 cash is up for grabs in the new Congress Scavenger Hunt. Packed with more than 100 stands, the BEVA Congress exhibition hall is a favourite congress location for networking, socialising, eating and drinking. This year, with the chance to win a whopping cash prize it’s likely to be more popular than ever. Using the BEVA Congress App delegates simply have to follow the clues to find the answers to a series of clinical conundrums hidden round the exhibition hall. The highest ranked player at the end of Congress will win £1000. While delegates are busy scavenging they can enjoy checking out the BEVA members’ lounge where new events will be hosted every day: ·       The Animal Health Trust will be celebrating the 15th anniversary of the important BEVA Defra AHT Disease Surveil ...

BOVA responds to the Omeprazole issue

As you may be aware, New South Wales (NSW) racing authority in Australia identified testosterone in a vial of BOVA’s long acting omeprazole injection in mid-June 2019. Supply of the product ceased in Australia and BOVA immediately initiated investigations. At the time, we had no explanation for how contamination could have occurred as we do not handle testosterone. The Omeprazole active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) is subject to ID testing on arrival at our licensed manufacturing facilities as well as material approval checks and compliance checks to set specifications in order to ensure that it complies with international standards. We have been in contact with our suppliers both in the UK and Australia and have commissioned extensive testing of our products and those of our suppliers. We have also been in continual discussion with both the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) and the Federation Equestrian Internationale (FEI). Through this independent testing process, we determined that one of ...

Blue Cross teams up with Mary King to teach young people about horse welfare

Top event rider Mary King is helping national pet charity Blue Cross to tackle horse welfare with a new education resource. Mary, who signed up to become the first ever Blue Cross Equine Ambassador last year, stars in a new video showcasing the charity’s dedication to help improve the current horse welfare crisis. You can watch the video at www.bluecross.org.uk/maryking  The Blue Cross education programme is focused on responsible pet ownership and aims to inspire children and young people to learn more about how to take on and care for pets appropriately. Each year the charity’s education team reaches around 100,000 people throughout the UK using a network of Education officers and volunteer speakers.   “In terms of horses, the biggest issue is the sheer number of them needing our help,” said Gemma Taylor, Education Officer at Blue Cross. “Too many horses and not enough homes mean that UK charities are being swamped with abandoned, unwanted and neglected horses and ...

BHA advises against the use of injectable Omeprazole in racehorses based on the presence of testosterone in product

Following the advice note to trainers in June 2019, the BHA can advise that analysis of a number of products which contain Omeprazole has been performed at LGC (the BHA's partner analytical laboratory).  No oral preparations were found to contain testosterone (nor any other anabolic steroids). However, samples of the injectable Omeprazole 100 mg/ml (BOVA UK) were found to contain low levels of testosterone.  Testosterone is an anabolic androgenic steroid and is Prohibited At All Time over certain thresholds under Schedule (G)1 of the BHA Rules of Racing. The relevant Rules for substances that are Prohibited At All Times can be found in Schedule (G) – Equine Anti-Doping Manual. The associated penalties for these Rules are found in the Guide to Procedures and Penalties 2018.  Due to the above results indicating the presence of testosterone in the injectable Omeprazole 100mg/ml (BOVA UK), the BHA would advise that the possession, use or attempted use, and administration or attem ...

Surveillance of Equine Strangles - July 2019 Update

Strangles outbreaks: what’s happening in the UK? Strangles, where horses display clinical signs including pyrexia, inappetence, purulent nasal discharge and swelling and abscessation of the lymph nodes of the head and neck, is the most frequently diagnosed infectious disease of horses worldwide. As far as is known, only the indigenous horse population on Iceland remains free of strangles, a situation that has been maintained through minimal importation of horses for over 1,000 years and being geographically isolated. Each outbreak of strangles has the potential to involve all horses on a yard and in order to prevent further spread, movement restrictions often remaining in force for more than two months, are required. Development of a new surveillance project Surveillance of Equine Strangles (SES) is a project based at the Animal Health Trust, funded by the Horse Trust and SEIB Insurance Brokers. Through an expanding network of diagnostic laboratories SES is investigating where in the UK strangles is ...

Let's talk about Telemedicine at this year's BEVA Congress

The hot topic of telemedicine is likely to generate fervent discussion in the popular Moral Maze debate at this year’s BEVA Congress 11-14 September 2019. There’s still a chance to secure a discounted early bird pass for Congress - Book before 5 August to save 10%. Telemedicine has the capacity to affect everyone working in equine practice but the panel will be establishing whether it is a friend or a foe. It isn’t a new concept but it is a rapidly changing area, with a major corporate having recently announced that it is setting up its own telemedicine service. While the medical world has shown that telemedicine has opportunities and benefits, it also comes with threats. The Moral Maze session on Friday 13 September, will involve panel of eight vets (Marianna Biggi, Niall Connell, Phil Cramp, Huw Griffiths, Jonathan Pycock, Simon Staempfli, Sarah Taylor and Victoria Johnson) chaired by Roly Owers.  They will actively debate the pros and cons of telemedicine, to help the veterinary pr ...

RCVS Statement: President Niall Connell on the Home Office confirming it has accepted the Migration Advisory Committee's proposals

“We are delighted to see that, in a written statement by the then Home Secretary Sajid Javid to the House of Commons dated 23 July, the Home Office has accepted all of the recommendations made by its Migration Advisory Committee in its review of the Shortage Occupation List, including that veterinary surgeons be added to the List.   “Both the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) and the British Veterinary Association (BVA) worked together to ensure this outcome, which will see a lowering of the immigration barriers, for example, in terms of visa requirements, for overseas veterinary surgeons who wish to live and work in the UK.   “We also considered this a vital piece of preparation for the UK leaving the EU, as around half of those registering as veterinary surgeons with the RCVS in a given year are non-UK EU nationals and we would not want to see this vital supply of veterinary talent immediately dry up should ‘freedom of movement’ end when the UK leaves th ...

Revised and more accessible Rules of Racing now available to view online

Re-written rules which will take effect on 1 September now available to view online. Workshops available to assist participants in becoming familiar with the new Rules. Cross-industry working groups has provided feedback which helped improve the Rules and the website.  The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has today published the revised Rules of Racing which will take effect on 1 September.   The Rules, which are now available to view online here, have been re-written to make them easier to understand for both participants and the wider public. A cross-industry working group was established to allow feedback from stakeholders during the process, which has now been incorporated into the new Rules.  Workshops will be available to participants in order to help them become familiar with the new Rules and to ensure that any further amendments can be made before the Rules are formally introduced.  The project has primarily been focused on the structure and pre ...

RCVS Knowledge Awards Return for 2020

The 2020 RCVS Knowledge Awards are now open for applications and nominations, again recognising examples of continuous quality improvement (QI) in practice. Open to anyone working in a veterinary setting at any stage of their career, the competition rewards teams and individuals (clinical and non-clinical), who have achieved better outcomes through QI initiatives for patients, clients, the business or the working environment. Individual winners will be crowned ‘Knowledge Champions’ and one team will become RCVS Knowledge’s ‘Champion Practice’. Each winner will also receive a £250 reward, tickets to the awards ceremony next calendar year and the opportunity to work with RCVS Knowledge to further promote their quality improvement work. Candidates can nominate themselves or others for an award. If you want to nominate a colleague, the deadline is 17th October. The deadline to apply on your own behalf or that of your team/practice is 29th November 2019. Full det ...

RCVS Day: New RCVS President stresses importance of role models to inspire young vets and improve diversity in the profession

During his inaugural speech as President of Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) for 2019-20, Dr Niall Connell quoted US children's rights activist Marian Wright Edelman on the importance of role models for diversity saying, "it's hard to be what you can't see". Niall was invested as RCVS President at this year's Royal College Day - the College's Annual General Meeting and Awards Ceremony - which took place at the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) on Friday 12 July. He succeeds Amanda Boag who has now become Senior Vice-President of RCVS.  A graduate of Glasgow Vet School in 1982, Niall has been an elected member of Council since 2013 and had a career in small animal practice including managing the PDSA Petaid Hospital in East Glasgow for 15 years. In 2003, he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and, in 2009, took ill-health retirement. As well as being a member of RCVS Council, since his retirement he also works as a Clinical & Professional Skills instructor at Glasgow Vet ...
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