Canine & Feline Dermatology

Canine and Feline Dermatology

With detailed insights and reviews written by vet professionals from the UK and beyond, this edition covers common clinical challenges such as pododermatitis and feline military dermatitis through to systemic diseases and cutaneous leishmaniasis. Among others, Tim Nuttall and Debbie Gow from the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies explore therapeutic approaches to Canine Atopic Dermatitis and Ralf Mueller reviews Feline Pemphigus foliaceus

Lee Danks (MRCVS), Veterinary Scientific Affairs Manager for ROYAL CANIN, said: “Dermatological problems raise their head time and time again, both as a topic of great concern to practitioners but in their waxing and waning course in our patients. The skin can be the cause of much frustration! The more opportunity we have to review and consolidate our knowledge about the body’s largest organ, the better equipped we’ll be to make a positive difference to both pets and owners.”

Now in its 28th year, Veterinary Focus magazine takes a system-by-system approach to feline and canine disorders. ROYAL CANIN® also publishes a number of more comprehensive manuals (on Feline urinary disease or Canine pancreatitis for example), perfect for setting protocols and as reference materials for your practice library. Contact your Veterinary Business Manager for printed versions or to subscribe, or simply download pdfs of this dermatology and previous editions from: http://vetfocus.royalcanin.com/

Lintbells achieves second win of prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise

Premium natural pet supplements manufacturer Lintbells has been awarded the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise for the second time – this time for International Trade.

This follows The Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation, which was awarded to Lintbells in 2016 for the development of its marketing leading joint supplement YuMOVE.

The award reflects the fantastic growth of Lintbells and success at a global level. The support it has had from veterinary practices and the pet trade channel has played a major role in helping it achieve impressive results.

Established in the UK and based in Weston, Hertfordshire in 2006, rapid growth by the business has seen turnover increase by 290% between 2014 and 2016 and international trade increase by 106% within the last 12 months. Lintbells now exports supplements to over 20 countries worldwide.

John Howie, CEO and co-founder of Lintbells, said: “We’re delighted that our international growth has been recognised by such a prestigious award. It’s always been our vision that Lintbells would grow in order to help better the lives of animals and the award reflects increasing brand recognition from pet owners around the world.”

He continued, “At the centre of our innovative products is a scientific focus ensuring the effectiveness of all our supplement ranges, which is why our products are so successful at supporting animals achieve a better quality of life.”

This latest award joins a host of accolades achieved by Lintbells in recent years: The Sunday Times Fast Track 100 2016 and 2017, The Sunday Times Fast Track Ones to Watch 2015, The Sunday Times list of the top 100 Best Small Companies to Work for, Pets at Home – ‘Best Multi-Channel Supplier’, Pets at Home – ‘Best VIP supplier award’ and ‘Market Mover’ category at Growth Accelerator’s The Brave & The Bold awards 2014.

Each product uses the highest quality ingredients sourced from around the globe, centring on the company’s proprietary ActivEase® Green Lipped Mussel, which is sourced from sustainable farms off the coast of New Zealand, in partnership with Lintbells.

The Lintbells philosophy is to ‘think global act local’ and to ensure its products help pets stay visibly full of life.

The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise have been operating in various forms since 1966. The awards are announced annually on 21 April, The Queen’s birthday and selected by Her Majesty The Queen on the advice of the Prime Minister, who is assisted by an Advisory Committee that includes representatives of Government, industry and commerce, and the trade unions.

Recycle if you can’t recharge your batteries

National Veterinary Services (NVS) is offering a new service to its customers thanks to a partnership with European Recycling Platform (ERP).

NVS customers will be able to order a Battery Recycling box for their practices – clients can then bring their used batteries and recycle them here. When full, NVS will collect and recycle the batteries with ERP.

A poll* revealed that more than half of respondents admitted throwing household batteries in the bin. The toxic contents mean that they can be hazardous to the environment if not disposed of properly.

Nick Pellington, Health & Safety Manager at NVS, said: “Recycling of batteries isn’t necessarily an issue that the wider public are aware of. There’s been a lot of publicity around plastic recently and the impact it can make on the wider environment but there is also an impact if batteries are not disposed of properly.

“Our customers will be able to order the recycle box as a free item, via NVS’ ordering systems. By partnering with ERP, we are making it easier to offer this service to our customers and thus, their clients, as another point of where they can recycle their batteries.”

For any NVS customers who take up this offer, when boxes are full, customers should contact NVS Customer Services team to arrange collection. Arrangements will be made for a replacement liner and the collection of the full box.

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* Poll information from environmental charity, Hubbub (Oct 2017).

Conference Aims to Highlight OV Role and Tackle Key Issues

Official Veterinarians (OV’s) are being urged to sign up for this year’s OV Conference, themed ‘Controlling Disease Threats at Home and from Abroad.’ Now in its fourth year, the Conference provides a unique forum in which to discuss the latest developments in OV work.

At this year’s event, speakers will highlight topical issues in sessions including ‘Backyard pigs – Notifiable Diseases and Zoonosis’. Other sessions include a discussion on the role of paraprofessionals in the sector led by Simon Hall, APHA’s Director for EU Exit and Trade. Drop-in Q&A sessions, workshops offering practical advice and guidance on the revalidation process and a strong focus on the Cymorth TB programme in Wales also feature in the programme.

The OV Conference is organised by Improve International, which handles OV registration and training in England, Scotland and Wales and 5m Publishing in association with APHA. The conference programme includes dedicated lecture streams aimed at large animal, small animal and equine practitioners and, with more than 8,000 OVs due to revalidate their qualifications in March 2019, lecture content has been tailored to cover areas of key relevance for them. An exhibition of products and services for OV’s runs alongside the conference.

Commenting on the conference, APHA’s recently appointed Veterinary Director, Dr Andrew Soldan, said: “UK vets play a vital role in safeguarding animal health and welfare and protecting our country from the risks of both endemic and exotic disease.

“Having recently taken on the role of Veterinary Director for APHA, I am very much looking forward to meeting up with our OV’s and exploring some of the key challenges facing us all, as we seek to control animal disease threats at home and from abroad.”

Mr David Babington MRCVS, Business Development Director at Improve International, said: “This conference has established itself as an annual fixture in the OV diary and it remains the only event dedicated to their needs. This year’s packed programme will again highlight the growing importance of OV’s, particularly as we look ahead to the post-Brexit era.”

For more information on the Official Veterinarian Conference and Exhibition or to register visit: www.officialvet.com