Reptiles added to Vetlexicon Exotis

Reptiles added to Vetlexicon Exotis

Reptiles added to Vetlexicon Exotis

Veterinary digital content specialist Vetstream has added Reptiles to Vetlexicon Exotis, its practical, peer-reviewed online clinical reference resource for veterinarians working with exotic species.  More than 898 items to assist the care and treatment of reptiles, chelonians and snakes, including 285 peer-reviewed articles on diseases, diagnostics, surgical techniques and formulary advice, 22 videos, 504 images and 87 owner fact sheets have been created for Exotis.  The service already contains detailed information on the veterinary care of guinea pigs and ferrets.

The 25 authors who have contributed to Exotis are:

  • Tariq Abou-Zahr BVSc CertAVP(ZooMed) ECZM(Avian) MRCVS
  • Livia Benato GPCert(ExAP) DVM MRCVS
  • British Chelonia Group
  • Sarah Brown MA VetMB CertZooMed MRCVS
  • Kirsty Dewhurst FdSc RVN C&G CertVN Exotics
  • Tom Dutton BVM&S CertAVP(ZooMed) DipECZM(Avian) MRCVS
  • Jo Hedley BVM&S DZooMed(Reptilian) DipECZM(Herpetology) MRCVS
  • Robert Johnson BVSc MANZCVS(Feline Med) CertZooMed BA
  • Bruce Maclean BSc(VetSci) BVM&S MRCVS
  • Sonya Miles BVSc CertAVP(ZooMed) MRCVS
  • Allan Muir BVM&S MSc MRCVS
  • Mark Naguib BVMS CertAVP(ZM) MRCVS
  • Sarah Pellett BSc(Hons) MA VetMB CertAVP(ZooMed) DZooMed(Reptilian) MRCVS
  • David Perpiñán DVM MSc PhD DipECZM(Herpetology)
  • Siuna Ann Reid BVMS CertAVP(ZM) MRCVS
  • Mark Rowland BVSc CertZooMed MRCVS
  • Yvette Rowntree BVSc CertAVP(ZM) MRCVS
  • Nadene Stapleton BVSc MRCVS
  • Vicky Strong BVSc BSc MRCVS
  • Lesa Thompson BVM&S DZooMed(Mammalian) MRCVS
  • Nathalie Wissink-Argilaga LicVet CertAVP(ZooMed) DZooMed(Reptilian) MRCVS
  • Molly Varga BVetMed CertZooMed DipZooMed MRCVS
  • David Vella BSc BVSc(Hons) DipABVP
  • John Wiley & Sons

Vetlexicon is the world’s largest online peer-reviewed veterinary reference service. In addition to Exotis, it offers newly launched Bovis (cattle), Canis (dogs), Equis (horses), Felis (cats), Lapis (rabbits) and Practis, which supports practice managers.  The services are accessed via subscription and feature content from more than 1,000 leading veterinary clinicians from around the world.  Vetstream has also partnered with Wiley and CABI, which have provided some of the content.  Each service is updated weekly and is accessible from any internet-enabled device. 

Exotis aims to support the growing number of vets dealing with exotic species on a regular basis.  Content on other species, including rodents and psittacine birds, is in development.

Dr Mark Johnston, Managing Director of Vetstream, said: “Reptiles are not frequent patients at most veterinary clinics and a lack of familiarity with them means that diagnosing and treating them can be a challenge.  We hope that the addition of peer-reviewed resources on reptiles to Exotis will help vets to offer best practice care to reptiles when they are called on to treat them and will also help them to work with owners to enhance their welfare.”

New and improved website from NVS

New and improved website from NVS

The UK’s market leader in veterinary wholesaling and distribution, National Veterinary Services (NVS), has launched its new website, in time for London Vet Show this year.

Visitors should find the new look and feel easy to navigate and find useful content that already exists from the old NVS website ( and benefit from new features tha include:

– Mobile Optimized – Our new site can be viewed easily on mobile devices so you can get in touch, access our services and also get the up to date news on what’s happening at NVS and our sister company, Nationwide Labs.

– New Content – We’ve updated all our current content and added new information so you can read more on our product ranges, the company and our Careers section and our new News area.

– Easy Navigation – The new website also includes an easy search function to help our customers and stakeholders access useful information.

Existing NVS customers can also access a secure area of the site for further information designed just for customers which includes promotions, publications and price lists.

Sherrie Burnham, Head of Communications at NVS, said: “Our communications and IT team have been working hard behind the scenes to launch the site and we hope that our customers and other stakeholders find it useful.”

NVS customers can register via for their personal login to access the secure site.

New European-wide Postgraduate Qualification in Advanced Small Animal Medicine Launched by Improve International

New European-wide Postgraduate Qualification in Advanced Small Animal Medicine Launched by Improve International

An accredited General Practitioner Advanced Certificate (GPAdvCert) in Small Animal Medicine has been launched by Improve International aimed at veterinary professionals across Europe who wish to advance their knowledge and diagnostic skills, progress their academic qualifications and gain recognition in their field. It follows the successful launch of Improve’s first GPAdvCert in Small Animal Orthopaedics earlier this year.

The GPAdvCert in Small Animal Medicine is for veterinary surgeons who have already completed a General Practitioner Certificate in Small Animal Medicine (GPCertSAM) or a Postgraduate Certificate (PgC) in Small Animal Medicine.  Accredited by the European School of Veterinary Postgraduate Studies (ESVPS) and validated by Harper Adams University, the programme will be delivered in three, five-day blocks of training by globally recognised experts in three European training centres – Sheffield, UK; Porto, Portugal and Berlin, Germany. The programme includes a practical session in which delegates will perform an upper and lower gastrointestinal endoscopy under the guidance of their tutor.

Improve International is one of the UK’s leading veterinary training companies with a 20-year track record in providing structured continuing professional development (CPD) to veterinary professionals.  It works closely with its assessment partner, ESVPS, and Harper Adams University, which provides the higher education body quality assurance, in running programmes covering a growing range of practice disciplines.

Commenting on the launch of the new qualification, Mr David Babington MRCVS, Business Development Director of Improve International, said: “Delegates attending our first GPAdvCert in Small Animal Medicine will enhance their skills and confidence in dealing with complex animal medicine cases.  Each module will take their knowledge beyond Postgraduate Certificate level with more in-depth and advanced content covering topics as diverse as mycobacterial and ureteric disease. They will also learn how to design a detailed diagnostic plan and build an understanding of nuances in interpreting laboratory findings to enable them to manage cases requiring complex therapeutic management with confidence.”

He added: “The qualification is a natural ‘next-step’ for veterinary surgeons wanting to further progress their knowledge of small animal internal medicine.  It will help them to reduce the number of patients which are referred, retaining a higher level of income for their practice and will also provide them with skills which they can pass onto their team.” 

According to Improve, the successful achievement of the GPAdvCert will enable delegates to progress from a Postgraduate Certificate in Small Animal Medicine (or equivalent) to the Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Veterinary Practice Sciences in the UK, which is awarded by Harper Adams University.  This can, in turn, be used towards the award of a Masters Degree (MSc) in Advanced Veterinary Practice Sciences.

Part of Benchmark and based in Swindon, Improve International provides high quality CPD in a range of formats for veterinary surgeons, veterinary nurses, receptionists and practice managers to help them to develop their skills and knowledge, using a combination of review lectures, case-based discussion and where, applicable, hands-on practical sessions.

For further information visit or email or call 01793 759159.

Be Seen and Stay Safe

Be seen and stay safe

There are lots of accessories available to help your customers and their dogs stay safe in the dark winter months from hi-vis coats to flashing collars.

Hi-Vis Jackets

The ultimate 2-in-1 dog coat from Danish Designs is available in a variety of colours including an award winning Hi-Vis version.

Unique to Danish Design, the 2-in-1 dog coat is the first convertible for dogs!

With its removable Polar Fleece liner, this coat is superb for both the winter and warmer months.

Available in sizes 40cm to 60cm.

Rogz Hi-Vis Jacket
Canac Safety Dog Collar



Reflective Collars and Harnesses

The Canac range of hi-vis collars include flashing light and high visibility collars.

Available in two sizes. Halti walking range with 3M Scotchlite
reflective strip.

Safety Lights

Keep your customers and their dogs safe at night or dark early mornings with the addition of a clip on light or flashing

These are easy add on sales, place a Roglite display box on your counter or create a space in your pet retail area for winter products.

The Roglite is an illuminated flasher, it flashes continuously in the dark or during misty seaside mornings whilst not
interrupting serious sniffing time.

Available in a counter top display box or as singles in a variety of colours.

Find more information within our October-December ‘Cube’ Magazine…

Fireworks and Pets Don’t Mix

Fireworks and pets don't mix

At this time of year everyone enjoys their local fireworks displays. Unfortunately for a lot of our pets and clients it is a miserable time of year. Many dogs are frightened of loud noises, particularly if they have not been exposed to a wide range of noises when young. It is very important that as a puppy they should be exposed to loud noises with positive experiences. The smell of fireworks can also be unnerving. People are very good at unwittingly reinforcing nervous and fearful responses by comforting or reassuring their dog. Unlike children who respond to comfort, dogs see comfort as a queue that they are doing the right thing. This means the problem gets worse instead of better!

Dogs will often find a place to hide where they feel safe and secure. This is perfectly normal, it comes from their instinct to make a den. Often this is an enclosed space such as behind the TV, under the stairs or in a corner of a room. In an enclosed space objects will absorb and concentrate sound waves, this will help the dog be able to locate the source of the sound which helps it cope with its fear. There are lots of signs of fear such as:

  • Shaking and trembling
  • Excessive salivation
  • Barking or howling
  • Escape attempts
  • Loss of appetite
  • Loss of toilet control

The excessive pacing and escape attempts are often an attempt for the dog to locate a frightening or unusual sound.

New firework legislation has come into force stating:

  • No one under the age of 18 can possess fireworks in a public place
  • None are to be let off between the hours of 11pm and 7am except on New Year, Bonfire night and other religious festivals
  • New restrictions on the maximum permitted noise levels, prohibiting the public sale of fireworks whose decibel level exceeds 120

These are all a step in the right direction but obviously do not solve the problem for terrified animals. There are various methods of dealing with noise phobias. Some pets do become so stressed that they have to be sedated to prevent them escaping or hurting themselves. It removes the actions such as pacing, trembling and escape attempts that people find distressing. This however is not the answer routinely as a lot of these drugs allow the animal to still hear the sound. It is therefore still fearful of the noise but is physically unable to react to it!

The best method to solve the problem is by using the behavioural route. No matter how difficult it is the animals’ behaviour must be ignored, as by comforting the animal you will make it think it is doing the right thing! For dogs there is a hormone diffuser. This is a simple plug-in device which releases a chemical similar to that produced by the bitch to reassure her puppies. It needs to be used at least a week before the fireworks are due to start.

There are also certain natural products available in drop or powder forms which can calm some animals.

There are cds available with the sound of fireworks on. They are used to help the animal overcome their fear by playing the cd at a low volume but just loud enough to cause the animal to become anxious. Whilst this is happening it is important to completely ignore the animal’s actions. This teaches the animal that there is no reward i.e. interaction from you so it will stop the behaviour. The cd volume is then gradually increased until the animal no longer thinks anything of loud bangs, etc. We can always point you in the direction of a good animal behaviourist if you are still struggling.

Whenever fireworks are going off:

1. Keep the pet indoors.

2. Close the curtains to block out the light and help absorb the sound.

3. Turn the radio and TV on loudly.

4. Allow the animal to have a quiet, safe, secure place. If the animal finds somewhere to hide, let it stay there. If possible try to encourage them to hide as near to the centre of the house as possible, to muffle the sounds more.

5. Allow dogs to relieve themselves before the fireworks start.

6. Do not allow dogs near fireworks on the ground as they may try and investigate the smell.

7. Stay calm yourself as animals will sense when their owners are worried and this increases their stress.

8. Don’t get angry. Their behaviour maybe annoying but it is happening because they are scared and getting cross will only make it worse.

Small animals living outside should not be forgotten. They can also become stressed from loud noise. Bring small animals indoors or into an outhouse or garden shed to give them extra protection. Horses can often bolt from firework noise and become injured. Make sure horses, ponies and donkeys are stabled while fireworks are being let off. If fireworks are in view close the stable door. Don’t forget bonfires can be dangerous to wildlife. Build them as late as possible to reduce this risk and make sure you disturb the foundations of the bonfire to give any wildlife a chance to escape.

New Distance Learning Small Animal Medicine Programme from Improve International

New Distance Learning Small Animal Medicine Programme from Improve International

Veterinary CPD specialist Improve International will launch a Distance Learning version of one of its most popular Postgraduate Certificate (PgC) programmes, Small Animal Medicine, in January 2019.

The company says that the comprehensive 20 module medicine programme, covering all of the major body systems of cats and dog, combines the latest thinking in small animal medicine with its world-class learning resources to ensure that delegates’ learning experience online gives the same high-quality learning as the attendance programme.

It aims to offer a route for vets who don’t have the time to participate in an attendance programme or who work in countries where this type of training is not available, the opportunity to study for a recognised postgraduate qualification.


One of the world’s leading veterinary training companies, Improve International was founded by a team of UK vets and has since trained more than 20,000 veterinary professionals in 20 countries around the world.  In the delivery of its programmes, it works closely with its assessment partner, the European School of Veterinary Postgraduate Studies (ESVPS), and with Harper Adams University, which provides the higher education body quality assurance.


Delegates signing up for Improve’s Distance Learning Small Animal Medicine Programme will benefit from a module tutor – an RCVS or ECVIM/ACVIM Small Animal Internal Medicine Diploma holder– and a dedicated programme tutor, who works with individual delegates to ensure they are supported throughout the programme.   High quality learning support is embedded in the programme with delegates receiving:


  • Interactive and engaging modules to enable them to absorb the learning materials in an online environment
  • Real-life case studies to support relating learning back to practice
  • Presentations, written notes, interactive quizzes and exercises to test knowledge
  • The opportunity to extend knowledge or progress to achieving a recognised qualification, General Practitioner Certificate (GPCert) or a Postgraduate Certificate (PgC)


Commenting on the launch of Improve International’s Distance Learning Small Animal Medicine Programme, Dr Alison Babington MRCVS, said: “The pressures on veterinary professionals today have never been more intense and many of us struggle to find the work-life balance which is so important for our well-being.  Unfortunately, these pressures often preclude many vets from undertaking the type of postgraduate training which could give them additional job satisfaction and enhance both their career prospects and the profitability of their practice.


“It has been our ambition for some time to offer some of our flagship programmes online and, in creating the Distance Learning Small Animal Medicine programme, we drew on the experience of the latest online platforms.”


Dr Babington added: “This new Distance Learning Programme offers a high quality interactive, engaging Small Animal Medicine learning experience which will be fun to study and a far cry from the days of simply reading text online. It will be accessible to vets working anywhere in the world and we’re very proud to be able to offer a high level programme via this learning route.


“We have pioneered veterinary postgraduate education for the last 20 years and, while our range of face to face programmes and short courses will continue to expand, our Distance Learning Small Animal Medicine programme is the first step in helping us to increase the accessibility of our training.”


Part of Benchmark Holdings Plc and based in Swindon, Improve International provides high quality CPD in a range of formats for veterinary surgeons, veterinary nurses, receptionists and practice managers to help them to develop their skills and knowledge, using a combination of review lectures, case-based discussion and where, applicable, hands-on practical sessions.  For more information contact Improve International on 01793 759159.

Urgent Product Batch Recall

10th October 2018

Dear Customer

Dechra Veterinary Products is recalling the product Clean Ocular 100 ml please see the details below. This recall has been requested by the manufacturer see the letter attached dated 9th October 2018.

Claen Ocular 100mls

Batch Number: – 5742117 & 5761117

NVS Product Code – 182825

Our traceability records indicate that you have received some of this product.

Please examine your stock immediately & quarantine the product.

Then return the completed form with any stock via the normal returns procedure to NVS. If you do not have any stock, please confirm by completing the form & return on fax number 01782 785136

If you require any further information please contact our Customer Service Department on 01782 771 111.

Kind regards

Andrew Duxbury

(Responsible Person)