Improve International Charlotte French

New Head of Curriculum and Quality for Improve International

New Head of Curriculum and Quality for Improve International

Veterinary CPD specialist Improve International has appointed Dr Charlotte French MA VetMB BSc (ARCS) PGCVetEd FHEA MRCVS as Head of Curriculum and Quality.  In this role, she will be responsible for the development of new training programmes, in addition to assuring the quality of the entire delegate experience for all of Improve’s modular training programmes and short courses.

Dr French has spent more than 25 years working in both mixed and small animal practice and in shelter medicine. For the last six years, she has gained experience in veterinary education, training veterinary nurses and developing curricula at diploma and degree levels. She has also worked with awarding bodies. In 2017 she completed a postgraduate certificate in Veterinary Education from the RVC and was awarded Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.

Commenting on her new role, she said: “I am a passionate advocate of lifelong learning and enjoy applying the experience I have gained in practice to assist veterinary professionals to achieve their potential. I have joined Improve at an exciting time and am looking forward to the challenges of delivering postgraduate qualifications in the ever-changing field of veterinary education.”

She continued: “As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the development of distance learning courses is unleashing levels of creativity and accessibility not previously seen within the profession. These exciting programmes will offer delegates access to high quality distance learning created by field specialists and help them to achieve postgraduate qualifications any time, any place, anywhere.”

She added: “We are acutely aware of the effect of these difficult times on veterinary students in particular and, with this in mind, we are conducting some research to explore how we might be able to support them with extracurricular CPD. We are also considering establishing a Student Ambassador scheme.”

Improve International would be grateful if vet students would take a few minutes to help with its research by completing a survey here: https://form.jotform.com/lotfrench/improve-international-undergraduate.*  One lucky respondent, drawn at random, will win a £100 Amazon voucher. The closing date for completion is 14.10.20.

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 International School of Veterinary Postgraduate Studies (ISVPS), and with Harper Adams University, which provides the higher education body quality assurance. 

Based in Swindon, with an additional facility in Sheffield, Improve International provides high quality CPD in a range of formats for veterinary surgeons and veterinary nurses to help them to develop their skills and knowledge, using a combination of review lectures, case-based discussions and where, applicable, hands-on practical sessions.

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XLVets Members Awarded RCVS Fellowship

XLVets Members Awarded RCVS Fellowship

XLVets Members Awarded RCVS Fellowship

Congratulations to Andrew Davies (Synergy), David Black (Paragon) and Jon Reader (Synergy) for being awarded Fellowship of the RCVS. The prestigious award is built upon its ability to attract veterinary surgeons whose activities demonstrate excellence across the entire veterinary landscape, and who have distinguished themselves on account of their ongoing commitment to using their experience and knowledge to enhance the profession further.

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Animalcare Reveals Vet Nurse Heroes 2020

Animalcare Reveals Vet Nurse Heroes

Animalcare Reveals Vet Nurse Heroes

Five vet nurses working in a range of clinical settings have been announced as the winners of Animalcare’s Vet Nurse Heroes competition.  During Vet Nurse Awareness Month (VNAM) in May 2020, the company called on veterinary team members to nominate nurse colleagues who had consistently gone above and beyond the call of duty, particularly since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic earlier this year.  It was deluged with nominations and has just announced the five inspirational winners. They are listed below with extracts from their nominations:

Claire Defries, VN Programme Leader at the College of Animal Welfare

Claire was instrumental in developing online training virtually overnight when the national lockdown was announced in order to support vet nurses in training and to enable third year students to sit their finals.  She was also commended for the pastoral support she has provided to students during lockdown.

Ellie Tappenden, Albyn Veterinary Centre, Broxburn,

Ellie has been working long shifts before delivering regular medicines and ensuring that self-isolating clients are coping. She also created a local support network with other vets and organised a collection of spare PPE for the local hospital.  She achieved this while managing her pain from Ehlers Danlos, a degenerative disease which she fights every day.

Tammy Jarvis, RSPCA Block Fen Animal Centre, March

Tammy was nominated for the exceptional support she has provided to all 105 patients at the RSPCA centre and the veterinary surgeon. With other staff furloughed, she has also taken on additional duties, including maintenance and grounds management, and has recently started sewing facemasks for the team.

Bethany Lavill, Etwall Vets, Derby

Bethany was nominated for the wide range of additional duties she has taken on, including collecting animals from owners who are self-isolating; coming in after hours to check up on in-patients and supporting bereaved clients. She has gone over and above the call of duty on many occasions and still asks what more she can do to help.

Shannon Mills, Leeds Colton Vets4Pets

Despite a recent diagnosis of epilepsy, student vet nurse Shannon has been a major asset to the team over the last few months.  She has willingly covered a range of roles and recently nursed a critical care rabbit throughout the day, whilst manning reception. She even managed to pass her mock exam with flying colours during lockdown with little time to study.

Each of the five winners was rewarded with a Betty’s Gift Box, brimming with treats, including Betty’s champagne truffles, chocolate desires, Yorkshire tea and shortbread.

Commenting, Animalcare Product Manager James Beaumont said: “We wanted our competition to highlight the fantastic contribution vet nurses around the country are making to their colleagues, clients and patients – but the number and quality of entries hugely exceeded our expectations.

“At such a difficult time, the positivity, passion and care that each nomination exuded made reading them a moving experience and selecting only five as winners was no easy task.  We thank all those who took the time to nominate their amazing colleagues and thank every vet nurse who was nominated for their extraordinary commitment and dedication.”

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Hannah Perrin

Last Call for 2020 CVPM Candidate Entries

Last Call for 2020 CVPM Candidate Entries

Applicants for this year’s Certificate in Veterinary Practice Management (CVPM) are reminded that 1 August is the deadline for the submission of their written report and exam entry form.

The CVPM, developed by the Veterinary Management Group (VMG), is the benchmark for veterinary employers seeking veterinary management expertise and covers six core areas:  strategic management; general management; personnel; communications; financial planning and marketing.   Applicants are required to submit their 3,000-word report by 1 August and take an examination in November.  The examination takes the form of a ten-minute presentation on a subject supplied by the examining board; a 15-minute professional discussion of the submitted report and two further 30-minute oral exams on related topics.

VMG Group Development Manager, Dr Hannah Perrin, said: “Effective management has never been more important as practices emerge from the COVID-19 lockdown and start to rebuild their businesses in a ‘new normal’ environment. Those involved in practice management require expertise in all the key aspects of running a successful business, as well as a deep understanding of the veterinary sector.  The CVPM is, quite rightly, a testing qualification and is recognised as a benchmark for excellence.”

The Veterinary Management Group (VMG) is the UK’s leading association for those working in leadership and management roles in the veterinary sector.  A not-for-profit organisation, it works to champion the professional and personal development of those in the veterinary profession through CPD, networking, certified management accreditation and the provision of educational resources. 

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New Neurology Masterclass from Improve International Set to Run in January 2021

New Neurology Masterclass from Improve International Set to Run in January 2021

Veterinary CPD specialist Improve International is to run a three-day masterclass on neurology at its state-of-the-art veterinary wet-lab training facility in Sheffield from 27-29 January 2021. The masterclass will provide veterinary surgeons with some experience in neurology with the opportunity to develop their skills under the guidance of three experienced neurosurgeons, Dr Andrew Craig, Dr Harry Scott and Dr Nadia Shihab.

The masterclass, which will be 50% lectures and 50% practical, aims to equip delegates with the knowledge and confidence to perform a range of procedures, including routine hemilaminectomies, corpectomies and ventral slots. It will also offer a grounding in lumbosacral stabilisation, thoracolumbar fractures, disc associated wobblers syndrome and atlantoaxial subluxation.

One of the world’s leading veterinary training companies, Improve International was founded by a team of UK vets and has 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 International School of Veterinary Postgraduate Studies (ISVPS), and with Harper Adams University, which provides the higher education body quality assurance. 

Commenting on the Neurology Masterclass, Dr Alison Babington MRCVS, Business Development Coordinator at Improve International, said: “Veterinary neurology is a rapidly developing discipline and this Masterclass course offers delegates and their practices a welcome opportunity to reduce referrals and generate additional revenue by providing the skills in-house to deal with the increasing number of neurological cases.”

This Masterclass is limited to 18 delegates.

Based in Swindon, with an additional facility in Sheffield, Improve International provides high quality CPD in a range of formats for veterinary surgeons and veterinary nurses to help them to develop their skills and knowledge, using a combination of review lectures, case-based discussions and where, applicable, hands-on practical sessions.

For further information, visit www.improveinternational.com or call 01793 759159.

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Metacam® oral presentations

Boehringer Ingelhiem

Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health UK Limited

Telephone      +44 (0) 1344 746957

Ellesfield Avenue Bracknell,

Berkshire,

RG12 8YS

Telephone      +44 (0) 1344 424600

Telefax            +44 (0) 1344 741444

www.boehringer-ingelheim.co.uk

Disruption to product supply

Dear Colleague,

I am writing to inform you that over the next few months we are anticipating temporary interruptions in supply of certain Metacam® oral presentations, along with Pexion® and Semintra®. The disruption in supply for these products is likely to be significant for veterinary practices in the UK.

Covid-19 pandemic

This situation is unfortunately due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic at one of our manufacturing sites, which is located in a region of the world badly impacted by Covid-19. Due to the local Covid-19 situation, the implementation of additional safety measures at the manufacturing site has become critical. These measures have resulted in a considerable reduction of workforce and consequently, the output at our plant has been temporarily reduced, along with delays to the release of some products manufactured there. As a result, we anticipate that it will take a few months before we resume with normal supply levels.

We are working hard to restore supply

We sincerely apologise for this disruption but we hope you understand that this situation is beyond anyone’s control. Please know that we are actively and urgently pursuing all options available to achieve normalised supply, and Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health in the UK is working closely with our colleagues at the manufacturing site to understand the impact of these delays so we can continue to proactively communicate with our customers to give as clear a picture as possible.

We will support you in managing your cases

Animal health and welfare continues to be our key focus and we understand how important these products are for the animals under your care. I enclose information which outlines the proactive steps which we are asking your practice to take to help keep as many patients as possible in supply of Metacam®, and to secure supply of Pexion® for patients most in need. Please read the enclosed information carefully and share it with your colleagues. The information can also be accessed here:

bit.ly/BIAHSupport

If you wish to discuss a specific case please contact our Technical Services Team on 01344 746957 so that they can advise you further.

Once again, we sincerely apologise for this inconvenience and want to assure you that we are doing all we can to rectify the situation as soon as possible.

Yours faithfully

Liz Barrett

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liz Barrett

Business Head, Pet Vet Channel

 

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Loxicom Oral Suspension

Noorbrook

Norbrook Laboratories (G.B.) Limited,

1 Saxon Way East, Coby, Northamptonshire,

England, NN18 9EY

Tel: +44 (0) 1536 741 147
Fax: +44 (0) 1536 747 165

Email: gbenquiries@norbrook.co.uk

www.norbrook.com

To keep you up to date with the current short term supply issues of Loxicom, Norbrook have provided us with the following update to share with you….

Dear Customer,

We are writing to inform you that there is a short term supply issue with some presentations of Loxicom Oral Suspension. This is due, in part, to an issue with the supply of packaging components caused by the current Covid pandemic and an increase in global demand caused by a shortage of other meloxicam brands.

We are working hard to increase the production of Loxicom at our UK based manufacturing facility but do expect that there will be intermittent disruptions to supply over the coming months.

Please find a copy of the Loxicom Oral Suspension dose chart on page two. As you will notice, both the 0.5mg/ml 15ml bottle, 1.5mg/ml 100ml bottle and 1.5mg/ml 2 x100ml bottles can be useful alternatives whilst other bottle sizes are out of stock.

We can also supply Carprieve® (carprofen tablets) as an alternative non-steroidal indicated for analgesia and reduction of chronic inflammation, management of post-operative pain and osteoarthritis.

Wholesalers do not have any further information than is contained in this letter. Please be assured that orders will be fulfilled as soon as stock becomes available. If you have further queries, please email marketingGB@norbrook.co.uk.

We apologise for any inconvenience these temporary stock issue may cause and hope to resume normal supply shortly.

Yours faithfully,
Norbrook team

Improve International

Improve International on Crusade to Make Postgraduate Qualifications Accessible Globally

Improve International on Crusade to Make Postgraduate Qualifications Accessible Globally

Management Buyout Heralds Major Expansion of E-learning

The directors of veterinary CPD specialist Improve International have completed a management buyout, backed by UK private equity investor RJD Partners.  Following the buyout, the company has set out an ambitious plan to expand both the range and flexibility of its training programmes globally to make achieving a postgraduate qualification a realistic goal for every veterinarian.

Improve International was founded by a team of UK vets in 1998 and has trained more than 20,000 veterinary professionals in 20 countries around the world.  The management buyout was undertaken following a decision by UK Plc Benchmark, the company’s previous owner, to divest all of its non-aquaculture related assets.

Looking ahead into a ‘post-COVID world’, Improve says that, under its new leadership, it plans to significantly expand its e-learning portfolio, harnessing technologies, including video teaching and virtual/augmented reality, to offer a more engaging and rich learning experience.  Recognising the importance of face-to-face training, however, it will continue to offer attended modular training options as well as small group practical teaching sessions at its wet labs in Swindon and Sheffield.  These events will complement its online programmes and will provide stand-alone training for vets wishing to learn new surgical and diagnostic skills. 

In collaboration with its assessment partner, the International School of Veterinary Postgraduate Studies (ISVPS), Improve will be developing a comprehensive suite of distance-learning (DL) programmes, together with examinations that can be undertaken remotely.  In addition to its flagship Veterinary GP Certificate teaching programmes, new training to be offered via DL includes Improve’s popular Nurses Certificate Programmes. Anaesthesia and Surgical Nursing will both be launched early in 2021 with further subjects to follow.  For vets who have already gained a Certificate, Improve intends to expand its range of advanced training programmes covering the key disciplines. These will allow continued study and improvement in a chosen area of interest.

Improve also plans further geographical expansion, including running programmes in languages including French, Spanish, German and Chinese. 

Dr Heber Alves, previously head of global operations, is Improve’s new CEO and is supported by a management team that includes Improve founder Dr David Babington, Business Development Director and Mr John Douglass, UK Managing Director.  Dr Alves said: “Improve is fully owned by a team of experienced veterinary and business professionals with a unique understanding of the profession’s training needs at a global level.  Even better, we are backed by a private equity partner with a strong track record in professional education and a commitment to supporting our growth, both organically and through acquisition.

“We start this new chapter in a world changed irrevocably by COVID-19.  It is a world in which veterinary professionals are demanding more flexible ways of learning and showing a hunger to achieve additional qualifications.  With this in mind, we will be working to offer a combination of high quality practical, remote and blended learning that will make the achievement of a postgraduate qualification a realistic ambition for every vet.

“Despite the undoubted challenges caused by the pandemic, we are excited to embark on this new journey for Improve and look forward to welcoming both our existing delegates and those whose career development we will be supporting in the months ahead.”

Based in Swindon, with an additional facility in Sheffield, Improve International provides high quality CPD in a range of formats for veterinary surgeons and veterinary nurses to help them to develop their skills and knowledge, using a combination of review lectures, case-based discussions and where, applicable, hands-on practical sessions.

For further information, visit www.improveinternational.com or call 01793 759159.

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A New Dawn

A New Dawn

Our last communication from Martin our MD asked for any amazing customer stories relating to the Coronavirus pandemic that we could share on the Website. There are a couple listed below and we will add more to the list as we receive them. Thank you for sharing.

Denton and Reddish Citizen’s Awards - Recognising our local heroes

my monthly 06/20 article for “The Tameside Correspondent” - Andrew Gwynne MP

Last week, I opened nominations assessed by a judging panel which recognise the efforts of local heroes who have gone above and beyond for the people in their communities, both before and during the Coronavirus pandemic. So far, the response has been phenomenal. 255 people have nominated 50 local heroes – community-spirited, quietly engaging in amazing, supportive work on behalf of others. I believe that the efforts of our local heroes should not go unnoticed. with winners announced on a monthly basis. Below are just some examples of the heart-warming work that is going on in our communities.

Andy Hughes is Denton’s very own Mr. Motivator using his personal trainer skills to livestream free workouts, 6 days a week. The impact Andy has had upon the physical and mental health of families in Denton is incredible, and he is not the only one making a positive difference. Louise Park is also a personal trainer. She has been motivating people in Dukinfield to keep a healthy, positive mind with her online support network, Strength and Soul.

It’s not just adults who are helping others. Brooke Healey, 7, has ran 100km in 4 weeks, raising £2,000 for St. John’s Ambulance – a brilliant achievement! Megan Bowers, 21, a real credit to her generation has been making and raffling customised glasses, raising over £1,300 for the Denton West End Community Library and Windsor House.

Also nominated for a Citizen’s Award is Emma Ainscow (Wonder Woman), Carl Shaw (Spiderman) and the Dane Bank Characters. They have been using their daily exercise to spread joy to children, whilst helping to raise over £40,000 for NHS charities. Incredible! Teachers Paula Arkinstall Cook of Denton Community College and Mr. Mycroft of Manor Green Primary Academy have also been going above and beyond for others. So, too, has Dr. John Gunn – a hardworking, compassionate vet from Denton.

Great support for frontline NHS staff

I am a frontline NHS key worker (paramedic). Today I texted John Gunn my regular vet 07769 353350. As always abbeywoodvets@btconnect.com didn’t fail to amaze me. He arranged for me to visit his Denton Manchester practice in accordance with my shift pattern to be pro active with my dogs sore and red ear as opposed to allowing it to develop and becoming problematic. I texted from my car to let John know I had arrived, he asked me to go into the practice where all treatment was already prepared for Lola’s weight. John was taking all precautions with appropriate PPE including face mask, goggles and scrub top as I do on a daily basis as a paramedic. John never fails to amaze me with his professional care and compassion for not only my dog but also so aware of the difficulties I encounter to get to the practice in between my paramedic shifts. John also texted me a few weeks previous to let me know if there was anything I needed in regard for my dog Lola whilst working in the very difficult climate with Covid-19 I only needed to ring and ask. Thank you John for looking after everybodies lovely pets so so well xxxx

Above and Beyond

Just wanted to express my thanks to John at Abbeywood vets for going above and beyond during this difficult time . Not only is he keeping his practise open to help us if our pets get ill but he is delivering pet food and medicines to owners who are self isolating . Today he delivered dog food , without them even asking, to my elderly parents who are in lockdown for 12 weeks . It saved me driving from the other side of Manchester to collect it for them . This is what community spirit is all about . Thanks a million John , you’re one of the good guys.

Dawn Wilkinson , Flixton

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NationWide Laboratories proudly presents a FREE CPD at BSAVA Congress On Demand 2020

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NationWide Laboratories proudly presents a FREE CPD at BSAVA Congress On Demand 2020

Title: Getting the best from your pathologist. Post-mortems and surgical biopsies. Tips and tricks for vets in practice

Presenters: Alison Lee (BSc MVB MRCVS DipACVP) and Danilo Wasques (MV MSc)

Available in the Congress Library (click here)

Related materials (download here)

Post-mortem examination (PME) can be a useful service provided by clinicians for the purposes of investigating sudden unexplained death or cases in which a diagnosis was not reached before the animal died/was euthanised. However, forensic/welfare cases or cases in which infectious/zoonotic diseases are suspected are best referred to qualified veterinary pathologists. Little in the way of extra or expensive equipment is required to carry out a PME. Consent from clients should be sought and arrangements made for disposal of the body. To avoid artefacts secondary to autolysis, PME should be carried out ideally within 24 hours of death and freezing of the body should be avoided.  The body should be weighed and scanned for a microchip and radiographs may be taken in cases where death due to trauma is suspected. A number of different methods by which PMEs are carried out exist, but the exact technique does not matter so long as all organs are examined systematically. Notes describing (rather than interpreting) lesions should be made and photographs taken. Samples should be taken for histopathology of the liver, lung, kidney and any lesions in all cases. If no lesions are present, additional samples of heart and brain ideally should be taken.  Samples of liver, kidney, stomach content, lung, and fat may be frozen for analysis in cases of suspect intoxication.

Surgical biopsies are essential for reaching a precise diagnosis before planning treatment in a living patient. This is especially true for neoplastic conditions, commonly seen in small animals.  These can be classified as incisional biopsy (IB), performed with diagnostic intent, and excisional biopsy (EB), which is both diagnostic and potentially curative, and allows for evaluation of surgical margins. Although fine needle aspirates (FNA) are often sufficient to reach a diagnosis, there are some conditions in which a more accurate test is required for clinical decision-making. These include cases in which radical surgery is anticipated (e.g. limb amputation for osteosarcoma, maxillectomy for oral melanoma) or for lesions which are not easily assessed by FNA (e.g. feline alimentary lymphoma). Incisional biopsy is also useful for diagnosing inflammatory conditions which cannot be reliably assessed by FNA (e.g. hepatitis, cholangitis, dermatitis, gastroenteritis…).

Surgical margins of EBs should always be properly identified by the surgeon. If a large specimen (e.g. limb, spleen) cannot be submitted in its entirety, samples of the relevant lesion should be submitted instead, and in this case regional lymph nodes should also be submitted for staging. The surgeon should retain the surgical specimen in formalin until a report is issued in case additional samples are needed.

Regardless of whether a sample from a PME, IB or EM is submitted, it is imperative that all relevant clinical history and differential diagnoses are communicated to the pathologist, as this information is often extremely helpful in forming and eliminating differential diagnoses.

References

Brooks, J.W., 2016. Post-mortem changes in animal carcasses and estimation of the post-mortem interval. Veterinary pathology, 53(5), pp.929-940.

Dobromylskyj, M., 2015. How to perform a small animal post-mortem in practice. Companion Animal, 20(10), pp.565-571.

King, J.M., Roth-Johnson, L., Dodd, D.C. and Newsom, M.E., 2014. The Necropsy Book: A guide for veterinary students, residents, clinicians, pathologists, and biological researchers. The Internet-First University Press.

Parry, N., 2008. Sudden and unexpected death in small animal patients: Part 1. UK Vet Companion Animal, 13(8), pp.23-30.

Parry, N., 2008. Investigating cases of sudden and unexpected death in small animal patients: Part 1. UK Vet Companion Animal, 13(9), pp.31-37.