Product Recall

Product Recall: Carprieve 50 mg/ml Solution for Injection for Cattle

URGENT - PRODUCT RECALL - ACTION REQUIRED

25th September 2020

Dear Customer

Norbrook Laboratories Ltd is recalling stock of the products in the table below. This recall has been requested by the manufacturer.

NVS Product CodeProduct DescriptionAffected Batch NumberExpiry Date
304876Carprieve 50 mg/ml Solution for Injection for Cattle9371-90A
9372-90F
September 2021

What to do next – Please examine your stock immediately and take the following steps.

I have the affected product
 
  I do not have this product

 

  • Quarantine the product.
  • If you have any of the affected stock, then please contact our Customer Services Team on 01782 771111 (Option 3) to arrange the return of the products.
  • This affected product will only be accepted until 9th October 2020, after this date we will not accept this product.

 

  • Please confirm by clicking BELOW and filling in the information required.
I do not have this product

 

If you require any further information please contact our Customer Service Department on 01782 771 111 (Option 3).

Kind regards,

Andrew Duxbury
(Responsible Person)

Product Recall

Product Recall Prednidale 5mg 1000 Tabs

URGENT PRODUCT BATCH RECALL

17th September 2020

Dear Customer

Dechra Veterinary Products is recalling stock of the products in the table below. This recall has been requested by the manufacturer.

NVS Product CodeProduct DescriptionAffected Batch NumberExpiry Date
68093Prednidale 5mg 1000 Tabs119501
120633
07/2021
10/2021
Prednidale
Prednidale-1

 

What to do next – Please examine your stock immediately and take the following steps.

I have the affected product
 
  I do not have this product

 

  • Quarantine the product.
  • If you have any of the affected stock, then please contact our Customer Services Team on 01782 771111 (Option 3) to arrange the return of the products.
  • This affected product will only be accepted until 9th October 2020, after this date we will not accept this product.

 

  • Please confirm by clicking BELOW and filling in the information required.
I do not have this product

 

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



Blue Cross TV Series

Blue Cross pet charity in new national TV series

Blue Cross pet charity in new national TV series

Blue Cross in Victoria, London and Grimsby are set to star in a brand new, primetime, ITV1 series. Narrated by actress and animal lover Felicity Kendal, Inside Animal A & E highlights the work of the charity’s animal hospitals, mobile clinic and ambulance services. The series shows how the charity helps care for sick and injured pets and the dedication and hard work of staff and volunteers.

Natalie Everett, Deputy Nurse Manager at Blue Cross in Grimsby said; “We were thrilled to be involved in the making of these programmes and are very excited that the series is going to show our work to so many people tuning in every Monday. We are proud to show the behind-the-scenes work we do and hope it encourages more animal lovers to support us in the future.”

Inside Animal A & E begins on Monday 7 September at 8pm. Episode one features London animal ambulance drivers Sonia and Angela pick up a 50 kilo Dogue De Bordeaux who has a mysterious bedwetting problem, which vet Cristina must get to the bottom of. Vet Lawrence is trying to find out why guinea pig Noel is feeling anxious and upset. In Grimsby, volunteer Helen is giving round the clock care to tiny orphan kitten Oliver.

Felicity Kendal said: “I was delighted to be invited to narrate this wonderful series about the work of Blue Cross in Victoria and Grimsby. I’ve long supported the charity and it was a delight to see the incredible work they do to help pets in need and their devoted owners.”

Helen Leary said: “It was very exciting to have the film crew in the hospital following us while we got on with our work and I cannot wait to see the series and the finished programmes over the next few weeks. The team at Grimsby work incredibly hard and this will be wonderful for the clients and supporters to see for themselves.”

Blue Cross is a charity that relies on animal lovers to support their work caring for sick, injured, unwanted and abandoned pets. Visit www.bluecross.org.uk to find out more and make a donation.

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CREAM Awards, Yound Dairy Vet of the Year

New Award to Recognise the ‘Young Dairy Vet of the Year’

New Award to Recognise the ‘Young Dairy Vet of the Year’

A new Award to recognise the ‘Young Dairy Vet of the Year’ is being added to the 2021 Dairy Industry Trade Awards, called the CREAM Awards, run by British Dairying magazine.  The new award, supported by animal health company Krka UK, will recognise an exceptional farm vet who has been working in the dairy industry for three to five years and who has contributed significantly to the health and wellbeing of herds under their care.  The CREAM Awards already include an award for the Dairy Vet of the Year.

According to Krka, the role and responsibilities of today’s dairy vets are evolving, driven by developments in areas including genomics, automation and big data.  While excellent clinical skills and the ability to carry out key practical procedures remain fundamental, they are increasingly required to act as consultants to their farmer clients as the emphasis of their work moves to herd health rather than individual cow health.  The automation of dairy processes is also leading to the development of more specialised roles within the farm and veterinary sectors with dairy vets often finding themselves at the centre of a wider farm advisory team, a role which requires them to lead, delegate and to train farm staff and paraprofessionals to carry out technical tasks, including scanning and foot trimming.

Finally, as the ability of technology and big data to monitor and enhance herd performance continues to grow, dairy vets are increasingly required to help capture the data, interpret it and offer it back to farmers in order to enhance their business.

Sarah Tomlinson, veterinary surgeon at Westpoint Farm Vets in Derbyshire, Technical Director of the TB Advisory Service (TBAS) and recipient of the 2020 Dairy Vet of the Year, commented:  “In recognising achievement among more recently qualified vets with this new Award, Krka is giving the boost every young vet needs to shake off the ‘new grad’ title and instead become an ‘high performing’ vet, judged by their industry peers to be one of the best.  Many vets can suffer with imposter syndrome so it is important that we accept positive acknowledgement of our work and our everyday achievements so that we can be rightly proud of what we do.”

Charlotte Read, Key Account Manager – Farm, at Krka, added: “Newly qualified vets carry the future of this exciting and rapidly-evolving profession with them. Highlighting their experiences and achievements is a fantastic way to recognise the contribution they are making and to inspire new entrants to the rewarding world of the farm vet. Krka is delighted to support this new Award.”

Full details of all of the CREAM Awards and the nomination process is here: https://www.britishdairying.co.uk/cream-awards-2021/

Krka UK Ltd is the UK’s fastest growing animal health company* and is a subsidiary of Slovenia-based Krka, d. d. Novo Mesto.    The company offers a range of high-quality generic pharmaceuticals and aims to offer its customers exceptional value, service and technical support.

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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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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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