Improve International Manual of Clinical Small Animal Internal Medicine Launched

Improve International Manual of Clinical Small Animal Internal Medicine Launched

Improve International has launched the first volume of the latest in its new textbook series – the Improve International Manual of Clinical Small Animal Internal Medicine.

Providing comprehensive information to support the diagnosis and treatment of commonly seen pathologies of dogs and cats, the new book covers topics including haematology, immunology, diagnostic imaging, respiratory diseases, cardiovascular medicine, reproductive system disorders, gastrointestinal disorders, as well as hepatobiliary and exocrine pancreas disorders. Each chapter has been authored by an internationally recognised expert in their field.

Improve, a global leader in veterinary CPD, launched its first textbook, the two-volume Improve International Manual of Small Animal Surgery in 2019.  Its books support delegates studying for the company’s flagship Postgraduate Certificate training programmes as part of its blended learning approach but are also a useful reference source for other veterinary surgeons. Each chapter includes a self-assessment section with test questions and clinical cases.

Commenting, Mr John Douglass, General Manager of Improve International, said: “Following the positive response to our first textbook, the Improve International Manual of Small Animal Surgery, we felt it was important to follow up with a small animal medicine equivalent. We’re therefore very happy to unveil volume one of the Improve International Manual of Clinical Small Animal Internal Medicine and look forward to the launch of the second volume later this year.”

He added: “Our textbooks focus on the practical application of current veterinary knowledge, offering top tips and key advice throughout expressed in an engaging and highly visual format to ensure that they are perfect for those in need of a quick ‘look up’ in practice.”

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.

The new books can be purchased from www.improveinternational.com/uk/books , www.5mbooks.com or from booksellers worldwide.  They are also available in Spanish with translations into additional languages planned.

Part of Benchmark Plc and 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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Animalcare Calls on DEFRA to Improve Microchipping Database Regulation Following Feature on Rip Off Britain

Animalcare Calls on DEFRA to Improve Microchipping Database Regulation Following Feature on Rip Off Britain

Animalcare Ltd has expressed concern at comments made during a feature on microchipping on BBC’s Rip Off Britain, aired on 20 January 2020.  The company, owner of identichip® and identibase®, the UK’s original pet microchipping service, believes that the feature could unnecessarily undermine public confidence in microchipping and pet reunification.  It says that, together with other industry representatives, it has been calling on DEFRA to improve the regulation of pet databases and additionally urging veterinary professionals to scan pets routinely.  These changes would reduce the recognised problem of stolen dogs unknowingly being passed onto new keepers and should increase the number of owners being reunited with their missing pets.

In particular, Animalcare would like to address the following points made in the programme:

  • That logging pets’ details on ‘multiple databases’ makes it difficult to find out if a pet has been reported found because the databases ‘don’t speak to each other’

Animalcare and identibase® have processes in place to help prevent pets from being registered on multiple databases but this is an industry-wide issue that needs a solution. It says that action is required from DEFRA as the current regulatory framework requires no formal approval process to become a compliant database and that no checks are then made to ensure that database companies adhere to the regulations.

  • It is impossible to find out who searched for a particular pet’s microchip using a chip checker tool

Animalcare says that the provision of a chip checker tool is required by DEFRA and can be used by anyone to find out which database a microchip is held on. The tool does not supply keeper details but, once the relevant database is identified, authorized and verified individuals, such as a veterinary professionals, dog wardens or animal charity representatives, can obtain pet keeper details by contacting the database directly.

During the programme, it was wrongly implied that because the microchip of a missing dog had been ‘searched for’, this could lead to the dog being found.  If a microchip is ‘searched for’ it does not necessarily mean that the microchip has been scanned.

Animalcare recommends the routine scanning of pets because:

  • It confirms that the microchip is working
  • It helps identify who is the registered keeper and to check if their details are up to date
  • It helps to avoid multiple microchipping.

Commenting, Mr James Beaumont, Brand Manager at Animalcare, said: “Research confirms that a missing microchipped pet is much more likely to be reunited with its owner than an animal which has not been microchipped. For this reason, it is important to remind pet owners why it is important and, in the case of dogs, compulsory. 

“Our identichip database has been running since 1989 and has registered more than five million animals.  While there are undoubtedly ways in which the current system could be improved, we continue to develop the services we offer to pet keepers and have reunited many thousands of lost pets with their keepers over the years. 

“We were sorry to hear the stories of the keepers in the programme who have not yet found their pets and are working to ensure that microchipping becomes even more effective in the future. We believe that a robust regulation and policing of databases by DEFRA and the routine scanning of animals by veterinary practices are the most effective ways to bring this about.”

Animalcare specialises in the provision of animal health products to the veterinary sector.  Its wide product range spans identichip® microchips and pharmaceuticals through to pet welfare products and practice equipment.

Ranitidine Product Recall

Ranitidine Urgent Product Recall

3 February 2020

A product recall is a request from a manufacturer to return a product after the discovery of safety issues or product defects that might endanger the consumer.

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is responsible for ensuring that the medicines and medical devices work and are acceptably safe, the MHRA has issued the attached alert.

Medreich Plc is recalling all unexpired stock of the above products from pharmacies and wholesalers as a precautionary measure due to possible contamination with an impurity N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) which has genotoxic and carcinogenic potential.

This recall has been requested by the manufacturer, see attached for more information.

This is a Class 2 Alert.

NVS Product CodeProduct DescriptionPL NumberBatch Numbers
146274Ranitidine 150mg Tablets21880/0091
370779
770064
770083
770084
870126
870159
870163
870164
970219
60343Ranitidine 300mg Tablets21880/0092370733
770090
770092
870181
 

Action is required from you whether you do or do not have this product in stock, please see the attached document for more information on what to do next.
 
If you require any further information please contact our Customer Service Department on 01782 771 111.

Kind regards
Andrew Duxbury
(Responsible Person)

Clavubactin Tablets Product Recall

Clavubactin Tablets Product Recall

27 January 2020

A product recall is a request from a manufacturer to return a product after the discovery of safety issues or product defects that might endanger the consumer.

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is responsible for ensuring that the medicines and medical devices work and are acceptably safe, the MHRA has issued the attached alert.

Le Vet Pharma is recalling specific batches of Clavubactin Tablets (Dechra and Animalcare) as detailed in the table below. This recall has been requested by the manufacturer, see attached dated 23 January 2019.

This is a Class 2 Alert.

Animalcare Products

Clavubactin (Animalcare)
NVS Product CodeProduct DescriptionPL Number
779507Clavubactin 50/12.5mg

18D11

18G32

779519
and
779520
Clavubactin 250/62.5mg

17F46

17H35

18D13
779532Clavubactin 500/125mg

17C80

17F47

17H38

18D17

18D18

18G34
 

Dechra Products

NVS Product Code Product Description PL Number
936078 Clavubactin 50/12.5mg 19D82

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 Synulox lactating Cow Intramammary Suspension

19th December 2019

Dear Customer

Zoetis UK Ltd is recalling specific batches of the product in the table below. This recall has been requested by the manufacturer see attached letter dated 19th December 2019. (Zoetis Product Recall Letter)

Please examine your stock immediately & quarantine the product if you have this in stock. You MUST also contact ALL END USERS (Farm Level)

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.

If you do not have any stock, please confirm by completing the form & return to nvs.batchrecall@nvs-ltd.co.uk or give to your driver. (More Information)

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

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Labrador knocks French bulldog off top spot, but British breeds still under threat

Labrador knocks French bulldog off top spot, but British breeds still under threat

New data from The Kennel Club (KC) has shown the Labrador retriever has “reclaimed the throne” as Britain’s top dog after briefly being usurped by the brachycephalic French bulldog.

However, The KC has warned the shape of the UK’s favourite dogs is shifting as breeds from the continent continue to dramatically rise in popularity, while native British breeds are declining – with some so unpopular they could be at risk of disappearing.

Of the 10 UK breeds that have risen the quickest in popularity since 2015, 9 are of foreign origin versus 1 historically native breed.

Rising breeds include the dachshund and Pomeranian, the chow chow from China and the Japanese shiba inu.

Pushed aside

Comparing the UK’s favourite breeds today to 10 years ago, iconic British favourites such as the West Highland white terrier, boxer, Staffordshire bull terrier and border terrier – which used to be in the top 10 – have been pushed aside in favour of the more European and en vogue French bulldog, Dachshund and miniature schnauzer (both of German decent).

While dogs from across the globe are increasing in popularity, one of Britain’s oldest native dog breeds, the pointer, has for the first time become at risk of extinction.

Popularity slashes

The pointer’s popularity has slashed almost in half in a decade, while its continental cousin, the German shorthaired pointer, is up 25% across the same period.

Similarly, the historic Parson Jack Russell terrier, made famous by award-winning silent film The Artist, could return after 10 years to the KC’s official “Vulnerable Native Breeds” list – devised for native dog breeds that have fallen below 300 annual puppy registrations and could risk disappearing.

Compared to the same period in 2018, the iconic British breed has seen a 23% decrease in registrations so far this year, and if this rate of decline continues, will find itself back on the list of those at risk of extinction. In total, 16 vulnerable native breeds have declined so far this year, compared to 13 that have increased

Credit:

WOODMANSEY, D.

Labrador knocks French bulldog off top spot, but British breeds still under threat

(Woodmansey, 2019)

 Woodmansey, D. (2019). Labrador knocks French bulldog off top spot, but British breeds still under threat. [online] Vet Times. Available at: https://www.vettimes.co.uk/news/labrador-knocks-french-bulldog-off-top-spot-but-british-breeds-still-under-threat/ [Accessed 11 Dec. 2019].