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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 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

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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Emergency Fundraising for Pet Rescue Charities

Lintbells and Peter Purves launch #RescueYourRescue – a nationwide emergency fund-raising appeal that will urgently help pet rescue charities affected by COVID-19

  • #RescueYourRescue will attempt to raise £250,000 for pet rescue charities across the UK over the coming months
  • Lintbells will donate £10,000 to participating charities
  • Take immediate action by donating £2 and show your support by sharing the paw-fect high-five with your pet on social media using the #RescueYourRescue and nominate friends to donate too.

Lintbells – the UK’s leading pet supplement company with a mission to keep pets active for life – has today announced the launch of a charity campaign that will raise vital funds for over 100 registered pet rescue charities across the UK.

Pet rescue centres are facing closure due to a lack of funding and lost revenue as a consequence of COVID-19. The loss of funds attributed to adoption fees, centre visits, charity shop sales and fundraising events has left the future of pet rescue charities hanging in the balance. #RescueYourRescue will urgently raise funds to immediately help safeguard the future of pet rescue charities and the animals that rely on them.

A rapid response is required to help protect the health and welfare of the nation’s rescue pets. Recent reports have stated that pet rescue charities are suspending the intake of animals, which could lead to pets being mistreated or abandoned.

Launched in support with veteran broadcaster and the legendary voice of Crufts, Peter Purves, who is a brand ambassador for Lintbells’ YuMOVE brand, #RescueYourRescue will encourage people who can afford to help to donate a minimum of £2 per person. Lintbells will immediately donate £10,000 to participating pet rescue charities.

Peter Purves said: “Pet rescue charities across the country support the welfare of animals that need our help the most. In these difficult circumstances, I’m appealing for animal lovers to work together to support these brilliant centres and the crucial work that they do. Every donation makes a difference, so please give what you can and help spread the word by engaging with the campaign on social media using #RescueYourRescue.”

Lauren Moore, Fundraising Manager, RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield Bradford & District Branch said: We are a local independent branch of the RSPCA so we have to raise our own funds to keep our animal centre running and look after the animals in our care. This is normally done through our fundraising events and income from our charity shops, but with the current COVID-19 crisis we have had to close our shops and cancel planned events and activities which has had a devastating effect on our funds. We’ve also been forced to close our animal centre and have cancelled any potential adoptions.”

Dr John Howie, CEO & Co-founder of Lintbells added: “Lintbells was established to support the health and well-being of pets and #RescueYourRescue will help safeguard the future of rescue charities. Let’s help protect the UK’s 250,000* animals that need our support.”

Quick example costs
It costs £500,000 per year to run an RSPCA pet rescue centre. £6 can feed a dog for a week and £10 covers the cost of food and board per pet**.  That is why #RescueYourRescue is asking animal lovers who can afford to help donate a minimum of £2 per person.

 

References

*Number of animals in rescue centres attributed to a UK Government report, Feb 2019

**Costs attributed to the RSPCA

How to help:

#RescueYourRescue is working with Virgin Money Giving to raise and distribute funds to over 100 pet rescue charities in the UK. Please visit https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/page/RescueYourRescue select the charity you wish to help support, and donate.

Help us spread the word and raise vital funds by engaging with #RescueYourRescue online, on social media and by visiting www.RescueYourRescue.co.uk. Show your support by sharing the paw-fect high-five with your pet on social media using the #RescueYourRescue and nominate friends to donate too.

Together we can help safeguard the future of rescue centres and the animals that rely on them.

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New Digital Ruminant Marketing and Technical CPD Resources Available for Home-Working Vets and Animal Health Professionals

New Digital Ruminant Marketing and Technical CPD Resources Available for Home-Working Vets and Animal Health Professionals

MSD Animal Health has boosted its library of on-line CPD resources to help vets and animal health professionals communicate remotely and provide technical training content when working from home.

 

The digital training material includes a range of new downloadable marketing resources for vets and SQPs to help maintain efficient communications with their farmer customer base while face-to-face contact opportunities are restricted. These include newsletter, social media and farmer engagement tools for various dairy, beef and sheep disease management issues.

 

Vets can also access new BRD management content highlighting the benefit of immunity-led disease prevention and ultrasound scanning of calf lungs. Practitioners are reminded that they can also view a range of practical ‘how to’ video material, as well as five different webinar recordings explaining ways to collaborate more effectively with farmers over youngstock rearing issues. The content is based on implementing MSD Animal Health’s versatile calf health checklist engagement tool, which facilitates an audit-based approach to assessing and improving current on-farm management practices.

 

MSD Animal Health is continuing to add to the on-line support available to vets. This includes two new webinars to be released in the coming weeks: ‘Immunology’ with Professor James Roth and ‘Salmonella’ with Katrina Henderson from SAC.

 

 

 

Practical animal health educational material is also available for farmers specifically via the Disease? Not On My Farm! digital information platform (https://www.msd-animal-health-hub.co.uk/DNOMF/About). Depending on area of interest, ruminant livestock farmers can access herd health, youngstock or sheep disease management advice. The sheep information is hosted on the Project Lamb website (https://www.msd-animal-health-hub.co.uk/DNOMF/ProjectLAMB).

To access all the training content, register via the MSD Animal Health hub:

https://www.msd-animal-health-hub.co.uk/

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BVA statement on cats and Covid-19

BVA statement on cats and Covid-19

The British Veterinary Association has clarified its position in light of a report on the BBC news website relating to cats and coronavirus. The headline of the article suggested that veterinary advice was to keep all cats indoors, but BVA has explained this advice is only in relation to cats in infected households or where people are self-isolating.

In response to questions from the BBC about general advice for pet owners, BVA had given information that related to both general advice and specific advice for those in infected households, but not made the distinction clear.

BVA President Daniella Dos Santos said:

“It’s incredibly important that information and advice for the public is clear and we regret that this story will have caused worry and upset amongst cat owners.  

“We are not advising that all cats are kept indoors. Only cats from infected households or where their owners are self-isolating, and only if the cat is happy to be kept indoors. Some cats cannot stay indoors due to stress-related medical reasons.

“There have been a tiny number of cases of Covid-19 in animals and in all cases, it is likely that the transmission was human to animal. There is no evidence that pets can pass Covid-19 to their owners.

“From the small number of cases it appears that dogs do not show symptoms, but cats can show clinical signs of the disease.

“It is also the case that animals can act as fomites, as the virus could be on their fur in the same way it is on other surfaces, such as tables and doorknobs. That’s why our main advice for pet owners continues to be to practise good hand hygiene.

“And, as a precaution, for pet owners who have Covid-19 or who are self-isolating we are recommending that you keep your cat indoors if possible, during that time.

“It is very important that people don’t panic about their pets. There is no evidence that animals can pass the disease to humans.”

For further information visit www.bva.co.uk/coronavirus  

Animalcare’s new ‘Tea-Time Training’ Will Raise Funds for StreetVet

Animalcare’s new ‘Tea-Time Training’ Will Raise Funds for StreetVet

 Animalcare is to launch an online CPD initiative called ‘Tea-Time Training’ to support vets and nurses keen to keep up their CPD, whether they are at home or in their practice.  The short, free, refresher-style training sessions, designed to be enjoyed over a cup of tea, will start on Wednesday 15 April with ‘Physiology of body fluid’, led by Animalcare’s Senior Veterinary Manager, Felicity Caddick.  The session will run twice, at 10.30 am and 2.30 pm, and will be recorded for those unable to join live. Animalcare will donate £1 per live view, split between its two chosen charities, StreetVet and the NHS Charities COVID-19 Appeal*.

Commenting, Animalcare Product Manager Kai Crawshaw said: “These are difficult times for the veterinary profession and our aim with Tea-Time Training is to support veterinary staff who may unexpectedly have extra time on their hands by offering them free of charge, easily accessible and practical CPD.  We have created a series of six short webinars on the theme of fluid therapy with more sessions on different topics in the pipeline. The first webinar, ‘Physiology of body fluid,’ will be launched on 15 April and they will run weekly after that.  Each webinar is short but interactive and packed with useful information.  We hope they will provide a brief but stimulating break in the day during these uncertain times.”

Each webinar will subsequently be recorded and available for viewing 24/7 via the Animalcare Learning Alliance on the company’s recently launched online Practice Assistance Centre, The PAC. A range of other free webinars and resources are also available on The PAC.

Tea-Time Training can be accessed following registration on The PAC here: https://the-pac.co.uk/animalcare-learning-alliance/

 *Terms and conditions are available on registration.

 

The first ‘for dogs, from dogs’ canine bacterial GI support product launches in the UK

The first ‘for dogs, from dogs’ canine bacterial GI support product launches in the UK

The first bacterial GI support product developed from the intestinal bacteria of healthy dogs has landed in the UK. Delivering the benefits of three live strains of canine specific Lactobacillus bacteria, ProcanicareTM, from Animalcare, is an ideal GI support product to maintain balance in the GI intestinal microbiome of dogs, particularly when dysbiosis is a risk.

Adhesion of bacteria to the epithelial cells of the intestine has been shown to be host species specific but most other commercially available canine bacterial GI support products are of porcine, avian or human origin.1 The three live strains of Lactobacillus found in Procanicare were carefully selected after a series of studies isolated the most appropriate species for commercial use from the intestinal microbiome of healthy dogs.2-5

Procanicare

 

There is increasing evidence of the important roles that the intestinal microbiome has, not just locally in the gut but across the body. Alterations to the intestinal microbiome (dysbiosis) can therefore have widespread impacts on health. It has been shown that, with no intervention, the intestinal microbiome can take years to recover from dysbiosis.6

Many of the effects that bacteria have upon the GI tract and wider body are bacterial species specific.4 The Lactobacillus found in Procanicare have been shown to promote indigenous intestinal commensal populations, reduce numbers of potentially pathogenic bacteria and improve stool consistency.4,5 In addition, Lactobacillus species have been certified by the EFSA to present no pathogenic or antimicrobial resistance risk.

Dr Shea Beasley, Product Development Manager at Vetcare Ltd was involved in the development of Procanicare and has seen its success in other countries. ‘’The strains of Lactobacillus found in Procanicare have been commercially available in Scandinavia for two years now. It has achieved great success, with Scandinavian vets frequently recommending it in situations where the gastrointestinal microbiota can become unstable such as following antibiotic use and in stressful situations such as travelling and kennelling, as well as when supporting the intestinal microbiome is particularly important, such as during pregnancy and lactation.’’

Available exclusively through vets, Animalcare has produced a range of waiting room materials to help you educate about and promote Procanicare in practice, including a poster, bunting, leaflet and leaflet holder. In addition there is a free webinar for veterinary professionals on the importance of the intestinal microbiome, available to view at https://www.thewebinarvet.com/webinar/the-gastrointestinal-microbiome-and-its-effects.

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/