New Calf Health Checklist App From MSD Animal Health

Introducing the Black Tote Box from NVS: Delivering a Greener Pawprint

MSD Animal Health (a division of Merck & Co., Inc., Rahway, N.J., USA (NYSE: MRK)) has launched a new App for veterinary professionals based on its popular, paper-based dairy calf health checklist tool.

The practical new App works on tablet computers, as well as Apple and Android smartphones, facilitating the opportunity to easily e-mail audit results directly to farmer clients following an interactive on farm calf health assessment.

The MSD Animal Health Calf Health Checklist helps the veterinary professional and
farmer to work closely together to draw up a workable action plan to improve calf health.

“Our new App allows both parties to explore, record and score calf health performance across five core areas to identify the strengths and weaknesses of any rearing unit’s environment and processes,” said MSD Animal Health’s youngstock marketing manager Robert Simpson.

“Working through a series of 10 questions within each core area – designed to tease out where a rearing unit is in terms of accepted best management practice – allows vet and farmer to quickly pinpoint any areas needing attention. What’s more, repeating the checklist every six or 12 months is a great way to keep things on track, allowing both parties to monitor progress against agreed targets,” he added.

Five steps to better calf health:
1. Set goals and measure
2. Implement good colostrum management and feeding protocols
3. Feed calves correctly
4. Maintain low infection pressure and vaccinate
5. Ensure a healthy rearing environment

Further information on the new Calf Health Checklist App is available from MSD account managers

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Customer Services: Open 8am – 6pm

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Delivery Date: Friday 26th August 2022

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Delivery Date: Tuesday 30th August 2022

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Delivery Date: Tuesday 30th August 2022

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Delivery Date: Tuesday 30th August 2022

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Delivery Date: Tuesday 30th August 2022

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Delivery Date: Wednesday 31st August 2022

 

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Introducing the Black Tote Box from NVS: Delivering a Greener Pawprint

Introducing the Black Tote Box from NVS: Delivering a Greener Pawprint

I’m sure you will recognise our reusable blue tote boxes; thousands are distributed daily, delivering essential supplies to practices up and down the country and then collected the following day for reuse.

What you may not know is that these tote boxes are made from recyclable plastic and once they reach the end of their operational life are sent to be made into other objects.

Here at NVS, we are always looking for ways to make our operation as sustainable as possible. We are proud to announce the introduction of a new black tote box that is not only recyclable but is itself made from 100% recycled plastic.

The new black tote boxes are the same size and just as strong as the current blue ones. The first deliveries in our new, black, recycled tote boxes have begun today and you may be one of the first recipients to receive one.

Of course we will not be withdrawing our blue tote boxes immediately, we’ll let them continue until they are no longer able to be used; so you can expect a mix of blue and black totes with your deliveries in the coming months.

How can you help us deliver a greener pawprint?

By ensuring you return tote boxes (either black or blue) to your delivery driver, we can keep them in circulation as long as possible, ensuring the maximum lifespan before they go off to be recycled.

We’d love to see how our new recycled black tote boxes are being received in the field. When you first receive a delivery in a black tote box why not take a picture and post it on social media using the hashtag #GreenerPawPrint. You can tag us into your posts by using @nvsvetservices on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, or on LinkedIn by using National Veterinary Services Limited.

AWF appeals for new trustees to join board

AWF appeals for new trustees to join board

BVA charity, the Animal Welfare Foundation (AWF), has launched an appeal for trustees to come forward.

Up to five new trustees are being sought among the veterinary sector community and other animal welfare professionals to join its board.

Trustees are required to attend three meetings a year, plus the charity’s annual discussion forum, as well as joining at least one of its sub-committees, which work in areas such as professional education and research grants.

‘Active role’
Chairperson of trustees Julian Kupfer said: “As a trustee of the AWF, you play a really active role in the charity’s work.

“This is tremendously rewarding as you know you are making a demonstrable impact on improving animal welfare in the UK, as well as the most fantastic opportunity to keep learning.”

‘Tangible improvement’
BVA president Justine Shotton, who has also been an AWF trustee for the past four years, said: “I believe that being an AWF trustee gives me the opportunity to contribute to tangible improvement in animal welfare across species.

“The approach the AWF takes to ensure robust research is funded to improve animal welfare science and, therefore, help inform policy, is unrivalled, and it’s an absolute privilege to be able to contribute to such an important charity.”

For more information or to apply, visit the “becoming a trustee” web page. The closing date for submissions is 9am on Monday 15 August.

Credit to: AWF appeals for new trustees to join board (Vet Times)

Vet Times. (2022). AWF appeals for new trustees to join board [online]

Available at: https://www.vettimes.co.uk/news/awf-appeals-for-new-trustees-to-join-board/

Langford Vets launches Vet Nurse Congress

Langford Vets launches Vet Nurse Congress

Langford Vets, part of the University of Bristol, is running a day-long Vet Nurse Congress on 5 September, delivered by its own specialist veterinary nurses working in the multidisciplinary hospital.

Open to RVNs, trainee vet nurses and animal care assistants, the event will feature two streams – medicine and emergency and critical care, and surgical nursing and anaesthesia. Topics will include clotting disorders, CPR and decontamination of the poisoned patient.

‘Proud’
Eleri Counsell, nursing manager at Langford Vets, said: “We’re incredibly proud of our vet nursing team at the Small Animal Referral Hospital, and we’re keen to support career progression and knowledge sharing within the veterinary nursing profession.”

Participants can book a whole day in one stream or a half-day in each.

Full details are available at https://bit.ly/LVVNC2022

Credit to: Langford Vets launches Vet Nurse Congress (Vet Times)

Vet Times. (2022). Langford Vets launches Vet Nurse Congress [online]

Available at: https://www.vettimes.co.uk/news/langford-vets-launches-vet-nurse-congress/

Nerfasin Vet 20mg/ml 25ml Solution for Injection for Horse – Product Recall

Nerfasin Vet 20mg/ml 25ml Solution for Injection for Horse - Product Recall

15th July 2022

Dear Customer

Dechra Veterinary Products Ltd is recalling stock of the product in the table below. This recall has been requested by the manufacturer due to particulate matter being found in retained samples that were previously particles free see attached letter dated 12th July 2022.

NVS CodeProduct DescriptionAffected Batch NumberExpiry Date
940963Nerfasin Vet 20mg/ml 25ml Solution for
Injection for Horse
Vm 19994/4017
19J038
20K212
09/2022
10/2023

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)

Somerset hospital invests £1.2m in ‘class-leading’ MRI scanner

Somerset hospital invests £1.2m in ‘class-leading’ MRI scanner

Neurology specialist Sabrina Gillespie (left) and imaging nurse Staci Finn with the new state-of-the-art Phillips Ingenia 1.5T Evolution MRI scanner.

Bosses at a Somerset animal hospital say they have future-proofed its imaging capabilities for a decade by investing £1.2 million in a class-leading MRI scanner.

Cave Veterinary Specialists, at West Buckland near Wellington, have bought a Phillips Ingenia 1.5T Evolution that it says will allow it to better diagnose and treat pets.

The scanner allows for 50% faster scans at a higher resolution that the Linnaeus hospital’s previous kit, so patients will require shorter general anaesthesia and it will allow more detailed and accurate diagnosis of complex neurological conditions.

Resolution
Cave said the new setup will mean it can expand into emerging fields such as cardiac MRI and advanced musculoskeletal imaging, and as it has a large number of channels with improved resolution it can scan different organ systems.

Tom Cardy, head of neurology at Cave Veterinary Specialists, said the investment future-proofs Cave’s MRI scanning capability for the next 10 years.

Gratitude
Dr Cardy said: “It’s not often in your career you get to work with a truly class-leading piece of equipment such as this. We are very grateful to Linnaeus for their ongoing investment in Cave and for providing us with an MRI scanner that will massively improve the care we can provide to pets.

“Faster and more detailed MRI scans will reduce the general anaesthetic times for our patients and allow us to diagnose conditions that simply would not have been detectable on lower resolution machines.

“The new scanner will greatly improve the patient and client experience we provide. This investment significantly increases the capability of our neurology service and the whole team are excited to get to grips with this amazing piece of kit.”

Credit to: Somerset hospital invests £1.2m in ‘class-leading’ MRI scanner (Vet Times)

Vet Times. (2022). Somerset hospital invests £1.2m in ‘class-leading’ MRI scanner [online]

Available at: https://www.vettimes.co.uk/news/somerset-hospital-invests-1-2m-in-class-leading-mri-scanner/

Wear makes double appointment of specialists to lead services

Wear makes double appointment of specialists to lead services

Felipe Márquez Grados and Naomi Earley.

Two specialists at a County Durham animal hospital have been appointed as heads of service.

Diagnostic imaging specialist Naomi Earley, and veterinary anaesthesia and analgesia specialist Felipe Márquez Grados now lead their respective disciplines at Linnaeus-owned Wear Referrals in Bradbury.

Wear said their promotions to leadership roles underlined its commitment to excellence across its multidisciplinary hospital.

‘Honoured and happy’
On his appointment, Dr Grados said: “I feel flattered, honoured and very, very happy to be able to help the team in this way. However, I do also feel the responsibility implied, both towards the members of the anaesthesia department as well as to the rest of our colleagues in the other services.

“My goals are very focused in ensuring our department gives the best service to the patients and the hospital while giving my colleagues in the anaesthesia service the best experience working here.

“I really want the department to feel like a family, and for everyone in it to feel happy and looked after.”

Collaborative
Miss Earley said: “It is a privilege to be promoted to head of service, and I feel it shows that the senior leadership team recognises the work that we have put in and success we have had in establishing an indispensable imaging department.

“This also endorses our vision to grow the team and the services we can offer. It is an exciting time and we would be pleased to hear from any enthusiastic colleagues interested in joining this warm, collaborative team.”

Level of care
Wear also has services in cardiology, intensive care, internal medicine, neurology, out-of-hours emergency and critical care, oncology, orthopaedics and soft tissue, plus an inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation service.

Hospital director Darren Stubbs said: “We’re delighted to see Felipe and Naomi appointed to head of service positions.

“Both have been incredibly valuable members of our team for some time now, and their promotions to these leadership roles means they will be able to further help us continue to provide the very highest level of care and treatment to our patients.”

Credit to: Wear makes double appointment of specialists to lead services (Vet Times)

Vet Times. (2022). Wear makes double appointment of specialists to lead services [online]

Available at: https://www.vettimes.co.uk/news/wear-makes-double-appointment-of-specialists-to-lead-services/