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Travel scholarship 2018: Armenian vets visit Estonia

Travel scholarship 2018: Armenian vets visit Estonia

The 2017 FECAVA Travel scholarship was awarded to two young companion animal practitioners from Armenia, Syuzanna Arakelyan and Samvel Ter-Avetisyan. Here is a short report of their trip to Estonia.

Norwegian vets raise awareness about brachycephalic dogs

Norwegian vets raise awareness about brachycephalic dogs

In Norway, a higher percent of the dogs are purebred compared to the rest of Europe.  Although these puppies are normally sold with an ID-chip and health certificate, the latter rarely focuses on breed-specific issues.

UK vet group introduces ‘peternity’ leave

UK vet group introduces ‘peternity’ leave

Scheme aims to help all 220 employees settle in with their new pets, just as with maternity and paternity leave for new parents.

Postcards from the past (4)

Postcards from the past (4)

In this fourth postcard from past presidents, Simon Orr shares his memories of Tallinn, Estonia and its special link with FECAVA.

How a legacy of dead pets can help vet students

How a legacy of dead pets can help vet students

Pet owners in the Netherlands can now opt for a ‘dierdonorcodicil’ (animal donation agreement), if their pet has to be put to sleep, and donate their pet’s body to the veterinary faculty of Utrecht University.

EPRUMA calls upon EU to support animal vaccines, too

EPRUMA calls upon EU to support animal vaccines, too

(EPRUMA, 15 March:) The European Platform for the Responsible Use of Medicines in Animals (EPRUMA) welcomes DG SANTE’s initiative to strengthen EU citizens’ awareness about the benefits of vaccination...

KC guide to help show judges identify breed health issues

KC guide to help show judges identify breed health issues

(From Veterinary Times, 13/3/18:) The guide covers various areas of canine health, with detailed information and illustrations showing how exaggerated conformation can affect dog heakth in categorie two and three breeds.

Pet passports: FECAVA board meets with EU Commission

Pet passports: FECAVA board meets with EU Commission

The design of some of the EU pet passports is not perfect: there is no adequate space for multiple ownership, booster vaccinations, microchip numbers and dates of microchipping – to name but a few.

How much does having a pet cost?

How much does having a pet cost?

According to the Dutch information centre on companion animals (LICG), dogs cost an average €580 per year, cats €550. Although having a hamster is slightly cheaper (€300/year), rabbits, who should be kept in pairs, cost an estimated €600 per year for two.

Import of rescue dogs in Finland: Vet authorities warn about health risks

Import of rescue dogs in Finland: Vet authorities warn about health risks

Over 2,500 'rescued' street dogs were imported to Finland last year, nearly ten times the amount of seven years ago. However well intended, cross-border adoption of rescue dogs is not without risk, as this can introduce disease pathogens from endemic to disease-free areas (e.g. Rabies, Echinococcus, Leishmania, Babesia).