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European Medicines Agency (EMA) meetings

European Medicines Agency (EMA) meetings

Last week many interesting meetings took place at the EMA in London. At the Committee for Medicinal Products for Veterinary Use (CVMP) meeting, the re-examination of the appeal to the opinion for veterinary medicinal products containing zinc oxide to be administered orally to food producing species was discussed. The Committee adopted by consensus a final opinion recommending the refusal of granting of new marketing authorisations and the withdrawal of the existing authorisations for veterinary medicinal products containing zinc oxide.

FECAVA Newsletter March 2017

FECAVA Newsletter March 2017

Newsletter of the Federation of European Companion Animal Veterinary Associations   n°36 March 2017

FECAVA open nominations for the new Didier-Noel Carlotti award

FECAVA open nominations for the new Didier-Noel Carlotti award

FECAVA has opened nominations for the new Didier-Carlotti award which recognises outstanding service in the fields of inter-professional communication and/or continuing education for companion animal veterinarians in Europe.

Own-Initiative report on rabbits & Equidae

Own-Initiative report on rabbits & Equidae

The Federation of Veterinarians of Europe (FVE) supports the two Own-Initiative reports on rabbits welfare and on responsible ownership of Equidae. 


UC Davis Makes Strides to Address Student Debt

UC Davis Makes Strides to Address Student Debt

The cost of a quality professional education can be a significant impediment for students as they strive to reach their dream of becoming veterinarians. 

Thiamine deficiency

Thiamine deficiency

Following the recent recall of four dried cat food products due to low thiamine levels, BSAVA wanted to provide a brief update on thiamine deficiency.Thiamine deficiency

Thiamine (vitamin B1) deficiency occurs most commonly in anorexic cats or cats that are fed an all fish diet containing thiaminase. However, it but has also been associated with excessive cereal in the diet, uncooked soy products,  heating foods to excessive temperatures and the use of sulphur dioxide as a preservative. Thiamine deficiency can also occur in dogs.

Thiamine plays an essential role as a cofactor for enzymes in carbohydrate metabolism, it forms a compound with ATP to form thiamine diphosphate/thiamine pyrophosphate. It does not affect blood glucose.  Thiamine deficiency leads to energy depletion and neuronal necrosis resulting in polioencephalomalacia, particularly of the oculomotor and vestibular nuclei, the caudal colliculus and the lateral geniculate body.

FECAVA Laboklin Travel Scholarship open for applications

FECAVA Laboklin Travel Scholarship open for applications

The FECAVA Travel Scholarship is an initiative that enables groups of small animal veterinary surgeons from different parts of Europe, to visit each other for a few days and observe each other’s practice experience. The scholarship, totalling €2,000 per year, is made possible through the support of LABOKLIN, who partner FECAVA on this project. 

Research could help vets tell animal abuse from accidents

Research could help vets tell animal abuse from accidents

A novel study by US scientists may help British vets distinguish animal abuse from accidental trauma and “give a voice to the voiceless”.

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Motor vehicle accidents are often cited as the cause of injury when they are really due to animal abuse.
Researchers compared records from 50 criminal cases of abuse from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) Humane Law Enforcement Division with a sample of 426 motor vehicle accident cases from the foster hospital for small animals at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, Tufts University, US.It is hoped the findings will help vets and associated parties identify and address animal abuse.

Puppy farmer jailed after raid finds dogs in ‘inadequate’ conditions

Puppy farmer jailed after raid finds dogs in ‘inadequate’ conditions

A puppy farmer who made “a small fortune” selling animals so sick some died within hours of being bought by unsuspecting members of the public has been jailed for six months.

The RSPCA and police found 37 dogs and puppies in conditions with barely any light, and lying in faeces and urine.
The RSPCA and police found 37 dogs and puppies in the farmhouse.
Sean Kerr, of Pastures Farm in Bickenhill, near Solihull, was also banned from keeping dogs for life and ordered to pay £30,000 in court costs.

Farm raid

During a three-week trial, magistrates in Birmingham heard RSPCA and police officers raided a farmhouse belonging to 52-year-old Kerr after complaints from people who had bought the sick puppies.They found 37 dogs and puppies – some of which had serious health issues – housed in “completely inappropriate and inadequate” conditions with barely any light, and lying in faeces and urine.Some of the puppies had been born with deformities from bad breeding conditions, while the carcase of a puppy was recovered from a plastic carrier bag in the footwell of a van parked there.

SUPPORT THE WSAVA FOUNDATION FUN(D) RUN run with your vet and pet!

SUPPORT THE WSAVA FOUNDATION FUN(D) RUN run with your vet and pet!

What is it? A scenic 5 km run or 3 km walk though green part of Copenhagen near Congress venue by Hill's.Why do we hold it? To save lives in Africa by raising funds to support the fight against RABIES in Africa, which is being led by Mission Rabies and our AFSCAN teamsWhen does it take place:  Wednesday, September 27, 2017 6:30 AM - 8:00 AMWhere: The route is being finalized and will be close to the Congress center and hotelsHow do I register? You can register via the registration page when you register for WSAVA Congress.  You can also register at the W SAVA FOUNDATION stand in the Congress Exhibition.Distance: 5 km run or a 3 km  walkRoute: to be confirmed shortlyWhat is my reward?  A souvenir T-shirt - plus we are awarding medals for the fastest 15 runners.  You'll also receive refreshments along the way and have lots of fun!