David Woodmansey

David Woodmansey

National Council for the Training of Journalists, national press agency, national daily staff journalist, specialist magazines.
David Woodmansey joined VBD in May 2015.
Tel: 01733 383561  •  email: davidwoodmansey@vbd.co.uk

October 2019

The RVC’s VetCompass programme studied data from 6,349 rabbits, and identified the most common medical issues and causes of death in pet rabbits.

4 mins

New outbreaks - the first since June this year - fit the classic UK profile of the majority of cases being reported in wet, cooler months between early winter and early spring.

4 mins

In what is believed to be a world first, finding could have significant benefits for the most common type of heart disease in cats and for human health.

4 mins

The aim of the survey was to identify what type of rabbit face people prefer to better understand why brachy rabbits – and their associated health issues – might be bred and purchased.

4 mins

Cortisol levels in hair samples obtained from border collies diagnosed with idiopathic epilepsy were analysed and compared with hair from healthy border collies.

4 mins

Quantitative gait analysis involves the use of electronic sensors, enabling the assignment of numerical values to motion, with the application of kinetics and kinematics.

4 mins

Report authors state that the substandard vaccination levels in pets and livestock is driven by factors including politics and costs.

4 mins

Of 11 million owned cats in the UK, 29% are not microchipped – which makes a total of more than 3 million unchipped pet cats with no permanent means of identification.

4 mins

The new recruits have started a 15-month supportive programme with PDSA, which enables their knowledge and skills to be put into practice immediately.

5 mins

September 2019

Head of the RSPCA’s special operations unit says the risk is “hugely serious” and it can only be “a matter of time” before a rabies-infected dog enters the UK.

4 mins

Following the farming minister's comments, the Pig Veterinary Society argues that keeping African swine fever out of the country “should be completely within our remit”.

5 mins

Veterinary authorities unanimously welcome review, which will comprise several key stages and cover issues linked to the telemedicine debate.

5 mins

A team at Dick White Referrals has employed a personally tailored vaccine on a dog and is understood to be the first case of its kind in the UK.

4 mins

Technology pairs a cancer medicine delivery system with reactive, short-lived antiseptic compounds and trials have shown the “nanoparticles” to be effective in treating antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

4 mins

Survey respondents had been feeding their pets raw diets for up to 65 years and findings have been embraced as at least partial validation by pro-raw feeding groups.

6 mins

Theme for new presidential year is #VetDiversity, which builds on past-presidents’ themes of "One Veterinary Community" and "Team Vet – Working Together".

4 mins

Study shows more than two-thirds of dog owners don’t know the Angiostrongylus vasorum parasite is spread by slugs and snails, and some think otters are responsible.

5 mins

Small animal and farm vet David Charles spoke at the first National Association for Black Veterinarians Conference in the US about barriers faced by black or minority ethnic vet students.

5 mins

The study, conducted jointly by Lancaster University Management School and The Open University Business School, was based on 75 interviews with both male and female vets from across the UK.

6 mins

The report, compiled online in conjunction with YouGov, is the largest annual assessment of cat, dog and rabbit welfare in the UK.

5 mins

The Kennel Club's survey questioned 2,256 dog owners and revealed one in three puppy buyers acknowledged they were clueless about how to find a reputable source for their puppy.

5 mins

Portable, rapid and accurate test to detect peste des petits ruminants virus allows samples to be processed at pen-side without an RNA extraction step.

5 mins

Prompted by the equine flu outbreak, global animal health company Zoetis conducted two surveys into equine herpesvirus – one aimed at horse owners, the other at vets.

5 mins

RVC study shows 75% decline in breed numbers during the past 10 years and an ageing population.

3 mins

Veterinary science placed second on the list of top-paying degrees, with an average first-year salary of £28,000 – a figure only bettered by “medicine and dentistry” graduates.

5 mins

August 2019

Following survey results, the BCVA has recognised, at a time of great change, an increasing need to reach out to both members and non-members.

5 mins

An American study found, from 1979 to 2015, vets died by suicide between 2 and 3.5 times more often than the general US population, reflecting the findings of a systematic review published in 2010.

6 mins

A professional dog groomer has sparked a social media debate after dying the legs and tail of her toy poodle pink. She has vigorously defended her right to give her pet a colour makeover.

3 mins

The proposed changes follow on from recommendations made by the Kinnaird Review into farm animal disease surveillance, which were accepted by the Scottish Government in 2011.

4 mins

Presence of the anabolic steroid testosterone over a permitted threshold in a sample could result in a 14-month suspension from racing and a 12-month stand down from racing for the horse.

5 mins