Complaints to the Veterinary Client Mediation Service were up during the pandemic, with necessary social distancing and other restrictions having an impact on all-important vet-client relations. Paul Imrie found out from head of service Jennie Jones about some of the key learnings.25 mins
RCVS coronavirus survey will ask veterinary professionals to provide evidence of how COVID-19 has impacted experiences of working in profession.6 mins
Following Prime Minister’s announcement on 14 June, RCVS confirms that temporary guidance on remote prescribing will continue for at least a further month.3 mins
Research shows sales have increased by more than 200% in period covering COVID-19 pandemic – beating percentage increase for puppies and kittens.4 mins
Study involving Luca and Heidi Ferasin at The Ralph Veterinary Referral Centre in Buckinghamshire is yet to be peer-reviewed, but indicates “first cases of infection of domestic cats and dogs by British B117 variant of SARS-CoV-2”.
Increased levels of stress blamed for rise in new and recurring cases of urinary disease in cats and dogs during coronavirus pandemic.
Veterinary Marketing Association is hosting Big Fat Virtual Quiz on Friday 19 March with £50 Amazon voucher up for grabs to the winner.
Jo Thorne organises weekly yoga sessions to support health and well-being of colleagues during latest COVID-19 lockdown.
RCVS formally welcomes overseas-educated surgeons to UK register at online statutory membership exams admissions ceremony.
A team of more than 30 vets will be cycling through Zambia to offer veterinary help, and raise £12,000 for conservation and animal welfare efforts in the country.6 mins
Veterinary product supplier MWI Animal Health and Invatech Health partner to launch distribution service using “cutting-edge” system Titan.
Practice Standards Scheme assessments were suspended during last year’s lockdown, but despite the UK being back under similar restrictions, the RCVS is continuing to undertake inspections of those practices in the scheme, albeit remotely.
“The significance of our finding is unknown at this time, but we feel Vet Times readers should be aware of the emergence of this bacterial species in dogs...” – Carole Hughes, Petbiome.
Currently only vets working in the food supply chain are classed as critical workers, and therefore potentially eligible to receive the vaccine early.10 mins
Researchers at The Pirbright Insititute identify key differences in SARS-CoV-2 that may be responsible for the jump from bats to humans.
As students head back amid fresh national lockdowns, schools envisage those in final stretch of course will graduate with minimal disruption.
“I am very proud of the work our fantastic teams have achieved, and the procedures carried out by our hardworking hospitals and centres” – RSPCA chief vet Caroline Allen.
“As a respected profession, it is imperative that the veterinary community should be leading by example in doing everything we can to stop the spread of the virus" – BVA president James Russell.
RCVS and BVA in discussions with CVOs – but “confirm we will not be reverting to emergency-only work” in joint statement.
“I have never seen this before; the demand for veterinary services is such that some practices have the luxury of turning clients away" - Carlos Michelsen, CM Research.