An overview of contraceptive products available to zoo vets and an update on vaccines and immune modulators were the subjects of a CPD session for zoo vets organised by the Zoological Society of London (ZSL).

An overview of contraceptive products available to zoo vets and an update on vaccines and immune modulators were the subjects of a CPD session for zoo vets organised by the Zoological Society of London (ZSL).

The Virbac sponsored event started with presentations from Yedra Feltrer, veterinary officer at London Zoo; Catriona Curtis, veterinary advisor, Virbac; and Christelle Fontaine, DIR Med technical manager, Virbac, on the classes of contraceptive products available to zoo vets.

Delegates then moved into discussions about the use of these medicines in reproduction and case discussions of their use in zoo animals, including osaterone acetate in a macaque with prostate disease and deslorelin in a pig with an endometrial tumour.

Principles of immunology and vaccine technology were then discussed with Callum Blair, senior veterinary advisor, Virbac.

Delegates were also updated by Tai Strike, zoo veterinary officer at ZSL and event organiser, about Zoovax, a website run by the University of Edinburgh, which collates information about vaccine use in zoo animals.

Alex Allen, senior veterinary advisor, Virbac, then discussed potential uses of recombinant feline interferon (Virbagen Omega) in zoo species with viral infections. Discussions included the use of recombinant feline interferon in two tapirs with pox virus.

Dr Strike said: “The combination of Virbac’s scientific veterinary expertise and our zoo veterinary knowledge made for a synergistic cutting edge CPD event, tailored specifically to zoo vets and highly appreciated by those who attended.  

Virbac’s sponsorship of this event meant more zoo vets could attend as our CPD budgets are often tight – it was a win-win.”

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