Midwestern Pet Foods issues voluntary recall due to potential Salmonella contamination

Image: zontica / stock.adobe.com dvm360 Staff Earlier this year, the company issued a major international recall after hundreds of dogs became ill or died due to aflatoxin poisoning. Just 3 months after issuing a major international recall prompted by the risk of aflatoxin poisoning associated with some of its pet food brands, Midwestern Pet Foods, Inc, has announced another…

FAO builds stronger veterinary diagnostic laboratories in West and Central Africa

Content provided by APO Group   National laboratory systems play a crucial role in preventing, detecting and responding to health threats. An integral part of these systems, veterinary diagnostic laboratories are at the centre of veterinary services’ control programmes for transboundary animal diseases (TADs). TADs, including zoonosis, can have major impacts on economies, trade and food…

Flea control breakdown

Fleas are thriving on UK pets, with results from The Big Flea Project showing 28.1% of cats and 14.4% of dogs to be infested (Abdullah et al, 2019). This is a concern as flea infestations are a source of diseases with both veterinary and human medical significance. Although cat fleas cannot live and reproduce on…

Stewardship programmes can cut antimicrobial prescribing

James Westgate Structured stewardship programmes can deliver big reductions in the prescribing of highest priority critically important antimicrobials (HPCIAs) in small animal practice. That was the headline finding from a new trial by the University of Liverpool’s Small Animal Veterinary Surveillance Network (SAVSNET), which saw a reduction of up to 40% in prescribing rates for…

What’s New At BSAVA Virtual Congress 2021

Author: BSAVA New small animal veterinary research and a host of opportunities to learn about new innovations have been lined up for BSAVA Virtual Congress 25th – 27th March 2021. With a programme comprising more than 100 speakers, 80 live sessions and a new format that blends clinical, practical and interactive content, BSAVA Virtual Congress…

Case of FMDV in dogs after eating infected meat

A case report filed by scientists at The Pirbright Institute details the first instance of naturally acquired foot-and-mouth disease virus (FMDV) infection in dogs. In this unusual case reported in BMC Veterinary Research, FMDV was identified in a sample of heart tissue received by Pirbright’s diagnostic laboratory, the World Reference Laboratory for Foot-and-Mouth Disease (WRLFMD). The sample was…

Warning over microchip registration advert scam

James Westgate Veterinary professionals are being warned about a bogus website advertised on Google that is offering pet microchip registration. The Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI) has issued the warning about the UK Pet Chip Registry, which claims that for a charge of £15, it will add the pet’s microchip details to the so-called National Pet…

What a year: Pandemic views from around the world

March 11, 2021 (published) By Lisa Wogan, Ross Kelly, and Edie Lau Veterinarians juggle sorrow, hope, anxiety, perseverance, and so many puppies As COVID-19 took hold last spring, veterinarians from Asia to South America, and Europe to Australasia described in a series of VIN News Service articles how the disease and responses to the disease…

Winner of NEF Special COVID-19 Sir Colin Spedding Award announced

Claire Williams, Executive Director of the British Equestrian Trade Association (BETA), was announced as the winner of the Special COVID-19 Sir Colin Spedding Award 2021 at the National Equine Forum (NEF) on 4 March 2021. Given the exceptional circumstances of 2020 and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic the NEF Organising Committee changed the emphasis of the Sir Colin…