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From the monthly archives: December 2018

We are pleased to present below all posts archived in 'December 2018'. If you still can't find what you are looking for, try using the search box.

RCVS offers reassurances in light of Isoflurane shortage

The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) is offering reassurances to the profession in view of the announced shortages of Isoflurane anaesthetic gas.

BEVA , BSAVA and AVA work together to resolve isoflurane supply problem

The British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA), The British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA) and The Association of Veterinary Anaesthetists (AVA) have successfully engaged with the Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) to facilitate a practical solution to the isoflurane supply problems.  Isoflurane is the most widely used veterinary anaesthetic agent in animals, allowing both routine and emergency surgeries to be performed. It was announced last week that the third-party manufacturer of isoflurane had to cease production with immediate effect due to a mechanical problem on the production line. This resulted in a shortfall of the anaesthetic. Stocks of alternative products are believed to be limited, with the potential for supply to be restricted. It is therefore highly likely that routine operations for dogs, cats and horses would have to be postponed. Some clinics had concerns that they would not be able to safely perform emergency surgery over the Christmas period.  Having in ...

Q&A with Renate Weller, BEVA President

We chat to Renate, BEVA President about her Presidency so far and what is coming up in the next year. 

A Focus on Reproduction

In February 2019 we're running CPD focused on the essential reproduction skills every equine vet needs to know about. We've recently caught up with course organiser, John Spencer to find out more

BHA publishes review of the Cheltenham Festival

BEVA welcomes the BHA’s Cheltenham Review as evidence of racing’s continued drive to reduce the risks involved with the sport.  

BEVA Trust sends volunteers to Kiev Equine Veterinary Seminar

For the last seven years the BEVA Trust has supported the Equine Veterinary Seminar in Kiev, allowing the organisers to develop a format that is both practical and exciting. The seminar has generated interest and delegate attendance from across Eastern Europe where the ethos of CPD is unheard of. 

Latest knowledge shared to help improve welfare and performance of ridden horses

The latest work on pain-associated behaviour in ridden horses, from two illuminating studies, was presented by Dr Sue Dyson at the Saddle Research Trust Conference on 8 December 2018. While one paper showed how heavier riders and unsuitable saddles can cause back muscle tension and pain in the horse, another disclosed that the ability to spot initial signs of musculoskeletal pain is now within the grasp of both trained and untrained assessors. Together the studies give the equestrian world better knowledge and tools to enhance the welfare and performance of ridden horses.