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There is a wide range of opinions about most medical topics in veterinary medicine, and rarely sufficient evidence to definitively establish who’s right and who’s wrong. For better or worse, we have tremendous individual latitude in deciding what treatments to offer and in counseling our clients.

But is there ever a point where a vet is so vehemently opposed to so much of what constitutes modern veterinary medicine that they shouldn’t be allowed to hold a medical license? If someone reviles the rest of the profession, claims that our most common and...

Nigel Gibbens, the UK’s Chief Veterinary Officer; Peter Jinman OBE, Chair of the RCVS Certification Subcommittee and Ian Wright, Head of ESCCAP UK & Guideline Director for ESCCAP Europe, have been announced as speakers at the 2016 Official Veterinarian Conference, ‘Safeguarding Animal Welfare – the role of the OV’ on 29-30 September.

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The winner of the ‘Wonderful world of animals’ category is Stephen Powles, a companion animal vet from Devon, with his picture of an Egyptian fruit bat in flight.

“The bat was one of a large roost of many thousand deep in a cave on Mount Elgon, Kenya. The bats exit the roost via a relatively small opening making it the perfect location in which to photograph them.”

Judging the BVA photo competition
During a busy post-Brexit week, with politicians resigning left, right and centre, we...
ROYAL CANIN has worked with renowned veterinary dentist, John Robinson, to launch a new dental learning tool to help the development of veterinary professionals. The 3D dental model demonstrates the recommended method for sectioning and extracting teeth in cats and dogs.

An accurate representation of the animal’s mouth, the teeth are pre-sectioned, indicating how tooth crowns should be divided and where to cut the crown to achieve single root pieces..


Significant differences were found by researchers between the makeup of mouth bacteria populations in horses with gum disease and those with good oral health.

Equine periodontal disease is a common and painful condition. Its severe form, periodontitis, can lead to tooth loss.

Its cause and development remain poorly understood despite recent increased awareness of the disorder among veterinarians.

The British and Dutch study team noted that bacteria have been found to be a cause of the disease in other...
J. Scott Weese, DVM, DACVIM

The bacterial isolate on the left plate is susceptible to the antimicrobials in all of the different discs on the plate, which prevents it from growing near the discs. The isolate on the right plate is resistant to all the antimicrobials and can therefore grow near the discs. (Photo by James Gathany of CDC)

A few years ago, the New Delhi metallobetalactamase-1 (NDM-1) antibiotic resistance gene attracted a lot of attention. This resistance gene can be found in (and...
In performance horses, there is always a question about exercise during breeding season, so research has been undertaken to answer this question. In the study, one group of mares were exercised at a long trot and canter for 30 minutes from 1-3 p.m. when the temperature was above 86 degrees Fahrenheit and humidity greater than 50 percent, while the control group of mares was not exercised. Results indicated that exercised mares developed smaller follicles and fewer embryos were recovered from exercised mares compared to non-exercised mares. Also, the exercised...

By now you know that diabetes mellitus is about a lack of insulin and a need to balance insulin given by injection with dietary nutrients, especially sugars, fats and proteins. Regardless of the patient's species, there are some basic principles that hold true for the dietary management of diabetes mellitus. First, the obvious: the pet must like the food and reliably eat it. For most diabetic dogs, the excessive appetite typical of the disease ensures this but after regulation is achieved and appetite is more normal, it is important that the dog eats on a...

To report outcomes in dogs with distal radial osteosarcoma (OSA) treated with metal endoprosthesis limb-sparing surgery and compare outcomes between 2 generations of endoprosthesis.

Multi-institutional retrospective case series.

Forty-five dogs with distal radial OSA treated with endoprosthesis and chemotherapy.

Data of dogs treated with either first-generation endoprosthesis (GEN1) or...
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To compare blood pressure measured noninvasively with an oscillometric device that involved use of a novel conical cuff and a traditional cylindrical blood pressure cuff.

17 adult hound-type dogs.

Dogs were anesthetized, and a 20-gauge, 1.5-inch catheter was inserted in the median sacral artery. The catheter was attached to a pressure transducer via fluid-filled noncompliant tubing, and direct blood pressure was recorded with a...