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Summer 2018
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Dear <<First Name>>,
We've got great news lined up for you in this issue: new practice posters on antibiotic use, with a new poster on hand hygiene were launched last month. FECAVA has also been busy on the extreme breeding front: not only was the position paper on healthy breeding adopted, FECAVA also produced an infographic, went to discuss the issue at the European Parliament and spoke out against the use of flat-faced dogs in film.
As for the 24th EuroCongress held in Tallinn last month, nothing was left to chance by the organisers: the lectures, the setting, the social programme, the singing and the wonderful weather! Read more about it in this issue.

Finally don't forget to check out our selection of free webinars and open access papers as well as our monthly book review. Have a great summer!

Karin (Editor)

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EP Magazine covers event

The event on extreme breeding at the European Parliament co-organised by FECAVA was covered by the Parliament Magazine. Click here to read the the pdf of the article ‘Health before looks’.

Extreme breeding of pets discussed at EU Parliament

Extreme breeding and how to tackle it was the topic of the lunch discussion held at the European Parliament in Brussels on 26 June. The event was hosted by Members of the European Parliament Petras Austrevicius and Marlene Mizzi, and jointly organised by FECAVA, the FVE and the EU Cat and Dog Alliance. Here's Nancy De Briyne (FVE) showing the infographic on extreme breeding produced by FVE and FECAVA.

New practice posters

Four practice posters and a new hygiene poster were launched at the EuroCongress in Tallinn. The posters – four updates and a new addition – aim to help raise awareness about antimicrobial resistance, good hygiene practices and the appropriate use of antibiotics in pets:...

EuroCongress news roundup

Over 1200 congress participants from 44 countries gathered in sunny Tallinn, Estonia last month for the 24th FECAVA EuroCongress, hosted by EVS.
For an overview of events, awards and highlights, click here.
For the photo gallery, click here.

Film: Vets voice concerns

The FVE and FECAVA have voiced their concern about the promotion of flat-faced dogs in films and social media, as this is likely to boost consumer demand for such dogs.
Recent reactions were prompted by the announcement of the upcoming Disney film ‘Patrick’, in which a pug plays a feature role.

Now available: infographic

The FVE and FECAVA produced a two-sided infographic on extreme breeding, summarising the main points of the joint FVE/FECAVA position paper on healthy breeding. On page 1, the infographic explains the issue and the consequences for dogs, owners and society. On page 2, a number of recommendations are given for each stakeholder group.

Global access to vet drugs

The WSAVA has launched a campaign to secure equal access to veterinary therapeutics for veterinarians around the world. Its position statement was co-signed by FECAVA and 10 WSAVA member associations have endorsed it so far, including ESAVA , HCAVS, NACAM and PSAVA. The WSAVA Therapeutics Guidelines Group spearheads the campaign...

Tiina Toomet wins Didier Carlotti Award

Tiina Toomet, winner of the 2018 Didier Carlotti Award, flanked by FECAVA president Wolfgang Dohne and chair of the DCA jury Claude Béata at the ceremony in Tallinn (photo © Kristi Kamenik).

VetCEE accepts management programmes

VetCEE, the European veterinary continuing education programme accreditation system is now accepting submissions for programmes on veterinary practice management. To that purpose...

Travel scholarship awarded

UK FECAVA Director Krista Arnold receiving the cheque for the FECAVA Laboklin travel scholarship from Elisabeth Mueller on behalf of this year's recipients from Glasgow and Palma de Mallorca. At left, FECAVA president Wolfgang Dohne. (photo © Kristi Kamenik).

Ulrike Tewes receives Athenian helmet

During the FECAVA EuroCongress, FECAVA office manager Ulrike Tewes received the Athenian helmet. The accolade is presented twice yearly by the President for dedicated services by a member of the FECAVA family.

ACOVENE reaccredits nursing courses

Two veterinary nursing courses have been reaccredited by the Accreditation Committee of Veterinary Nurses Education. Krista Arnold gave an update of the Committee’s activities on 16 June during...

Norway limits the importation of strays

On 13 June, the Norwegian Food Safety Authority announced a change in the rules for importing dogs to Norway. Dogs must now have been owned and housed for at least 6 months by a pet owner in the country of origin...

FECAVA now on LinkedIn

To extend its professional network and to increase its contact with members across Europe, FECAVA is now on LinkedIn!
Link up with our FECAVA LinkedIn page here.

Want to attend BSAVA congress in 2019?

Does going to BSAVA congress exceed your budget but you'd still like to go? If you're member of FECAVA you can apply for a travel scholarship! Contact our UK member association BSAVA to find out more.
Kiibi koerad, kiibi kassid (chip your dog, chip your cat)... was sung by the "biggest companion animal veterinary choir" during the Fecava Eurocongress 2018 Tallinn on Friday 15 June, on the steps of Tallinn City Hall. Click here for the lyrics. (video © Lemmik Postimees)

Vets in Europe: Gizem

Turkish veterinarian and FECAVA Director Gizem Taktak features in this month's article of International Spotlight, brought to you in collaboration with the BSAVA's Companion magazine. In this article, she describes life as a companion animal practitioner in Istanbul and shares her passion of rehoming strays.
Book review
 
By Yvonne van Zeeland, the Netherlands
Ever since the first issue of the Exotic Animal Formulary made its entry into the veterinary literature in 1996, it has been – and still remains – an invaluable source of information for any veterinarian dealing with exotic animals.
The variety of species kept as pets has grown tremendously over the years, thereby requiring veterinarians to consolidate their knowledge of exotic animal medicine and surgery and develop an informed clinical approach to these patients. With each species having its own unique anatomical and physiological characteristics...
Free webinars
Below you find a selection of free (sponsored) webinars
that may be of interest.

Extending healthy life in your feline patients

In her webinar on October 16th, Nathalie Dowgray will walk us through: The essentials in senior cat consultations; Recognising the major ‘alarm bells ’ of age related disease you’ll encounter and more subtle signs of general ageing; Mapping the ageing process. You’ll have an opportunity to ask questions to help refine your approach to cats over 7 years of age.

Rabbit anaesthesia

Jurox has produced a series of five short online lectures called 'remarkable rabbit anaesthesia'. From booking in rabbits and pre-anaesthetic planning to recovery and discharging the rabbit patient, the series are accompanied by a free best-practice guidance on rabbit anaesthesia. Presented by Susan Ewards.

Weight loss without obvious clinical signs

This online lecture will help you understand the common clinical conditions that cause weight loss in cats and how to identify and treat them in practice. Presented by Sarah Caney and brought to you in association with the ISFM. The video and slides documents can be downloaded. It is part of the library of the Boehringer Academy.

The significance of a heart murmur

The session describes what to do when you hear a murmur at auscultation in a apparently healthy cats, and covers prevalence, significance and diagnosis. Presented by Virginia Luis Fuentes, the online seminar is part of the e-learning programme of the cardio academy of CEVA's e-learning programme.
Open Access Papers
Below you find a selection of recent open access papers
that may be of interest to you
Cleft palate repair
Management of Cleft Palate in Puppies Using A Temporary Prosthesis: A Report of Three Cases
Vet Sci 2018, 5(3), 61
doi: 10.3390/vetsci5030061
Expert opinion on Lyme disease
ACVIM consensus update on Lyme borreliosis in dogs and cats
J Vet Intern Med. 2018;32:887-903
doi: 10.1111/jvim.15085
Medical management of blocked ureters
Feline ureteral obstructions Part 1: medical management
JSAP 16 May 2018
doi: 10.1111/jsap.12844
The role of inflammation in CCLD
Inflammatory pattern of the infrapatellar fat pad in dogs with canine cruciate ligament disease
BMC Vet Res 201814:161
doi: 10.1186/s12917-018-1488-y
Surgical management of blocked ureters
Feline ureteral obstructions Part 2: surgical management
JSAP 16 May 2018
doi: 10.1111/jsap.12861
Are dogs with pain more noise sensitive?
Noise Sensitivities in Dogs: An Exploration of Signs in Dogs with and without Musculoskeletal Pain Using Qualitative Content Analysis
Front Vet Sci, 13 February 2018
doi: 10.3389/fvets.2018.00017
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