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EDITORIAL

As a veterinarian, you can work in clinical practice or do veterinary research; work for pharmaceutical companies or education providers; at zoos or animal welfare agencies, or even in government services and development agencies across the globe. By studying veterinary medicine, you will earn a recognized qualification. But if you want to move to a higher level, your development should continue after you have gained your qualifications.

FECAVA organized a number of European continuing education courses in the 1990s and in early 2000s. Setting up VetCEE (Veterinary Continuous Education) was crucial for developing standards or structured CPD and for its recognition throughout Europe.

It has also contributed to the elaboration of competencies for VetCEE accreditation for providers of companion animal programs. FECAVA strives to improve the veterinary care of pets through professional development.

Continuing education should explore every possible way on how to enhance our clinical skills; ways to improve our patient’s welfare; how to deal with ethically difficult situations and how to decide on the best career to improve the life of animals. Experienced speakers from all over the world should guide us through important, tough and controversial issues that we, as students or new graduates, may not even be aware of.

Finding a way to get nonclinical subjects as part of CPD programs is a necessary component of veterinary education. Modern veterinary education needs to incorporate interpersonal, communication and leadership skills. Therefore, a change in the veterinary clinic is essential. It's necessary to keep up with innovations, with new approaches in practice management, as well as with all-encompassing concepts. No matter what the change is, you need to dive right in; get the team on board and make some moves which will take you as far as you want to go.


Denis Novak, DVM, MRCVS
FECAVA Vice President
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NEWS

In February, Belgium, Croatia, Serbia and Slovenia
presented themselves on FECAVA Facebook page.

BVA’s first survey of discrimination in the veterinary professions
Looks like discrimination is still an issue in veterinary professions. That is why British Veterinary Association (BVA) has launched a questionnaire to gather experiences of discrimination. The goal is to invite anonymous vets, vet nurses, students and other veterinary professionals to write about their experiences. It is important to know the right extent of a problem in order to make a meaningful change.
Respiratory Function Grading Scheme launched by The Kennel Club and University of Cambridge
The new scheme assesses dogs for the presence and severity of a breathing problem known as BOAS (Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome). The scheme is currently available for Pugs, French Bulldogs and Bulldogs and aims to improve the health and welfare for new generations of dogs.

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Legislation passed to allow RCVS to recognise quality-assured European veterinary degrees
A Statutory Instrument was passed to allow the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons to continue to register veterinary surgeons from the European Economic Area (EEA) after Brexit. Applicants holding a degree that meets the requirements of RCVS need no further assessment of their skill and knowledge. If the applicant does not hold such a degree, they must undertake and pass a professional examination.
A Survey about the Well Being of the Flemish Veterinarians
SAVAB Flanders and the University of Brussels did a survey with Flemish veterinarians to recognize how many practicing and non-practicing veterinarians have a high risk for burnout. The following leading causes of the burnout were identified: work-life balance, financial pressure, emotional load, as well as work content.
See detailed results:

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New resources for polish veterinary clinicians
Polish Small Animal Veterinary Association in cooperation with Laboklin published a new booklet on congenital malformations and hereditary diseases of dogs and cats. 
Polish vets can also benefit from new smartphone application with veterinary medicines database. Read more (in the Polish language)
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FVE Medicines Working Group met at the beginning of February
With the new Regulation for veterinary medicines and medicated feed adopted, FVE Medicines Working Group now focuses on implementing and delegated acts in following years. For a better understanding of the new regulations they are preparing Infographics for vets in practice. Working group will follow developments on subjects with high importance for the veterinary procession, such as: criteria for banning antibiotics for use in animals and guidelines on oral medication, as well as the involvement in all ongoing consultations regarding recently proposed re-classification of antimicrobials for animal use by AMEG.
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Position Paper on Euthanasia by the Swiss Association for Small Animal Medicine (SVK-ASMPA)
The decision for or against euthanasia is based on an individual’s animal quality of life which is not always simple to asses. Swiss Association for Small Animal Medicine (SVK-ASMPA) published a Position paper “Euthanasia – fortunately, a difficult decision! ” to help veterinarians and pet owners decide when is the right time to say goodbye to their pets.
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Spain and Italy launch electronic veterinary prescriptions
Italy and Spain have launched an electronic prescription system for veterinarians. It will allow better traceability, consumption measurement and will also help improve prudent use of antibiotics. Based on European Surveillance of Veterinary Antimicrobial Consumption, Cyprus, Spain, and Italy are all listed as the top three highest consuming countries of antibiotics, but in no significant correlation between veterinary prescriptions and sales
Check PrescriVet (Spain) >>>
Check Ricetta elettronica (Italy) >>>
ABCD & Boehringer Ingelheim Young Scientist Award 2019
The European Advisory Board on Cat Diseases (ABCD) and Boehringer Ingelheim will reward young professionals that work in the field of feline infectious diseases and/or applied immunology. Candidates from Europe, ideally under 35 years of age, whose work has been published or accepted for publication in 2017 or later, can apply by 15 April 2019. More at:
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BSAVA gives free library access to vets in developing nations
With free access to BSAVA's »Foundation Collection«, WSAVA strives for improving the availability of affordable continuing education in emerging countries around the globe. In partnership with FECAVA, free access is available for veterinarians from Albania, Armenia, Belarus, Macedonia and Montenegro and others.

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Third OIE Annual report on antimicrobial agents intended for use in animals
As part of Global Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance, OIE has developed a voluntary data collection system on the use of antimicrobial agents in animals. The data, collected from 2015 to 2017 in 155 participating countries, was analysed and published in third report. The report shows positive global progress on regulation and monitoring of antimicrobial use in animals.
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OIE photo competition
The OIE is holding its annual photo competition from 15 February to 15 April 2019. The jury will award photos that best depict the reality of the work carried out by animal health and welfare players. You can participate with up to 5 photos from different themes about animal health and welfare.

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READY? ACTION!
CLINICAL ARTICLE
Let's talk about ...
 
Medical treatment of
canine seizures


with

Thomas Flegel

DipACVIM (Neurology), DipECVN
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BOOK REVIEWS
BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Neurology

The BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Neurology is an excellent book for both those starting as neurologists and general practitioners interested in veterinary neurology. The strength of the book and difference from other two mentioned is that it is written by the leading specialists of different areas of veterinary neurology.

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Veterinary Neuroanatomy (A clinical approach)

This book will an in-depth insight to neuroanatomy through 13 detailed chapters. The text chapters are allocated the usual topics e.g. the reflexes and motor systems, the cerebellum, the cranial nerves, but there are three chapters devoted to the functional considerations and the final chapter dealing with neurological examination and lesion localization.

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Practical Guide to Canine and Feline Neurology

The third edition of the Practical Guide to Canine and Feline Neurology is an updated edition of the previous book. The layout of the book is such that can be used as a quick reference but also for comprehensive in-depth documentation about certain neurology subject.

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WELFARE STORY
Meet a volunteer group of young veterinarians from Slovenia SVSP - Slovenian Vets for Stray Pets who spend their free time and annual holidays taking care of stray and abandoned animals in the Balkans, on Cyprus, and in Spain. In the four years of operating they have worked on 34 projects, spayed 1014 bitches, 289 female cats, neutered 576 dogs, 115 male cats, 10 donkeys, 2 horses and carried out 350 other surgical interventions; which totals in 2356 procedures altogether.
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