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Last month in this Editorial section FECAVA Vice President, Denis Novak, discussed the importance of continued learning, both clinical and non-clinical. Part of this learning process, which is for our own development and that of the practice, is enhanced by learning from each other. This is why so many of us enjoy attending conferences and congresses; not only do we absorb new knowledge through the lectures we attend but that knowledge is consolidated by discussing cases and problems with our veterinary colleagues between or after lectures.
For an even better opportunity to discuss and share learnings with each other, what could be better than visiting a veterinary practice in another country?
FECAVA hosts a travel scholarship, kindly sponsored by Laboklin, which helps fund small animal veterinarians to experience veterinary life in a different country for a few days. So, if you fancy travelling to visit new colleagues working in practice elsewhere in Europe and learn more about what they do, how their practise is set up and experience their local culture then look at the FECAVA website. The closing date for applications is 1st July 2019

The FECAVA Directors met in Zagreb at the 5th Croatian Congress for Small Animal Veterinary Practitioners. Some of the working groups that met were: CE Accreditation, Vector Working Group, Policy Committee, Welfare in Practice, and Mental Health & Wellbeing. If there is anything you would like us to discuss please contact your Association.

Until next month… enjoy all the opportunities you can to read and learn more; the more knowledge we gather the better equipped we are to tackle challenges we face.
Dr Tricia Colville
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Feline Soft Tissue and General Surgery
The book is divided into 7 sections. The first considers perioperative care for the feline surgical patient.The final 4 sections provide detailed coverage of surgery by anatomic location, describing common surgical procedures in a practical method, illustrated with many schematic diagrams and photographs.
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Small Animal Soft Tissue Surgery

The entire book is written in a question-and-answer format, with clinical cases, illustrated with a picture, a brief clinical history and from time to time some information about the clinical examination. This is followed by one, two or three questions about the case. The answers can be found on the next page.
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Small Animal Surgical Emergencies

Small Animal Surgical Emergencies should find a place on the shelf of all general practitioners with a special interest in surgery and critical care. Surgical residents will find this book especially useful to form themselves into good surgeons and as ancillary study material for board examinations.
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FECAVA Council Meeting
FECAVA council meeting was held at the end of March within Croatian Congress of Small Animal Veterinary Practitioners.
We discussed many interesting topics and projects (Animal Welfare, Global Pet Obesity Initiative, Medicines, Vector Borne Diseases infographics, BSAVA – library, Mental Health, etc.) and listened to reports from WSAVA, FVE and UEVP. Next council meeting will take place at FECAVA EuroCongress in St. Petersburg this September.
Antibiotic Use Guidelines for Companion Animal Practice from the Danish Veterinary Association in English
 Danish colleagues translated their guidelines for antibiotic usage in English so we can all benefit from them in achieving the best possible clinical response with the lowest risk of antibiotic resistance.
The publication covers recommendations for treatment of all main body systems with highlights on the treatment duration, which is in many cases recommended shorter than in the past following evidence from human medicine.

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NEW FECAVA's Factsheet on Ehrlichiosis
Would you fancy a quick overview of facts about the disease, that would help you recognize and diagnose it faster? FECAVA has published a factsheet on Ehrlichia in dogs, that provides essential information on transmission, diagnosis, therapy and prevention of the disease. That is already FECAVA's seventh factsheet on canine vector-borne diseases.
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World Veterinary Day Award 2019
April 27th is World Veterinary Day, and this year it is dedicated to “Value of Vaccination”. WVA (World Veterinary Association) and HealthforAnimals offer an award to one WVA Member Association which has undertaken activities related to this year’s theme. Applications are due by May 27th 2019.

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Reading on brachycephalic breeds
The popularity of brachycephalic breeds is encouraging several studies on this topic:
- research from RVC shows, that French bulldogs are more likely to suffer from difficult births than crossbred dogs:
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- Australian veterinarians and veterinary specialists have published an extensive article (with open access) about consequences and management of canine brachycephaly in veterinary practice:
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The Blue Dog seminar in Giessen, Germany
German Veterinary Association (DVG) is announcing the practical seminar for vets on “The Blue Dog” – bite prevention program for three- to six-year-old children. The seminar will be held on April 10th 2019 in Giessen.
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The tripartite organisations launched a guide to addressing zoonotic diseases
Zoonotic diseases have major impacts on human health and also animal health and welfare. With extensive trading and traveling they are spreading and posing a worldwide concern. To support countries in dealing with this problem, FAO, OIE and WHO launched a guide “Taking a multisectoral, One Health approach: A Tripartite Guide to Addressing Zoonotic Diseases in Countries”.

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Impacts of Brexit on Veterinary medicine
Since it is unclear what will happen after the UK leaves the EU, BVA established a Brexit Working group. They published a report with recommendations and vision for different fields of veterinary profession, with the goal to maintain current standards, while seizing the opportunity to improve them. Besides that, documents on the following link can help you prepare for a “No Deal” Brexit:
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Brexit could also have great influence on pet traveling to Europe. How to prepare a pet for traveling if the UK leaves the EU with or without a deal? Check for more >>>
Petition: Pet theft reform
UK residents can sign the petition, which proposes to amend the Animal Welfare Act to make pet theft a specific offense and not deal with it in the same way as with inanimate objects. Fear and distress of the pet and owners should be considered when making sentence. Deadline for signing the petition is September 13th 2019.

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FVE Animal Welfare Working Group is saying goodbye
After three years, the FVE Animal Welfare Working Group had its final meeting in March. The new group starts after summer. Thank you for your great work!
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Suffrage Science Awards 2019
Professor Tiny de Keuster, European Veterinary Specialist in Behavioural Medicine, “mother” and chairman of “The Blue Dog” program, is one of 12 women from across the world awarded at the Engineering & Physical Sciences Suffrage Science Awards 2019. The awardees are chosen by the previous award holders for their scientific achievements and the ability to inspire others. Congratulations!
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German Veterinary Association is taking action against extreme breeding
In collaboration with other veterinary organization, GSAVA produced a flyer “Not sweet but tortured”, to educate the public about the problems brought by the brachycephalic syndrome.

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New Dutch law on flat-faced dog breeds
The Netherlands is taking a step ahead by announcing new breeding regulations on flat-faced dogs. They will specify the minimum length of the dog’s snout in relation to the skull size and other similar rules for some harmful hereditary features that make those dogs suffer terribly. This will have a major impact on characteristics of brachycephalic breeds.

New FVE position papers
FVE published various position papers in March. One of them is Position on Ehinococcus multiocularis, one of five parasites that pose the highest risk for human health; hence important from »one health« perspective. Echinococcus is still prevalent in large part of Europe, so FVE recommends new legislation for its treatment.
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Position on dangerous dogs is directed into dog bite injuries, which have recently received increased publicity. They can be caused by various factors, so FVE believes that the measures implemented in preventing and controlling dog aggression should be directed at the individual dog and its owner.Check for more >>>
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Welfare story
Peppa is a young English setter that was found abandoned under a bridge in Gračanica, Kosovo. The shelter workers found her lying motionless on the floor as she was not able to move. Judging by her appearance (enlarged nipples), they immediately suspected that she had already had several litters of pups in her short life.
She was fortunate that they immediately took her in, found her a temporary foster home and brought her to a vet. She was withered with merely 13 kg.


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