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November 2018
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Dear <<First Name>>,
I don't know about you - but judging by the muddy paw prints in my home, autumn has truly arrived! Time for our munthly news round-up:
November was a busy month for the FECAVA board: first in Rome, representing companion animal vets at the general assemblies of the Federation of Veterinarians of Europe and of the Union of European Veterinary Practitioners.
Later, Ann Criel took part in two meetings on illegal online dog trade in Brussels while president Wolfgang Dohne and past-president Jerzy Gawor attended the 26th PSLWMZ congress of our Polish colleagues in Łódź. And oh yes, there's also a new fact sheet out! Read more about this and other FECAVA news below.
And don't forget to check out our selection of free webinars and open access papers as well as our monthly book review.
Karin (Editor)

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Anaplasmosis factsheet

Out now: the latest new 2-page factsheet, this time on Anaplasmosis, produced by the FECAVA working group on Canine Vector-Borne Diseases, published in collaboration with ESCCAP and ESDA.
Download it from the website here!
Next up: Babesiosis (Ehrlichiosis).

FVE meeting in Rome

‘Embracing change’ could well have been the topic of the general assembly meetings of the Union of European Veterinary Practitioners (UEVP) and of the Federation of Veterinarians of Europe (FVE), early November in Rome. Corporate practices, telemedicine, Brexit...
FECAVA was represented by president Wolfgang Dohne, honorary secretary Ann Criel and treasurer Danny Holmes.      Read more

Great FECAVA promotion in Ukraine

The Conference of Veterinary Dermatology held in Kiev, November 1-3 was the occasion for the Ukraine Small Animal Veterinary Association (USAVA) to promote FECAVA, and share its values and positions. Ukraine’s FECAVA Director Natalia Ignatenko...

Discussing illegal puppy trade

In November, Fecava participated in two events related to the online-trade of animals. The Illegal Online Puppy Trade: towards a safer EU for animals and people online was the theme of the 22 November meeting attended by Ann Criel, and organised...

UK proposes 'non-prescription' forms

A form to support client communication in consultations where no antibiotic is required has been developed on the occasion of the European Antibiotic Awareness Day. Developed by the British Small Animal...

Lithuania: raising awareness on brachys

On 4 October, our Lithuanian colleagues (LSAVA) organised a Dog welfare conference together with the Lithuanian cynological society. Lithuanian FECAVA Director Viktorija Lokianskiene...

2018 Antibiotic awareness day

European Antibiotic Awareness Day, held on 18 November, is an annual veterinary and public health initiative to raise awareness about the threat of antibiotic resistance and the importance of...

26th PSAVA congress in Łódź

In November, FECAVA president Wolfgang Dohne and past president Jerzy Gawor were in Łódź (Poland) to attend the 26th congress of the Polish Small Animal Veterinary Association. Wolfgang met up with friends Ingrid Hang and Olga Sjatkovskaja.

One Health research travel scholarships

Interested in One Health research but unsure how to fund it? Apply now for the 2019 Travelling Fellowships Programme offered by the Soulsby Foundation. On 3 November (One Health Day)...

3 November: celebrating One Health Day

The goal of One Health Day (3 November) is to raise awareness about the many links between animals, humans and the environment, not just of health but also of wellbeing. For FECAVA, this includes...

FECAVA working group on mental health

10 October was World Mental Health Day. FECAVA recognises the importance of maximising wellbeing in the workplace. With this in mind, FECAVA has established a new working group...

FECAVA 2019 in St Petersburg, Russia!

The next FECAVA Congress will be held in St. Petersburg, Russia from 4-7 September, 2019. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit one of the most beautiful cities in the world, listen to the lectures of the world's best speakers and look into the future of veterinary science. Find out more!

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.
Book review
By Vesela Elenkova, Bulgaria
This is a wonderful book, which definitely should be in the library of all small animal and mixed animal practices.
In this second edition of Ophthalmic disease in veterinary medicine, the authors have done an excellent job, using text, illustrations and marvellous clinical images to equip the practicing veterinarian with the tools to examine, interpret, diagnose and treat common diseases of the eye.
This new second edition has advanced significantly in materials and methods since the previous edition...
Free webinars
Below you find a selection of free (sponsored) webinars
and e-learning sessions that may be of interest.

Geriatric cats: osteoarthritis and more

The International Society of Feline Medicine invites you to a webinar on the challenges of geriatric cats with Sarah Caney BVSc PhD DSAM (Feline) MRCVS.
The 1-hour webinar will take place on 17 December and is sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim.

It's not just itchy skin...

Anita Patel BVM CertSAD DVD MRCVS RCVS Recognised Specialist in Dermatology will talk about the role of essential fatty acids in barrier function and inflammation, the best management options for atopic dermatitis using EFAs. The webinar, suitable for vets and nurses, is sponsored by Lintbells Veterinary.

Taking the pain out of OA consultations

This short video offers tips to help engage owners on the subject of arthritis, and was produced by Elanco Animal Health together with Zoe Belshaw MA Vet MB PhD Cert Sam Dip ECVIM-CA AFHEA MRCVS. To access the suite of assets, including an OA management plan, social media posts and an infographic to help owners spot OA, click here.

Preventive Care: Strategies for Success

Routine preventive care visits offer the best chance to detect and prevent disease as early as possible. During this presentation by Idexx, Graham Bilbrough will discuss evidence-based medicine that supports clinical examinations and blood testing for healthy adult pets of all ages. Dates: 13 or 18 December.
Open Access Papers
Below you find a selection of recent open access papers
that may be of interest to you
Early neuter impact in Dachshunds
Neuter status as a risk factor for canine intervertebral disc herniation (IVDH) in dachshunds: a retrospective cohort study
Canine Gen Epidem (2018)5:11
Zoonoses in Europe
Zoonoses under our noses
Microbes and Infection 8 June 2018
Client loyalty
The Dimensions of Pet-Owner Loyalty and the Relationship with Communication, Trust, Commitment and Perceived Value
Vet. Sci. 2018, 5(4), 95
Low-stress transport
Carrier training cats reduces stress on transport to a veterinary practice
Appl Anim Behav Sci Vol 206: 64-74
doi: 10.1016/j.applanim.2018.05.025
Diagnosing Syringomyelia
Clinical Application of Diagnostic Imaging of Chiari-Like Malformation and Syringomyelia
Front Vet Sci 28 Nov 2018
doi: 10.3389/fvets.2018.00280
Prescription behaviour in Spain
Antimicrobial Prescriptions for Dogs in the Capital of Spain
Front Vet Sci 04 Dec 2018
doi: 10.3389/fvets.2018.00309
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