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December 2018
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Dear *|FNAME|*,

First of all, on behalf of FECAVA, I wish you a very happy and healthy 2019!
The start of a new month and a new year means it's time for our monthly news round-up:

December was a busy month for everyone, and it was no exception for FECAVA. A joint letter was sent to the European Commission asking for a better regulation on dog trade and another letter to e-Bay asking the company to discontinue the anonymous selling of puppies. Our members have been involved in other initiatives, too, and kudos go to our colleagues in Berlin for their highly visible public awareness campaign on healthy breeding.
Read about this and more below - and don't forget to check out our selection of free webinars and open access papers as well as our monthly book review.
Finally, it's my time to say good-bye: this last issue of 2018 is also my last issue as Editor of this newsletter.
It was a pleasure to keep you updated with FECAVA related news over the past years.
Thank you and good-bye!

Karin (Editor)

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Calls for better dog trade regulation

A joint letter highlighting the concerns of unregulated online trade of pets was signed by the three major European veterinary organisations (FVE, UEVP and FECAVA) last month, together with...

e-Bay asked to stop anonymous pet trade

FECAVA joined other veterinary and animal protection organisations in signing a letter asking e-Bay to end anonymous trading in pets on all its classified as sites. The letter, drafted by Four Paws...

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).

A new FECAVA membership card

To mark the occasion of the 25th FECAVA EuroCongress, to be held for the first time in the history of our organisation in St. Petersburg in Russia, the new membership card features Ivan Petrovich Pavlov who...

Extreme breeding campaign in Berlin

Regarding extreme breeding we needed a paradigm shift, concluded our colleague Heidermarie Ratsch, president of the Berlin Veterinary Chamber (Tierärztekammer Berlin) at the launch of...

FECAVA at EMA workshop

On December 6th 2018, FECAVA attended a workshop held by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) entitled “Regulatory science to 2025”. The purpose of the meeting was...

Apply for our FECAVA travel scholarship!

The FECAVA Travel Scholarship encourages small animal veterinarians to appreciate the differences in veterinary life in other European cultures. The initiative allows two groups of small animal vets...

The animal image: advertising guidelines

To help companies promote positive animal health and welfare across a range of species, the British Veterinary Association (BVA) has launched a set of pet advertising guidelines...

Gender discrimination in vet practice

Vets who think gender discrimination is a thing of the past should think again. Recent research on gender inequality and discrimination in the veterinary profession has found compelling evidence...

Germany: no puppies for Christmas

A pet for Christmas? Certainly not in Germany, if the country's largest animal shelters have anything to say about it. After December 15, anyone who turned up in shelters in major cities...

What Europeans know about antibiotics

It’s worrying. The 2018 findings of the Eurobarometer on the level of knowledge on antibiotics of the average European citizen are worrying. To assess their general knowledge...

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

In human medicine, books concerning anaesthetic and monitoring equipment have been published since the 1970s.
Veterinary anaesthesia is a very dynamic field and specialised equipment has become imperative to any practice. There was a stringent need for a structured, dedicated textbook on anaesthetic and monitoring equipment, presented in a practical comprehensive manner.
Veterinary Anesthetic and Monitoring Equipment is the first veterinary-specific resource, conceived to provide fundamental information regarding anaesthetic and monitoring equipment used in daily practice...
Free webinars
Below you find a selection of free (sponsored) webinars
and e-learning sessions that may be of interest.

Smart management of the OA patient

Chronic disease management of OA can be greatly improved and that this can be facilitated by the use of everyday SMART technology. The 1-hour webinar is presented by professor Stuart Carmichael BVMS MVM DSAO FRCVS, RCVS Recognised Specialist in Small Animal Orthopaedics, and is available upon demand from Hill's Pet Nutrition.

An update on feline hyperthyroidism

Feline Hyperthyroidism is a lifelong condition which requires careful understanding, appropriate veterinary treatment and management. Join Dechra on 22 January for a clinical update on the treatment of feline hyperthyroidism, including the latest information on Felimazole®. The 1-hour certificated CPD is presented by Anya Thurgood BVM&S MRCVS.

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 CertSAM DipECVIM-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. The webinars are now freely available upon demand.
Open Access Papers
Below you find a selection of recent open access papers
that may be of interest to you
'How may I help you?'
Analysis of Final Year Veterinary Students’ Telephone Communication Skills at a Veterinary Teaching Hospital
Vet Sci 2018, 5(4), 99
doi: 10.3390/vetsci5040099
Update on hypertension
ACVIM consensus statement: Guidelines for the identification, evaluation, and management of systemic hypertension in dogs and cats
JVIM 24 Oct 2018
doi: 10.1111/jvim.15331
ESBL in UK veterinary hospital staff
Prevalence of faecal carriage of extended-spectrum β-lactamase (ESBL)-producing Escherichia coli in veterinary hospital staff and students
Vet Record Open Vol. 6, Issue 1
doi: 10.1136/vetreco-2018-000307
Epilepsy and fear
Focal epilepsy with fear‐related behavior as primary presentation in Boerboel dogs
JVIM 22 Dec 2018
doi: 10.1111/jvim.15346
Predictors of CKD progression in dogs
Factors associated with survival in dogs with chronic kidney disease
JVIM 16 Oct 2018
doi: 10.1111/jvim.15322
Having a pet reduces the risk of allergy
Pet-keeping in early life reduces the risk of allergy in a dose-dependent fashion
PlosOne, Dec19, 2018
doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0208472
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