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April 2018
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Dear <<First Name>>,

We all know it: pets are good for us! They lower the heart rate, relieve depression, decrease hypertension and the risk of obesity and allergies. Together with Animal Health Europe and the Federation of Veterinarians of Europe, FECAVA produced an infographic to raise awareness about the benefits and responsibilities of pet ownership.
Furthermore, this year's BSAVA congress was the occasion for FECAVA to raise awareness about healthy breeding, with an airflow-reduction mask to simulate brachy breathing.

Read about this and more - and check out our selection of free webinars and open access papers as well as our monthly book review. Enjoy!

Karin (Editor)

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Pets are good for you!

Vets and the animal medicines industry joined forces on World Animal Vaccination Day (20 April) to remind Europe’s 80 million pet-owning households of the importance of vaccination, a cornerstone of responsible pet ownership.
Highlighting the increasing trend for bringing pets into our homes in Europe, and recalling the many benefits that pets bring us, AnimalhealthEurope, FVE and FECAVA published a joint infographic to remind animal owners of the need to keep up both primary and booster vaccines.
'An important part of the 'annual health check' is ensuring that pets are appropriately protected...

BOAS: sharing resources

Raising awareness about health and welfare issues related to excessive breeding traits is important to FECAVA. It now has pooled the campaign resources of its members. In the meantime...

Free T-shirt design!

The FECAVA T-shirt design is now freely available to all! The design helps drawing attention to the compromised welfare of many brachycephalic dogs. It can be transferred to T-shirts, sweatshirts and banners of all colours and sizes. In return please post the result on Facebook! Contact the FECAVA office to receive the free template.
Fifth, sixth and seventh in our series of Postcards from the Past, with memories of Estonia, shared by past FECAVA presidents. By the way, have you registered yet for the EuroCongress in Tallinn?

Our scholarship students!

Congratulations to the ten students who have been selected as recipients of the FECAVA Student Scholarship!
FECAVA will contribute towards their travel and accommodation expenses (to a value of €300), allowing them to attend the 2018 FECAVA EuroCongress in Tallinn from 14-16 June.
The lucky ones are: Egle Rap (Lithuania)...

Colistin found in rescue dogs - again

Mcr-1 mediated colistin resistance was detected again in Finland from two rescue dogs imported recently from Russia. Merja Rantala, specialist in infectious diseases at the veterinary faculty in Helsinki reports...

EU survey on best AMR guidelines

Do antibiotic use guidelines work? To find out, a questionnaire has been launched by the European joint action on antimicrobial resistance and healthcare associated infections (EU-JAMRAI)...

'Your are responsible'

'You are responsible' (#EresResponsable) is the slogan of the Spanish campaign to raise awareness about responsible pet ownership. The campaign includes guide books, posters and...

FECAVA T-shirt draw at BSAVA

Congrats to Jo Winestone on winning one of our T-shirts at BSAVA Congress early April! For those who didn't win, contact us to get the free template to print your own!

Sweden: Operated brachys cannot breed

Good news from Sweden! Since April 10th, the Swedish Kennel Club (SKK) will no longer register puppies born from a brachycephalic dog that has undergone airway surgery.  Breeding of dogs with disability is not...

If only I could breathe...

At Bsava Congress, UK vet Emma Milne (from VetsAgainstBrachycephalism) tried out the Fecava airflow restriction mask that mimics brachycephalic breathing. Here's what she found... (PS check out the T-shirt design!)

April Fool's!

On the occasion of this year's April Fool's Day, FECAVA president Wolfgang Dohne tried to convince viewers of the arrival of new microchip technology that would allow dogs to pay for their own consult, pet food and even treat their owners to a cup of coffee!
Did you fall for it? Watch it again here.

World Veterinary Day Award 2018

28 April is World Veterinary Day. To celebrate, the World Veterinary Association (WVA) and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) are organising the World Veterinary Day Award to reward the most successful contribution by the veterinary profession on the selected theme for 2018.

ACOVENE meeting at BSAVA

Providing an accredited conference for veterinary nurses in Romania – that was the goal of the recent meeting between Robert Popa, FECAVA Director for Romania and president of RoSAVA/AMVAC, at right, and Julie Dugmore, Lily Lipman and Krista Arnold (FECAVA Director for the UK), far left, representing ACOVENE. The meeting in Birmingham focused on...

Vets in Europe: Janne

Estonian veterinarian and outgoing FECAVA Director Janne Orro features in this month's article of Vets in Europe, brought to you in collaboration with the BSAVA's Companion magazine.
Janne also sits on the organising committee of the 24th FECAVA EuroCongress in Tallinn. In this article, she sheds some light on her activities as a companion animal practitioner in Estonia and orchid enthusiast.
Elena Chichinadze - obituary

Elena Chichinadze, our enthusiastic and active Director for GeoSAVA, passed away last month.
In this 2-page obituary, her colleagues and friends Davit Nanobashvili and Vladlen Ushakov pay tribute to this extraordinary lady.


Greetings from Prague

From Prague, an invitation to attend the FECAVA EuroCongress 2018 comes from Czech FECAVA director Milos Urban! From the Charles Bridge on the Vltava, he invites you to sign up for the EuroCongress in Tallinn next June. Register now for congress if you haven't done so yet!
Book review
By Caroline Blundell, UK
I leapt on the chance to review this volume! Feline Anesthesia and Pain Management provides a welcome and very valuable addition to the gradually expanding feline canon. Recent similar publications are often focused on dogs, the last similar veterinary textbook (Anaesthesia of the Cat, edited by Hall and Taylor) being published in 1994.
With increasing numbers of cats under our care, and in a subject where our knowledge has improved and our understanding of species differences
Free webinars
Below you find a selection of free (sponsored) webinars
that may be of interest.

Cats' mouths: relieving the pain and stress

Vets are being offered the opportunity to register for a free webinar tackling cats' oral health and comfort. Organised by the International Society of Feline Medicine, the webinar will be held on 26 April and presented by Matthew OxfordBVM&S GPCert(SAS) MRCVS. The webinar is sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim.

Free educational 'marathon' on ageing pets

Hattie Syme, Kirstie Seksel, Valerie Parker and many other 'household' names will give presentations around 'the ageing pet', including chronic kidney disease, cognitive dysfunction and chachexia of elderly dogs and cats. Organised by Hill's petfood, the 24-hour online educational marathon will be held on 27 and 28 April (also as livestream).

Mistakes we make on social media

'Top mistakes veterinarians make with social media' is the topic of the online lecture presented by Justine Lee (also known as VETgirl on social media) during Hill's (online) global symposium on 27 and 28 April (also as livestream). Other IT-related topics include the do's and don'ts of e-commerce and dealing with Dr Google.

Dr Google: unfair competition?

'Why is Dr Google so popular - and should vets be worried?' is the topic of the online lecture presented by Zoe Belshaw during Hill's global symposium on 27 and 28 April, which is accessible online (livestream here!). Zoe will also give a presentation on understanding poor owner compliance in elderly pets. For other online topics, see webinar above.

Approach to the difficult diabetic cat

This online lecture will help you understand why a diabetic cat may not be responding appropriately to insulin and learn how to investigate and manage these cases. The webinar is presented by Stijn Niessen and David Church. The video and slides documents can be downloaded. It is part of the library of the Boehringer Academy.

Free webinars on cytology

Veterinarians can sign up for a four-part webinar series on dermatology and cytology (and veterinary nurses for two webinars covering practical cytology). Written and presented by dermatology specialists Tim Nuttall and Ariane Neuber, the webinars have been created in affiliation with Norbrook’s Betafus. The first webinar started on 22 February.
Open Access Papers
Below you find a selection of recent open access papers
that may be of interest to you
Ultrasound for diagnosing diarrhoea?
How useful is abdominal ultrasonography in dogs with diarrhoea?
JSAP Vol 59(1) Jan 2018: 32-37
doi: 10.1111/jsap.12780
Underlying causes of chronic otitis
A study to evaluate the primary causes associated with Pseudomonas otitis in 60 dogs
JSAP Vol 59(4) Apr2018: 238-242
doi: 10.1111/jsap.12813
Value of preclinical HCM in cats
International collaborative study to assess cardiovascular risk and evaluate long‐term health in cats with preclinical hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and apparently healthy cats: The REVEAL Study
JVIM (2018) 1-14
doi: 10.1111/jvim.15122
Staging canine OA
Face validity of a proposed tool for staging canine osteoarthritis: Canine OsteoArthritis Staging Tool (COAST)
Vet J Vol. 235, May 2018, 1-8
doi: 10.1016/j.tvjl.2018.02.017
Are castrated dogs more agressive?
Aggression toward Familiar People, Strangers, and Conspecifics in Gonadectomized and Intact Dogs
Front Vet Sci, 26 Feb 2018
doi: 10.3389/fvets.2018.00018
Prognostic factors for GDV
Cell-Free DNA, High-Mobility Group Box-1, and Procalcitonin Concentrations in Dogs With Gastric Dilatation–Volvulus Syndrome
Front Vet Sci, 09 Apr 2018
doi: 10.3389/fvets.2018.00067
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