Cat Watch UK

Cat Watch UK

Coming Soon to Britain’s Streets

Without diagnostic monitoring and management, feral populations place homed cats at risk of infection with FIV and FeLV, infestation with external parasites such as fleas and mites, and internal invaders including bacteria, viruses and intestinal or respiratory worms.

Understanding the Risk that Feral Felines Pose to Britain’s Pet Cats

Cat welfare charity, Cats Protection, is promoting the UK’s first major census of Britain’s stray and feral cat population. Cat Watch isn’t just a counting exercise; it’s a serious attempt to monitor the health of an estimated 1 million homeless and abandoned cats living on Britain’s city streets. The shared social nature of homed pet and homeless strays makes total separation of the parallel populations practically impossible, underlining the need to know and understand the risk that feral felines pose to Britain’s 7 million pet cats.

The Cat Watch project, tested on the streets of Nottingham, Bradford, Luton, and the Everton district of Liverpool, and supported a wide spectrum of organisations including the Liverpool University Veterinary Practice, will give a clearer view of UK feral cat health and include a neutering and welfare programme.

Uncontrolled Breeding and Abandonment of Homed Cats

Cities such as Rome, Paris and Liege are famous for their more or less successful attempts to manage the health and numbers of their feral cats. The 2010 Liege project provided important data on the risk of pet cats to strays infected with Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) and Feline Leukaemia Virus (FeLV), while an earlier trap-neuter-release project in Rome was undermined by the uncontrolled breeding and abandonment of homed cats.

Veterinary diagnostic testing kits for such as Giardia, Cryptosporidium, Rotavirus, Chlamydiosis as well as a combined diagnostic for FIV/FeLV provide the early detection essential to effective treatment and containment of disease in managed cat environments such as breeding centres and catteries. Veterinary laboratory tests also provide detection systems for external parasites including. The same tests provide an efficient resource for monitoring the health of feral and stray populations.

Three in Five Owned Cats are now Microchipped

Pet animal welfare charity BlueCross advises that most apparently stray cats do in fact have a home. Before any cat wandering into your home or garden is treated as a genuine stray, BlueCross suggest a few simple actions toward uniting the wanderer with their true owner. Talking to neighbours is a good start. Posters, press ads and local social ads will also spread the message. Attaching a paper collar to the cat with your contact details gives the cat’s owner an opportunity to confirm ownership. Pet charity, the PDSA, estimates that three in five owned cats are now microchipped. So a quick microchip scan at your local veterinary surgery or pet charity re-homing centre might well identify a cat’s owner, even the cat has travelled some considerable distance.

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Domestic Poultry, Friends or Food?

Domestic Poultry, Friends or Food?

Chickens as Companion Animals

The chicken (Gallus gallus) we love to eat can trace its relatively short ancestry back to the Red Junglefowl of south-east Asia, with a smattering other similar junglefowl species helpfully bred into its genetic mix. The birds were first domesticated for their bright feathers, fighting prowess and watchfulness around 7000 years ago. It wasn’t until after WWII that chickens were meaty enough to compete with beef, pork and lamb became widely available on the nation’s dinner plate. Today, Farmer’s Weekly estimates that the British poultry sector contributes £3billion annually to the UK economy.

Intensively Reared for Meat and Eggs

By far the largest proportion of the UK chicken flock is intensively reared for meat and eggs. In the UK, the health and welfare of the British meat chicken flock are underpinned by the Animal Welfare Act 2006 and, in particular, The Welfare of Farmed Animals (England) Regulations 2007.

Along with all captive flocks and herds, chickens bred for meat must be reared and housed in compliance with the Five Freedoms. These are spelt out in the Code of Recommendations for The Welfare of Livestock and summarised as: freedom from hunger and thirst, freedom from discomfort, freedom from pain, injury or disease, freedom to express normal behaviour and freedom from fear and distress. Responsibility falls on the livestock keepers who are required to be trained, competent, knowledgeable and, perhaps most importantly, self-motivated.

Veterinary Guidance is Essential

The Code recognises the importance of veterinary involvement in maintaining the standards of animal welfare envisaged in the 2006 Animal Welfare Act. Veterinary guidance is essential to the formulation of effective health and welfare policy, comprehensive record keeping, and maintaining a preventative programme of vaccination and veterinary diagnostic testing, especially for avian influenza, chlamydiosis and salmonella.

For some enthusiastic chicken keepers, the domestication cycle has turned full circle, with small numbers of birds being kept for their aesthetic rather than economic value. The 2016 Pet Population Survey, carried out by The Pet Food Manufacturer’s Association, estimated the UK’s pet poultry population to be around 500,000 birds – a little higher than the number of hamsters, and lower than guinea pigs or rabbits.

Companion chickens certainly enjoy a higher standard of living than commercial birds, and many are ‘rescue birds have outlived their economic usefulness. Chickens may not be the new dogs (8.5million) or cats (7.5million), but look set to become as welcome on the patio as they have been on the plate.

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Diagnostic Testing for Koi Herpes Virus

Diagnostic Testing for Koi Herpes Virus

Protecting Valuable Koi Stocks

Koi Herpes Virus (KHV) is a distressing and deadly disease of common carp (Cyprinus carpio) and all its wild and ornamental varieties including mirror, leather, ghost and koi.

Within a carp stocked water, the disease is spread through fish to fish contact. However, poorly disinfected fishing tackle, fishery management equipment and even contaminated water, can transfer the virus between unconnected carp habitats.

Visual and Behavioural Changes

KHV infection shows itself as patches of white or brown dead tissue on the fish’s gills. Skin elsewhere on the fish might appear rough and flaking. A loss of protective mucus makes virus-infected carp feel dry when handled. Behavioural changes can include lethargy and hanging still in the water. KHV damage to a fish’s gills makes getting enough oxygen from the water stressful, so KHV affected fish may gather near aeration points such as inlets or fountains. Tissue damage leaves koi carp vulnerable to secondary invasion by parasitic fungi and bacteria.

As spring approaches, and water temperatures rise toward the virus’s activating temperature of 16-degree centigrade, carp fisheries and ornamental stocks – including mirror carp, leather carp, koi and ghost koi, risk large-scale mortalities of up to 100%.

Halting the movement of Infectious Stock 

The Fish Health Inspectorate (FHI), Part A of the UK Government’s Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture (Cefas) requires notification whenever KHV is suspected in carp stocked waters. In response, the FHI may temporarily suspend access to the affected water and halt the movement of potentially infectious stocks and equipment. After mortalities have ceased, FHI may prohibit restocking with carp species until after the following summer. This is to ensure that seasonally warming water doesn’t provoke a renewed outbreak. Even so, there is no guarantee that replacement stock won’t pick up an infection from surviving fish.

There is no treatment or cure for KHV, and because the virus may persist in fish surviving any outbreak of the virus, only careful biosecurity-management and constant monitoring offer any protection against potentially devastating infection.

FASTest Koi HV is a 15-minute pond-side test giving a clear colour-change signal if Koi Herpes Virus is detected. Based on specific monoclonal antibody technology, the long shelf life kit requires no refrigerated storage.

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Health Dangers That Can Harm Your Pet This Summer

Health Dangers That Can Harm Your Pet This Summer

While summertime staples like backyard barbecues and walks on the beach are a lot of fun, they can pose health risks for some pets. It is important to know how to keep your animals comfortable during the summer months, including what vet supplies to use, so that you can prevent any serious conditions, including life-threatening heat stroke.

There is only one place to begin, and this is with overheating. It is easy to underestimate how quickly an animal can react to overheating. Simply leaving your pet alone in a vehicle for a few minutes can be dangerous, as temperatures can go up by ten degrees in about ten minutes, even when the windows are left open. Pugs, bulldogs, and other brachycephalic dog breeds are most susceptible to overheating. You need to recognise signs of dehydration, including lethargy, shallow breathing, sunken eyes, and dry gums. If the symptoms don’t clear once you have given your pet plenty of water, you will need some specialist UK vet supplies.

Not all dogs are natural swimmers

There are also water dangers to bear in mind. Not all dogs are natural swimmers so don’t leave yours unattended. Plus, you should check their ears afterwards to ensure they aren’t waterlogged. Dogs are very prone to ear infections, which will also require vet supplies for them to be cleared. Also, your animal will require skin protection, just like we do, during the summer months. Pets can develop skin cancer and sunburn, especially those with short and light-coloured hair.

If you use human-formulated sunscreen, your pet may be tempted to lick it off. This can cause vomit and bloody diarrhoea. Instead, purchase sunscreen that has been formulated specifically for pets from a vet supplies UK store. Another thing that can easily cause diarrhoea, vomiting, and gastrointestinal irritation are the rich, fatty foods that are eaten at barbecues, including corn on the cob and onion. Make sure you keep this away from your pet.

Summer allergies

Pets can also develop summer allergies. You need to watch out for ear infections, paw and skin irritations, as well as watery and itchy eyes. If you notice these symptoms, you should either try Benadryl or seek advice from someone at a specialist veterinary consumables store. Aside from this, you need to make sure your pet does not drink stagnant water, as this can harbour bacteria that causes leptospirosis. This is a disease that can also enter a pet’s body through broken skin, the mouth, nose, and eyes. There is a vaccine to prevent it, so it’s a good idea to consider this.

As you can see, there is a lot that needs to be considered during the summer months when it comes to the health of your pet. However, it’s important to shield them from the soaring temperatures and other risks that can cause harm. Plus, having vet supplies in the home just in case something goes wrong is always a good idea.

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BOAS Constriction in Dogs

BOAS Constriction in Dogs

Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome

Kennel Club figures show a 3000% rise in ownership of pugs, bulldogs, French bulldogs, Boston terriers, Cavalier King Charles spaniels, Shih Tzus and boxers since 2007. Yet many owners remain unaware of Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome (BOAS) and other health issues common to flat-faced, brachycephalic dog breeds.

Brachycephalic – meaning ‘short head’ – causes a squashing-up of the soft tissue within the dog’s nose and mouth. Folds of skin around the face further narrow and obstruct the dog’s airways causing wheezing, snorting and the struggle for breath that characterise flat-faced dogs that suffer Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome. But it’s not just breathing that’s a problem for flat-faced dog breeds.

Brachycephalic dogs can’t move enough air through their narrowed airways

In hot weather, we humans cool ourselves by sweating. Dogs can’t sweat. So when they’re too hot they have to cool down by moving more air over their moist tongues and airways. That’s why we see dogs ‘panting’ when they’re too hot. Brachycephalic dogs can’t move enough air through their narrowed airways so can easily overheat and even die in hot weather.

Flat-faced dogs still have the same number of teeth as longer nosed breeds. Fitting all 42 teeth into a shortened mouth causes overcrowded teeth to overlap making teeth and gums harder to keep clean and free from decay and disease.

High risk of conjunctivitis, ulcers and even sight-loss

Skin-folds around the face provide a hiding place for fleas, disease-carrying mites and other irritants that can cause hair loss and fungal skin infections. Shortened muzzles cause the eyes to stand out more allowing the thin film of protective moisture to dry more quickly risking conjunctivitis, ulcers and even sight-loss.

Selective breeding has so effectively accelerated the evolution of the larger head-size of flat-faced dogs that other, naturally evolving, parts of the anatomy haven’t been able to keep up. Brachycephalic bitches frequently require a caesarean section to deliver their pups. Pet charity, The Blue Cross, report that more than 80% of English Bulldog and French Bulldog pups are delivered by C-section births.

Pressure for change

Pressure for change is coming from a number of concerned sources. The British Veterinary Association (BVA) and the Campaign for the Responsible Use of Flat Faced Animals (CRUFFA) have begun educating advertising agencies against using flat-nosed dogs in ad campaigns. The more extreme breed standards are under review by The Kennel Club and other international breed regulators.

But the most effective pressure may yet prove to be economic. The increased risk of corneal ulcers and breathing problems in brachycephalic breeds means that owners are likely to have to pay more when insuring flat-faced breeds, with Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome (BOAS) and related conditions possibly excluded from their insurance cover.

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Dog Shows Like Crufts Dog Show

Dog Shows Like Crufts Dog Show

Constitute a Powerful Lever for Change

As significant an event as the Boat Race, Grand National, Trooping of the Colours and The FA Cup Final, Crufts Dog Show has become embedded in British National Culture.

Founded by pet food marketing genius, Charles Cruft, The Kennel Club’s flagship – and the world’s largest – canine showcase has established a leading role in raising the standards for breed health and welfare in dogs.

First ‘all-breeds’ dog show

Joining Spratts Patent Company Ltd at the age of 14, Charles Cruft showed great flair and imagination as a salesman for the company which, in the 1860s, made everything from lightning rods to dog biscuits. Cruft’s idea of using dog shows to excite the imagination, and attract public attention to Spratt’sproducts, became reality in his first ‘all-breeds’ dog show at the Royal Agricultural Halls in 1891.

Dubiously pitched as ‘the biggest dog show in the world’, the first Crufts attracted an alleged 2,437 entries. The 22,000 to 24,000 dogs showing over today’s 4-day event, is evidence of the show’s phenomenal growth. In 1939, the organisation of the show passed from Cruft’s second wife and widow, Emma Cruft to The Kennel Club.

Evidence from breeders and experts in genetics

In 2010, The Kennel Club together with Dogs Trust jointly funded an enquiry by Sir Patrick Bateson FRS into the effects of dog breeding on dog health and welfare. The Inquiry took evidence from breeders and experts in genetics as well as from animal welfare and veterinary professionals. The work of the Cambridge University-based team included visiting dog shows.

In the conclusions to his inquiry, Sir Patrick said that he was “persuaded that showing and judging [dogs] constitute a powerful lever for change”. Acknowledging that judging at shows cannot be an exact science, Sir Patrick proposed that shows such as Crufts could become a mechanism for rewarding excellence and educating both breeders and show-goers.

Proposals included educating owners and prospective owners

The inquiry featured contributions by The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) and the British Veterinary (BVA) aimed at preventing extreme breeding problems before they occurred. Proposals included educating owners and prospective owners to change their preferences and expectations of breed characteristics and buy only from accredited dog breeders.

Sir Patrick suggested that making these improvements could be especially successful if dog show judges picked up on specific health or welfare problems – such as difficulties with movement or breathing – in particular breeds of dog.

The Legacy left by Charles Cruft is more than just another date on the national calendar. Crufts Dog Show is a positive and ongoing contribution to progress in the breeding health, welfare and veterinary care of dogs worldwide.

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Avian Influenza in Wild Birds

Avian Influenza in Wild Birds

Bird Flu Prevention Zone in England and Wales

Just a few weeks into the New Year, England’s Chief Veterinary Officer has imposed a bird flu prevention zone over the whole of England. Intended to protect the UK poultry industry, following the discovery of dead wild birds infected with an H5N6-type avian flu strain, a similar bird flu protection zone was imposed in Scotland at the end of January.

Avian influenza virus, detectable using the FASTest® AIV Ag Avian Flu Diagnostic Test Kit, is spread from bird to bird via faeces, body fluids, contaminated feed, soils and water. Although there is no evidence that the current strains of avian flu have affected people in the UK, precautions should be taken to minimise close bird-human contact.

Keepers of flocks above 500 birds are required to take more stringent bio-security measures

Keepers of all types of captive birds within the prevention zone must take all practical measures to separate their birds from wild birds. DEFRA advice includes reducing access by wild birds, removing excess feed, and screening water courses with fine netting. Reducing access by people to bird enclosures, and disinfecting footwear and foot-ways is also recommended. Keepers of flocks above 500 birds are required to take more stringent bio-security measures.

Poultry keepers with flocks of more than 50 birds are already required to register their flocks even if the flock isn’t made up of just one species. Mandatory registration covers chickens and bantams, turkeys, ducks, geese, game birds such as partridges, quail and pheasants, and pigeons reared for meat. APHA (Animal and Plant Health Agency) also requires registration of more exotic bird flocks such as guinea fowl, ostriches, emus, rheas and cassowaries.

APHA Alerts Subscription Service – FREE

Registering smaller bird flocks isn’t compulsory, but DEFRA strongly recommends voluntary registration of even the smallest bird flocks and animal herds with the ‘APHA Alerts Subscription Service’.

The APHA Alerts Subscription Service is free to use for livestock keepers, veterinary professionals, wider agricultural interests, and national and local government offices and media outlets. Disease alerts and updates can be received by email, SMS text and voice messaging. APHA alerts include a range of animal health risks including foot and mouth, bluetongue, avian influenza, Newcastle Disease, swine fever and various equine diseases.

Helping curtail the spread of bird flu

While the bird flu prevention zone remains in force, even keepers of ‘backyard’ poultry flocks are advised to watch their birds for the tell tale signs of HPAI (Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza) including swollen head, bluish skin discolouration, loss of appetite, stressed breathing and reducing egg production.

Suspicious symptoms should be reported to your vet without delay. Veterinary laboratory testing, with the FASTest® AIV Ag Avian Flu Diagnostic Test Kit, provides immediate clarification protecting your valuable birds and helping curtail the spread of bird flu among the UK poultry industry.

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Alabama Rot – Fishy Tale Opens New Research into Link with Mystery Dog Disease

Alabama Rot – Fishy Tale Opens New Research into Link with Mystery Dog Disease

2018 opened with yet more confirmed cases of Alabama Rot in UK dogs. With a fatality rate of 80%, the kidney disease, characterised by ulcer-like skin sores, has now affected over 100 dogs countrywide since the disease first appeared in the UK in Hampshire in 2012.

Suggested link between Alabama Rot and a micro-organism 

New research, carried out at a specialist fish health laboratory, may have found a link between Alabama Rot and a micro-organism known to infect fish. Dr Fiona MacDonald, founder of Hampshire’s specialist Fish Treatment Ltd, has suggested a link between a bacterial infection of fish and the tissue-destroying disease in dogs.

Veterinary laboratories and practitioners refer to Alabama Rot as ‘Cutaneous and Renal Glomerular Vasculopathy’ or CRGV, acknowledging its twin characteristics of distressing, visible skin sores and life-threatening (renal) kidney failure, both caused by destruction of the vascular (blood supply) system.

Dr MacDonald’s linking of CRGV in dogs with the haemorrhagic condition known as ‘red sore’ disease in fish comes from the discovery that the bacteria, Aeromonas hydrophila, which causes red sore disease, has been found in the kidneys of CRGV affected dogs.

What makes Aeromonas so toxic to some humans and animals?

Aeromonas hydrophila is visualised microscopically as a Gram-negative staining rod-shaped bacterium. Like other members of the Aeromonas genus, A.hydrophila is common, widespread and able to survive and grow with or without oxygen in fresh or salt water, at temperatures down to 4 degrees Celsius and resistant to many common antibiotics.

Exactly what makes Aeromonas so toxic to some humans and animals isn’t fully clear, but it’s thought that it might exploit an existing weakness or susceptibility in its host, possibly entering via the digestive system with contaminated food or water.

The microbe invades vital tissues and organs, such as the kidneys, via the bloodstream. Secreting a range of tissue-destroying toxins including the cytolytic (meaning cell-bursting) ‘aerolysin’, the microbe causes the open sores and renal failure that characterise CRGV.

Only hygiene, care and vigilance offers protection from Alabama Rot

The proposed fish connection needs further investigation and laboratory research is continuing. In the meantime, and in the absence of a clear cause, preventative or cure, only hygiene, care and vigilance offers protection from Alabama Rot.

With most cases reported in the wetter months from October to March, some vets suspect that CRGV begins with infected mud and water. Washing mud from your dog’s legs and body may be a sensible precaution, and may also help reduce the risk of other water-borne diseases.

Inspecting your dog for sores that may indicate Alabama Rot will also forewarn of other dermatological infections, and ulcerating diseases including Leishmaniasis. Reporting changes in your dog’s behaviour such as tiredness, reduced appetite and increased or reduced urination will help your vet provide early diagnostic testing and potentially life-saving treatment for CRGV and many other infections and dog diseases.

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The Naming of The Flu – HPAI, H5N8 and What It All Means for You

The Naming of The Flu – HPAI, H5N8 and What It All Means for You

The approach of winter marks the beginning of the high-risk Avian Flu season (also known as ‘bird flu’ or ‘fowl plague’) for commercial poultry keepers. With UK chicken, duck, goose, turkey and wild bird flocks susceptible to H5N8 HPAI avian influenza now is a good time to understand what those letters and numbers mean for you.

Avian Influenza is a notifiable bird disease affecting wild and captive birds and poultry. ‘Notifiable’ means that if you suspect an outbreak in your birds, you must notify Defra Rural Services (03000 200 301). Failure to do so is an offence.

Bird Flu is caused by a virus of the Orthomyxovirdae group categorised into 4 major types labelled A, B, C and D. Type A viruses are responsible for all the major, serious outbreaks of flu in human populations and birds.

HPAI can cause severe disease and death

Avian influenza, caused by a Type A virus, can be Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) or Low Pathogenicity Avian Influenza (LPAI). LPAI infections might cause only mild illness, while HPAI can cause severe disease and death, spreading very quickly through commercial flocks.

If you could see it, the influenza virus would look like a hollow sphere containing the genetic core of the virus. This core enables the virus to take over the cells of an infected animal, cause the symptoms of bird flu and reproduce many more, infective viruses.

The outside of the sphere is studded with protein molecules that protect the core and help the virus penetrate host cells. In the veterinary laboratory, two of these protein studs are known as Haemagglutinin (HA) and neuraminidase (NA). These proteins exist in many subtypes. The numbering of these subtypes gives each virus its unique, scientific identity.

So the bird flu virus of current concern, the “HPAI H5N8 virus”, is a Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza A carrying Haemagglutinin (HA) type 5 and neuraminidase (NA) type 8.

Infection increases as migrating birds come in from Asia and Eastern Europe

The UK risk of H5N8 infection increases as migrating birds come in from Asia and Eastern Europe where the bird disease is endemic. Poultry keepers will be on the lookout for clinical signs of including swollen head, skin discolouration, loss of appetite, respiratory distress and diarrhoea.

Scientists have detected 18 Haemagglutinin and 11 neuraminidase subtypes. Each combination of HA and NA proteins make up a unique, detectable identifier called an ‘antigen’. Testing for these AI antigens allows veterinary laboratories to diagnose whether flu-like symptoms in poultry, or death in a wild bird, might be due to HPAI or a less significant disease.

FASTest® AIVAg is an on-site diagnostic test kit test that detects all HPAI avian influenza virus types. Screening poultry on-site with FASTest® AIVAg enables the veterinarian to review a symptom-based diagnosis with the potential for early protection of flocks, and reduction of likely economic loss.

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CSI Vet –Veterinary Forensics and The Fight Against Animal Cruelty

CSI Vet –Veterinary Forensics and The Fight Against Animal Cruelty

Veterinary forensics is becoming increasingly important in the investigation of animal cruelty since it became apparent that people who do harm to animals are also more likely, than those who have no record of animal mistreatment, to do harm to people.

The RSPCA reports that more than a third of the animal cruelty prosecutions they handle fail to make a conviction through the lack of evidence linking the suspect to the criminal action.

The need to present the courts with meaningful, robust and reliable evidence against those who harm or mistreat animals has led to the emergence of the relatively new specialist discipline of veterinary forensics.

The University of Surrey have pooled their resources 

Practising veterinary professionals, forensic scientists and veterinary pathologists at the University of Surrey have pooled their knowledge, expertise and resources to create ArroGen Veterinary Forensics.

Conceived as a complete veterinary forensic service, the new enterprise brings together veterinary diagnostics, pathologists, experienced forensic scientists, and experts in the law and criminal justice system.

Vets and veterinary laboratories are expert in uncovering the physical consequences of injury, neglect and poisoning. Veterinary forensics involves the careful consideration of whether this physical evidence is more likely if the allegation against an accused person is true, compared to the likelihood of the vet’s findings given any explanation offered in defence.

Working closely with the Police, RSPCA and other agencies

The facility will work closely with the police, the RSPCA and agencies investigating the progression from animal cruelty to criminal behaviour directed against humans. Initially, the RSPCA and the police will submit most of the cases accepted for forensic investigation, though vets in local practice will have an input role too.

Local vets have always been at the forefront of uncovering incidents of cruelty against both commercial and companion animals. The new facility will enable vets to back up their ethical stance against mistreatment and misuse of commercial, companion and wild animals with practical and effective action.

Providing training, resources and online teaching materials

Responding to requests from practising vets and veterinary laboratories, the new centre will provide training, resources and online teaching materials to be made increasingly available over the next few years. Educational courses will focus on forensic awareness and interpretation, equipping vets and veterinary laboratories with continual professional development (CPD) opportunities to acquire a basic understanding and competence in the new discipline.

The veterinary forensics service will operate across two sites – ArroGen in Oxfordshire, and the University Pathology Centre in Surrey. Ultimately the success or otherwise of the venture will be proven in courts of law when the veterinary forensic evidence supporting a prosecution of animal cruelty receives the same scrutiny applied to all forensic evidence.

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COVID-19 Update

As the impact of COVID-19, is being felt around the world, the well-being of our employees and their families is of the highest importance to us.

By putting the safety of our employees first, we have reduced our on-site staff to a minimum and we will endeavour to maintain our business operations to the highest standard possible.

We are carefully monitoring and following official guidance from the UK Government, Public Health England, WHO and CDC guidelines and in line with these; we are currently operating business as usual.

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