The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons has introduced new regulations on the 1st September 2023 which affect how Veterinary Surgeons can prescribe ‘prescription only medications (POM-V)’ such as antibiotics and controlled medications.
The key changes that will affect horse owners are:
Any type of antibiotics, controlled drug (ventipulmin, codeine, gabapentin etc) or POM-V can only be prescribed after your horse has had a physical examination by a vet. This applies to all antibiotics, including oral, injectable, and topical (creams and ointments). Antibiotics cannot be given based on photographs only, an in person physical examination is legally required.
These changes have been implemented by the RCVS to ensure the safeguarding of both animal and human health against the risks posed by excessive antibiotic usage and the development of resistance. They will also aid in guaranteeing that antibiotics and some other medicines are prescribed only when essential and when an alternate treatment is unsuitable.
Irene graduated in 2001 from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in Leon, Spain. After a brief period in a mixed practice, she spent 7 years working in a first opinion equine practice in Ireland. In 2010 Irene moved to England, and has been working at equine practices, and more recently as a stud vet.
Her main interests include stud medicine, internal medicine and diagnostic imaging.
In her spare time Irene likes to travel, and loves the beach. She also enjoys reading and biking.
Bridey grew up on the South coast, later moving to study at the University of Nottingham. She returned to the south, working in an ambulatory equine practice in Hampshire, and then on the Isle of Wight. She has a particular interest in equine medicine and reproduction.
Outside of work Bridey can be found walking Nuala, her miniature dachshund or helping with her family’s American Miniature stud.
Clinic nurse Emily Buckley RVN paid a visit to The Gambia Horse and Donkey Trust to drop off some surplus stock. The Gambia Horse and Donkey Trust (GHDT) is VetPartners charity of the year, and is a small charity, registered in both the UK and The Gambia. The aim of the GHDT is to reduce rural poverty in The Gambia through improving the health, welfare and productivity of ALL animals, but working animals in particular.
We’re so pleased our stock made the shipment in time, and is now in The Gambia helping horses and donkeys in need!
We have seen a large number of laminitis cases over the last few weeks.
The warmer weather and rain brings an increase in lush grass and so it is vital that you manage your horse’s intake. Each blade of grass is high in sugars called fructans, and can induce laminitis if eaten in large amounts.
Laminitis is a painful and potentially devastating disease that causes pathological changes in the anatomy of the foot that can lead to long lasting, crippling changes in function.
The classical signs of laminitis are easily recognised and include the horse or pony rocking back onto it’s heels in order to take the weight off the painful laminae at the toe. The horse or pony may be seen to be weight shifting between limbs, the hoof wall will feel warm and bounding digital pulses can be felt in the lower limb.
If you are at all worried, please contact your vet – 𝐏𝐑𝐄𝐕𝐄𝐍𝐓𝐈𝐎𝐍 𝐈𝐒 𝐁𝐄𝐓𝐓𝐄𝐑 𝐓𝐇𝐀𝐍 𝐂𝐔𝐑𝐄!
We are pleased to announce the second instalment in our face to face CPD programme, with an evening of CPD taking place on the 23rd March for our referring vet colleagues. Details of lecture content, speakers and start time are below.
Applications are now invited for the next 3 internships, which will become available in February 2023, Spring and mid-Summer 2023. The successful applicants will join a team of 5 interns working in a busy, fully equipped referral hospital alongside a team of 10 EBVS specialists. Internships are for a fixed term of 18 months. Applicants must be fluent in written and spoken English and must have at least one year’s experience of clinical practice in the UK and be registered with the RCVS.
Vets and horse owners need to work together to tackle wormer resistance
To help find a solution to the rapidly growing problem of resistance to equine worming products, we are delighted to launch Project Worms.
In this first stage of Project WORMS we are looking for horse owners/keepers and stud owners/managers to complete a short questionnaire about how they currently control worms in their horses. The horse owner survey should take approximately 10 minutes to complete, and the stud owner/manager survey around 20 minutes. Your responses are anonymous, but you can at the end be transferred to put your details into a prize draw to win £100 ‘Love to Shop’ vouchers.
For more information and to answer the survey, please click here.