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Lack of information over non-stun exports, BVA warns

The BVA is raising serious concerns about the lack of information on UK exports of non-stunned meat.

In response to a parliamentary question, Defra recently admitted that it does not hold data on how much of this meat is exported.

Furthermore, a trade deal with Saudi Arabia was recently announced, which could greatly increase exports of British lamb and other meat, some of which may be from animals that were not stunned before slaughter.

BVA is calling for information on non-stun exports, firstly to find out how much meat the UK is exporting from these sources, and secondly to ensure supply for non-stun meat does not exceed demand. BVA president John Fishwick said that with Brexit looming, there is a “pressing need for clarity” on these exports.

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New single-dose RHD-2 vaccine launched

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 The first monovalent vaccine to be registered in Europe for the prevention of rabbit hemorrhagic disease type 2 (RHD-2) has been launched by animal health firm HIPRA.

ERAVAC is a single-dose injectable emulsion that can be administered without the need for reconstitution beforehand. The new presentation contains 10 vials with individual doses that can be given to companion rabbits from 30 days of age. 

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New canine and feline dentistry manual announced

A new canine and feline dentistry and oral surgery manual has been published by the BSAVA. Announcing the news on its website, the BSAVA said this latest edition contains new step-by-step operative techniques, together with full-colour illustrations and photographs.

‘This is a timely publication; veterinary dentistry is a field that continues to grow in importance for the general veterinary practitioner,’ the BSAVA said. ‘The manual has been fully revised and updated to include the most relevant, evidence-based techniques.’

The BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Dentistry and Oral Surgery, 4th edition is available to purchase from