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Zoetis Equip® Artervac vaccine stock to expire on 13 Dec 2018
Current vaccine stock will expire on 13 December 2018.

Further stock not expected to arrive before February 2019

Zoetis have announced that stock of their Equine Viral Arteritis vaccine, Equip Artervac, is due to expire on 13 December 2018. Further stock is not expected to arrive before February 2019.

Equip Artervac is specified for the active immunisation for horses against equine arteritis virus (EVA) to reduce the clinical signs and shedding of virus in nasal secretions following infection.

In the UK, EVA is a notifiable disease. The last confirmed case in the UK was in 2012.

Zoetis is working hard to resolve the situation and apologises for any inconvenience.

Those concerned are encouraged to contact their Zoetis Account Manager or the Zoetis Technical Team on customersupportUK@zoetis.com or 0845 300 9084 choosing option 1.

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Stephen Fry lends voice to frog conservation film

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 Comedian and author Stephen Fry has lent his voice to a new animation that hopes to raise awareness of deadly ranavirus, which is threatening the UK’s frogs.

Research by ZSL, who created the short film, suggests that at least 20 per cent of ranavirus cases over the past three decades, could be attributed to human introductions. This includes pond owners introducing fish, frog spawn and plants from other environments.

Amphibian disease expert Dr Stephen Price said: “People can help stop the spread by avoiding moving potentially infected material such as spawn, tadpoles, pond water and plants into their own pond. Disinfecting footwear or pond nets before using them elsewhere will also help.” 

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BVA Welsh Branch elects new president

Veterinary surgeon Ifan Lloyd was elected president of the BVA Welsh Branch at its AGM on 25 June.

Ifan has worked mainly in mixed practice since graduating from Cambridge University in 1988. He was a partner at St James Veterinary Group for 23 years and has continued to work part time at the practice since retiring in 2017.

He is passionate about animal health and disease eradication. He is a director of Cefn Gwlad Solutions, a company set up to lead bovine TB programmes in collaboration with other stakeholders. He is also director of lechyd Da (gwledig), the bTB testing delivery partner in South Wales.

Ifan said, “As a founding member of BVA Welsh Branch I am honoured and delighted to be elected as President. I have been passionate about representing the veterinary profession in Wales for many years and I plan to use this experience to represent my colleagues to the best of my abilities.”