Cookie use on MRCVSonline
We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you continue without changing your settings, we will assume that you are happy to receive all cookies.
If you would like to forward this story on to a friend, simply fill in the form below and click send.

Your friend's email:
Your email:
Your name:
 
 
Send Cancel

Vets meet to resolve isoflurane supply problem
Isoflurane is one of the most commonly-used veterinary anaesthetic agents.

Special manufacturer to partially fill gap in supply 

A solution to the temporary isoflurane supply problem has been reached by the VMD following discussion with the BEVA, BSAVA and the AVA.

According to a press release, one special manufacturer is intending to produce isoflurane to fill or partially fill the gap in supply, which should be available in around three to four weeks time.

One of the most commonly-used veterinary anaesthetic agents, the production of isoflurane was temporarily ceased last week due to a mechanical problem on the production line. With limited stocks of alternative products - and the potential for supply to be restricted - clinics raised concern they would not be able to perform emergency surgery over the Christmas period.

Having looked into alternative sources of isoflurane, the BEVA, BSVA and the AVA put forward ways the VMD might be able to alleviate the risks to animal welfare.

In a press release, the organisations said the VMD ‘responded rapidly and positively’. David Rendle, a member of BEVA’s Health and Medicines Committee, said:

“BEVA has a close relationship with the veterinary pharmaceutical industry and will always work swiftly and collaboratively to help develop practical solutions to supply problems for our members.”

BSAVA President Philip Lhermette praised the VMD for such prompt action. He said: “The VMD listened to our concerns and acted immediately. By doing so they have addressed and helped to prevent any potential welfare risks associated with a lack of isoflurane.”  

Carl Bradbrook, AVA junior vice president, reminded clinicians to “seek advice when considering the use of unfamiliar anaesthetic protocols.”

The associations stressed that the situation doesn’t give vets free rein to ignore the medicines legislation. 'The cascade must still be followed, and client informed consent obtained if an unregulated anaesthetic is used', they said. 

Become a member or log in to add this story to your CPD history

Huge spike in ‘designer’ dogs going into rescue

News Story 1
 The RSPCA has reported a huge spike in the number of ‘designer’ dogs arriving into its care.

Figures published by the charity show there has been a 517 per cent increase in the number of French bulldogs arriving into its kennels. During that time, the charity has also seen an increase in dachshunds, chihuahuas, and crossbreeds.

RSPCA dog welfare expert Lisa Hens said: “We know that the breeds of dog coming into our care often reflect the trends in dog ownership in the wider world and, at the moment, it doesn’t get more trendy than ‘designer’ dogs like French bulldogs and Dachshunds."

 

Click here for more...
News Shorts
New shearing guidance for farmers and contractors

Industry bodies have produced guidance for farmers and contractors on how to handle sheep during shearing to avoid stress and injury.

The guidance includes every step - from the presentation of sheep and facilities for shearing, through to using a contractor and shearers - and aims to ensure shearing is carried out safely, efficiently and with high standards of animal welfare.

Guide co-author Jill Hewitt from the NAAC said: “Shearing is a professional job that takes significant skill. Shearers take their responsibility to protect animal welfare very seriously and it will be a positive step to remind everyone of the importance of working together.’