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BEVA updates medicines guidance
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BEVA's medicines guidance has been updated to help members negotiate the intricacies of prescribing medicines.
Guidance helps members comply with equine legislation

BEVA has updated its online medicines guidance resource to help members negotiate the intricacies of prescribing medicines and to use the Cascade accurately.

The guidance now includes:

·       BEVA client information leaflets to help members inform clients of potential adverse effects of medicines when using the Cascade.
·       A BEVA branded prescription form to help members comply with RCVS guidance whilst reducing opportunities for prescription fraud.
·       Easy to use explanations of the prescribing Cascade in food producing and non-food producing animals including dynamic flow charts to guide members through the decision making steps.
·       The BEVA emergency treatment form and interactive flowchart for treating horses without a passport.
·       The BEVA award winning PROTECT ME toolkit to create a customised protocol for practices to develop responsible antibiotic use guidelines.
·       The BEVA members’ product database to help members share details of suppliers of hard to source medicines.
·       BEVA’s guidance on the use of veterinary specials in equine practice.
·       Links to download BEVA’s formulary App “BEVA Drugs”

The guidance can be accessed through the Resources for Vets section of the BEVA website.

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 A new free app will support vital work in clinics caring for stray dogs around the world, experts say. Created by the University of Edinburgh, the tool allows vets to track the wellbeing of dogs going through catch-neuter-return schemes, which are common in countries with large numbers of strays.

Vets say the welfare of individual dogs can be overlooked during the process of capture, transport or surgery. The app, piloted across Asia and Africa, helps staff to monitor welfare, spot signs of distress and develop strategies to improve care. It was launched at BSAVA Congress on Friday 6 April.  

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