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Brexit: Report highlights growing industry concerns
None of the contributors reported feeling ‘very optimistic’ about the future of the industry post-Brexit.
Over 40 per cent feel pessimistic about the future of the industry

Ongoing uncertainty over Brexit is a source of growing concern for the animal medicines industry, a new report by NOAH suggests.

The seeming lack of government progress as we move closer to the March 2019 Brexit deadline was found to be causing grave concern.

Whilst NOAH’s latest Brexit Barometer highlighted recurring themes of uncertainty among members, there were pockets of optimism, particularly in relation to animal health and welfare. However, trade, export, public health and food production all saw a noticeable upswing in pessimism.

Key findings:
  • Nearly three-quarters of participants (73 per cent) felt very or somewhat optimistic about animal health and welfare, compared to 65 per cent on a previous survey. Meanwhile, just 14 per cent said they felt very or somewhat pessimistic, compared to 21 per cent previously.
  • Public health and food production saw the largest increase in negative sentiment, with nearly a third (32 per cent) now feeling very or somewhat pessimistic, compared to 17 per cent in the last barometer.
  • None of the contributors reported feeling ‘very optimistic’ about the future of the industry post-Brexit. Nearly half (43 per cent) said they felt very or somewhat pessimistic.

NOAH chief executive, Dawn Howard, commented: “Increasing levels of uncertainty were a key take-out in our second Brexit Barometer report back in Winter 2017, and it is concerning to see that these are continuing to rise as we move closer to the Brexit deadline.

“We are committed to supporting our members through the difficult coming months, however we do need more clarity from Government in order to secure the best possible outcome for the animal medicines industry.

“The reality of a no-deal Brexit is looming and only with Government clarity and solutions can we achieve the outcomes that we as an industry are striving for.”

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ZSL London Zoo shares animal X-rays

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 A selection of X-ray images showing the inner workings of frogs, turtles, snakes and geckos have been shared by veterinary surgeons at ZSL London Zoo.

Taken as part of a routine health check, the images have been shared as part of ‘Vets in Action’ week - a hand’s on role-playing experience for children that explores the life of a zoo vet.

ZSL London Zoo veterinary nurse Heather Mackintosh said: “It’s great to be able to share the work that goes on behind the scenes at the Zoo to keep our residents in tip-top condition – and our visitors are always amazed to find out more about their favourite animals.” 

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Vets in developing nations given free access to BSAVA’s online library

BSAVA has teamed up with the WSAVA, the WSAVA Foundation and FECAVA to offer vets in developing nations free access to its online library.

The Association’s ‘Foundation Collection’ is comprised of more than 70 hours of articles, lectures and book chapters covering topics such as basic handling skills, working on a budget and emergency triage. Some of the countries set to benefit include Albania, Georgia, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Nigeria, Uganda and Tanzania.

Nicolette Hayward, of BSAVA International Affairs Committee said: “Our mission is to promote excellence in small animal practice through education and science, so we are delighted to work with WSAVA, the WSAVA Foundation and FECAVA to share these high-quality resources to the veterinary profession in low and middle-income countries.”