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RSPCA implements six-month payment deadline
"As a charity that relies solely on public donations it is important to emphasise our priority lies with those animals who are victims of extreme cruelty or neglect."
Move to ensure “resources are spent in the most effective way”

The RSPCA is to implement a six-month deadline for vets to reclaim costs for initial emergency treatment (IET).

In a statement, the charity said the move forms part of a process to improve efficiency and that it hopes the process will be quicker.

Up to now, the RSPCA had been receiving claims dating back several years. This made it time-consuming and expensive to investigate, resulting in delayed payments.

“The national RSPCA will continue to subsidise initial emergency treatment for animals as part of our vital role in helping to treat animals in need,” explained RSPCA London veterinary director Caroline Allen.

“The work vets do in this area is greatly appreciated by the RSPCA and we appreciate that IET is only a contribution towards the care given. In the case of any ongoing assistance that may be offered by RSPCA branches, at their discretion, this is subject to those branches’ own rules as they are independent charities.

“As a charity that relies solely on public donations it is important to emphasise our priority lies with those animals who are victims of extreme cruelty or neglect and we also have a responsibility to make sure charity resources are spent in the most effective way possible.”

To help improve communication between the society and vets, the RSPCA has also recruited a new vet liaison manager. Michelle Edwards, who has taken on the role, said:

“I am looking forward to helping bridge the communication gap between vets and the RSPCA and to ensure this process works well for everyone whilst most importantly benefiting animals in need.”

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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 www.bsava.com/shop