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Zoetis issues update on rotavirus vaccines
Zoetis will continue to supply an alternative equine rotavirus vaccine until normal supply of Equip Rotavirus can be restored.
Equip Rotavirus will not be available before March 2019

Animal health firm Zoetis has confirmed that it will continue to supply an alternative equine rotavirus vaccine until normal supply of the unique licensed product Equip Rotavirus can be restored.

The organisation said in a press release that it will extend distribution of the alternative rotavirus vaccine under a Wholesale Dealer Import Certificate. The next batch of the Equip Rotavirus, however, will not be available before March 2019.

‘Practices wishing to purchase the alternative imported rotavirus vaccine will need to apply to the VMD for a Special Treatment Certificate (STC) for batch numbers 269174A and 296081A and order through their wholesaler,’ said a spokesperson for Zoetis.

‘Zoetis acknowledges the concern and frustration this causes their customers, reassures the equine community that they are working diligently to resume Equip Rotavirus supply as soon as possible and apologises for any convenience caused.’

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Report: A third of Welsh birds are in decline

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 A report by RSPB Cymru and partnering ornithology organisations has revealed that a third of bird species in Wales are in significant decline.

90 per cent of Wales is farmed and there is now pressure to implement new land management policies that will aid in nature restoration.

Patrick Lindley, Maritime Ornithologist for Natural Resources Wales, commented: “The problems that confront UK birds, whether they are breeding or non-breeding, are pressure and threats that confront entire ecosystems.

“Birds are a great indicator to the health of our environment. The continued population declines of birds of farmed, woodland and upland habitats suggest there are large geographic themes that are having a detrimental impact.”  

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BSAVA announces winner of 2019 Bourgelat Award

One of the world’s leading small animal medicine specialists is set to receive the prestigious Bourgelat Award at BSAVA Congress 2019.

Professor Mike Herrtage will be recognised for his major research into metabolic and endocrine diseases, including diabetes mellitus, Cushing’s disease and Addison’s disease.

During his career, Prof Herrtage has co-authored more than 100 scientific papers and written more than 200 other publications such as abstracts, books and chapters. He also continues to be a source of inspiration for thousands of undergraduate and postgraduate veterinary surgeons.