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Endoscopic foreign body retrieval study shows promising results
Endoscopic foreign body retrieval in cats is associated with good overall outcomes.

Research demonstrates a high success rate with few complications

Endoscopic foreign body retrieval in cats is associated with good overall outcomes and low complication rates, according to new research.

A study published in the Journal of Small Animal Practice (JSAP) scanned medical records from a single private referral practice for instances of foreign body endoscopy. A total of 52 cats with gastric and oesophageal foreign bodies were included in the analysis.

The research was carried out by researchers at the Metropolitan Veterinary Hospital in Ohio. Lead author, Vanessa Dollo said: “The study supports the use of endoscopy for the retrieval of foreign bodies from the oesophagus and stomach of cats, demonstrating a high success rate (94.2 per cent). 

“Whilst overall complication rate was low (15.4 per cent), major complications including oesophageal stricture formation and cardiopulmonary arrest may occur. Cats with oesophageal foreign bodies were more likely to experience major complications than those with gastric foreign bodies.”

Despite its success, the researchers stress that there are limitations to the study. For example, the cats were treated at one referral practice, and the results may not be representative of other practices.

Furthermore, six clinicians performed the endoscopy and so there may have been some descriptive bias introduced. The team addressed this issue by retrospectively grading the images obtained during the procedure to assess the severity of oesophagitis and gastritis. 

Nicholas Jeffery, editor of the JSAP added: “Endoscopy is often the preferred treatment method in retrieval of OFBs and GFBs as it avoids the need for surgical intervention and associated operative pain. It is encouraging, therefore, that the results of this study appear to show a good overall outcome for affected cats.”

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Rare chimp birth announced at Edinburgh Zoo

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 The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) welcomed the birth of a critically endangered western chimpanzee on Monday 3 February at Edinburgh Zoo's Budongo Trail.

The baby girl will be named in the coming days through a public vote, and staff will carry out a paternity test during its first health check to determine the father.

Mother Heleen's first infant, Velu, was born in 2014, making this new baby only the second chimpanzee born in Scotland for more than 20 years.

Budongo Trail team leader Donald Gow said: "While we celebrate every birth, this one is particularly special because our new arrival is a critically endangered Western chimpanzee, a rare subspecies of chimpanzee."

Image (c) RZSS/Donald Gow. 

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BEVA offering free membership to vet students

The British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) is offering free membership to veterinary students. As part of a new initiative with the aim of encouraging more veterinary professionals into equine practice.

According to BEVA, less than one in ten veterinary students choose to work in equine practice. The association hopes that this initiative will provide insight into the field and the benefits of a career in equine medicine.

Benefits of membership include:
▪ access to a network of nearly 3,000 members
▪ special student rates to attend BEVA Congress
▪ online access to BEVA's Equine Veterinary Education (EVE) journal
▪ free access to the association's online learning platform
▪ free access to BEVA's practical veterinary apps
▪ exclusive discounts on a range of things from cinema tickets to grocery shopping.

BEVA will be releasing a series of short videos over the next few months from BEVA Council members, explaining what inspired them to work in equine practice.

Image (c) BEVA.