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RCVS extends remote prescribing guidance
Veterinary surgeons will be able to continue prescribing POM-Vs remotely until the end of September.

“We are far from being back to business as usual” - Mandisa Greene.

Temporary guidance that enables veterinary surgeons to remotely prescribe prescription-only veterinary medicines (POM-Vs) without first having to carry out a physical examination of the animal has been extended until the end of September.

The decision by the RCVS Council COVID-19 Taskforce includes a minor change to step three of its coronavirus guidance flowchart, removing the words: ‘in the first instance', to allow veterinary professionals more flexibility in deciding whether to consult remotely or face-to-face.

It comes after a recent meeting of the Taskforce, in which the group considered the pandemic's progress and latest government guidance. It also took into consideration results from a survey of practice experience of remote consulting, and additional third-party data from several veterinary practices.

“Whilst lockdown measures have been eased and matters have improved, we are far from being back to business as usual and the threat of returning to more severe lockdown measures, whether locally or nationally, is still very much alive," commented
RCVS president and Taskforce chair, Mandisa Greene.

“Nevertheless, with practices currently able to return to more routine treatments, the Taskforce recognises the need for more flexibility in our temporary guidance, so that veterinary surgeons can use their professional judgement to decide what is the most suitable approach in each individual case.”

The Taskforce also discussed the need to continue to provide practices with flexibility in the face of possible local or national lockdowns, and the likelihood of quarantine of members of the team due to travel and/or Test and Trace.

The results from the survey of practice experience of remote consulting are expected to be published shortly. 

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Vet Professionals offering webinars on feline health for vets

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 Vet Professionals - a company that provides advice and information to pet owners and veterinary staff - are offering free 'ten-minute tips' education sessions on a range of topics related to feline health.

The webinars are held on Wednesdays at 1.30pm via Zoom. Sessions typically last around 30 minutes and include a live Q&A session.

Upcoming sessions include:

- 'How to place naso-oesophageal feeding tubes in cats' - 14 October
- 'How to place oesophagostomy feeding tubes in cats' - 28 October
- 'How to calculate tube feeding nutritional requirements' - 18 November.

Full details on future sessions, as well as links to previous webinars and video tutorials, are available on the Vet Professionals website. 

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More cases of African swine fever confirmed in Germany

More cases of African swine fever (ASF) have been confirmed in wild boar in Germany.

According to Pig World, 20 outbreaks have been identified in two districts - Brandenburg, where the original case confirmed on September 10 was found, and near the town of Neuzelle, some 7.5 km away.

The finding represents a further seven cases confirmed by Germany's Friedrich-Loeffler Institute. A Central Crisis Team has been established to coordinate the response to the outbreak.