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First stem cell-based veterinary medicine approved
“A quarter of the entire equine population develops osteoarthritis at some point in their life."
Arti-Cell Forte for equine lameness available from May 2019 

The first stem cell-based veterinary medicine, used for treating equine lameness, will be available from May and June 2019.

Boehringer Ingelheim has launched Arti-Cell Forte in Europe for the ‘reduction of mild to moderate recurrent lameness associated with non-septic joint inflammation in horses’.

Described as a ‘groundbreaking first-ever approved treatment’, the drug targets lameness by utilising specifically primed, chondrogenic induced stem cells. It comes in an ultra-low frozen and ready-to-use format.

Boehringer said current treatments for lameness are not satisfactory for all cases and ‘there is a clear need for innovation and new treatment options’, looking at the underlying cause rather than just treating symptoms.

The company formed a partnership with Global Stem Cell Technology (GST) last year to develop new treatments and solutions to improve animal health.

Jan Spaas, CEO of GST, said: “A quarter of the entire equine population develops osteoarthritis at some point in their life. Priming the cells towards cartilage aids them to deliver the right activities in the affected joint.

“We are absolutely delighted with our first marketing authorisation from the European Commission and the first stem cell-based product in animal health. We are sure that with our partner Boehringer Ingelheim this product will become a game changer in equine health.”

Dr Erich Schoett, of Boehringer, added: “We are proud to continue to set new standards of care for horses to optimise their health and well-being in partnership with veterinarians. Early disease detection and early treatment are key to ensure that horses are healthy and live longer, happier lives.”

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Registrations open for overseas veterinary professionals course

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 Registrations are now open for the RCVS CPD course for overseas veterinary professionals, which covers an introduction to the UK veterinary professions.

The course is aimed at overseas-qualified veterinary surgeons and nurses during their first two years of working in the UK, in addition to those considering working here. It provides graduates with the key information and skills required to practice in the UK, as well as helping them understand their legal duties as veterinary professionals.

For more information and to book your place please click here. The course will be held at Belgravia House, London, on Wednesday 12 June.  

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BVA launches award to celebrate young vets

A new award has been launched to celebrate inspirational young vets who are making a difference in their day to day work.

Nominations are now open for the BVA Young Vet of the Year Award, which is the first of its kind. It is open to all vets registered with the RCVS in the first eight years of their careers, working in any veterinary sphere, including clinical practice, research, education or veterinary politics. Organisers are looking for an ‘exceptional young vet’ whose work has benefitted the veterinary community or the workplace.

The awards are open for self-entry and nominations by 1 August 2019. The winner will be announced at London Vet Show on 14 November 2019, where a £1000 cash prize will be awarded, alongside a ‘career enhancing experience’ with Zoetis.