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Weather conditions could explain drop in Alabama rot cases
Alabama rot was first detected in the UK in 2012 but a definitive cause has not yet been identified.
Figures show 10 confirmed cases so far this year 

Vets are reporting a drop in the number of cases of Alabama rot in the first three months of 2019, compared to last year, which could suggest weather conditions are playing a part.

Anderson Moores Veterinary Specialists say there have been a total of 185 cases since 2012, with 10 cases confirmed so far this year.

Leading Alabama rot expert David Walker, of Anderson Moores, said that while the fall in cases is good news we must be “cautious” in attributing reasons for this.

“We’re continually assessing data associated with confirmed cases and their geographical location,” he said, “but one factor we’ve been exploring is the association between increased case numbers and milder, wetter weather in winter and spring.

“Climatic conditions may have been different this year compared to last; however, this anecdotal assessment needs to be scientifically confirmed before we can reach any firm conclusions.”

Alabama rot was first detected in the UK in 2012 but a definitive cause has not yet been identified.

A study by the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) and Anderson Moores last year found 95 per cent of Alabama rot cases were confirmed between November and May. The majority occurred in the west and south of England. Other research by the RVC has suggested gun dogs and hounds are most at risk of contracting the disease.

It has also been suggested that there could be a link with the environmental organism Aeromonas hydrophila, which is implicated in the amphibian disease red leg syndrome. Research undertaken by fish vet Fiona Macdonald last year found a significant number of dogs studied showed an immune response to the organism.

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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.

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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.