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Vets sought for feline pancytopenia study
"Given the rarity of this condition, the clustering of these cases is concerning" - Dr Barbara Glanemann.
Survey follows a rise in cases across the UK.

Vets are being sought for a study into feline pancytopenia following a surge in cases across the UK.

The Royal Veterinary College (RVC) reports that it has seen at least 10 cats with the condition in the last month. The disorder, which often proves fatal, consists of severe leukopenia, thrombocytopenia and anaemia.

Dr Barbara Glanemann, a senior lecturer in transfusion medicine and Emergency Critical Care at the RVC, who is leading the study, said: “Given the rarity of this condition, the clustering of these cases is concerning. Investigations in our cases have not revealed any identifiable underlying cause so far.

“Speaking to several colleagues in general practice and other referral hospitals around the country we are currently aware of about another 40 – 50 affected cats. The cats are severely unwell, have spontaneous bleeding and require often multiple transfusion for stabilisation prior to any investigation being possible.”

Dr Glanemann added that most of the cats had presented with severe generalised bone marrow hypo- to aplasia and that some cats were from the same household.

The RVC is calling on any vets or veterinary nurses that might have recently seen feline pancytopenia cases to complete its online survey. Findings will be used to help identify a common factor among cases to identify any underlying cause.

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VetCT app offered to students and new graduates

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 The VetCT app is being offered for free to students and new veterinary graduates for their first three months in practice. The app provides a service for vets to send case information to a global team of Diploma-holding specialists, who can provide advice and support via instant call-back, text chat, written report, or virtual appointment.

Time on the app is automatically logged as CPD with quarterly certificates being generated for users. Additional services include the ability to book bespoke CPD, significant event reviews, and live training sessions such as surgical procedures.

The app is downloadable for both iOS and Android systems. 

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HORIBA to host CPD webinar

HORIBA has announced that it will host an online CPD meeting focusing on 'Exotic Parasites - The Importance of Testing in The Imported Dog'. Ian Wright (BVMS, MSc, MRCVS), head of ESCCAP UK and Ireland, will present on the importance of testing protocols in diseases of imported dogs.

The meeting will provide attendees with an overview of emerging veterinary diseases with a particular focus on exotic parasites, and discuss the importance of accurate testing protocols and equipment, alongside a final Q&A session.

The webinar will take place on Thursday July 1, from 19.30pm to 21.00pm BST. For free registration and more information visit the Horiba website or register.gotowebinar.com