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VMD recalls chicken vaccine over efficacy concerns
The VMD has issued a product recall alert for a single batch of Salmovac 400.
Veterinary surgeons urged to examine their inventories immediately.

The Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) has issued a product recall alert for a batch of Salmovac 440, manufactured by CEVA Animal Health, over concerns about its efficacy.

Salmovac 440 is used in chickens to protect them against Salmonella Enteritidis and Salmonella Typhimurium. Usually administered via drinking water, it contains the contains the live Salmonella Enteritidis strain in freeze-dried form. 

The VMD writes: ‘We wish to make veterinary surgeons aware that Ceva Animal Health Ltd has initiated a Class II recall to veterinary level for the product Salmovac 440.

‘Following testing Ceva Animal Health Ltd have confirmed that Batch No. 3000520B with an Expiry date of 11 December 2021 has live bacterial count values (potency) below the authorised specification and there is potential for a lack of efficacy.

‘Ceva Animal Health Ltd is contacting veterinary surgeons to examine inventory immediately and quarantine products subject to this recall.’

Further information about the recall is available from Ms Helen Houghton, poultry business unit manager, on 01494 781510. 

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Vets asked to opt-in to Scottish SPCA fostering programme

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 The Scottish SPCA is encouraging veterinary practices to opt into its new fostering programme, by agreeing to register foster animals when approached by one of the foster carers.

The programme goes live in August 2021, and will help to rehabilitate animals under the Scottish SPCA's care until they are able to be properly re-homed. The programme will help the animals to receive care and attention in a stable and happy home environment, as some animals do not cope with a rescue and re-homing centre environment as well as others.

Specific information for veterinary practices on the new programme can be found at 

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Webinar provides insight into old age pets

A new webinar providing insights into the BSAVA PetSavers Old Age Pets citizen science project is now available free of charge to its members via the BSAVA Library

The webinar presents an exclusive insight into the research process and progression of the study, which aims to help veterinary professionals and owners provide the best care for their senior dogs.

It also discusses the study's research methods, the researchers' personal interests in this area of study, and how they envisage the findings being used to create a guidance tool to improve discussions between vets and owners about their ageing dogs.