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New diagnostic tool for Johne's disease
"Actiphage was found to be a useful screening test before animals were moved to reduce the risk of spread of infection." - Dr Cath Rees.
Actiphage has been found to detect the disease early in farmed deer. 

A new study has discovered that Actiphage, a new diagnostic, can directly detect the presence of Johne's disease in farmed deer.

Johne's disease, a chronic wasting condition that results in reduced meat yields, lower fertility and premature death, has previously been difficult to detect. However, a new proof of concept study has shown that Actiphage can directly detect the presence of the causal mycobacteria in cervid blood samples. 

Published in Frontiers in Veterinary Science, the study blind tested 132 animals from four production units to detect carriers of the disease. 

Actiphage detected the causal bacteria Mycobacterium avium subsp paratuberculosis (MAP) predominantly in one breeding unit and in a small number of animals in another. 

Upon re-testing the MAP-positive animals were found to test positively again, making the results of the study reproducible. 

Dr Cath Rees, one of the study's authors, and associate professor of Microbiology at the University of Nottingham, commented: “Early identification of carriers using Actiphage allowed the introduction of a disease management strategy on the farm.

“In addition, Actiphage was found to be a useful additional screening test before animals were moved to reduce the risk of spread of infection.”

It is hoped that the findings of this study will assist in restricting the progression of Johne's disease through a herd, as its reliable identification of the mycobacteria at an early stage of infection can allow for the farmer to then isolate the infected animal. 

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RCVS Fellowship applications open

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 Applications have now opened for RCVS Fellowship 2022. The RCVS is encouraging anyone who would like to be considered for Fellowship to apply, and if successful, they will be welcomed into the Fellowship next year.

The process for joining the fellowship has changed slightly for this year, as applicants will now need two signed referee forms instead of three professional references, and five assessors will review each application instead of three.

The deadline for applications is 14 February 2022, and more information on how to apply can be found here. If applicants have any questions, or would like informal advice from previous successful applicants, they are encouraged to contact Ceri Via Email 

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Horiba announces veterinary haematology webinar

Horiba Medical has announced a free webinar providing practical insight on best practice in veterinary haematology. Entitled 'In practice haematology - Beyond the pale!' the webinar will be presented by Ronnie Barron from the University of Glasgow Veterinary School.

Ronnie's presentation, which will conclude with a Q&A session, will look at QC and artefacts of sample quality and review the effects of different pathologies. Using images, photomicrographs and video links, he will also explain the techniques and equipment needed to complement analytical automation to confirm results quality.

The webinar takes place on Thursday, October 28 (7.30-9pm). For more details and to register, click here.