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Revised VMR reforms published following feedback
The changes to the reforms have been welcomed by the BVA.
VMD sets out amended plans to update regulations.

The Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) has published revised plans to amend the Veterinary Medicines Regulations 2013 (VMR), dropping somes of its initial proposals and changing others.

The changes come after an eight-week public consultation last year received responses from 188 individuals and organisations. Although many of the responses were supportive, the VMD has responded to concerns raised by stakeholders over some of the plans.

Planned changes which have been dropped include:
    •    Only allowing veterinary prescription-only medicines to be advertised to animal keepers if they are immunological medicines
    •    Changing the classification for new immunological veterinary medicines so they can only be prescribed by veterinary surgeons
    •    Changing prescribing requirements for veterinary surgeons to include ‘clinical examination or other proper assessment’ instead of ‘clinical assessment’.

There have also been amendments made to other proposals, including the proposed changes to labelling requirements for veterinary medicines.

The VMR, which regulate the marketing, manufacture, distribution, possession and administration of veterinary medicines and medicated feed, have previously only been slightly altered since they were introduced in October 2013.

Abi Seager, VMD chief executive officer, said: “We are grateful to everyone who took the time to provide considered responses to our consultation.

“We are pleased with the support for the proposed changes. Where the feedback identified disproportionate impacts on certain businesses or unintended consequences on animal health and welfare, we have acted and amended our proposals.

“We look forward to continuing engagement with all our stakeholders and support[ing] them through the implementation of the upcoming changes.”

The newly published plans have been welcomed by the British Veterinary Association (BVA).

Anna Judson, BVA president, said: “We’re pleased to see that the government has listened to the concerns we raised in our consultation response last year. These are reflected in amendments including the appropriate use of the cascade, the prescribing of medicated feed, and a commitment towards better regulation of online pharmacies.

“BVA will take time to carefully review the details of the government’s consultation response and share feedback with [the] government and our members.”

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Bristol uni celebrates 75 years of teaching vets

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 The University of Bristol's veterinary school is celebrating 75 years of educating veterinary students.

Since the first group of students were admitted in October 1949, the school has seen more than 5,000 veterinary students graduate.

Professor Jeremy Tavare, pro vice-chancellor and executive dean for the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, said: "I'm delighted to be celebrating Bristol Veterinary School's 75 years.

"Its excellence in teaching and research has resulted in greater understanding and some real-world changes benefiting the health and welfare of both animals and humans, which is testament to the school's remarkable staff, students and graduates." 

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RCVS HQ to temporarily relocate

The headquarters of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) is to move temporarily, ahead of its permanent relocation later in the year.

From Monday, 26 February 2024, RCVS' temporary headquarters will be at 2 Waterhouse Square, Holborn, London. This is within walking distance of its current rented offices at The Cursitor, Chancery Lane.

RCVS have been based at The Cursitor since February 2022, following the sale of its Westminster premises the previous March.

However, unforeseen circumstances relating to workspace rental company WeWork filing for bankruptcy means The Cursitor will no longer operate as a WeWork space. The new temporary location is still owned by WeWork.

RCVS anticipates that it will move into its permanent location at Hardwick Street, Clerkenwell, later on in the year.