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Enzootic abortion vaccine supply issues announced
Ceva Animal Health says it is treating the issue with the “utmost urgency”.
Supply gap to affect UK this summer.

Ceva Animal Health has announced that there will be a gap in the supply of its enzootic abortion of ewes (EAE) vaccine Cevac Chlamydia between June and August.

The company has said the issue has been caused by a batch failure during the manufacturing process and that it deeply regrets any inconvenience caused.

Last year also saw a shortage of the vaccine in the UK, which Ceva Animal Health blamed on delays in the manufacturing and distribution process. The issue was resolved by September and the company again hopes that the vaccine will become available later in the year.

Roy Geary, Ceva Animal Health’s regional director for Northern Europe, said: “Our dedicated team is working closely with our partners to resolve the challenges and restore normal supply levels as soon as possible. The vaccine challenge is being treated with the utmost urgency, and we are actively exploring alternative options to speed up the supply chain for future batches of the vaccine.

“We anticipate that the issue in supply will be resolved, with some stock potentially available later in the season, however we recognise that for some farmers the supply will arrive too late for them to use.”

Until the vaccine becomes available again, Ceva Animal Health has recommended that veterinary surgeons look at alternative ways to help their clients protect their flocks.

Mr Geary added: “We are encouraging vets to explore alternative means of safeguarding the health of their clients’ flocks during this period. We recommend implementing robust biosecurity measures and adhering to existing vaccination protocols for other preventable diseases to ensure the overall wellbeing of livestock.

“We will provide vet practices and the wider industry with regular updates as we progress toward a resolution and return to normal supply levels.”

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Special imports digital service set to change

News Story 1
 From Monday, 15 July, Special Import Certificate (SIC) applications will only be accepted via the Veterinary Medicines Directorate's (VMD's) new special imports digital service.

The original online special import scheme will be decommissioned. The VMD says that the new service is easier to use, more secure and reliable, and meets accessibility legislation.

The VMD is urging veterinary surgeons who have not yet signed up for the new service to do so before 15 July. The new digital service can be accessed here

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RCVS course explains concerns process

A free, online course from the RCVS Academy has been launched, designed to clarify RCVS' concerns procedure.

The content will give veterinary surgeons and veterinary nurses a better understanding of the process, and what they can expect if a concern is raised about them. It includes details of common concerns.

The interactive resource has been developed in collaboration with Clare Stringfellow, case manager in the RCVS Professional Conduct Team.

Ms Stringfellow said: "We appreciate that concerns can be very worrying, and we hope that, through this course, we can give vets and nurses a better understanding of the process and how to obtain additional support."

The course can be accessed via the RCVS Academy. Users are encouraged to record their learning for CPD.