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First report of canine ocular thelaziosis
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T. callipaeda is a vector-borne parasite spread by the male drosophilid fruit fly, Phortica variegata - which has been recorded in the UK.

UK case thought to have been imported from Romania
Parasitologists from the University of Liverpool have reported the UK's first known case of canine ocular thelaziosis in a dog that had been recently imported from Romania.

Worms were discovered on the conjunctiva of the dog, which was otherwise healthy, during a routine general anaesthetic for elective surgery in March 2016.

The one-year-old male collie cross had been imported six weeks earlier and parasitologists suspect it is a case of imported canine ocular thelaziosis. In Romania, Thelazia callipaeda was recently identified as endemic.

All visible worms were removed from the dog and sent to the Liverpool Veterinary Parasitology Diagnostics, where they were identified as T. callipaeda, although additional analysis by PCR to confirm this is pending. Meanwhile the dog was treated with a single dose of 10 per cent imidacloprid and 2.5 per cent moxidectin, and no further problems have been reported.

T. callipaeda is a vector-borne parasite that requires an intermediate host. In Europe, this has been identified as the male drosophilid fruit fly, Phortica variegata, which has been recorded in the UK, meaning T. callipaeda could potentially become endemic in this country.

In recent years, its spread has been documented in several European countries, including France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Belgium, Germany, Croatia and Serbia.

Writing in Vet Record letters, the researchers said: 'This case raises awareness of a new imported disease and highlights the ongoing risks associated with pet travel and importation, and the need for vigilance when examining these animals.'

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VET Festival returns for 2022

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 VET Festival, the unique CPD opportunity, is returning for 2022, running from 20 to 21 May.

The outdoor event, held at Loseley Park in Guildford, will feature 17 education streams, with a dedicated stream covering veterinary wellness, leadership and management topics. The festival will feature veterinary speakers from around the world, with the opportunity to collect 14 hours of CPD across the two-day event.

Alongside veterinary education, VET Festival will also offer wellbeing activities such as yoga and mindfulness activities, with the popular VETFest Live Party Night making a return for 2022.

Tickets available here.  

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Free webinar on rearing better heifers

A free webinar is being held by Volac to help dairy farmers rear better heifers. Marking the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board's (AHDB) 'Great British Calf Week', the webinar is scheduled to take place at 12.15pm - 1.45pm on Thursday 3 February 2022.

Focusing on the management input needed to produce better heifers, the webinar will explore practical tips for better calf rearing, sustainable growth through effective calf nutrition, and the importance of sustainable ingredients in calf milk formulas.

Anyone interested in attending can register here.