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VMD’s annual review of adverse events published
The number of safety (adverse reaction) reports increased in only two major species, dogs and sheep.

Report highlights rise in suspected lack of efficacy reports for cats

The Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) has published its annual review of adverse events in animals, humans and the environment after the use of veterinary medicines.

The Veterinary Pharmacovigilance in the United Kingdom review summarises 6,721 UK adverse events reported to the VMD in 2017, an increase of 2.5 per cent on the previous year, compared to 15 per cent from 2015 to 2016.

Of the reports received, dogs were the only major species that had increased (9%). The largest decrease was for rabbits, with a fall of more than 31 per cent.

The report also highlights a considerable rise in the number of suspected lack of expected efficacy reports for cats compared to 2016. These were for products that affect the nervous system, including general anaesthetics, sedatives and analgesics.

Products for reversal of sedation also increased, as did combined treatments for the prevention of infestation by international and external parasites.

The number of safety (adverse reaction) reports increased in only two major species, dogs and sheep. The increase in dogs was owing to reports involving medicines for treating the intestines, heart and circulation, the nervous system and the ears.

Half of the products involved in sheep safety cases were anti-parasitics, with 50 per cent of those being wormers. 

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AWF Student Grant open for submissions

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 Applications are open for the Animal Welfare Foundation (AWF) Student Grant Scheme for innovative research projects designed to impact animal welfare.

Undergraduate and postgraduate students of veterinary science, veterinary nursing, agriculture studies and animal welfare are invited to submit their proposals to undertake research projects next year.

Grants are decided based on the project’s innovation, relevance to topical animal welfare issues and ability to contribute towards raising animal welfare standards. For more information visit animalwelfarefoundation.org.uk.  

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In a new animated film, the celebrities raise awareness by showing the solidarity of the UK's own working animals on strike. A sniffer dog (Brian Blessed), police horse (Peter Egan) and sheepdog (Deborah Meaden) are shown ignoring their duties and protesting in solidarity with animals in developing countries.

SPANA chef executive Geoffrey Dennis said: "We are so grateful to Deborah, Peter and Brian for lending their voices to our new film, and for speaking up for millions of working animals overseas. SPANA believes that a life of work should not mean a life of suffering, and it is only thanks to people’s generosity and support that we can continue our vital work improving the lives of these animals."