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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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New York to ban sale of foie gras

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 New York City councillors have voted overwhelmingly in favour of legislation that will see the ban of foie gras in the city. The move, which comes in response to animal cruelty concerns, will take effect in 2022.


 Councillor Carlina Rivera, who sponsored the legislation, told the New York Times that her bill “tackles the most inhumane process” in the commercial food industry. “This is one of the most violent practices, and it’s done for a purely luxury product,” she said.


 Foie gras is a food product made of the liver of a goose or duck that has been fattened, often by force-feeding. New York City is one of America’s largest markets for the product, with around 1,000 restaurants currently offering it on their menu. 

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Humane Slaughter Association student scholarships open for applications

Applications for the Humane Slaughter Association’s student/trainee Dorothy Sidley Memorial Scholarships are now open.

The Scholarships provide funding to enable students or trainees in the industry to undertake a project aimed at improving the welfare of food animals during marketing, transport and slaughter. The project may be carried out as an integral part of a student's coursework over an academic year, or during the summer break.

The deadline for applications is midnight on the 28 February 2020. To apply and for further information visit www.hsa.org.uk/grants or contact the HSA office.