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Report identifies barriers to vaccination
Comprehensive report reveals much to be done on vaccination
Pet ‘herd immunity’ may be at risk

A recently released report, How to Increase Animal Vaccination, identifies the six major barriers that limit uptake of vaccines around the globe – economic, political, technical and scientific, regulatory, social and perception, and field-use barriers.

The comprehensive report, published by HealthforAnimals, analyses the underlying issues within each barrier and offers 80 clear, actionable recommendations to address them.

It appears that pet vaccination in developed nations is high, but ‘herd immunity’ may be at risk. Companion animal ownership is high in these regions and owners will invest in pet care. As a result, overall vaccination rates are reasonable-to-good; but warning signs are emerging.

In the UK, 25 per cent of dogs have never been vaccinated, and in the US, 17 per cent of owners thought vaccination was unnecessary. There are concerns in Europe and the US that the levels of vaccinated dogs and cats has fallen below the levels necessary for ‘herd immunity’.

Pet vaccination in emerging economies, especially in Asia, is generally negligible. Some vaccination of individually owned pet dogs happens in urban areas. Rabies vaccination campaigns for stray animals also occurs in areas of East Africa and South Asia.

The report concludes that pet owners often make cost-benefit choices based on perceived risk of illness. For example, an owner may decide to vaccinate their dog since it plays with other dogs, but not vaccinate their cat because it only goes into the garden. They set this perceived risk against the cost of an annual vaccination.

In the UK, the BSAVA has confirmed that approximately 25 per cent of dogs and 35 per cent of cats receive no primary vaccination course – the lowest level they have recorded and below ‘herd immunity’ levels.

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Celebrity chefs urge public to get baking to support Cats Protection fundraiser

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 In support of Cats Protection's Pawsome Afternoon Tea fundraiser, Masterchef winner Tim Anderson and Great British Bake Off star Kim-Joy have shared biscuit recipes to help keen bakers raise money for needy cats across April.

The celebrity chefs are both cat owners and have said that they hope this fundraiser will help to raise awareness of cats in need and the importance of adopting a cat, rather than buying one.

This is the fourth year Cats Protection has run its Pawsome Afternoon Tea campaign, which encourages people to hold tea parties, bake sales and fundraising events to help raise money for the charity.

To view the recipes and other fundraising resources please visit the Cats Protection website. 

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BEVA offering free membership to vet students

The British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) is offering free membership to veterinary students. As part of a new initiative with the aim of encouraging more veterinary professionals into equine practice.

According to BEVA, less than one in ten veterinary students choose to work in equine practice. The association hopes that this initiative will provide insight into the field and the benefits of a career in equine medicine.

Benefits of membership include:
▪ access to a network of nearly 3,000 members
▪ special student rates to attend BEVA Congress
▪ online access to BEVA's Equine Veterinary Education (EVE) journal
▪ free access to the association's online learning platform
▪ free access to BEVA's practical veterinary apps
▪ exclusive discounts on a range of things from cinema tickets to grocery shopping.

BEVA will be releasing a series of short videos over the next few months from BEVA Council members, explaining what inspired them to work in equine practice.

Image (c) BEVA.