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Joint statement on the use of flukicides in dairy cattle
'When prescribing, it is important to be aware of the withdrawal period requirements'

Document contains a summary of the various products available.

A joint statement on the use of flukicides in dairy cattle has been released by the National Office of Animal Health (NOAH) and the Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD).

Flukicides are anthelmintic veterinary medicines that are active against parasites from the trematode class. The most common parasite in this class is the liver fluke.

The statement reads: 'Vets, Suitably Qualified Persons (SQPs) and farmers are generally required to follow the instructions on the product labels; however, the prescribing decision rests with the vet, pharmacist or SQP.

'When prescribing, it is important to be aware of withdrawal period requirements specified on the labels and farmers should follow the advice given by the vet or the SQP.'

The statement also contains a summary of the various dairy cattle flukticides products authorised for sale in the UK.

Because some of the products place restrictions on the use of the product depending on the stage of pregnancy, users and prescribers are urged to consider this information carefully when treating animals. 

The full document can be read here.

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 Has someone in your practice team gone above and beyond to make your workplace a positive one during the coronavirus pandemic? Then why not nominate them for a 2020 Practice Wellbeing Star!

The joint RCVS Mind Matters Initiative/SPVS Practice Wellbeing Star nominations recognise individuals who have held up morale during a time when practices are facing unprecedented staffing and financial issues.

Nominees receive a certificate in recognition of their colleagues' appreciation of their achievements and will be entered into the prize draw for a pair of tickets to attend the joint SPVS and Veterinary Management Group Congress in January 2021.

 

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