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Majority of farm fridges record temperatures outside recommended range for vaccines - study
Around 89 per cent of loggers in the study recorded a fridge temperature outside the recommended 2-8°C range.
Farmers encouraged to use thermomenters or loggers to track fridge temperature. 

Farmers are being urged to take action to improve medicine storage after a study found that the majority of farm fridges may not maintain temperatures within the recommended range for vaccines.

With new figures suggesting that around 89 per cent of farm fridges record temperatures outside of the 2-8
°C range, XLVets is encouraging farmers to track the temperature of their fridges and take steps to maximise efficiency.

Rosie Lyle of Bishopton Veterinary Group, a member of XLVets and lead author of the study, said: “It’s important for both farmers and vets to be aware of potential concerns about vaccine efficacy, given the possible impact on herd health and the potential for vaccine failure to reduce trust in vaccines and herd health recommendations.”

In the study, 18 farmers placed temperature loggers in the fridge where they normally store vaccines. Between February and April, 89 per cent of loggers recorded a temperature outside the recommended 2–8
°C range at least once, and 43 per cent recorded temperatures outside this range more than 50 per cent of the time.

It was noted that 55 per cent of the loggers recorded a temperature over 8
°C, and 39 per cent recorded a temperature below 2°C. Across all the fridges monitored, the maximum temperature recorded was 12°C, and the minimum was -11.5°C.

“These findings are concerning for farmers as we know that both too high and too low temperatures can impair vaccine efficacy,” said Rosie, adding that live vaccines tend to be particularly sensitive to elevated temperatures while inactivated vaccines are more affected by freezing.

In light of the findings, farmers are being encouraged to use max/min thermometers or temperature loggers to track fridge temperature and take steps to maximise the efficiency of each fridge. Simple interventions might include ensuring fridges are not subject to wide variations in external temperature and enabling adequate airflow, said XLVets.

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RCVS launches photo contest for Mental Health Awareness Week

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 The RCVS Mind Matters Initiative (MMI) is holding a photo competition for Mental Health Awareness Week to highlight the link between the natural world and wellbeing.

Mental Health Awareness Week (10-16 May) aims to encourage people to talk about their mental health and reduce the stigma that can prevent people from seeking help. This year's theme is nature - notably the connection between the natural world and better mental health.

The RCVS is calling on aspiring photographers to submit a photo on this theme to Lisa Quigley, Mind Matters manager, at l.quigley@rcvs.org.uk with a short explanation about their submission and why nature improves their mental health and wellbeing.  

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WSAVA to host free webinar on illegal online puppy trade

The World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) has announced a free webinar to update veterinary professionals across Europe about the illegal online puppy trade. Taking place on Tuesday, 25 May, the webinar will also discuss the importance of the new EU Animal Health Law to help prevent illegal pet sales and make sellers accountable for their actions.

WSAVA chair Dr Natasha Lee said: "Veterinary professionals regularly have to deal with the repercussions of illicit breeding and trading when presented with clinically ill and sometimes dying puppies and distraught owners. Our webinar will equip veterinarians in Europe with the knowledge to play their part in upholding the new legislation and to contribute to new solutions for regulating the online puppy trade."

For more details visit wsava.org