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RCVS issues COVID-19 recovery guidance for veterinary practices
Under the new guidelines, practices will no longer be expected to provide only essential or urgent services.

New guidance to replace current emergency guidance.

The RCVS has published new COVID-19 recovery guidance for the UK veterinary profession, aligning with the UK governments' intention to ease the country out of lockdown between now and mid-April, depending on a number of factors.

The new guidance, which will gradually replace the RCVS' current emergency guidance, aims to help veterinary practices begin a phased return to near-normal operations, subject to a number of provisions.

Provided the government's plans remain in place, practices across the UK will be able to use their own professional judgement to decide which services to provide, whilst still maintaining biosecurity and social distancing measures.

Practices will no longer be expected to provide only essential services and the College's COVID-19 flowcharts will be removed.

The College is, however, keeping the right to remote prescribe in place, but only where there is no suitable alternative and still subject to certain guidelines and requirements.

RCVS president Mandisa Greene said: “Whilst I sincerely hope that we are at last beginning to see light at the end of the tunnel, if there is one thing we have learnt, it is that things can deteriorate rapidly if we don’t all continue to play our part and follow all relevant guidelines.

“I therefore urge my colleagues to continue to use their professional judgement and think very carefully about their gradual return to more normal working patterns over the coming weeks and months, according to their individual circumstances and the best interests of their teams, clients, and the animals they care for.”

The RCVS COVID-19 Taskforce has also announced that changes made in response to the pandemic will now be reviewed and decisions made as to whether to retain, amend or reverse them.

The BVA has also published guidance for practices on working safely as lockdown restrictions are eased, available on the Association's website.

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Webinar to focus on equine worm control

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 Vets, veterinary nurses and RAMAs are being invited to join a free CPD webinar on late winter and early spring equine worm control.

Hosted by Zoetis vet Dr Wendy Talbot, the webinar aims to help prescribers understand which parasites are of most concern at this time of year. It will also cover how to assess parasite risk, selecting a suitable wormer and spring wormer plans, concluding with a Q&A session.

The webinar takes place on Thursday, 18 March at 10 am and will be repeated at 7 pm for those unable to listen during the day. To book the 10 am webinar, click here, and to register for the 7 pm webinar, click here

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Avian influenza confirmed in Lancashire

A case of highly pathogenic (HPAI H5N8) avian influenza has been confirmed in two captive peregrine falcons on a non-commercial, non-poultry premises near Skelmersdale, West Lancashire.

Following a risk assessment, APHA has declared that no disease control zones have been put in place surrounding this non-commercial, non-poultry premises.

Eighteen cases of HPAI H5N8 have now been identified in poultry and other captive birds in England. A housing order for poultry and captive birds introduced by Defra to control the spread of the disease expired on 31 March, although bird keepers in England are still required by law to comply with biosecurity measures.

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