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Vets in holiday hotspots ‘busier than ever’
Pet owners are being urged to seek advice about preventative healthcare before they go on holiday.

Pet owners urged to plan ahead of holidays this summer. 

Vets in some of the UK’s top tourist destinations are said to be 'busier than ever' ahead of the easing of coronavirus restrictions on Monday (19 July).

The BVA says that it has been hearing from members in the South West in particular about an influx of tourists and the need for pet owners to plan ahead if they need access to veterinary provisions.

With a rise in holiday bookings, the start of the school summer holidays, and an increase in pet ownership during the pandemic, it could put extra pressure on many practices already struggling with the impact of COVID-19.

In a bid to avoid overwhelming practices in popular holiday hotspots, the BVA has put together a checklist that includes specific actions owners can take ahead of their ‘Great British Petaway’. 

The actions include speaking to their local vet about preventive healthcare before travelling, making sure they have enough supplies of any medication their pet might be taking, and identifying a local vet in the area where they will be staying. 

BVA Senior Vice President Daniella Dos Santos said: “We’re hearing from vets in popular holiday hotspots that they are already busier than ever, and with lockdown restrictions easing and school holidays around the corner, summer breaks in the UK with pets are only expected to soar. 

“Pets are a huge part of the family and so it’s understandable that some owners will want to take them along on holiday, but it’s important to plan in advance. Of course, emergencies may happen and vets will always be there for you and your pets, but with some preparation ahead of travel, you can help avoid overwhelming local veterinary practices in your destination as well as ensure peace of mind for you and top health for your pet.”

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Prestigious veterinary awards open for nominations

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 Nominations for the prestigious PetPlan Veterinary Awards 2022 are now open, with five accolades up for grabs including: Practice of the Year; Vet of the Year, Vet Nurse of the Year, Practice Manager of the Year and Practice Support Staff.

Anyone can nominate an outstanding veterinary professional or practice for an award, from colleagues to pet owners, friends and family. Nominations remain anonymous, and Petplan will send everyone who receives a nomination a certificate to display in their practice.

Nominations can be made at and remain open until Monday 10 January. 

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New online CPD otitis podcast created

A new 15 minute podcast on treating animals with otitis has been created by Dechra Veterinary Products. Featuring general practice vet Carolyn Kyte and veterinary dermatology specialist Natalie Barnard, the two vets will discuss their experiences treating otitis, and why owners are significant in successful treatment.

Dechra Brand Manager Carol Morgan commented: "What Carolyn and Natalie bring to the table with their new podcast for the Dechra Academy is a light and insightful discussion about communication and education being the keystone for better otitis outcomes and how vets can improve on their consultation skills to handle cases better."`

The podcast, called 'Think Differently about Otitis', is available to access for free on the Dechra Academy on-demand learning platform here.