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New ovine enzootic abortion vaccine in development
"We are very encouraged by the new vaccine results." - Dr David Longbottom.
The work is led by Dr David Longbottom, of the Moredun Research Institute. 

Scientists at the Moredun Research Institute are developing a new vaccine against ovine enzootic abortion.

Ovine enzootic abortion is the most common cause of abortion in sheep in the UK, and is caused by the bacteria Chlamydia abortus, which invades the placenta during pregnancy. The disease can also cause life-threatening illness and abortion in humans.

The disease spreads through ingestion and inhalation, and a high level of environmental contamination by infected ewes in lambing pens is a key point in the spread of disease.

Led by Dr David Longbottom, the scientists at Moredun have completed the first stage in the development of the vaccine, which is similar to the live variation, but does not possess the ability to grow and cause infections in the host animal. 

Dr Longbottom commented on the ongoing development process: “We are very encouraged that the new vaccine results in a similar protective response to that generated following a natural infection or resulting from the live vaccines but importantly without the ability to cause disease.”

More about the vaccine can be read in this study, published in Vaccines

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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.