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Tapeworm 'a significant pathogen in young horses'
"The benefit of testing for tapeworm is that anti-tapeworm dosing frequency and management practices can be altered in response to results" - Jess Spanton, lead veterinary surgeon.
Owners urged to keep a close eye on tapeworm infections in their animals.

Tapeworm should be considered a significant pathogen in young horses, according to findings presented at the recent equine colic symposium (4-7 September).

Researchers investigating individual colic cases in four yearlings found that cases occurred over several years at a well-managed thoroughbred stud farm. Two of the yearlings required euthanasia, while two made a full recovery. 

A post-mortem of three yearlings revealed large live tapeworm infections, and three of the cases suffered ileocaecal intussusception - where a section of the intestine slides inside an adjacent section. This finding was despite the yearlings being given praziquantel at six and 12 months of age. 

Researchers were most concerned two of the live tapeworm infections were found days after the yearlings had received the praziquantel, thereby raising suspicions of drug resistance.

Lead veterinary surgeon Jess Spanton, a specialist in internal medicine at House and Jackson Equine Hospital, explained: “While this case study hasn’t generated firm conclusions of praziquantel resistance, the large live tapeworm infections discovered days after treatment are very concerning, suggesting that a level of resistance to anti-tapeworm treatments is a strong possibility.”

Ms Spanton suggests that tapeworm infections should be closely monitored, particularly in young horses, to prevent suffering from serious diseases.

“The benefit of testing for tapeworm is that anti-tapeworm dosing frequency and management practices can be altered in response to results, and in some cases may identify whether there is a potential for resistance,” she said. 

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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 petplanvet.co.uk 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.