Not One More Vet initiative raises funds with Race Around the World
A total of 1,165 participants from across the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Australia, South Africa and other countries have raised funds for the Not One More Vet (NOMV) organisation by walking or running on their own time. The Race Around the World initiative exceeded its goal of 150,000 miles covered, tallying 169,794 participant miles from September 1 to November 10, 2020 – enough miles to circle the Earth more than six and a half times!
Not One More Vet is providing mental wellness resources for the veterinary community, and the money raised during the NOMV Race Around the World will be used to help transform the status of mental wellness within the veterinary profession, so that veterinary professionals can thrive through education, resources and support. Read more
Research into Porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS)
Porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) has adversely impacted the global pig industry for decades, and according to an article on The Pig Site, research from the USA and China has investigated some interesting strategies that are vital towards the eradication of PRRS.
PRRS is characterised by abortion, premature birth, and high piglet mortality in sows, as well as pneumonia and mortality in weaned piglets and meat pigs. The article highlights that what aggravates the complexity behind the elimination of PRRS in the pig industry is the continual emergence of new mutants seen during most outbreaks. Read more
Studies highlight concern about ecological impacts of some spot-on flea treatments
VIN News has reported that researchers in the UK and USA are urging veterinarians to weigh the potential environmental risks of spot-on flea treatments against their animal-health benefits, citing mounting evidence that the products’ active ingredients are contaminating waterways.
“They’ve got a smoking gun here, but the researchers haven’t definitively shown where this contamination is coming from. At the same time, when applying the precautionary principle, I think this issue has got to be taken really seriously”, said Professor Richard Wall, a zoologist and veterinary parasitology expert at the University of Bristol in reference to the British research. Read more