6 e-Letters

  • Time for a change?
    Jeremy Naylor

    Reading this piece by Sophie Walsh was like feeling a breath of fresh air on a hot and sticky summer's day. We constantly hear how stressful life is as a vet, the high rate of mental illness, addiction and suicide, the physical danger (at least in equine work), the high rate of dissatisfaction and colleagues leaving the profession and the difficulty of recruiting suitable candidates to jobs in practice. While, of course,...

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  • Pain relief in sheep
    Finbarr M O'Sullivan-Greene

    As pleased as I am to see research improving the weight of evidence behind pain relief in sheep, I feel it is important to note that as bupivacaine, fentanyl and methadone are not contained in the table of allowed substances in Commission Regulation EU No 37/2010 they cannot be prescribed under the cascade to food producing animals in the UK/EU.

    Conflict of Interest:

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  • Tail injuries in working dogs
    Pauline Baines

    In this abstract, the figures are confusing and appear to be aiming at a legislative 'get out' clause to standardise the regulation throughout the UK. The abstract gives mainly percentages, which avoids stating numbers. So many puppies need to be docked to prevent one 'injury' that it becomes pointless to dock. In another printed abstract, it was stated that it needs 232 puppies to be docked to avoid one late amputation in...

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  • Challenges to quality testing for bovine tuberculosis in Ireland; perspectives from major stakeholders
    Wm. J. Cashman

    The above paper highlights some of the issues raised within the Irish bovine TB eradication scheme since its inception in 1955. It addresses them in the same manner by which they were addressed historically, ie, qualitative opinions of stakeholders' perceptions on the quality of testing. Such single-issue analysis had led to debates being more political than a scientific assessment of the scheme, which was what was required t...

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  • Questions about this Study
    Mary. K. Gorham

    I recently read an article online related to this study at horse.com. I have a couple of questions concerning the accuracy of the study claiming that sugars are reduced by soaking hay in water.

    First, I'd like to know if there has there been any test performed on sun-dried hay or on still wet hay? I would like to know how long the hay was placed in the oven, what temp was used and what was the oven convection type ?...

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  • Nagpur Veterinary College celebrates World Veterinary Day with IVSA
    Mangesh K Nakade

    Nagpur Veterinary College and the Maharashtra Animal & Fishery Science University, with the International Veterinary Student Association (IVSA), India and Wildlife conservation and Agro-Rural Development (WARD) Foundation, celebrated World Veterinary Day on April 27, 2013. They focused on the theme of World Veterinary Day 2013: Vaccination – To prevent and protect.

    Teachers, students and staff participated in t...

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