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Assessing knowledge of parasitology
Veterinary surgeons are being invited to participate in an online test assessing their knowledge of basic parasitology. The test, based on multiple choice questions, forms part of a study by the Moredun Research Institute and the University of Liverpool, which is funded by the Veterinary Medicines Directorate and Defra, to investigate the anthelmintic prescribing practices relating to farm animals and equids in the UK. The questions in the test are designed to explore dispensers' knowledge of ‘best practice’ advice and prescribing legislation. Veterinary undergraduate students, suitably qualified persons and pharmacists are also being tested. The test for vets is available at www.surveymonkey.com/r/parasitology_questionnaire
New chair for NOAH
Catherine Sayer, director of Forum Animal Health, was elected as chair of the National Office for Animal Health (NOAH) for 2015 at the organisation's AGM on May 21. She has been a member of NOAH's board since 2011 and vice-chairman for the past two years. Ms Sayer emphasised the importance of proposed new European legislation on veterinary medicines and medicated feed, saying that, once in force, it would shape the animal medicines industry for years to come.
Feline diabetes webinars
Royal Canin is providing two webinars on feline diabetes mellitus in June with the aim of helping practitioners ‘sort fact from fiction’. Stijn Niessen of the Royal Veterinary College will be the guest speaker for both webinars, the first of which, ‘Pathophysiology of feline diabetes mellitus: understanding=curing’, will be held on June 16 at 20.30. This will focus on new developments in the understanding of the aetiopathogenesis of diabetes mellitus and provide an update on the diagnostic process. The second webinar, ‘Increasing your diabetic remission rates in the cat’, will take place on June 23 at 20.30. It will focus on the management of feline diabetes mellitus, looking at recent developments. Registration for the webinars can be completed at www.royalcanin.co.uk/diabeticwebinars
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