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BSAVA Congress
Galvanising support for ketamine as an essential medicine

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A CALL for the veterinary profession to get behind efforts to promote the importance of ketamine in both the medical and veterinary fields was made by the World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) during the BSAVA's annual congress in Birmingham last week.

At a press conference on April 8, Sheilah Robertson, a member of the WSAVA's Global Pain Council, explained that, despite a recent decision by the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs (UN CND) to reject a call for the international scheduling of ketamine (VR, April 2, 2016, vol 178, p 348), the issue had not gone away and was likely to come up again.

Ketamine, she said, had been used since the 1970s and was the most widely used anaesthetic in people and animals. worldwide. It had a wide safety margin, required no sophisticated equipment to use and was the only anaesthetic available and suitable for use in low to middle income countries with limited facilities. …

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