News in Brief – Veterinary Community

News in Brief


Birds culled in East Anglia amid further avian influenza outbreaks

3rd October 2022

Three further cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) were identified in East Anglia over the weekend.

Defra confirmed HPAI H5N1 in poultry at a second premises near Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, and at two more premises near Attleborough, Norfolk, on 1 October.

All poultry on the premises will be humanely culled, and a 3km Protection Zone and 10km Surveillance Zone have been placed around affected the sites.

An avian influenza protection zone is currently in force across Norfolk, Suffolk and parts of Essex.

Further avian influenza cases confirmed

23rd September 2022

Two further cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza have been confirmed by the Animal and Plant Health Agency.

The H5N1 strain of the disease was identified at a second premise near Honington, Suffolk and at a premise near Easingwold, North Yorkshire, on 22 September. A 3km Protection Zone and 10km Surveillance Zone have been placed around both premises.

It brings the total number of confirmed cases in England to 128. All birds on the infected premises will be humanely culled.

Views sought on NOAH Compendium

12th July 2022

Users of the National Office of Animal Health (NOAH) Compendium app and website are being asked to share their views on how it can be improved.

In a new survey, users are asked about some suggested future developments, such as notifications for new and updated datasheets, sharing links to datasheets, and enhanced search functionality.

It comes after NOAH ceased publication of the NOAH Compendium book as part of its sustainability and environmental commitments. The website and the app will now be the main routes to access datasheets and view any changes.

Avian flu confirmed at Orkney Islands

7th July 2022

A case of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1 has been confirmed at a premises near Birsay, Orkney Islands.

Confirmed on 6 July, the case has triggered movement restrictions within a 3km Protection Zone (PZ) and a 10km Surveillance Zone (SZ). Bird keepers in the area can check if their premises is within these zones using the Interactive Avian Influenza Map, created by APHA.

Restrictions within the zones include restricted movement of poultry, carcasses, eggs, used poultry litter and manure to prevent further spread of the deadly disease.

Moredun Foundation Award opens for applications

22nd June 2022

The 2022-2023 Moredun Foundation Award (MFA) is now open for members, with up to £2,000 available for successful applicants.

The MFA honours the contribution that education, teamwork, life experience, and travel have made to the understanding of cattle health and welfare. Through its charitable endeavours, Moredun offers its members the opportunity to pursue projects that support personal development.

The prize is open to a wide range of project applications, including those that include producing educational tools, conducting a small research project, or studying farming methods in other nations. For more information and to apply, visit moredun.org.uk

BrAVO warning over excision of bulldogs' tear glands

14th June 2022

In a letter to Vet Times (Vol. 52, No. 23), the British Association of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (BrAVO) has issued a warning over the excision of bulldogs' tear glands. BrAVO has seen an increasing number of bulldogs with keratoconjunctivitis sicca (KCS). The association has said that these dogs have often had their 'cherry eyes' removed.

It is the opinion of the association that by removing approximately 35 to 50 per cent of the tear secreting tissue in bulldogs increases the risk of of developing KCS, and it has asked that all veterinary surgeons to refrain from removing the prolapsed tear gland of the third eyelids in bulldog puppies unless absolutely necessary.