News in Brief – Veterinary Community

News in Brief

APHA confirms eighth case of highly pathogenic avian influenza in England

16th December 2020

The Animal & Plant Health Agency (APHA) has identified an eighth case of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N8 in poultry in England.

Confirmed on Tuesday (15 December), the outbreak was found in captive birds and poultry at a premises near Willington, South Derbyshire. A 3km Protection Zone and a 10km Surveillance Zone have been placed around the infected premises to limit the risk of the disease spreading.

Further information about the outbreaks and the latest government advice can be found at

VMD and VPS announce joint open information day

6th November 2020

The Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) and the Veterinary Products Committee (VPC) have announced a joint open information day covering topics such as veterinary medicines regulations, antimicrobial resistance, scientific advice and novel therapies.

Taking place on Wednesday 18 November, the virtual event will take the form of a series of pre-recorded webinars and a 'Slido' Q&A session. Links to the webinars and full instructions on how to use Slido will be available on on 18 November. To join the mailing list for the event, email

Ceva Animal Health seeks vets' experiences of scour and ORT

2nd November 2020

Ceva Animal Health has launched a new survey for vets and farmers to gather experiences of scour and oral rehydration therapy (ORT). The survey forms part of Ceva Animal Health's new 'Making Milk Matter Against Scour' campaign, which aims to highlight the benefits of ORT for souring calves.

Stephenie Clarke, product manager at Ceva Animal Health, said: "The 'Making Milk Matter Against Scour' campaign will help highlight the financial and welfare benefits of using ORT at the first signs of scour and the importance of administering it alongside milk which is the best source of energy and will help calves maintain weight gain."

She added: "The scour survey will provide us with an insight into the use of ORT in practice and on-farm to help us drive improvements across the industry." To participate in the vet survey, visit

Bristol Vet School announces new PhD Studentship opportunities

27th October 2020

Bristol Veterinary School has announced four new PhD Studentship opportunities with a focus on cattle welfare. The projects include:

Developing a novel approach to improve the welfare of dairy cows; The impact of early life programming on resistance to helminths in ruminant livestock; The impact of change and the ability to deal with it on an individual's affective state and welfare; Harnessing 3D cameras and deep learning for on-the-fly automated body condition and mobility analysis to improve cattle welfare.

For more details and how to apply, visit the University of Bristol's website.

Survey seeks views on keeping cows with calves

22nd October 2020

Researchers at Scotland's Rural College are seeking views from dairy farmers on keeping cows with calves.

Their study entitled 'Keeping Cow with Calf: bringing innovation to dairying in Scotland' aims to find out the motivations and reservations about operating a cow-with-calf dairy system.

The survey will help researchers build an evidence base and gauge what support farmers need to move to this practice. For more information, or to complete the survey, visit

More cases of African swine fever confirmed in Germany

24th September 2020

More cases of African swine fever (ASF) have been confirmed in wild boar in Germany.

According to Pig World, 20 outbreaks have been identified in two districts - Brandenburg, where the original case confirmed on September 10 was found, and near the town of Neuzelle, some 7.5 km away.

The finding represents a further seven cases confirmed by Germany's Friedrich-Loeffler Institute. A Central Crisis Team has been established to coordinate the response to the outbreak.