The Vet Times podcast is a weekly show in which we speak to individuals making the headlines or providing valuable information for Veterinary Times readers, delving into the subjects that matter to the UK veterinary profession.
Ep 29: Ariane Neuber on otitis externa
Few days pass without vets seeing a case of ear disease. Veterinary dermatology specialist Ariane Neuber joins us to discuss otitis externa, including causes, cytology, therapy and products.
Ariane Neuber, DrMedVet, CertVD, DipECVD, MRCVS, has many years’ experience in referral dermatology.
After an internship at the AHT, she completed a three-year residency at The University of Edinburgh Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies and gained a Certificate in Veterinary Dermatology (CertVD), and European College of Veterinary Dermatology diploma and RCVS specialist status as a result.
Having provided a dermatology service for a number of large referral centres, she now concentrates on expanding her independent veterinary dermatology consultancy, Derm4Pets. She is also the scientific programme coordinator for the British Veterinary Dermatology Study Group and former examiner for the CertVD.
This podcast is supplemented by the article “Otitis externa - successful management and diagnostics”, published in Vet Times Volume 50 Issue 13 (24 March 2020 issue). It will be available online at www.vettimes.co.uk
* 𝗧𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗩𝗲𝘁 𝗧𝗶𝗺𝗲𝘀 𝗽𝗼𝗱𝗰𝗮𝘀𝘁 𝗶𝘀 𝘀𝗽𝗼𝗻𝘀𝗼𝗿𝗲𝗱 𝗯𝘆 𝗡𝗲𝗽𝘁𝗿𝗮.
Neptra ear solution for dogs is the latest innovation from Bayer Animal Health. Providing anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial activity, the product is now available for UK veterinarians to prescribe in routine acute otitis externa (OE) cases. It provides lasting efficacy, showing continuous clinical improvement until day 28 with just one dose.
Neptra’s unique combination of three active ingredients is proven effective against mixed infections of susceptible strains of bacterial (Staphylococcus pseudintermedius) and fungal (Malassezia pachydermatis) pathogens associated with 70% to 80% of acute canine OE cases1. A single, 1ml dose in each affected ear treats dogs of all sizes and breeds.
Eliminating home treatments, Neptra brings vets full control over treatment compliance and eliminates the uncertainty and stress of client administration.
To enquire about stocking Neptra, please contact your local Bayer veterinary business manager.
1. Zamankhan Malayeri H et al (2010). Identification and antimicrobial susceptibility patterns of bacteria causing otitis externa in dogs, Vet Res Commun 34(5): 435-444.
Ep 28: Ian Wright on companion animal deworming protocols
Monthly preventive deworming in cats and dogs has been a source of debate inside and outside the veterinary profession.
In this Vet Times Podcast, we’re joined again by Ian Wright, head of European Scientific Counsel Companion Animal Parasites UK and Ireland, to discuss endoparasitology topics.
Ian Wright, BVMS, BSc, MSc, MRCVS, is a practising veterinary surgeon and co-owner of the Mount Veterinary Practice in Fleetwood, Lancashire.
He has a Master’s degree in Veterinary Parasitology, and in addition to being head of the European Scientific Counsel Companion Animal Parasites (ESCCAP UK and Ireland), is guideline director for ESCCAP Europe. He is also an editorial board member for the Companion animal and Vet CPD journals.
He has written widely on parasitology topics, and is a regular contributor to Veterinary Times.
Ian spoke about the risk posed by exotic parasites in dogs in Ep 21 of the Vet Times Podcast. It was accompanied in Veterinary Times by the article “Exotic parasites in imported dogs: diagnosing and preventing spread”, which available online at www.vettimes.co.uk/article/exotic-parasites-in-imported-dogs-diagnosing-and-preventing-spread/
An article on cat and dog deworming and whether a monthly protocol is essential will appear in Veterinary Times Volume 50 Issue 12 (17 March issue), and will be available later at www.vettimes.co.uk
More guidance is also available from ESCCAP UK and Ireland. [www.esccapuk.org.uk]
* 𝗧𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗽𝗼𝗱𝗰𝗮𝘀𝘁 𝗶𝘀 𝗯𝗿𝗼𝘂𝗴𝗵𝘁 𝘁𝗼 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗶𝗻 𝗮𝘀𝘀𝗼𝗰𝗶𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝗕𝗼𝗲𝗵𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗴𝗲𝗿 𝗜𝗻𝗴𝗲𝗹𝗵𝗲𝗶𝗺 𝗔𝗻𝗶𝗺𝗮𝗹 𝗛𝗲𝗮𝗹𝘁𝗵, 𝗺𝗮𝗸𝗲𝗿𝘀 𝗼𝗳 𝗡𝗲𝘅𝗚𝗮𝗿𝗱 𝗦𝗽𝗲𝗰𝘁𝗿𝗮, 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗨𝗞’𝘀 𝗳𝗮𝘀𝘁𝗲𝘀𝘁-𝗴𝗿𝗼𝘄𝗶𝗻𝗴* 𝗰𝗮𝗻𝗶𝗻𝗲 𝗽𝗮𝗿𝗮𝘀𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗰𝗶𝗱𝗲. 𝗡𝗲𝘅𝗚𝗮𝗿𝗱 𝗦𝗽𝗲𝗰𝘁𝗿𝗮 𝗶𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗼𝗻𝗹𝘆 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗱𝘂𝗰𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗰𝗼𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘀 𝗮𝗴𝗮𝗶𝗻𝘀𝘁 𝗳𝗹𝗲𝗮𝘀, 𝘁𝗶𝗰𝗸𝘀, 𝗹𝘂𝗻𝗴𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗺, 𝗿𝗼𝘂𝗻𝗱𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗺𝘀 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗦𝗮𝗿𝗰𝗼𝗽𝘁𝗲𝘀 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗗𝗲𝗺𝗼𝗱𝗲𝘅 𝗺𝗶𝘁𝗲𝘀; 𝗼𝗳𝗳𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗮 𝗯𝗿𝗼𝗮𝗱 𝘀𝗽𝗲𝗰𝘁𝗿𝘂𝗺 𝗼𝗳 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝘁𝗲𝗰𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗱𝗼𝗴𝘀 𝗶𝗻 𝗮 𝗺𝗼𝗻𝘁𝗵𝗹𝘆, 𝘁𝗮𝘀𝘁𝘆, 𝘀𝗼𝗳𝘁 𝗰𝗵𝗲𝘄.
* 𝗕𝗿𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗴𝗿𝗼𝘄𝘁𝗵 𝗶𝘀 𝗯𝗮𝘀𝗲𝗱 𝗼𝗻 𝗹𝗶𝘀𝘁 𝗽𝗿𝗶𝗰𝗲 𝘀𝗮𝗹𝗲𝘀 𝗱𝗮𝘁𝗲 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝟮𝟬𝟭𝟵.
* 𝗙𝘂𝗿𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿 𝗶𝗻𝗳𝗼𝗿𝗺𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗶𝘀 𝗮𝘃𝗮𝗶𝗹𝗮𝗯𝗹𝗲 𝗮𝘁 www.nexgardspectra.co.uk
Ep 27: Jenny Stavisky on canine infectious respiratory disease (CIRD) complex
CIRD complex, historically termed “kennel cough”, is a relatively common presentation in UK primary care veterinary practice.
Jenny Stavisky, clinical assistant professor in shelter medicine at the University of Nottingham’s School of Veterinary Medicine and Science, discusses its prevalence, presentation and prevention in this Vet Times Podcast.
Jenny authored the article “Kennel cough: a cough by any other name?”, which appeared in Veterinary Times Volume 50, Issue 6 (4 February 2020 issue) on pages 9-10. It is online at www.vettimes.co.uk/article/kennel-cough-a-cough-by-any-other-name/
Michael Day, emeritus professor of veterinary pathology at the University of Bristol and a member of the board of the WSAVA, has also authored a feature on CIRD in Volume 50 Issue 11 (10 March issue) on pages 8-10. It is called “Complexities of canine infectious respiratory disease” and will also be available to view on vettimes.co.uk
Jenny Stavisky qualified from the University of Edinburgh in 2002 , and, following several years in mixed practice, conducted a PhD in epidemiology and virology at the University of Liverpool, entitled “Studies on prevalence and risk factors for canine coronavirus infection in the UK“.
Following a brief spell in clinical practice, she joined the School of Veterinary Medicine and Science at the University of Nottingham in July 2010. In 2013, she began a clinical lectureship in shelter medicine, a growing veterinary discipline centred around the care of large populations of animals in rescue shelters and charity practices.
She is a founding member of the Association of Charity Vets and co-editor of the BSAVA Manual of Shelter Medicine. She instigated and runs Vets in the Community (along with a lot of help from colleagues, students and The Big Issue). This project has been providing free veterinary care to homeless and vulnerably housed pet owners in the Nottingham area since 2012.
Ep 26: Simon Tappin on renal disease in geriatric patients
Older animals presenting with renal disease often do so because of other clinical issues.
Simon Tappin, head of internal medicine at Dick White Referrals, talks us through some of the diagnostic challenges in this week’s Vet Times Podcast.
Simon is a European and RCVS-recognised specialist in small animal internal medicine and honorary associate professor at the University of Nottingham.
Having trained at the University of Cambridge, after qualifying he spent two years in small animal practice before taking up a residency in small animal medicine and intensive care at the University of Bristol.
He joined Dick White in 2007. He holds the RCVS Certificate in Small Animal Medicine and the European Diploma in Veterinary Internal Medicine. He is an active member of the BSAVA and editor of Companion Journal.
He has lectured widely in the UK and Europe on subjects including emergency medicine and interventional radiology. Simon’s current research interests are the prevalence of the multi-drug resistance gene within the UK and the implications on disease aetiology.
He gave the lecture “Renal disease in geriatric patients – what can I do?” at London Vet Show.
Ep 25: Mike Rhodes discusses companion animal ophthalmology
Ophthalmic conditions can account for between 5% and 10% of companion animal consultations.
Mike Rhodes, an RCVS and European specialist in veterinary ophthalmology, provides advice to general practitioners and discusses types, prevalence and treatment options in this Vet Times Podcast.
* 𝙒𝙚 𝙖𝙥𝙤𝙡𝙤𝙜𝙞𝙨𝙚 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙨𝙤𝙢𝙚 𝙤𝙛 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙨𝙤𝙪𝙣𝙙 𝙦𝙪𝙖𝙡𝙞𝙩𝙮 𝙞𝙣 𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙨 𝙥𝙤𝙙𝙘𝙖𝙨𝙩.
Mike Rhodes, BVM&S, CertVOphthal, DipECVO, MRCVS, graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2004. His initial work in general practice sparked his interest in ophthalmology and he started studying for his certificate in ophthalmology.
He completed this on commencing his four-year ophthalmology training position at Willows Referral Centre in 2008. In 2013, Mike passed the European Diploma in Veterinary Ophthalmology and gained recognition from the RCVS as a specialist in ophthalmology.
He progressed to head of department before deciding to launch his own dedicated ophthalmology referral service Focus Referrals Ltd in 2017.
Focus Referrals Ltd is based within the M40 corridor around the Oxford/Banbury/Bicester area. Focus is currently peripatetic, working out of four first-opinion host practices, but is hoping to acquire a fixed base over the coming months. He enjoys all aspects of microsurgery, especially cataract removal.
For more about Focus Referrals, visit https://focusreferrals.co.uk/
An article, “Companion animal patient eye conditions part 1: dogs” was published in issue 9 of Veterinary Times (volume 50; 25 February 2020 issue), and will go online in due course. Part 2 will follow in a future issue of Veterinary Times.
Issue 9 also featured a separate article, “Corneal cross-linking in veterinary medicine”, by Ana Bach.
Ep 24: Karen Walsh discusses chronic pain in companion animals
With pets, like their owners, now living to an older age, more of them will be impacted by chronic pain issues.
Karen Walsh is an RCVS specialist in veterinary anaesthesia and European specialist in anaesthesia and analgesia, and in this Vet Times Podcast she discusses pain management issues in companion animals.
Karen graduated from the RVC in 1994. After enjoying work as a first opinion vet, she trained at the Animal Health Trust and the RVC as a veterinary anaesthetist. She gained her RCVS Diploma in Veterinary Anaesthesia in 1999 and her European diploma in the same discipline in 2007.
After working many years as an anaesthetist in a variety of referral centres, Karen joined Eye Veterinary Clinic – a veterinary ophthalmology referral practice based in Herefordshire – as owner and director in 2017.
Karen enjoys the variety of the work in a busy referral clinic, but has a particular interest in pain management. Her role is to support the nurses and vets in the field of anaesthesia, as well as running pain clinics and a consultancy for other veterinary clinics.
Karen has written the Focus article in Veterinary Times (volume 50, issue 8 – 18 February issue) “Managing chronic pain in cats and dogs”, which is also online at https://www.vettimes.co.uk/article/managing-chronic-pain-in-cats-and-dogs/
Within the article, she discusses the importance and process of detection and treatment in both canine and feline patients.
Much as in this podcast, she looks at a multimodality therapy approach, and stresses that a close working relationship with the pet owner is vitally important for success.