It is inevitable that on every pig farm some animals will become sick or injured and have to be treated as "casualties". The treatment of a casualty pig is in the hands' of the producer and they should be influenced by animal welfare and public health considerations, and not by economics. The pig's welfare should always be the first consideration. This opinion is the official policy of the Pig Veterinary Society.
Our Head Nurse, Lucy Hayne, attended the Crufts dog show to assist in promoting the work of the British Veterinary Nursing Association (BVNA). As a council member, Lucy was there to assist on the BVNA stand at the show and offer assistance and advice to those seeking to become veterinary nurses, but also raise the profile of colleagues ahead of National Nursing Awareness Month in May.
AHVLA, together with the Sustainable Control of Parasites in Sheep (SCOPS) initiative, are warning of a continued high risk of fluke infection for grazing animals in the early part of 2013 because the infective stage of the fluke will survive well on pasture land in mild, wet winters. Gavin Watkins, chair of AHVLA's Cattle Expert Group, said: 'Prevention is difficult at this time of year and vets have reported that the incidence of infection on some farms is so high that animals have had to be housed to avoid the risk of further infection. It is important to remember that, as well as cattle and sheep, goats, llamas and alpacas are highly susceptible to fluke infection."
The ownership of a new pet is a responsibility for life. There are many early considerations and decisions to be taken about the welfare and care of a new family member.
In addition to the information provided by The George, we hope that you find these independent leaflets from the British Veterinary Association a useful guide for planning the future.