Category Archives: Veterinary medicine

RCVS keen on sharing your data

During my recent review of my RCVS membership information online I came upon the main form in which you can amend various details like your address, contact info, qualifications etc.

However then I came to the section “Third party use of data” with the text

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The compulsory published information may be sold or supplied to third parties for non-statutory purposes (for example charitable or commercial use) and may be sent outside the European Economic Area.
If you do not agree to this, please tick the box…

Now this is making me feel a little suspicious. Not sure of this was there last year, possibly, but what business does the veterinary regulatory body have sharing my information in the first place. And what makes it worse is that NOT having your information shared is an OPT-OUT procedure.

This means that you have to tick that box in order to not have your information shared. If you forget to tick it then your data is free to be shared by the RCVS.

Like the RCVS does not have other matters that should make it think about its internal proceedings.

Naughty RCVS!!

My latest cat bite

Not that I think I will be slowly morphing into a human-feline mutant but I was surprised how badly I responded to a recent cat bite I sustained during my locuming in in a small animal practice in Blackpool. Since I graduated from the vet school in 1998 I have had a few bites and lots of scratches from my dearest feline friends but I have never had to seek medical help before.

This cat was a bit of a psycho as it was quite happy looking and content when the owner brought it into the consult room. Besides the fact that it was enormous and very very fat I had no warning what was to happen during the consult. After the owner and I opened the carrier door I even patted the cat gently and he was absolutely fine with it. The facial expression was showing slight worry (over what the hell is going to happen to him at the vet’s) but still relative sedateness.

Because of the enormous size of the cat we had to open up the carrier and before that we had to undo all the clips that held the top and that was quite a loud undertaking. Just as we removed the top the cats suddenly lunged forward – as it was in the direction of my right hand, took a good bite in it and just as quickly lunged back in. It all happeed so quickly even the bite wound took quite a few seconds before it started to bleed – see, even my hand was surprised :-)

What I usually do after a bite is to do the usual initial disinfection by dousing the wound some surgical spirit – gritting teeth and growling un-recognisable rude words, preferably in Slovene, so no one around me understand me.

The next day I thought things were getting better so I decided to leave it only to start having problems in the evening. Luckily I already enquired with one of the nurses where the nearest A&E clinic is. In this case I went to the walk-in clinic in Blackpool.

Please look away if you are squeamish but this is what my hand looked like about 36 hours after the bite

about 36 hours after bite

can’t really see the swelling well but its there, trust me and the wound was suppurating quite nicely and very painful. Luckily the trip to the Whitegate walk-in centre resulted in me receiving antibiotics flucloxacillin that worked really well. But examples like this just show what doctors can get away with in regards to owner compliance compared to us vets. The treatment demanded me to take the capsule four times a day. And you were also not allowed to eat two hours before and one hour after taking the pill. Well, simple maths show you that was 12h of me not eating. I was usually awake for about 16 hours so I had to get my eatin’ done in those four hours throughout the day and still work at a very busy veterinary practice. Of course I couldn’t do that and I had to cheat a few times.

Luckily the medication still worked fine and this is my hand two days after start of treatment

about 48 hours after start of treatment

 

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New outlook

Not written here for a while so I will be brief:

  • Today was the last day at The Fenton Veterinary Practice – my employer for the last 5 years.
  • Starting my own business as a locum veterinary surgeon.
  • I incorporated my own limited company Pet Doc Martin
  • Created a new website PetDocMartin.co.uk
  • Created a Facebook page, LinkedIn pageTwitter page and VetSurgeon page
  • My first contract will take e to London. I will probably write more about it on the Pet Doc Martin website
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Britanija spreminja pogoje za prihod hišnih ljubljencev v državo

Od 1. januarja 2012 se bodo omilila pravila, ki pogojujejo vstop psov, mačk in dihurjev v Veliko Britanijo. Živali, ki vstopajo iz drugih EU držav (razen Švedske in Irske) ter določenih tretjih držav bodo še vedno morale biti čipirane in cepljene proti steklini, ne bo pa več potrebno opravljati serološke preiskave krvi na titer protiteles proti virusu stekline, čakalna doba se bo skrajšala s šestih mesecev na 21 dni, obvezno ne bo več dajati sredstva za odstranjevanje klopov. Trenutno se pa še dogovarjajo, ali bo še vedno obvezno dajati sredstvo za odpravljanje trakulje. Posodobitev (30-Jul-2011): Pred dnevi je prišla iz Bruslja novica, da se Veliki Britaniji odobri ukrep, ki zahteva, da se živali razglistijo 24 do 120 ur pred potovanjem (1-5 dni). Gre namreč za to, da želijo preprečiti vnos trakulje Echinococcus multilocularis v državo, ki jo je trenutno prosta.

Poleg tega se spreminjajo pogoji tudi za prihod živali iz ostalih držav, ki niso na seznamu. Prej je bila obvezna karantena, ki jo bo zamenjalo obvezno cepljenje, pregled krvi 30 dni po cepljenju ter trimesečna čakalna doba.

Vse skupaj je posledica harmonizacije EU zakonodaje pri čezmejnem prehajanju hišnih ljubljencev. Trenutno velje tudi, da cepivo proti steklini drži toliko časa, kolikor je navedeno na licenci proizvajalca. To bo ostalo tudi po 1. januarju 2012. V Veliki Britaniji večina cepiv proti steklini drži 2 leti in zato se cepljenje tudi mora ponavljati na dve leti. Težava nastopi pri nekaterih drugih državah EU (sam imam veliko opravka z Francijo, kamor potuje veliko Britancev), kjer je cepljenje potrebno opravljati vsako leto. Seveda to velja, kot razumem, tudi za Slovenijo. Upam lahko vsaj, da se bo pravilo veljavnosti cepiva glede na licenco proizvajalca razširilo na vse EU države. Regulativa EC 998/2003 po mojem mnenju čisto na koncu (Aneks 1b, odstavka d. in e. v 2. točki) določa ravno to. Seveda se lahko motim, ker mi je cela regulativa bolj podobna kitajščini :-).

 

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Wales prepovedal elektronske ovratnike za pse in mačke

Welsh Assembly Government V sredo, 24. marca 2010 je v Walesu v veljavo stopil pravilnik Valežanske Skupščinske Vlade (Welsh Assembly Government), ki prepoveduje uporabo elektronskih (električnih) ovratnikov pri psih in mačkah.

Ti ovratniki se v večini primerov uporabljajo za odpravljanje neželenih vedenjskih navad pri psih. V skupščinski debati so utemeljili pravilnik s tem, da so ti ovratniki nepotrebno mučenje živali in pogosto ostanejo orodje lenih in brezbrižnih lastnikov, ki ne znajo odpravljati neželenih navad pri svojih hišnih ljubljencih na noben drug način.

Storilca, ki krši ta pravilnik lahko doleti zapor do 1 leta (51 tednov) in/ali denarna kazen do £5.000 (~€5.700)

Wales je prva država/pokrajina znotraj Velike Britanije, ki je uvedla takšno prepoved. Organizacije, ki se borijo za zaščito živali, se zavzemajo za takšno prepoved v celotni Britaniji.

That these collars are no gentle persuasion tools can be discovered by watching people trying them on themselves. In this video the guy tests it on himself and it starts at about 3.30 min, but you can watch the whole thing, I don’t care. This other video is shorter and its tested by a girl.

Both the above videos are actually very funny as they are done under consent, but it does have a serious back tone as dogs probably wouldn’t be so prepared to wear them.

Aja, pardon, sem šele zdaj opazil, da sem gornji del začel pisat v angleščini. Se mi ne ljubi zdej spreminjat.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-9fQq3CuXro#t=3m29s
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sq996M-zgvU