Trust you are enjoying the summer! And hopefully, you have seen some of the great social media coverage of positive sheep industry ‘responsible use’ stories over the past fortnight - If not, please do scroll down to see some of the links at Point 3 below (NB there are links embedded throughout this newsletter though they may not be obviously apparent if you are reading it on your phone - however, if you just click on the words, they will still work as active links).
1. Engaging Sheep Farmers CPD
Do you want some fresh ideas? Or perhaps you or one of your colleagues lack confidence in what you can offer your sheep farmers and you would like to join Sheep Veterinary Society & ourselves in some brand new CPD that is particularly aimed at practitioners who want to maximise the value of a vet visit to a sheep farm.
Thurs 15th Sept Central event at Stoneleigh - CV8 2TL
Weds 21st Sept South West event in Devon - EX20 4NA
Thurs 29th Sept Northern event in Cumbria - CA11 0DQ
All workshops run from 10am to 430pm (lunch included & cost £185)
Remember we also advertised a Northumberland ram fertilty CPD course on 25th August in our last newsletter - contact email@example.com for more information.
3. Sheep Sector in focus
As from last week, all of the ‘Responsible Use’ articles for the Sheep Sector in focus campaign are now live on the RUMA site. The campaign comprises a range of case studies, commentary pieces and in-conversation articles demonstrating the commitment of the sector to the responsible use of medicines. We hear from Phil Stocker about the importance of data collection, there are features and case studies on Farm Vet Champions, the WLBP AMU calculator and Medicine Hub, and Fiona sharing insight into the work of the RUMA Targets Task Force and the creation of the Sheep Antibiotic Guardian Group (SAGG).
With many thanks to Sheep Veterinary Society, National Sheep Association & RUMA amongst many more - all vital in this work.
4. Farm Vet Champions.
Update to a bit of double counting that unfortunately we reported in our previous newsletter. In fact, there are currently over 700 Farm Vet Champions - we hope that are you one of them?
Not only is there over 20 hours of free CPD that every member of your practice team is entitled to access but also you can join together as teams & set yourself interactive SMART goals.
From July to October, APHA will be offering free testing for Haemonchus where sheep present with anaemia, with no diarrhoea, and sub-cutaneous oedema (bottle jaw) or where Haemonchus may be suspected. You can submit samples using the Small Ruminant submission form to APHA VIC, Job’s Well Road, Johnstown, Carmarthen SA31 3EZ. When submitting samples please write FREE HAEMONCHUS TESTING and include history of recent treatments.
Otherwise, we have been contacted by Eric Morgan who says: Please let us know if you are doing FECRT and you can send through an aliquot of faeces for research on species surviving treatment. Species information will be sent back at no charge within a few weeks - for more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org"
Please keep in touch with whatever you are up to & especially if you want to share news of your Flock Health Club or with feedback on Farm Vet Champions.
Fiona, Phillipa & Tom
With many thanks to all our partners & particularly AHDB who support Flock Health Clubs
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