• This session with independent feline consultant, Andy Sparkes, covers the important topic of feline hydration. While on the surface simple, the factors that influence how much water a cat consumes voluntarily, and the impact on health and disease, are surprisingly complex.

    In this podcast, Dr Sparkes will discuss how cats can be encouraged to drink more fluids – in particular the role of nutrient-enriched water supplements, such as Pro Plan Hydra Care.

    He will also discuss the clinical benefits of increasing water intake in conditions such as renal disease, urolithiasis, feline idiopathic cystitis, diabetes and constipation.

    For more information on the science of nutrition visit www.purinainstitute.com

    After graduating from the RVC, Andy Sparkes spent four years in general practice before undertaking a feline residency followed by a PhD at the University of Bristol. He was subsequently appointed to a lectureship and senior lectureship in feline medicine at the University of Bristol, which was followed by a move to the AHT, where he became head of small animal studies.

    In 2012, Andy was appointed as the veterinary director of International Cat Care and its veterinary division, the International Society of Feline Medicine (ISFM), and from 2019 he became an independent consultant.

    Andy has spoken and published widely in the field of feline medicine, is a diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and is the founding and current co-editor of the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery – the official journal of the ISFM and the American Academy of Family Physicians.

  • Following the monster success of our first VN Happy Hour event, we decided to do it all over again – and our second event took place on 26 November 2020.

    For those that missed the event, however, this podcast includes “Exotic encounters” From lizards to llamas – our big interview with VN Council chair and leading exotics nurse, Matt Rendle.

    Also, contained is “Owning your future”, our panel discussion featuring Tom Reilly, Emma Eve-Raw and Matt Rendle, all offering advice on how to diversify your nursing career.

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  • In this podcast, brought to you in association with Zoetis – the manufacturer of Equip EHV1,4 – we ask Richard Newton the questions you have always wanted to know about equine herpes virus (EHV) disease, the syndromes and the role of vaccination.

    Dr Newton was director of epidemiology and disease surveillance at the Animal Health Trust until its closure in July 2020.

    Since then, with ongoing support from the UK equine industry, he has continued to work closely with vets and equine industry stakeholders to ensure the health of the equine population.

    His work focuses on the diagnosis, control and prevention of infectious diseases.

  • Otitis externa is one of the most common conditions seen in veterinary practice, in particular in dogs.

    In this podcast, Hannah Lipscomb will discuss its principal causes and factors, cytology culture and sensitivity results, treatment challenges and severe otitis externa.

    Hannah qualified from the RVC in 2016 and was first dermatology intern at Southern Counties Veterinary Specialists, supervised by the dermatologist Filippo De Bellis.

    Before her dermatology internship, she worked as a small animal vet in London for two years and then completed a rotating internship at Eastcott Referrals.

    Hannah and Filippo co-authored an article in Vet Times’ 10 November issue (Volume 50, Issue 46, Pages 10-14) called “Treatment and management of otitis in dogs and cats”. The article is online now at www.vettimes.co.uk/article/treatment-and-management-of-otitis-in-dogs-and-cats/

    Neptra ear solution for dogs is the latest innovation from Elanco. 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 cases [1]. 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.

  • VN Times editor Rachael Buzzel is joined by RVN and veterinary manager at Pet Blood Bank UK (PBBUK) Caroline Peacock.

    Caroline tells us all about her work with the UK charity set up to support vets by providing a blood service for pets, and the vital role of the VN in its work.

    To find out more about how you can get involved with the charity, read “Pet Blood Bank: how VNs can help” in the November 2020 issue of VN Times.

    For more information about PBBUK, and to view its literature, support tools and CPD, visit www.petbloodbankuk.org/vet-professionals

  • Pet owners are broadly willing to do all they can to protect their pets and keep them healthy, but commitment to therapeutic and preventive parasite regiments can vary massively.

    Hany Elsheikha discusses the impact of infestation on pet health, plus how to improve compliance – including all-year-round – in this Vet Times Podcast.


    Hany Elsheikha, BVSc, MVSc, PhD, PGCHE, FHEA, DipEVPC, is an associate professor in the global health department in the School of Veterinary Medicine and Science, University of Nottingham (SVMS-UoN).

    Hany is also a European Veterinary Parasitology College diplomate and a European Scientific Counsel Companion Animal Parasites member. He earned his PhD from Michigan State University for research performed on the molecular evolution of the causative agent of equine protozoal myeloencephalitis.

    In 2005, he was awarded the prestigious American Society for Microbiology (ASM)/National Center for Infectious Diseases (NCID) Postdoctoral Fellowship. Over the past 13 years, he has been spearheading the development and delivery of parasitology teaching at SVMS-UoN.

    Also, he has established a multidisciplinary research programme focused on decoding the interkingdom chemical communication between the host cells and neuropathogenic protozoan parasites, with a special interest in Toxoplasma gondii.

    He has published more than 170 peer-reviewed papers and many other articles in professional magazines and science communication journals. Dr Elsheikha has also published 6 textbooks in Veterinary Parasitology for students, residents and veterinary professionals.

    Hany has written an article in Vet Times (Volume 50, Issue 43, Pages 6-10) called “Small animal parasites – are pet owners getting the year‑round message?”. In this, he discusses the clinical impact of infestation on pet health and potential solutions practices can implement to improve clients’ compliance with preventive strategies.

    The article is online now at https://bit.ly/3prqw6s

  • Vet Times talks to chief executive officer of Compassion in World Farming and a commentator on the effects of industrial farming, Philip Lymbery.

    Philip talks to editor James Westgate about what we need to learn from COVID-19 and how vets have a vital role to play in building a sustainable future for British farming...

  • In this sponsored podcast, brought to you in association with MSD Animal Health, makers of Bravecto, we speak to Richard Wall and Ian Wright about flea prevalence, and new data that offers vets fresh information about how to prevent it.

    Richard Wall is professor of zoology at the University of Bristol, with his areas of research including veterinary entomology, parasitology and ecology.

    Prof Wall’s research focuses on the ecology, behaviour and control of arthropod parasites and disease vectors of veterinary importance. He also has interests in pastureland ecology and the effects of insecticides on decomposition processes.

    A key feature of his approach has been the use of fundamental ecological and epidemiological principles to inform practical control applications. Topics of interest include ticks and tick-borne disease, myiasis and mange, essential oils for ectoparasite control and impacts of climate change on ectoparasites.

    Ian Wright 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 Vet Times. Check elsewhere on the channel for more from Ian Wright, including podcasts on exotic parasites on imported pets, cat and dog worming and flea control.

    This Podcast brought to you in association with MSD animal health, makers of Bravecto®.

    Bravecto® is the number one parasite product in the UK [1], with data showing both vets and owners prefer its 12 week duration [2,3].

    A recent data analysis on more than 160,000 dogs and cats in the UK demonstrates 12 weekly Bravecto® can increase owner compliance by at least 62% over monthly products [4,5].

    This data also demonstrates compliance with Bravecto comes with other important positive effects.

    Dogs treated with Bravecto® were given leading de-worming (milbemycin and praziquantel combination) products almost twice as frequently than the national average of 3.1 months protection [4].

    This data is backed up by a client satisfaction survey with 96% of the Bravecto users prefer Bravecto and don’t want to go back to any monthly product [2,3].

    The Big Flea Project research study found significantly different levels of flea infestation for pets treated with different (in-date) products. For both cats and dogs, flea infestation was significant highest in those treated with fipronil containing products, which can be bought over the counter, and lowest in pets treated with Bravecto, a vet prescribed treatment [6].

    1. Number 1 selling Companion Animal Parasiticide product, Kynetec VetTrak MAT July 2020.
    2. Satisfaction and Adherence to Bravecto Spot-on Solution for Cats, internal CORE research, 2019
    3. Lavan R et al (2020). Flea and tick treatment satisfaction, preference, and adherence of dog owners in the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia who treated their dog with fluralaner, Open Veterinary Journal 10(2): 135–143.
    4. Investigation into parasiticide isoxazoline treatment (Bravecto, NexGard Spectra, NexGard and Simparica). Study conducted by Animalytics on behalf of MSD Animal Health (May 2020) using a panel of 73 practices with purchases recorded for 88,000 dogs from Jan 2019 to Dec 2019
    5. Investigation into parasiticides treatment. Study conducted by Animalytics on behalf of MSD Animal Health (May 2020) using a panel of 73 practices with purchases recorded for 74,000 cats from Jan 2019 to Dec 2019.
    6. Cooper A-R et al (2020). Fleas infesting cats and dogs in Great Britain; spatial distribution of infestation risk and its relation to treatment, Medical and Veterinary Entomology, doi: 10.1111/mve.12462

  • Cardiology has seen many innovations in the past decade.

    To guide us through some of these, Luca Ferasin joins the Vet Times Podcast once again, where he also explains the importance of first opinion practitioners, referral vets and owners working together on these cases.

    Luca Ferasin is head of cardiology at The Ralph Veterinary Referral Centre in Marlow, Buckinghamshire.

    A cardiology diplomate, he has vastly contributed to the veterinary literature with articles, abstracts and book chapters, including the chapter on coughing in the latest edition of Ettinger’s Textbook of Veterinary Internal Medicine.

    He is a regular speaker worldwide and his main professional interests include – but are by no means limited to – feline cardiology, exercise physiology, as well as clinical investigation and management of syncope and coughing.

    Luca has been a cardiologist for more than 20 years and was awarded a fellowship of the RCVS for his meritorious contributions to clinical practice.

    This podcast is an accompaniment to an article Luca has written in Vet Times 29 September 2020 issue (Volume 50, Issue 40, Pages 6-9). The article, “Heart disease in canine patients”, is now online at https://www.vettimes.co.uk/article/heart-disease-in-canine-patients/

    Luca’s Vet Times Podcast earlier this year – Ep 19: Luca Ferasin on myxomatous mitral valve disease – is available at https://www.vettimes.co.uk/article/vet-times-podcast-ep-19-luca-ferasin-on-myxomatous-mitral-valve-disease/

  • In this Vet Times Podcast, sponsored by www.VetzPetz.co.uk, Dr Brian Beale, orthopaedic surgeon at Beale Veterinary Specialists in Texas, discusses his findings around the effectiveness of marine-based fatty acid compound (PCSO-524) in the treatment of canine osteoarthritis.

    PCSO-524 is a unique CO2 stabilised oil from New Zealand green-lipped mussel, Perna canaliculus. It is the functional ingredient in the formulation of Antinol, derived from a patented process.

    This patented stabilisation and extraction processes concentrate and preserves the original active properties of the New Zealand green-lipped mussels’ fatty acids, including EPA and DHA.


    Dr Brian Beale is an orthopaedic surgeon at Beale Veterinary Specialists in Victoria, Texas and CEO of Beale’s Best LLC. His special interests are in arthroscopy, minimally invasive fracture management, medical management of osteoarthritis, and perioperative pain management.

    He has authored numerous book chapters and scientific articles on these topics and is a co-author of the Small Animal Arthroscopy textbook.

    In 2018, Dr Beale was named a Founding Fellow in Minimally Invasive Surgery – Small Animal Orthopedics (arthroscopy and fracture repair) by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons.

  • This podcast addresses the obstacles veterinary professionals can face in having conversations about pet nutrition with their clients. We’re talking to Libby Sheridan about the widening impact of pet nutrition, with new products like ProPlan LiveClear helping to preserve the human companion animal bond.

    In this, the third in a series, she will also address ways to implement nutritional assessment into routine consults, using “light touch” risk assessment-based techniques.

    The veterinary profession is a respected source of pet care information but with so much unreliable or even harmful information online, it is important we have systems in place to take back the conversation.

    For more information on the science of nutrition visit www.purinainstitute.com

    Libby Sheridan graduated from University College Dublin’s School of Veterinary Medicine and after 10 years working in mixed and small animal practice, she entered industry working in pet nutrition.

    She then set up and ran her own company, Mojo Consultancy, specialising in technical communications, PR and project management, before joining Purina Petcare in 2018 as technical affairs manager for the UK and Ireland.

    Libby has built on her direct practice experience of client relationships with the development of professional and client support programmes, technical training programmes and roles in managing customer and consumer support teams, alongside regular contributions to veterinary and consumer publications on nutrition and client care topics.

  • Starting conversations with owners about obesity in their pets can be difficult, but it is necessary, as weight problems among companion animals continue to rise.

    Internal medicine specialist Marge Chandler provides advice and information on a fascinating area in this Vet Times Podcast.

    Marge is an independent consultant in small animal nutrition and internal medicine, clinical nutritionist at Vets Now Referrals in Glasgow and internal medicine specialist for Moorview Referrals in Newcastle.

    She has a Bachelor of Science degree from California State University and a Master of Science degree in animal nutrition and a doctor of veterinary medicine degree from Colorado State University.

    She is a diplomate of both the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and the American College of Veterinary Nutrition, and a member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists.

    Marge chairs the European Pet Food Industry Federation scientific advisory committee, co-chairs the WSAVA global nutrition committee, is a founding member of the European Veterinary Nutrition Educators Group and is WSAVA liaison to the American Academy of Veterinary Nutrition.

    Marge wrote the focus article “Pet obesity: an ongoing epidemic” in 1 September 2020 issue of Vet Times (Volume 50, Issue 36, Pages 6-8), which is available online at vettimes.co.uk [https://www.vettimes.co.uk/article/pet-obesity-an-ongoing-epidemic/]

  • Today, VBJ is delighted to be joined by Anthony Chadwick – a good friend of the publication and a well-known face across the UK veterinary profession, and beyond, through his work with The Webinar Vet.

    He’s a qualified veterinary surgeon, business owner, entrepreneur, and a man once described by VBJ’s James Westgate as “the veterinary sector’s own disruptor-in-chief”.

    Let’s hope he’s not going to be too disruptive today…

  • The diagnosis and management of chronic pain in companion animals is an important topic in veterinary medicine, as it can have a major impact on animals’ well-being and quality of life.

    In this Vet Times Podcast, specialist vet Jo Murrell discusses key aspects of chronic pain in dogs and cats.


    Jo Murrell has spent most of her career in academia, most recently at the University of Bristol from 2007-2018.

    While at Bristol she focused her time on pain research and clinical anaesthesia, and has carried out many studies investigating pain mechanisms and clinical analgesic protocols in cats, dogs and horses. These studies have contributed to the market authorisation of methadone and buprenorphine in dogs and cats and buprenorphine in horses.

    Her work has also clearly demonstrated upregulation of pain pathways in dogs with osteoarthritis, highlighting the need for aggressive pain management in these patients.

    She has been a diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia since 2002 and enjoys the challenges of clinical anaesthesia.

    Jo is a member of the WSAVA Global Pain Council and is passionate about providing best practice in analgesia to cats and dogs. She has recently joined the team at Highcroft Veterinary Referrals, Bristol to continue her career in clinical practice.

    An article by Jo, “Chronic pain in companion animals”, is in Vet Times’ 15 September 2020 issue (Volume 50, Issue 38, Pages 10-13). It discusses diagnosis and treatment, including the use of clinical metrology instruments to quantify it, and it is online now at www.vettimes.co.uk/?p=219315

  • Join us with Dr Sue Paterson, senior-vice president of the European Society of Veterinary Dermatology and former BSAVA president, as she discusses the subject of otitis externa, and particularly focuses on how lockdown may have created an opportunity for vets to re-evaluate treatment for this common and frustrating condition.

    Do you regularly see OE cases? Yes? Well this is a podcast for you.

    This podcast has been brought to you by Neptra – the only single dose, vet-administered treatment available for acute otitis externa in dogs, produced by Elanco UK. Neptra is available to vets in the UK after becoming the number one selling treatment for acute otitis externa in the US under the name Claro.

    To enquire about stocking Neptra, contact your local Elanco veterinary business manager.

  • Chronic kidney disease is a common cause of morbidity and mortality in older cats, but in many cases it is diagnosed only when clinical signs associated with azotaemia appear.

    In this Vet Times podcast, we find out more about the condition with RCVS specialist in feline medicine Sarah Caney, including advice on screening, diagnosis and management.

    Sarah graduated from the University of Bristol in 1993, and as a feline medicine specialist enjoys seeing a mixture of first opinion and referral feline patients.

    She has written a number of books for cat owners and veterinary professionals, including Caring For a Cat With Hyperthyroidism, published by her company Cat Professional, a subdivision of Vet Professionals (www.vetprofessionals.com).

    Sarah has written a full Focus article on CKD in Vet Times’ 18 August 2020 issue (Volume 50, Issue 34, Pages 6-10. The article “Screening and management of chronic kidney disease in cats” is also available online at vettimes.co.uk at https://www.vettimes.co.uk/article/screening-and-management-of-chronic-kidney-disease-in-cats/

  • In this podcast, sponsored by Purina Petcare, we’re joined by Andy Sparkes.

    Dr Sparkes has become a well-known figure in the UK for his work on feline medicine. He is a diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ECVIM), former veterinary Director of International Cat Care and its veterinary division, the International Society of Feline Medicine; as well as the founding and current co-editor of the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery – the official journal of the ISFM and the AAFP.

    Today he is talking to us about the important welfare issues around feline relinquishment, particularly as a result of the owner’s allergy to their cat.

    Dr Sparkes has a keen interest in all aspects of feline health and welfare, and in this podcast describes common causes of feline relinquishment, focusing more closely on the impact of allergies on the cat-owner bond.

    Find out more about the impact of feline allergy on the quality of life of people and pets at the Purina Institute (www.purinainstitute.com).

  • VN Times sits down with Linnaeus chief nursing officer Andrea Jeffery to talk Schedule Three and what it means for the future of the veterinary nursing profession.

    Andrea discusses how proposed legislative changes could have the biggest impact on this crucial role in decades.

  • A condition with three forms, laminitis is now considered a clinical syndrome associated with systemic disease or altered weight bearing, rather than being a discrete disease entity.

    As with many areas, prevention is an important strategy where vets and owners can work together, as Nicola Menzies-Gow explains in this Vet Times podcast.


    Nicola Menzies-Gow qualified from the University of Cambridge in 1997 and, after three years in first opinion equine practice in Essex, joined the RVC, where she completed a residency in equine medicine and a PhD.

    Now a senior lecturer in equine medicine, Nicola’s clinical interests focus on endocrinology, cardiology and general medicine.

    She has written an article, “Equine laminitis: causes, clinical signs, treatment and prevention” for Vet Times (Volume 50, Issue 30, Pages 6-9), which is also available online at https://www.vettimes.co.uk/?p=217343

    It outlines the three types – sepsis-associated, endocrinopathic and supporting limb – but explains how the clinical signs remain unchanged. Diagnosis and severity scoring are discussed among other topics.