2:05 pm in News, Veterinary Schools by Jonathan (Vetstart Editor)
Research conducted by the University of Edinburgh could lead to cost-effective, long-term vaccination in cattle
The cattle vaccine would utilise harmless parasites to carry medicine directly into cattle. The parasites will effectively provide a long-term vaccine that persists as long as they continue to survive.
This exciting development could prove an effective counter to epidemics of foot-and-mouth or bovine TB. If research is successful this method of treatment could prove extremely valuable in livestock health worldwide, providing a cheaper alternative to repeated vaccination.
11:05 am in News by Jonathan (Vetstart Editor)
Culling badgers has recently struck a chord with the public. Measures in the UK and Wales to halt the spread of TB have been met with 2/3 of the population resisting the idea. Is the cull necessary? Would the situation be different if it were rats or another animal? Are there viable alternatives?
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11:43 am in News by Jonathan (Vetstart Editor)
The three major issues presented at the BVA Welsh Dinner revolved around the government’s apprehension in carrying out advice from the industry, and a welcome change to tuition fees for Welsh students. Whilst tuition fee funding is welcome news, why is the government ignoring the veterinary community’s advice on TB and poor breeding practice?
Read more for the full BVA release.