Despite the challenges of lockdown, Felicity Caddick, Senior Veterinary Manager at Animalcare, is in training for her first Ironman Challenge. It will take place on 25 July in Nottingham and will require her to:

  • Swim 3.8 km at the Regatta Lake at the National Watersports Centre
  • Cycle for 180 km through the Nottinghamshire countryside
  • Run a marathon (42 km) along the River Trent path.

She will be raising funds for StreetVet, Animalcare’s charity of the year for 2021.

No stranger to exercise, in 2019, Felicity was part of a team that set a Guinness World Record for the most people running a marathon tied together. Her training for the Ironman has seen her complete virtual ironman challenges every weekend since April 2020.  These have included variable distance runs and bike rides as swimming has not been possible for most of the time. She was one of only 122 people worldwide to complete the entire series in 2020.

StreetVet is a charity offering professional veterinary care and support to pets belonging to those experiencing homelessness. It has recently launched an accredited hostel scheme and is working to encourage more hostels in the UK to become pet-friendly so that homeless people do not have to choose between their best friend and a roof over their head. Funds raised by Animalcare will help to ensure that each pet entering one of these hostels will be microchipped on their registration. Animalcare also provides its identichip® microchips, microchip scanners and a free lifetime change of address service for StreetVet clients. As they try to rebuild their lives, homeless people often move through different accommodation so the lifetime change of address is really significant to support them and their pets.

Felicity Caddick said: “Training in three different sports requires specific plans for each element but also the ability to be able to perform them one after another. Because of COVID-19 I have had to train mostly alone and I’ve completed much of cycling training indoors on my turbo trainer. It’s challenging not being able to carry out swimming training and this won’t be possible until swimming pools or outdoor swimming venues are allowed to reopen.

“Exercise is an important part of my life. It requires many transferable skills, as relevant in practice as they are in sport, including; individual motivation, leadership and team work. Most importantly, I find sport really helps me to maintain a good work-life balance.”She continued: “COVID-19 has had a devastating effect on people experiencing homelessness and their pets. The need for StreetVet and its services has increased while its veterinary costs have doubled and, in some months, tripled during lockdown. The charity wants to ensure that its volunteers can always be there when they are needed so I am delighted to be raising funds to help to make sure that they can continue their wonderful work.”

 

To support Felicity, visit her justgiving page at: Felicity Caddick is fundraising for StreetVet (justgiving.com)

 

Animalcare Group plc, the international animal health business, today launched its new logo and visual identity as part of the ongoing evolution and growth of the Company.

Building on its well-established positions in its European markets, the Group has adopted a consistent new look for Animalcare and Ecuphar companies alike.

Jenny Winter, Chief Executive Officer commented: “A strong, recognisable brand helps support our long-term growth ambitions by sending a clear signal that we are one international team with a common purpose. We believe our new clean and consistent visual identity better reflects the qualities of today’s Animalcare: our growing scale and reach; our science-driven approach; our blend of local knowledge and global co-ordination; our agility and our approachability.

“It’s a new look, but with the same all-in commitment to our customers and to the cause of better animal health.”

Animalcare Group plc operates commercially as Ecuphar in Spain, Germany, Belgium, Portugal, Italy and the Netherlands and as Animalcare Ltd in the UK.

The new logo is available on request from communications@animalcaregroup.com

Committed to Net Zero Carbon Emissions –Our Carbon Neutral commitment has been covered in new industry magazine – The Veterinary Edge.

“Our responsibility as an animal health company extends beyond helping our veterinary colleagues to care for sick and vulnerable animals. We also take our responsibility to the environment, both at home and globally, very seriously.” So said Animalcare UK Commercial Analyst and member of the company’s Carbon Footprint team, Kai Crawshaw in September 2020 when the company achieved carbon neutral status. We invited him to tell us more about the company’s journey to deliver on its environmental responsibilities.

In 2018, the UK government – in common with many other governments – made a commitment to deliver net zero carbon emissions by 2050. This is a major commitment and one which requires a combination of measures, including decarbonising the National Grid, further investment in electric transport and carbon offsetting among businesses.

Animalcare felt that working to achieve carbon neutral status was an important first step, both for the company, its employees and for the wider veterinary industry so started working with Carbon Footprint Ltd, sustainability consultants, who help organisations reduce the environmental impact of their activities. Its first project was to complete a thorough assessment of Animalcare’s carbon emissions during the first half of 2020 so that the company knew the areas it had to focus on in order to make reductions.

 

 

Read more about our Carbon Neutral journey and much more in the first edition of The Veterinary Edge 

 

York – January 2021. Animalcare has partnered with RCVS Feline Specialist Dr Sarah Caney to provide new educational materials to help vets strengthen their management of feline hyperthyroidism cases.  In a short 15-minute video, Dr Caney gives her advice on the key aspects of the medical management of these cases.  She also introduces Thiamacare®, the strongest oral solution of thiamazole available, launched by Animalcare in 2020. With 10 mg/ml thiamazole, Thiamacare® is double the concentration of the current liquid option, for the lowest dose volume available.

Dr Caney has also worked with Animalcare to help produce an eye-catching clinic infographic. It includes practical tips on handling hyperthyroid cats in order to minimise stress, as low-stress handling is known to help benefit treatment outcomes.  The infographic also contains tips for owners on transporting cats, gives advice to practices on how to make waiting rooms and consult rooms cat-friendly and suggests considerations for blood-sampling and therapeutic assistance.

Both the video and infographic, together with other helpful content, including a client leaflet and social media toolkit, are available to download free of charge from www.the-pac.co.uk

James Beaumont, Brand Manager, says; “Hyperthyroid cats can be challenging to treat and to handle. We hope the educational resources we have developed with Dr Caney will support practice teams in strengthening the management of these cases, ensuring higher welfare for affected cats and supporting the human-companion animal bond.”

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York – October 2020: Animalcare has extended its anaesthesia range with the launch of a Propofol 10mg/ml solution; Propomitor®, an intravenously administered general anaesthetic for brief procedures in dogs and cats.

Propomitor can be used for the induction and maintenance of general anaesthesia for procedures lasting up to five minutes by the administration of incremental doses or as a constant rate infusion (CRI). It can also be used for the induction of general anaesthesia where maintenance is provided by the inhalation of anaesthetic agents.

Commenting, Animalcare Product Manager Kai Crawshaw said: “Propofol is the ‘go to’ solution for short-acting anaesthesia in many practices so we are delighted to add Propomitor, our new affordable propofol solution, to our range. It complements our already extensive anaesthetic toolkit, which offers options for analgesia, sedation, gaseous anaesthesia and recovery.”

Propomitor is available in boxes of 5 x 20 ml bottles.

Practices are asked to contact their Animalcare Territory Manager or contact Animalcare’s head office on 01904 487687 for more information.

Animalcare has announced the launch of Thiamacare®, the strongest oral solution of thiamazole available. With 10 mg/ml thiamazole, Thiamacare is double the concentration of the current liquid option, for the lowest dose volume available.

Stronger compliance

Liquid formulations are fast becoming a popular choice for the long-term medication of cats, with 87.4% of owners citing them as their preferred option.1 This, together with the fact that cats find liquid formulations significantly more palatable2, means using an oral solution, such as Thiamacare, can help improve compliance when managing feline hyperthyroidism.

Stronger convenience

Thiamacare allows for easy and accurate dosing with the dosing syringe clearly marked with a single scale in 1.25 mg increments. This facilitates precise dosing in response to total T4 measurement values and requires no conversion when switching from other brands or formulations. Thanks to the double concentration formulation, practices only need to stock one size bottle (30ml), which gives 60 days of treatment at the recommended starting dose.

Stronger support

Animalcare has developed a suite of materials to encourage the use of Thiamacare as the preferred choice for feline hyperthyroid medical management. These include social posts and a post-prescription leaflet to help veterinary teams support owners, particularly through the stabilisation phase post-diagnosis. A short webinar offering top tips for treating feline hyperthyroidism from feline Specialist Dr Caney will also be available later in October.  These resources will all be available at www.the-pac.co.uk.

James Beaumont, Brand Manager, says; ‘’We are excited to be launching Thiamacare and bringing a stronger solution for the management of feline hyperthyroidism to the market. Our experience means that we understand the difficulties for some owners in medicating their pets, especially with a condition such as hyperthyroidism, which often makes cats more fractious and even more resistant to handling. With the lowest dose volume available, we believe Thiamacare will make the medical management of this condition easier through improved cat acceptance and better owner compliance. Recognising the pressures that vets in practice often face, we have also deliberately focused on making the process of switching brands easy with the range of support materials.’’

Thiamacare joins Animalcare’s Thiafeline tablets to provide a range of feline hyperthyroidism medical management options to suit all administration preferences and is licensed for the long-term treatment of feline hyperthyroidism and the stabilisation of cats prior to thyroidectomy.

For stronger feline hyperthyroidism management in your practice, contact your local Animalcare representative via email animalcare@animalcare.co.uk or telephone 01904 487687.

Animalcare has achieved carbon neutral status as part of its commitment to run its business sustainably.  The company undertook a detailed assessment of its carbon emissions earlier this year and has since worked to reduce them, while instituting offsetting measures, such as tree-planting, to enable it to become carbon neutral.

Animalcare’s carbon emissions assessment report was undertaken by Carbon Footprint Ltd, which helps organisations to reduce the environmental impact of their activities.  Some of the company’s highest carbon-emitting activities related to business travel and have been reduced as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic but Animalcare is continuing to adopt measures, such as virtual meetings, to ensure that emissions in this area do not rise again once travel restrictions are lifted.  It is also evaluating renewable energy suppliers for its headquarters in York.  To offset its emissions, the company is participating in the Brazil Verified Carbon Standard REED project, which is working to prevent unplanned deforestation in the Amazon Rainforest.

In addition, to support a further reduction of carbon in the atmosphere in the UK, Animalcare is working on a project to plant more than 200 native British broad-leaved trees at venue close to its headquarters later this year.  As well as the environmental benefits to wildlife and human well-being they offer, trees sequester carbon and, in so doing, help to mitigate the impact of human activity.

Commenting, Animalcare Product Manager Kai Crawshaw said: “Our responsibility as an animal health company extends beyond helping our veterinary colleagues to care for sick and vulnerable animals. We also take our responsibility to the environment, both at home and globally, very seriously.

“As some aspects of our work, for instance the packaging of our products, are governed by regulation so beyond our direct control, we are focusing strongly on what we actually can do to make a difference.  We have already taken steps to reduce and offset our carbon emissions and are looking forward to helping to improve our local environment by planting more trees.  It is an exciting journey and we are very proud to have achieved carbon neutral status.”

Five veterinary nurses working in an array of clinical settings have been announced as the winners of Animalcare’s Vet Nurse Heroes competition.

The competition, which took place during Veterinary Nursing Awareness Month (VNAM) (May 2020), called on team members to nominate their nurse colleagues who consistently go above and beyond the call of duty, particularly since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

After a flood of great entries, the winners of the competition have been announced as:

Claire Defries, VN programme leader at the College of Animal Welfare
Claire was praised for the support she gave to vet nurses in training during the lockdown, enabling third-year students to sit their final exams. Besides developing online training, virtually overnight, Claire was also commended for the pastoral support she has provided to students during the lockdown.


Ellie Tappenden, Albyn Veterinary Centre, Broxburn
Ellie’s nomination pays recognition to her work to create a local support network with other vets. During the lockdown, Ellie worked long shifts before delivering regular medicines and ensuring that her self-isolating clients were coping. She also organised a collection of spare PPE for the local hospital, all while managing her pain from a degenerative disease, Ehlers Danlos, which she fights daily.

Tammy Jarvis, RSPCA Block Fen Animal Centre, March

Tammy gave exceptional support to all 105 patients at the RSPCA centre and the veterinary surgeon. With other staff furloughed, she took on additional duties, including maintenance and ground management, and recently started sewing face masks for her colleagues.

Bethany Lavill, Etwall Vets, Derby
Bethany was nominated for coming in after hours to check up on patients and for collecting animals from clients who are self-isolating. Nominators said that she had gone above and beyond the call of duty on many occasions and still asks what more she can do to help.

Shannon Mills, Leeds Colton Vets4Pets
Shannon willingly covered a range of roles throughout lockdown and recently nursed a critical care rabbit throughout the day while overseeing reception. She also passed her mock exam with flying colours during the lockdown, all despite a recent diagnosis of epilepsy.

The winners each received a gift box, filled to the brim with delicious food and drink.

“We wanted our competition to highlight the fantastic contribution vet nurses around the country are making to their colleagues, clients and patients – but the number and quality of entries hugely exceeded our expectations,” commented Animalcare product manager, James Beaumont.

“At such a difficult time, the positivity, passion and care that each nomination exuded made reading them a moving experience and selecting only five as winners was no easy task.  We thank all those who took the time to nominate their amazing colleagues and thank every vet nurse who was nominated for their extraordinary commitment and dedication.”

The next webinar in Animalcare’s Tea-Time Training series will focus on the Canine Intestinal Microbiome and is led by Dr Shea Beasley, Product Development Manager at Vetcare Ltd. It will be available at 10.30 am on Wednesday 17 June and will explore the importance of the canine intestinal microbiome, not just on digestive health but also on the overall health and well-being of dogs.

Dr Beasley is the creator of Animalcare’s ProcanicareTM, the first bacterial GI support product developed from the intestinal bacteria of healthy dogs. Delegates attending ‘live’ will receive a free pot of Procanicare*.

Dr Shea Beasley, Product Development Manager at Vetcare Ltd

Tea-Time Training was launched by Animalcare in April to support vets and nurses keen to keep up their CPD, whether at home or in their practice.  The webinars are short, free, refresher-style training sessions, designed to be enjoyed over a cup of tea.

To register for ‘The Canine Intestinal Microbiome,’ visit https://mailchi.mp/animalcare/tea-time-training.

Each webinar is recorded and available for viewing 24/7 via the Animalcare Learning Alliance on the company’s online Practice Assistance CentreThe PAC. A range of other free webinars, including ‘4 Essentials for Successful Pet Microchipping’ and a six-part series on fluid therapy, and other resources are also available on The PAC.

* (1) UK attendees only (2) Must work for a veterinary practice that has an account with a mainstream UK veterinary wholesaler (3) One free 30g pot per practice

Animalcare has kicked off National Microchipping Month (NMM) 2020 by launching the latest of its ‘Tea-Time Training’ webinars: ‘4 Essentials for Successful Pet Microchipping,’ on Wednesday 3 June. The free webinar will be available at 10.30 am and 2.30 pm and will be led by Animalcare’s Senior Veterinary Manager, Felicity Caddick.

Tea-Time Training was launched by Animalcare in April to support vets and nurses keen to keep up their CPD, whether at home or in their practice. The webinars are short, free, refresher-style training sessions, designed to be enjoyed over a cup of tea.

Animalcare Product Manager James Beaumont said: “A missing microchipped pet is much more likely to be reunited with its owner than an animal which has not been microchipped. NMM is a great opportunity for practices to remind clients of the benefits of microchipping and, in doing so, to strengthen their relationships with clients – relationships which are even more important given the difficult times we’re living through.”

To register for ‘4 Essentials for Successful Microchipping’, visit https://mailchi.mp/animalcare/tea-time-training.

The next webinar in the Tea-Time Training series, available on 17 June, will focus on the Canine Intestinal Microbiome and will be led by Dr Shea Beasley, Product Development Manager at Vetcare Ltd. Dr Beasley is the creator of Animalcare’s ProcanicareTM, the first bacterial GI support product developed from the intestinal bacteria of healthy dogs.

Each webinar is recorded and available for viewing 24/7 via the Animalcare Learning Alliance on the company’s online Practice Assistance Centre, The PAC. A range of other free webinars and resources are also available on The PAC.