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Prevalence and clinical outcomes of Canine Parvovirus (CPV-2) in New Zealand
To gain a better understanding of the epidemiology of Canine Parvovirus (CPV-2) in New Zealand, SPCA New Zealand, in collaboration with Massey University and Unitec Institute of Technology, have developed an online survey. The researchers are asking all registered veterinary clinics across New Zealand to participate.
Latest news about Leptospirosis in a study published by Massey University
It’s been referred to as ‘dairy farm fever’, but new research suggests that leptospirosis infections may be just as common among people working on beef, sheep and deer farms as it is in dairy farms.
The authors say their research suggests the current status quo for vaccinating beef, sheep and deer should be reassessed to provide more protection to this group of workers.
The takeaway messages from these findings are:
- Dry stock farmers were inferred to contribute as many notified cases to New Zealand's leptospirosis burden as dairy farmers, despite dairy farmer occupation being recorded much more frequently.
- All stock needs vaccination against Leptospirosis.
Velvetting regulation - what this means for you (and veterinary technicians)
The significant surgical procedure regulations come into force on 9 May 2021. Among these, is Regulation 58(C) Velvetting deer antlers.
The wording of the regulation is very specific and mirrors very closely the requirements of the National Velveting Standards Body (NVSB), that only allows certain people to velvet.
This means that veterinary technicians are PROHIBITED from velvetting deer in New Zealand. The only exception to this rule, is if a veterinary technician was the owner or an employee of the owner (with the owner’s approval), and they have a valid authorisation.
Request for samples for molecular survey of the canine parvovirus 2 (CPV-2) in New Zealand
During 2021, MSD Animal Health and Massey University are collaborating on a parvovirus study: ‘A Molecular Survey of Canine Parvovirus 2 (CPV-2) in New Zealand’. The aim of this study is to estimate the relative prevalence of parvovirus subtypes in naturally infected New Zealand dogs.
Theilera equi response
A declaration of New Zealand’s freedom from the equine blood disease Theilera equi was recently posted on the World Organisation for Animal Health’s (OIE) website.
Remember to vaccinate your puppies against parvovirus! Parvovirus (‘parvo’) is a highly contagious, viral disease affecting the gastrointestinal tract of dogs.