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During these uncertain times we wanted to make you aware of how we are handling the situation in regards to COVID-19. Our number one priority is the safety of our staff and customers, and we are closely monitoring and following government guidelines on a daily basis and adapting our processes as necessary.

Due to the nature of our service, we have been granted permission to remain open in order to provide exotic and companion animals with vital health products, through veterinary clinics, retail partners and directly. In order to do this we have made some changes to our office hours & contact methods which you can find below. We also have most office staff working from home, and are practising social distancing and utilising additional health equipment in our production facility.

We currently have an ample supply of all products across all ranges and are available to take orders, offer advice, and any other customer requirements. It may take us a little longer to respond than normal but please bear with us and we will be with you as quickly as we can.

New contact information:
If you are unable to reach us on our main office number +44 (0)1962 844316, please try us on +44 (0)7340 867882. We are also available on email

Mon – Thurs         9am – 5pm
Friday                   9am – 4:30pm
Sat – Sun              CLOSED as normal

Thank you for your understanding, and stay safe.


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Leading supplier of exotic animal nutrition, Vetark, have revealed prominent new branding on the run up to BSAVA Congress 2020.

The updated branding follows the release of Vetark’s new logo, launched last year. The changes they have made to their packaging include striking new images, concise product information and bold new labels. The new packaging is accompanied with a fresh website that represents the brands up hauled personality.

Vetark will be attending BSAVA Congress 2020 with a redesigned exhibition stand, designed by Quadrant2Design. These major improvements to their product and brand image are part of their overarching aim to be the go-to household name for consumers looking for nutritional supplements for pets.

The updated appearance is a positive step towards bringing Vetark in line with competitors both in the UK and ROW, with the new design reflecting the knowledge and experience they have in the exotic and companion animal field.

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Vetark unveils new Nutrobal label

The new Nutrobal labels feature striking new images and concise product information.

In a move to make the product packaging clearer for customers and to bring it in line with the new logo that was revealed earlier this year, Vetark is enhancing the labels across their complete catalogue. Starting with Nutrobal, the new labels boast improved instructions for use, and clearly identify product uses and benefits.

The biggest change in order to simplify the buying experience for customers however is that the variations of each label (bird, reptile, small mammals etc.) have been dropped, and now there will be just one product label showing pictures of the species it is recommended for. Previously, Nutrobal had 3 different labels for a product that was exactly the same, and as a result was the cause of a lot of confusion. This is an exciting development in the larger vision to improve the customer interaction with Vetark, and these changes will be rolled out across more products in the coming weeks and months.

It is worth noting that only the product aesthetics have changed, the composition of all products have remained the same unless otherwise stated.

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Candioli Srl Acquire Vetark Products Ltd, Expanding Their Reach Across Europe

The change of ownership sees Vetark Products sitting under its new parent company Candioli Srl, with both companies set to benefit greatly from the increased international presence. With over 130 years experience in the pharmaceutical market, Candioli will bring its vast industry knowledge to the new partnership, creating positive changes to the product portfolio, international distribution and technical support.

Peter & Zena Scott, the founders of Vetark, said “We have thoroughly enjoyed taking Vetark from an idea in 1988 to the established business it is today, but it is now time to take a different direction and allow the company to continue to thrive under new ownership. We are extremely pleased to be able to have Candioli driving the business forward to reach new heights with Vetark”.

The acquisition, which completed on Wednesday 28th November, will see Vetark continue to operate out of its Winchester office under the current name. With the direction and expertise of Candioli, Vetark look set to cement their strong position as a leader in the animal health market. 

Candioli Srl is part of the Candioli group, a family owned group of companies whose core business is in manufacturing and distributing pharmaceutical products, as well as nutritional supplements for companion animals. Candioli has introduced highly innovative products in the veterinary market to improve the health conditions of pets, with products now available in over 50 countries worldwide. For more information, visit

“Candioli is very excited to help Vetark realise its potential, and we would like to reassure customers that they will continue to receive the high level of product satisfaction and customer care that Vetark prides itself on” said Luca Cravero Candioli, C.E.O. at Candioli Srl.

Vetark has built a unique product portfolio of specialist animal food supplements, enhancing the health and wellbeing of animals with its complete range across multiple species. 2018 saw the launch of the much-awaited Avipro Plus, a pre- and probiotic for carnivores with added vitamins and electrolytes, ideal as a routine nutritional aid and as additional support for pre- and post-surgery. To keep up to date with news and product information from Vetark, visit

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AVIPRO PLUS now contains an EU licensed probiotic for dogs

 We are really pleased to announce that our gold star product AVIPRO PLUS once again contains a probiotic, now licensed for dogs. This means that we can offer the full package,

  • AVIPRO AVIAN for birds
  • ProC and ProC Professional for rabbits
  • Reptoboost for reptiles
  • and NOW AVIPRO PLUS for dogs - use across the board in all carnivores

This is the culmination of a 6 year project for us, and in our 30th year of existance its exciting!

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London Vet Show 2017

 Another vet show at ExCel, its a great venue with docks, cable cars, and a superb Thai restaurant. We saw lots of vets interested in exotic pets and had some terrific conversations.

In addition to UK vets we saw vets from Italy, France, Turkey, Bulgaria, Australia, and Chey Fang Oh visited us on the stand, it was great to meet after supplying him in the Far East for almost 15 years. 

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Birmingham a week after Venice

Birmingham has more miles of canal than Venice apparently, but it wasn't as warm!

 We attended BSAVA again, this is about our 25th time, must actually work it out before they give us a clock!

BSAVA is always enjoyable - if tiring! This is a really good meeting and we had a great position at the end of one of the avenues of stands. great visibility and we spoke to lots of clients and hopefully got some new ones. More veterinary practice recruits for the find an exotic vet pages.

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Vetark went to Venice!

We attended iCare again, this time at the Ocean terminal in Venice

We were lucky enough to visit Venice, with the excuse of attending the biggest 'exotic vets conference' in Europe. It was a great meeting with social events, a gala dinner in the casino where we all wore masks (at least for a while!), multiple lecture streams on birds, reptiles and small furries - and we got to arrive there in mornings by boat - well the little vaporetto ferries anyway.

We spoke to lots of vets, many friends from UK, and quite a few from mainland Europe. The lectures were excellent and the general 'buzz' was really exciting.

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iCare 2015

 This fantastic meeting was held in Paris, it brought together the avian vets, reptile vets and small furry animal vets. A superb venue and lots of fun. We had a lovely night out at a superb art deco restaurant which had survived the 2nd WW and Paris was lovely in April. 

Running these meetings together caters very much for the exotics bvet who treats all these groups and this means that he/she doesn't have to go to 3 meetings a year.

The next iCare is going to be in Venice in 2017.

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Another fantastic show in Birmingham!

We had a very successful time at BSAVA Congress 2015. Thank you to everyone who visited the stand - both new and familiar faces were wonderful to see.

Our ranges continue to be well received by the profession with more people each year commenting on the ease of use. In particular, the probiotic range saw many veterinarians keen to discuss the benefits of these products in practice. Pro C Professional was the source of many positive reports, especially about its value as part of a complete care package by those who visited stand 1003 over the course of the show. Other products that received high praise included the use of Reptoboost and Zolcal-D.

We heard a rumour about Avipro Avian being mentioned in a lecture about care for chickens - but as none of us were there we can't say whether this is hearsay!

If you entered our competition, keep your eyes peeled for an announcement in the near future.

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Taking centre stage at Congress this year: BSP Nanovits

We'll be showcasing our tiniest, but no less effective, product at BSAVA Congress this year. BSP Nanovits are an valuable liquid vitamin supplement available only to vets. The conveniently sized 10ml bottles are ideal for practices seeing large numbers of pint-sized patients. BSP Nanovits provide the ideal way of administering key vitamins to small children's pets where in-feed supplements regularly prove too difficult to use.

One drop of this broad spectrum multivitamin in drinking water provides high levels of vitamins A, C and E alongside B’s and D3 suitable for both routine and therapeutic dosing. BSP Nanovits are highly palatable to ensure supplementation is easy. They have been used with success in a range of smaller animals including cage birds, reptiles, amphibians and small mammals. Nanovits are offered only through veterinary wholesalers in boxes of 12.

We'll be on stand 1003 and really are unmissable as it's on the right immediately as you walk through the entrance. There really is no reason miss us and we'll have the full range of products on display. Why not bring a friend and introduce them?We look forward to seeing you all there!

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We had a fantastic 2 days at London Vet Show

 We spent the 20th and 21st of November at the London Vet Show in the Kensington Olympia complex and what a successful time it was!

Thank you to friends old and new who visited us. It's always great to discuss the health of exotics with fellow enthusiasts. What struck us was the huge amount of interest from young vets, nurses and students. It is immensely gratifying to see the profession responding proactively to the rising popularity of exotic animals as pets.

Special thanks must go to Quadrant2Design for the effort they put into our exhibiton stand. It was a nice treat to leave putting it up and taking it down to someone else - especially when our feet hurt so much by the end.


If you had chance to see it, we hope you found the wonderful talk on 'Taking the fear out of first exotic consultations' by John Chitty. To sponsor such a knowledgeable vet was an opportunity we could not refuse. 


We hope you had as much fun as we did!

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new microchipping with petDetect

Our sister company Specialist veterinary consultancy Biotope is pleased to announce the formation of petDetect which took over UK distribution of the highly regarded Trovan microchip from the 1st September 2014.

petDetect hopes to provide implanters and owners with the knowledge and equipment to ensure animals are chipped correctly. Director Peter Scott was one of the first veterinarians to use microchips in the UK and thus recognizes their importance when dealing with animal welfare. petDetect will offer courses in microchipping to ensure implanters are fully trained and registered for the owner’s peace of mind.


Produced in the EU to highest quality standard (six sigma), Trovan microchips have the lowest number of connections inside the chip and are laser programmed to ensure they cannot be damaged by electromagnetic interference. This results in superior reliability, especially important for long-lived animals. All chips are fully compliant with ISO Standard 11784 as required by EU regulations.


Currently only horses, endangered zoo species, dogs (from April 2016) and certain tortoise species must be microchipped, however they are useful in any animal as it can lead to their return if it strays or is stolen. petDetect hopes to work closely with welfare charities to promote the importance of microchips to reduce the number of stray pets in the UK. The microchips will be supplied to breeders and vets who can produce a recognized implanter number. These are gained following the successful completion of a training course.

The largest microchip register in the UK, Petlog, is not restricted to dogs and can keep records of microchips in all animals. petDetect is proud to work closely with an organisation that recognises the importance of microchip identification in all pets for owners’ peace of mind.


For further information…  t + 44 (0)1962 813554

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Peter Scott receives honorary lifetime membership to the British Veterinary Zoological Society

Peter Scott, director of Vetark Professional, received an honorary membership to BVZS during their spring meeting at Marwell Zoo. The award is ‘in recognition of service in the field of veterinary zoological medicine and surgery and in particular as a measure of appreciation for the contribution made to the furtherance of the aims of the society.’ 
This award is a significant honour for Peter as it comes from a society that has played an important part in his life, from the many posts held with the society to it’s championing of exotic animal welfare, a cause Peter supports across the veterinary profession and through his work at Vetark. Current holders include Michael Brambell, John Cooper and Peter’s mentors Mike Fielding and Derek Lyon.
Michael Stanford, society President, states it is ‘these achievements and his unwavering enthusiasm for discussion and debate have contributed significantly to progress in many areas of exotic animal health and BVZS wanted to recognise this contribution.’ 

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London Vet Show 2013

 We had a really enjoyable show, a steady flow of people to speak to, some already using Vetark products and others (usually new to the profession) who haven't.

Its an huge show, lots of stands, different companies and many different delgates that BSAVA. Met more of Peters graduation year than ever before at a conference which was great.

Peters paper went down well, and vets can download it from the vet pages (if they want to!).

We went to a pizza and prosecco party hosted by The webinar vet. A great evening, good food and good company - and the prosecco went down well too!

We've already booked for next year!

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new exciting Vet Formulary app

Vets should take a look at Stuart MacArthurs new Vet Formulary app, the next step for linking datasheet information, label requirements and off-label information.

Stuarts expertise is taking a broad view, his work on tortoises led to the standard must-have work on the subject. Now this Vet Formulary fills another important gap. 


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Pet Advertising Advisory Group

 At a Breakfast meeting in the House of Commons the PAAG launched their new guidelines for advertising of pets via the internet. They have the support of leading directories and advertising forums on the web.




Websites must:


1.         run automated checks for 'blacklisted' words/terms such as banned breeds and filter for misleading or inappropriate adverts

2.         require all vendors to include a recent photograph of the animal that they are advertising and monitor for suspicious usage of images.

3.         require that all adverts display the age of the animal advertised. No pet should be advertised for transfer to a new owner before it is weaned and no longer dependent on its parents.  

4.         permanently ban vendors – on a three strikes and you’re out basis – who attempt to post illegal adverts, and take down illegal/inappropriate adverts within 12 working hours of notification

5.         ensure that every view item page includes prominent links to PAAG advice on buying and selling a pet (and specific advice for commonly advertised species), including “pop ups”

6.         label clearly on each ad whether it is a private sale, commercial sale or from a rescue/rehoming centre

7.         not include adverts for farmed animals or adverts specifying that the animal is to be used for working, hunting, or guarding in the pet section

8.         monitor for multiple mobile/telephone numbers and email addresses in private sales and investigate and potentially ban frequent/repeat breeders. ‘Frequent’ is defined as the same vendor offering a third different animal in a twelve month period.

9.         ban adverts of live vertebrate animals as food

10.       ban adverts offering stud animals, animals in season  or animals ‘for rent’ or ‘loan’ in pet section. Note that adverts offering horses or donkeys for loan are acceptable

11.       ban adverts offering pregnant animals for sale

12.       ensure that no pets are advertised for swapping with other pets, services or goods

13.       ensure that species scheduled by the Dangerous Wild Animals Act are clearly marked as such and make clear to vendors that it is an offence to offer a species covered by EU Wildlife Trade Regulations Annex A and listed by CITES for sale without a valid Article 10 Certificate. Non-human primates should not be offered for sale.

14.       exclude any advert where there is a reasonable concern for the health and welfare of the animal involved

15.       provide a clearly visible function for purchasers to report illegal or inappropriate adverts

16.       ensure that no live vertebrates are advertised for sale as deliverable through the postal system, national or international

17.       require all vendors to state the country of residence from which the animal is being sold


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Hawk Conservancy, Weyhill

Meeting of the Berks & Hants British Veterinary Nursing Association 1st Sept 2013

This was a great venue for a really good meeting. The Hawk Conservancy is a cracking site, lovely walks through the flights and two excellent flight areas with very very good displays.

The weather was superb and lots of people were out enjoying the day.

The meeting was a small one, just under 20 vets and vet nurses attended to hear Vicky Halls speak behavioural issues of cats especially in multicat households, then John Chitty speaking about birds in practice - common diseases and anaesthesia. Followed by our MD Peter Scott speaking about Avian Nutrition.

A pdf of Peters talk is available as a download below.

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BSAVA 2013

a great year for us!

We had a terrific time at BSAVA this year, we were exhausted afterwards but had a really good time seeing lot of friends from all over the world! POeter even managed to get to some lectures. Combined with a night watching Alan Davies doing standup - excellent, followed by Dodgy Folk at the Malt house pub we had a great time.

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Chytrid in non-amphibians

US workers have demonstrated that Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis is a pathogen of crayfish as well as frogs and other amphibans. They have demonstrated it in quite high proportions (<29%) and they can carry it for at least 12 wks. 

As yet only a limited range of species have been examined. But this is especially concerning as crayfish have been moved around the world for aquaculture and of course may walk away from where they have been put. This potentially spreads the organism easily.

see McMahon, T.A et al.  PNAS January 2, 2013 vol. 110 no. 1 210-215

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Zoo animal vaccination details

This is a very useful site which seeks to pull together all of the various vaccination protocols used by vets around the world.

Zoovax has been developed by Anna Meredith MA VetMB CertLAS DZooMed MRCVS and Michelle Ward BSc BVSc(Hons I) DZooMed MRCVS of The Exotic Animal and Wildlife Service at The Royal (Dick)School of Veterinary Studies, University of Edinburgh. It stemmed from an idea from David Sutton MRCVS of MSD Animal Health, who recognised there was a need for more information on the extra-label use of vaccines in non-domestic species, largely as a result of the increasing number of veterinary surgeons asking his company for advice on the use of canine and feline vaccines in exotic species.

In addition to providing a comprehensive database of published literature, Zoovax seeks the contribution of veterinary surgeons from around the world to input information about their experience of vaccine use in exotic species. This information can be shared and used throughout the veterinary community to help veterinary colleagues working in zoological institutions, with exotic pets and free-ranging wildlife, make informed decisions about vaccination. Although anecdotal reports are no substitute for properly conducted controlled scientific studies, it is recognised that in many species such studies are unlikely to be undertaken.

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How times change

This came through to us on one of the Christmas rounds of humorous emails. A genuine ad from times gone by.

Hopefully nobody put that much weight on over the festive period?

Have you cecked our worming products - water soluble SoluVerm for roundworms in birds etc such as pigeons and soluble praziquantel for flukes in fish

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London Vet Show 2012

Here we are again at the London Vet Show. Its a great show with a huge exhibition.

We are showing Aqua-Sed and the new Vetark veterinary manual on cd with video for training, COSHH and data sheets! 

We are also launching our new vet-only probotic for rabbits, ProC Professional. This is based around our long established combination of electrolytes, vitamins and prebiotic with an EU licensed for rabbits probiotic organism.

Excellent show, we spoke to lots of people, the new manual on cd seemed popular and lot of interest re ProC Professional. Traffic out from Olynpia was a nighmare.

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November BVZS Meeting at Edinburgh Zoo

We took a Vetark stand up to the BVZS meeting as usual. We are sponsors of BVZS and have been involved with them for over 25 years. This November it was at Edinburgh Zoo and gave everyone the chance to see the pandas. They were great, and actually so was the rest of the zoo, lots of large enclosures with good enrichment. The koalas are magical but spend even more time pandas doing absolurtely nothing (hence good pictures of their backs).

We chatted to lots of zoo vets, Peter ran one of the round table groups and participated in the AGM debate on exotic pets.

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Olympic Gold for Peter Wilson

 Its impossible not to blog about the Olympics, after all the cynicism for 7 years it was a triumph - WITH MEDALS!.

We went up to watch the Double Trap at Woolwich and saw Peter Wilson take Gold, a fantastic experience generating lots of massive nationistic pride. The other competitors were great and there was a fantastic atmosphere throughout. Anyone who thinks that trap or double trap is boring should have watched the thrilling competition.

Congratulations to Peter Wilson, but in a way we were all winners. Not in the namby pamby non-competitive way, but in the thorough fun of competition which was glorified. All the athletes were fantastic - obviously especially the British ones and especially the medal winners!

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Cremona Reptile Vets conference

A great meeting, combination of topic, place and people!

We had a great time in Italy at the Cremona Reptile Vets conference. Cremona is lovely place to visit and walk around (like a lot of Italian towns), good food, friendly people.

The conference had visitors from all over the world. There was a handful from UK, others from Italy, Germany, Netherlands etc and the renouned Wilbur Amand DVM the Executive Director of ARAV which had helped to organise the meeting. The meeting was excellenet with a good combination of clinical papers and pathology.

The weather was fantastic and the exhibition, coffee and lunches were held outside in the superb courtyard of Palazzo Trecchi, the poster papers were in a gloriously decorated room (see below).

We had a lot of interest in Nutrobal, our calcium balancer and our new Nutrogrub the insect gut loading food. We spoke to a number of vets who were interested in distributing products in their own countries, which is always nice.

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Lucky vet wins ipad at BSAVA

actually he completed a terribly difficult word search!

Veterinary surgeon Christian Hughes MRCVS of Fivelands Veterinary Centre in Birmingham was the lucky winner of the our ipad competition at BSAVA in 2012. We had lots of entries and would like to thank all those others who didn't win. As we were told at school - its not the winning, its the taking part!

Thanks to everyone who took part at BSAVA, we really enjoyed it and spoke to a lot of people. The Find an exotic Vet service is really taking off!

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Vets on Call in East Africa

Our friends Prof John E Cooper and Margaret Cooper have returned from running Primate and pathology workshops in East Africa with some photos of course delegates using our Vetark fresnel lenses and Vet on Call cards. Perhaps we should offer an occassional prize for the most novel use or impressive background!

Fresnel lenses are similar to lighthouse lenses, ie flat, they are very handy for field biologists and vets to have in their pocket or wallet.

Vets in East Africa are doing tremendous work with the wildlife as well as the domestic pets. Its nice to see interests in tortoises.

These have a particular resonance for Peter as he worked at Bamburi on the Kenyan coast for 3 months, (long ago doing his MSc) and thoroughly enjoyed the place and people.

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Fish Vet Society 2012

Peter attended the meeting of the Fish Veterinary Society, this was the end of his Presidency and he now moves into the Senior VP role. The meeting was excellent, mostly salmon related but a great paper from Mark Stidworthy of IZVG laboratories about the value of histopathology in ornamental fish disease, showing some of the work he is doing in audit of results to be able to use the results perhaps in a preventive medicine format.

Great weather, great venue and a fantastic chance to network with fishvets - perhaps not everyones idea of a must do but whatever rocks your boat!

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London Vet Show 2011

Yet another really good show

This show has grown enormously, It was a good conference for delegates although lecture halls weere so full people were turned away. From our point of view that was a winner because for several hours in the day we had a captive queue by our stand so chatted to lots of people.

Lots seemed interested in the new Chicken products and many took information for the new vet search we've created (perhaps interested in the 6 bottles of Lanson to be won for entering practice details before 5th Dec!).

It was nice to see one of the bags we sponsored for BVZS 50th being carried with pride at the LVS!

Getting out of Olympia isn't easy, our stand took an hour and a half to dismantle and pack then we struggled past de-riggers dismantling the overall structure, with the only parking outside on Olympia Way. Still, we've signed up for next year!

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BVZS celebrates its 50th Anniversary at Cardon Park, Cheshire

Over 200 exotic vets attend the zoo & exotic pet meeting

Vetark was proud to be major sponsors at the BVZS 50th Anniversary. This amazing group has been a major part of our lives for 30 years, our MD Peter Scott has been a member since he was a vet student and served on its council in a range of roles (including that of President) for 20 years. We sponsored the bags at the 25th Anniversay meeting and did so again at the 50th!

It was a great meeting, with Victoria Roberts MRCVS in the Chair, one of the Founder members  Dr.Ian Keymer spoke about the history and founding of the group, Professor Fred Frye came over from the USA and spent a whole day doing parallel interactive reptile sessions based around presentations of case histories. Lots of others spoke, we heard about Anne the elephant, Andrew Routh spoke about seahorses. The range of topics and expertise is fantastic, one of the big draws at BVZS. 

A great meal was enjoyed on the Saturday evening.The social side of BVZS is an enormous benefit, chatting to legends over dinner is a real privilage. Overall a major winner and we hope to be around to sponsor the bags at the 75th! Until then we will be at pretty much every other meeting!

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Visiting Laverstoke Park farm

We had a Vetark outing to the Farm to Fork Festival at Laverstoke Farm Park, ex-F1-racing driver Jody Scheckter has established and driven forward a superb organic farm. Working with buffalo to produce organic mozzarella here in UK, buffalo also make good burgers - the steaks looked great but we should have marinaded them, shame nobody suggested it! The milk and the ice cream are fantastic though, higher fat but healthier fat!

One fascinating item was the buffalo backscratcher, like the ones being used in large dairy units and probably worth investigating in some zoos (although the cost is probably horrific). The animals were queing up to use it to get to just that spot....

It would be great to see them developing the organic wine standards as well, this is holding back development of some superb wines such as those from Danebury Vineyards.

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Marine reserves - why do we need them!

Take a look at this superb YouTube film produced by the Zoological Society of London about Marine reserves, It highlights the importance of fish in our diet and the whole  bycatch issue. Its only two and a half minutes long but full of info and lovely footage. Well worth a look!

Project Ocean video

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BSAVA 2011, a great conference

apparently delegate numbers up 16%

We had a good time with the new stand, giving us a new look! We also launched a load of new products:

Avi-Sol  liquid vitamins for poultry
Avi-Tonic  liquid tonic for the drinking water of ex battery birds, or tired layers etc
Liiquid electrolyte, for the drinking water of birds with diarrhoea, suffering from heat stress or other issues

SoluVerm a water soluble piperazine wormer for rabbits, guinea pigs and other rodent, ferrets, pigeons and cage birds

PLUS - a range of licensed medicines for pond fish:
Protoban - our formalin & malachite green solution for treatment of protozoal infections such as Costia or wwhite spot
Fluke-Solve an exciting new product for treatment of fluke or tapeworm infections
Lice-Solve a solubilised preparation for elimination of fish lice (Argulus), anchor worm or Ergasilus
Chloramine T veterinary, for treatment of bacterial disease

And Tamodine, a medicinal wound dressing for fish

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British Veterinary Zoological Society Nov 2010

Another excellent meeting, held at the Village Hotel Dudley.

We''ve been attending the BVZS meetings since long before Vetark began, Peter joined in the 70's and has only missed a handful of meetings since. In those days the meetings sometimes had 20 people present, this one had almost 200 including students. The quality of the papers and of the chat in the bar is exceeded only by the friendliness of the members.

This meeting was themed on avian medicine and so was of special interest, student Julia Henken won the Vetark Student prize for best student paper for a very good review of 'Marek's disease in backyard poultry'.She received her certificate and prize among considerable banter at the end of a really enjoyable meeting.

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Vetark attend London Vet Show

a really good show

The London Vet Show On 22 & 23rd Oct 2010 was a really good event, much to be recommended. The CPD was excellent and very good value. We had a great time chatting to old friends, long-time users and some completely new customers. 

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Where do domestic cats come from?

An interesting question, asked and answered in Veterinary Practice Sept 2010. Current evidence shows that domestic cats derive fom Eurasian cats, possibly with migrations to and from America via the Bering land bridge. African cats share an ancestor with the domestic cat, but are not themselves ancestors.

Johnson, W.E et al (2006) the late Miocene radiation of modern Felidae: a genetic assessment. Science 311: 73-77
Driscoll, C.A et al (2007) The Near Eastern origin of cat domestication. Science 3017: 519-523.
 these are both available via the RCVS library

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British Veterinary Association Animal Welfare Foundation

At the annual British Veterinary Association Animal Welfare Foundation (BVA AWF) Discussion Forum (Monday 17th May) delegates voted for the most
important animal welfare priorities, which the new Defra ministerial team should focus on.
Delegates were asked ‘What would you ask the new Defra Minister?’ and the
top three welfare issues chosen were:
1. exotic pets – the lack of understanding about their care needs, the abandonment of fashionable pets, and the disease risk of importing  exotics to the UK,
2. welfare education and labelling information – the need for  impartial expert information for consumers on farm animal welfare, as well as food and farming education in schools
3. welfare surveillance and prioritisation – the need for a welfare  surveillance system that will allow the Government to better prioritise welfare issues.

This was all very well but the exotic point. No.1 was based on smear rather than factual information and the Chairman brushed aside a suggestion that some proper data be gathered on the basis that 'asking for data is often a way of delaying'. This strikes a blow against evidence based decisions! Fortunately data gathering should be part of priority 3!

There was a somewhat uncomfortable feeling that the issues of massive lameness problems in dairy cattle, tail biting in pigs and broiler hunger in chickens - all food species, could perhaps be pushed aside for these more 'important' issues that strangely didn't mention them except to gather data (perhaps thats what the Chair had in mind?). Strange that BVA is predominantly large animal based...

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You need to get the right licenses to walk your pig!

There are extra legal requirements placed on people keeping pet pigs beyond those of dog owners etc! If you keep a pig - even mini-pigs or kune kune etc you need a CPH (County Parish Holding) number for the premises where the pig lives. Also you need to log the route of any planned walks with the Animal  He Divisional Office (any other movements require a movement license.

PLUS feeding of waste products containing animal protein is forbidden - this means no waste from the human table! This is important, it helps protect the national pig herd.

see Bown,P 2010 Vet Record May 15, page 631. The Pig Veterinary Society opposes the keeping of pigs as pets.

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Fish Veterinary Society

The April 2010 meeting in Edinburgh will go on despite the Volcanic cloud! The majority of members who are attending this interesting meeting are driveable distances away and the Council has local members who will run the meeting.

Members are encouraged to visit the FVS website at

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BVZS have excellent meetings

We have been involved with BVZS since Peter was a vet student - in about 1974! He has held most posts on Council at one time or another including Secretary and President. They hold two good meetings a year, held in hotels but close to zoos for visiting.

The next meeting is Paignton in April 2010, then:

BVZS Autumn meeting November 6th-7th 2010
Theme "Avian Medicine & Surgery" To be held at Dudley Zoo

then the big 50th:
a 3 day Conference from November 11-14th. The theme will be "Recent Advances in non-domestic Animal Medicine"

We seriously recommend joining BVZS, we have been major sponsors for years, it gives an opportunity for the vets dealing with all sorts of 'exotic animals' to get together and talk.

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It was great to be at BSAVA 2010

thanks for visiting!

This was our umpteenth time attending BSAVA (about 18 years), its always a terrific meeting. Peter gets chance to meet old friends from vet school and other 'exotic' vets, and generally we get to talk to various Vetark fans.

Peter was really pleased to listen to Dr.Doug Maders reptile session, Dr.Mader unlike some foreign speakers made a real effort to see what was available in UK. It was exciting to welcome him on our stand, his contribution to reptile medicine via his book alone is awesome. His statement 'If the mouth works, then use it' has real resonance, this has always been our view

We usually get good exposure via the lectures as our products are widely used and so feature in lectures/treatment/health plans. This time our stand (number 101) was close to the Guinness bar - which saved our legs!

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Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians

this is fantastic value

 I just updated my subscription to this organisation. Its really great value, it includes a hard copy of Journal of Exotic pet Medicine (which replaced Seminars in Avian & Exotic Pet Practice

But even better it includes electronic access to this journal and to:

Seminars in Avian and Exotic Pet Practice by Saunders

Exotic Pet Practice by Mosby

Download and file the pdf's. 

Details are on the website below.

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Investigate feather plucking

In 'Companion' (the monthly sent out to BSAVA members) Dec 2009 there is a really useful practical review of how to go about investigating feather plucking parrots by Kevin Eatwell (lecturer at the Royal (Dick) in Edinburgh. Well worth a read!

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Veterinary History Society

The Vet History Society had a fascinating meeting at the RCVS on 25th Nov 2009.

The meeting began with Abigail Wood MRCVS who looked at the activities and social role of the vet in the 19th Century - where we came from.

The highlight was 'A Conversation with Mary Brancker CBE, FRCVS' who told members about her 70 years in the veterinary profession. Working with the Steele-Bodger practice (which gave temporary housing to the RCVS during the war). She complemented male vets in their attitude to women graduates, which she felt was always ahead of the medical and legal professions. Mary also told the meeting about the early days of zoo medicine when she worked with the women who established Twycross Zoo. She also outlined her involvement in fish medicine and her role in establishing the Unit at Stirling University which became the world renouned Institute of Aquaculture. Mary felt that antibiotics had made the difference to veterinary work over her time, that when she began it was 'brute force and bloody ignorance'.

Philip Ryder-Davies followed in the afternoon with a fascinating trail of clinical cases seen at a range of zoos through many years involvement in zoo and circus medicine.

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EIG disbanded

The England Implementation Group has been judged by the Minister to have completed what he saw as its prime purpose of taking RCS to the point that a new body can form to take this on. Despite the Eves report which recommended re-tasking the EIG and allowing them to continue work in other areas such as developing the various sector councils the EIG will cease at the final meeting on 24th Sept 2009. 

Vetarks MD Peter Scott has led the companion animal work in the EIG and this will continue with Peter liaising between the various sub-sector groups and the Chief Veterinary Officer who has taken over the EIG role of developing the sector councils.

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