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Volume 25(1), Spring 2015

Global and

European News

European Pet Night:

medical watchdogs


Medical alert assistance dogs trained to assist individuals who manage severe cases of diabetes were in the spotlight on 26 February, at the 11th edition of European Pet Night organised by the International Federation for Animal Health Europe (IFAH-Europe) and partners. These dogs are taught to identify changes in odour associated with fluctuations in blood glucose levels. ...

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2015 WSAVA outreach in Asia

Following the success of its first Global Outreach Initiative in 2014, the World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) has unveiled a program of unique volunteering opportunities in Asia around WSAVA World Congress 2015, set for Bangkok, Thailand, from 15-18 May. They include working in a Thai Elephant Conservation Centre and supporting communities in Tacloban City in the Philippines.

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Vaccination guidelines: translations


The vaccination guidelines of the World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) are now available in seven languages: English, Spanish, Russian, Polish, Czech, Japanese and Mandarin (Chinese). Check them out here!

Results of the first European veterinary demography survey were presented at the November FVE general assembly, which includes data from more than 13,000 veterinarians in 26 countries.


The survey shows that the vast majority (60%) of vets work in clinical practice and predominantly small animal clinical practice. The second most popular sector is public service (19%), followed by education and research (6%) and industry and private research (4%). The male/female ratio is approximately 50:50, with a much higher proportion of women amongst veterinarians under 40, indicating an upcoming change in the gender distribution.


Women were found being paid considerably less, on average 28%, than their male colleagues. This may be due to the fact that women take a ‘family break’, work on a more part-time basis (26% versus only 12% of male colleagues) or possibly predominate in certain areas of the profession which traditionally have attracted lower rates of remuneration.

Another interesting finding is that by far the greater proportion of practice revenue is derived from professional non-commercial activities, indicating what would appear to be a significant shift away from practice earnings based on drug sales.


The survey also highlighted a lack of understanding of the importance of core business, legal and financial matters and skills, and the need for the profession to improve its use and uptake of modern IT based marketing and merchandising techniques.

The final report is expected this spring.


Women vets

earn 28% less

than men