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IZVG Pathology welcomes Dr Cheryl Sangster

From May 2017, the IZVG pathologists have been joined by Dr Cheryl Sangster, who is based off-site reporting histopathology cases across all species. Cheryl is a highly qualified veterinary pathologist with considerable prior experience in zoo and wildlife species, and will be collaborating closely with our two existing pathologists. Find out more about Cheryl here.

IZVG pathologist joins EEHV advisory group

Elephant endotheliotropic herpesviruses (EEHV) are a type of herpesvirus, which can cause a highly fatal haemorrhagic disease. To coordinate efforts to battle this disease, an international advisory group was founded in August 2014. Daniela has joined this group as a pathologist advisor. She has since then worked on updating the EEHV pathology section of the EEHV website and participated in the recent EEHV meeting in Houston (please see press release for further details).

For more information on the work of the group and up to date information on EEHV please visit the newly updated EEHV website. For full access to all sections of the website including password protected information on surveillance, treatment, clinical case gallery, EEHV genetics, pathology, laboratory testing, projects and much more, please become a member.

IZVG Pathology is based in Yorkshire, working in association with Nationwide Laboratory Services Leeds.

To contact IZVG Pathology E-mail the pathologists or call IZVG Pathology on 0113 391 9710.

19th February 2014



IZVG Pathologist receives European Specialist Status

International Zoo Veterinary Group is celebrating success this month. Dr. Daniela Denk, one of IZVG’s pathologists, has recently been successful in her European Board exams, becoming a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Pathologists (DiplECVP). She is now recognised as a European Veterinary Specialist in Pathology by the European Board of Veterinary Specialisation.

Working alongside colleague Mark Stidworthy, who is himself an RCVS Recognised Specialist in Veterinary Pathology (Zoo and Wildlife), IZVG Pathology boasts an impressively well-qualified team. Now in its 10th year, IZVG Pathology provides a dedicated pathology service for zoo, exotic, wildlife and aquarium species. A division of International Zoo Veterinary Group, which has been at the forefront of zoological medicine for over thirty years, our pathologists offer a cost effective, timely, and clinically relevant service, including full interpretative comment based on the available literature.

IZVG Pathology is based in Yorkshire, working in association with Nationwide Laboratory Services Leeds.

To contact IZVG Pathology E-mail the pathologists or call IZVG Pathology on 0113 391 9710.

19th February 2014


Daniela Denk


Clarification on pinioning non-agricultural birds

DEFRA and the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons have recently issued clarification on pinioning of non-agricultural birds by lay people. The guidance makes it clear that pinioning birds, even at 2 days old, is considered an act of veterinary surgery and, as such, may only legally be carried out by a veterinary surgeon.

The letter, printed in the Veterinary Record, published 13 July 2013 can be viewed here:


New appointment for IZVG as consultants to zoo and aquarium design and build company

International Zoo Veterinary Group is pleased to be working with Nautilus as zoological and veterinary consultants to their zoo and aquarium design and build business.


Nautilus

For more information on what Nautilus can offer, visit:

Death of David Taylor

31 January 2013

We were extremely sad and sorry to hear that our friend, founder partner, and pioneer of zoological veterinary medicine, David Taylor, died on 29th of January 2013.



David Taylor

You can read David's Obituary, published 1 March 2013 in the Daily Telegraph here:



ZuPreem FruitBlend With Natural Fruit Flavors Recall

12 Oct 2012

ZuPreem has initiated a voluntary recall of two lots of ZuPreem FruitBlend™ With Natural Fruit Flavors bird food because they may contain elevated levels of calcium. The recall is limited to ZuPreem Medium/Large and Large FruitBlend™ With Natural Fruit Flavors maintenance formula bird foods with 11/30/13 or 11/13 expiration date codes.

More information can be found on the following pages:

Emerging Disease Information

Schmallenberg Virus is a new emerging livestock disease that has been detected in Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands and the UK. It is transmitted by vectors, such as midges.

The virus has been associated with brief mild/moderate disease (milk drop, pyrexia, diarrhoea) in adult cattle and late abortion or birth defects in newborn cattle, sheep and goats.

No cases have been reported in British Zoo animals to date.

Schmallenberg Virus is not a notifiable disease but animal keepers are asked to contact their veterinary surgeon if they encounter cases of ruminant neonates or fetuses which are stillborn, show malformations or are showing nervous disease.

More information can be found on the following pages:


IZVG supports Big Fish Campaign

We are pleased to support the BIAZA Aquarium Working Group in their campaign to encourage fish enthusiasts to consider the ultimate size of the fish they are buying, and ensure that they have the facilities necessary to house the fish when they grow to their maximum length. Many reputable retailers are also signing up to this campaign, pledging not to stock large fish species for sale to the general public. Hopefully, the campaign will reduce the number of instances where public aquariums are being asked to take on huge fish which have outgrown their tanks!


Big Fish Campaign, c The Deep


Exotic Animal Clinic Move

On 28 November 2011, the Exotic Animal Clinic moved to Hipperholme.

Click here for our new address and directions

This was as a result of Shearbridge Veterinary Centre closing. Our clinic staff and opening times are unaffected, and appointments may still be made in the usual way by telephoning our Keighley office on 01535 605033.


IZVG LLP and Office Move

From 1 April 2011, International Zoo Veterinary Group has converted to a Limited Liability Partnership (LLP) and all business carried out by International Zoo Veterinary Group has been transferred to IZVG LLP.

This is purely a change in the way our practice is constituted and every other aspect of our service remains the same.

From Tuesday 26th April 2011, our Head Office has moved to:

  • IZVG LLP
  • Station House
  • Parkwood Street
  • Keighley
  • West Yorkshire
  • BD21 4NQ, UK.
We are pleased to be in lovely new premises. Our Pathology Laboratory has not moved, and remains in its previous location.

Safe use of veterinary medicines

Any clients using veterinary medicines under our direction should be aware of new guidelines produced by the Health and Safety Executive under the Veterinary Medicines Directive. Please print off this leaflet, read and display in your vet rooms. It sets out the practical steps you should take to protect the health and safety of anyone who works with veterinary medicines, and to comply with COSHH regulations.

The leaflet is here: Veterinary Medicines.

New processes for submitting pathology samples from outside the UK

All samples from outside the UK submitted for pathology now require an animal health import licence or a letter of authorisation.

For EU samples of formalin-fixed invertebrates, fish and reptiles a generic letter of authorisation only is required. Samples from mammals and birds from any country or samples from reptiles, fish or inverts from outside the EU will require a specific licence. Please contact the office immediately at admin@izvg.co.uk to discuss licence requirements before sending any pathology samples. We are in discussion with Animal Health about this matter, and will provide more specific guidance when we know more.

New packaging regulations for pathology samples

Please note that new packaging regulations now apply to diagnostic samples.

For more information, see the instructions page. It is important that you follow the packaging guidelines when packing your samples. Failure to do so could result in Royal Mail postal service, or courier companies, refusing to carry your samples.

Avian Influenza (Bird Flu)

Recent outbreaks of the avian influenza virus have occured in the Far East and Eastern Europe, and isolated cases have occurred in the UK. Despite the infectious nature of this virus, the risk of introduction to wild, pet and farmed birds in the UK remains low. If you are concerned about the safety of your birds, we would recommend that you consult the DEFRA website, particularly the links below. Good biosecurity, and care of your birds are advisable at all times, whether a disease risk is present or not.

For more information, please consult the following documents:

If you find sick, or dead wild birds, DO NOT bring them into a veterinary surgery. Contact the DEFRA Helpline (08459 33 55 77) and choose the Avian Influenza option which will be open from 8:30am to 8:00pm. Alternately, follow the instructions on the wild bird information page.

Avian Influenza Vaccination for Zoos

Defra, in conjunction with the British Association of Zoos and Aquariums, have prepared a programme of vaccination against avian influenza. Zoos may now apply for vaccination. The forms and guidance have been published on the Defra website: AI Vaccination Forms and Guidance. The application form is here: application form, and the guidance notes are here: guidance notes. IZVG clients will need to enter the following address into the Veterinary Supplier box on the application form:
W & J Dunlop Ltd
Veterinary Wholesalers
College Mains Road
Dumfries
DG2 0NU
Telephone no: 01387 274700

BIAZA has published a news page on their website giving more information: BIAZA information on Avian Influenza and Precautions.



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