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Andrew Greenwood Retires after 43 years

AG Belle Vue Zoological Park Manchester 1975-B

It's the end of an era at IZVG as today marked the beginning of Andrew Greenwood's official retirement from the practice.

Andrew joined David Taylor as a partner in 1973 and, in 1976, they together formed the International Zoo Veterinary Group. An internationally recognised expert in avian diseases and marine mammal care, he is a Specialist in Zoo and Wildlife Medicine of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.

Though out his career, Andrew has acted as veterinary advisor to a huge number of zoo groups and committees including various BIAZA and EAZA taxonomic and veterinary groups, EAAM, EAZWV, AAV to name but a few. Andrew has been a zoo inspector and was instrumental in bringing in the Zoo Licensing Act to the UK, when on the Zoos Forum, which was later included in to European Law. Andrew has served on the Council of Durrell Wildlife Trust and the Zoological Society of London.

Not to leave out threatened species in the wild, Andrew as provided veterinary advice to the Mauritian Wildlife Trust for species recovery programmes for many years, was a Trustee of the World Parrot Trust and Wildlife Information Network and was one of the founders of Wildlife Vets International.

In addition, Andrew has written and contributed to many published papers on a wide range of topics from marine mammal health, to supplement feeding of wild echo parakeets and zoological history.

On a lighter note Andrew has been the vet on many productions that involved animals including One by One (about David Taylor) and more recently BBC’s Our Zoo (about the start of Chester Zoo). Andrew featured in Flying Vets, a series about International Zoo Veterinary Group’s work.

Although we're certain Andrew will pop in and see us, he will be missed by us all at IZVG.

Our warmest wishes for your retirement Andrew

March 29th 2019

Vacancy - Assistant Zoo Veterinarian, UK

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IZVG is looking for an Assistant Veterinarian (full-time). The position is based in Yorkshire but travel will be expected mostly in the UK and Europe and occasionally further afield.

IZVG is the largest full-time zoo and wildlife practice in the World.The successful applicant will require MRCVS status, at least 5 years zoo animal experience, good clinical skills and a proven desire to work in this field. Relevant MSc/Cert/Diploma is preferred. Salary will be commensurate with experience. IZVG will provide training, CPD, car and benefits package.

To apply, send a completed application form and your CV to finance@izvg.co.uk.

The closing date is 24th February 2019, or until a suitable candidate is found.

Please contact IZVG on finance@izvg.co.uk if you have any questions.

IZVG collaborates with Animal Welfare Expertise

Dr Andrew Greenwood has recently become a consultant to the organisation Animal Welfare Expertise.

Find out more information here.

The IZVG Avian and Exotic Clinic has now closed

Johanna Storm Rusu has retired after 30 years of service.

Johanna Storm Rusu

We can recommend the following practices:

Richard Jones: Avian Veterinary Services

Neil Forbes: Great Western Exotics

Holly House Veterinary Hospital

Thank you for your continued support over the years.

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.


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:

  • 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
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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