The biggest take home message is how little we really know and understand about the gut microbiome and its metabolic and physiologic effects in carnivores such as cats and dogs; so there is significant scope to better understand how we feed our carnivorous companion animals.
The New Zealand Veterinary Journal has recently published an excellent review article, written by Kat Crosse and funded by HPNZ, on pre-surgical hand preparation in veterinary practice. The conclusion was clear: alcohol-based rubs are effective in eliminating transient flora, reducing resident flora, safe for repeated use, have high compliance with appropriate training, can be used in or out of clinic facilities, are cost effective and water saving. Even if an alcohol-based rub is only as effective as traditional scrubbing in terms of bacterial load reduction, the other benefits should be enough to sway our practice in favour of their preferred use.
Research is what allows us to make advancements in veterinary medicine and improve our care of our furry companions. Healthy Pets New Zealand has funded over 30 studies which have benefited the NZ veterinary community and the animals we treat.
Recently published research funded by Healthy Pets New Zealand has shown that the Fel-O-Vax FIV vaccine against Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) does not prevent infection with the virus in NZ. Given the lack of significant protection against FIV infection and the uncertainty regarding whether or not FIV infection causes disease, there is currently little scientific evidence supporting the use of this vaccine in New Zealand.
HPNZ Trustee and researcher Prof. John Munday has been awared a Doctor of Science, one of the highest academic accolades, at Massey University's Manawatū 2021 graduation ceremony for his ongoing research into animal cancer
The Companion Animal Veterinarians branch (CAV) of the New Zealand Veterinary Association has signed an agreement to become Healthy Pets New Zealand’s first Research in Practice Partner.
Premium pet food manufacturer Royal Canin is the first Healthy Pets New Zealand Human-Animal Bond Partner.
A world-first study into the benefits of cat fostering will seek to improve the lives of rescue cats, their human carers, and some of New Zealand’s most vulnerable native species.
Southland dogs and their owners helped make the first HPNZ Dogs’ Day Out – supported by Royal Canin – a great success, despite a move to level two restrictions just hours before.
Recent HPNZ competition winners Aimme Allardice of Wellington and Sue Holander of Invercargill each recently received a $100 voucher in the post.