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£100k Allocated to Ectoparasite Research Fund

13th December 2022

The CVS Group has collaborated with the University of Bristol on ectoparasite research, for which it allocated roughly £100,000 of funding from the Clinical Research Awards proposal.

The research is expected to span a timeframe of three years, beginning in 2023. Project administrators are confident in their feeling that the effort is essential for resolving forthcoming problems in animal and human health alike.

Chief Visionary Officer for CVS, Paul Higgs explained that “as part of an essential one health approach to health care we can no longer consider veterinary treatment in isolation from human and environmental health.”

“This project is critical to our understanding of the impact that treatment for ‘the individual’ can have on wider human, animal and environmental health.”
Fears regarding the possible environmental effects of parasiticides often used in small animal care have been increasing over a recent period.

87% of veterinarians who treat companion animals believed that environmental risk valuations for small animal medications were necessary, according to the BVA’s Voice of the Veterinary Profession poll.

Director of CVS’s Small Animal Veterinary Division, Lizzie McLennan-Green, explained how “in considering our approach to preventive ectoparasiticide treatment it became quickly apparent that the evidence base was largely absent.”

Head of the research, Richard Wall, commented that “this is an issue of considerable concern where research is urgently needed so that risk-based assessments of the impact of – and requirements for – ectoparasite treatment can be made.”

“While we can make some assumptions around the impact of routine ectoparasite treatment, this research is essential for us to truly understand this and to be able to balance the needs of veterinary patients with these wider impacts based on firm evidence.”

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