Responsible use of medicines key concern for NI practice

Responsible use of medicines key concern for NI practice

Responsible use of animal medicines is an issue that “cuts to the core” of good veterinary care, a director of one of Northern Ireland’s largest independent practices has told Northern Ireland Veterinary Today.

Gareth Torney of Jubilee Veterinary Centre hailed the work of colleagues Andy Mayne, Gareth Bell and the other Large Animal directors, who along with from eight other local practices helped bring the issue to local and national prominence.

The RCVS, VMD and Department of Health NI are now devoting time and thought to an ongoing investigation.

“Far from being a corporate vs independent practice conflict, this issue we believe cuts to the core of what it means to be a caring and responsible veterinary surgeon, whatever ownership model we follow,” said Gareth.

“Nominal care and a profit-only motive are no basis for good animal welfare and sustainable agriculture in our opinion, particularly in these times of intense environmental scrutiny.

“It seems that many throughout the UK and Ireland share our concerns, judging by the messages of support received.

‘Collaborative links’

“Being an independent practice does not preclude Jubilee from reaching out and working alongside others, and it is in our ethos to build and maintain collaborative links with our neighbours and local colleagues.”

Gareth also hailed the the work of his colleagues at Jubilee throughout the pandemic telling how “clients and staff alike reacted exceptionally well to the changing environment”.

He said: “Despite the pandemic, the business has thrived, like many others, off the back of increased numbers of new pups and kittens at this time. We hope this does not lead to animal welfare issues once a degree of normality returns and as Covid settles to endemic levels.”

Far from resting on their laurels, the mixed animal practice has just installed a new CT scanner  to keep the business “at the forefront of veterinary medicine”.

Gareth explained: “We consider CT as a technology which will overtake traditional radiography for skulls, respiratory work ups, joints, spines and abdominal disease along with many others.

“It’s an exciting addition to our services and we are excited to be able to offer our clients the most cutting edge services available. Down the line we aim to offer a referring CT day patient service to our veterinary colleagues.”

To read the full Practice Profile on Jubilee check out the latest edition of NI Veterinary Today.