CVS and the Veterinary Osteoarthritis Alliance (VOA) have launched a new project to develop and enhance osteoarthritis management which should have benefits for the wider profession.

The project, which has been supported by Zoetis, came about after 45 vets from 35 CVS practices identified osteoarthritis (OA) as the main clinical area their practice team wanted to develop over the next 18 months.

As a result, the VOA and CVS came together and signed a Memorandum of Understanding under which the VOA will support CVS with training, resources and research.

The goal is to improve the care of OA patients by engaging the whole practice team and clients in their pets’ care.

Professor Stuart Carmichael, VOA Director said: “VOA’s aim is to provide access to the latest research, evidence and technologies and facilitate a multi-professional collaboration supporting practices wishing to improve their management of osteoarthritis.

CVS practices participating in this project will become eligible for accreditation by the VOA in recognition of the training they've undergone.

As the project develops, CVS says it will assess the results of the initiative, learning more about strategies that can improve and enhance management of OA.

This should translate into the development of better long-term approaches for the management of OA that can be used across the profession.

Meantime, the Veterinary Osteoarthritis Alliance (VOA) has a practice accreditation scheme which is available to any practice which is looking to improve its management of OA.

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