You may have noticed that our Special Import Products are now back up and listed online on our website.

These are in the form of a list with prices shown next to the products. You are now able to purchase through our online ordering platform which can be accessed here.

As before, you will need to be registered on the website as a vet, and have the necessary VMD Special Import Certificate.

We now have new, vivid orange FluroGlide sutures in stock from SilverGlide.

New from SilverGlide, FluroGlide™ is a super smooth, vivid orange, non-absorbable PVDF suture which provides outstanding contrast against all shades of skin, fur and hair.

  • Ultra High Visibility
  • Easy Handling
  • Non-absorable
  • Monofilament
  • Very low memory
  • Superior knot security (securely knots in THREE throws)
  • Totally inert and unwetted by blood

PVDF is a totally inert, flexible, strong-walled non absorbable monofilament suture material. It has relatively low memory and a pleasing elasticity (stretch) for a monofilament that is easy to tie and will secure a locked knot in just three throws.

Find out more about SilverGlide here

MerlinVet will be exhibiting at this year’s London Vet Show, which will be taking place 16th – 17th November 2023 at ExCeL in London at Stand P25. Once again, all parts of the Merlin business will be represented at our stand.

The event will feature talks and sessions covering small & large animal medicine, farm, equine and practice management, as well as innovations impacting on the industry. Be sure to swing by Stand P25 to meet the Merlin Team and speak to us about the following areas:

  • MerlinVet UK: offering a customised pharmaceutical service, importing pharmaceuticals and farm fertility equipment to UK vets, including the Pulsator V, the most advanced electronic bull ejaculator available, and the Ram E-JAC, a battery-operated self-contained electro-ejaculator designed for collecting semen from small ruminants, designed, developed, and delivered by MerlinVet.
  • MerlinVet Export: supplying veterinary medicines, equipment, and consumables globally, providing vets around the world with quality products of great value.
  • MerlinVet-cel: the country’s oldest veterinary buying group providing support for independent veterinary practices of all sizes across the UK and improving businesses’ profitability through competitive rebates and reduced administration costs.
  • MerlinSPS: providing simple subscription & health plan solutions.
  • MerlinSalus PAM: monitoring anaesthetic exposure in your workplace.

Also, make sure you speak to us about our extensive range of Special Import Products that other wholesalers are unable to source – this provides solutions to vets in times of stock shortages or when they require a specific medication, and the team can guide practices through the entire Special Import process. You can also speak to us about RelyneGI, providing natural gastric support for horses.

London Vet Show provides a brilliant opportunity for you to interact with our team in person – we can’t wait to meet you there and discuss the possibilities of working with Merlin.

Cornhole Competition

We will be hosting a competition at our stand this year to win £500 of vouchers to spend where you so desire. And how do you win? Through our cornhole game of course. We will have both the Merlin & Relyne boards at our stand, where not only can you win the grand prize, but there will be opportunities to pick up the H20 hit of LVS 2022, our Merlin-branded water bottles, which will be making a return, this time with a new design!

Meet Us at LVS

Connect with us on the App by scanning the QR Code below, where you can arrange meetings with us.

MerlinVet will be exhibiting at this year’s BCVA Congress 2023, which is taking place 19th – 21st October at the Telford International Centre in Telford.

The event will feature discussions and demonstrations to offer interactive learning, with practical workshops, as well as socials on the Thursday and Friday nights.

We will be showcasing our fertility equipment including:


The MerlinVet E-JAC is a battery-operated self-contained electro-ejaculator designed for collecting semen from small ruminants. The E-JAC Ram Probe features:

  • rechargeable battery with USB charger
  • ergonomic design, suitable for all hand sizes
  • high-low setting allowing versatility when collecting semen from different breeds, ages, and species
  • lightweight with rubberised handle
  • precision control on/off button & power on light
  • protective carrier case
  • one year warranty
  • specialist electrode technology
  • the unit will operate for around 500 rams on a single charge

Pulsator V

The most advanced electronic bull ejaculator available, manufactured by Lane Manufacturing & distributed by MerlinVet, featuring:

  • Improved battery and charging
  • Smoother signal to the bull
  • Collect bull semen in a safe and controlled environment
  • Features state of the art electronics
  • Multiple, pre-programmed programs designed for specific breeds
  • Stimuli counter

Make sure you visit our stand for a chance to play our cornhole game, with some Merlin branded prizes on offer! It will be a great opportunity to meet the team and find out about MerlinVet, our products, and how we can add a touch of animal magic to your veterinary practice.

On 21st – 23rd September, MerlinVet will be exhibiting at Vet Dynamics Conference at Wyboston Lakes Resort near Bedford.

MerlinSPS, our health plan solutions service, and MerlinVet-cel, our veterinary buying group, will be on hand to answer any of your questions on how we can transform your veterinary practice’s journey.

With over 200 independent practice owners in attendance and 12 hours of vet business CPD, it’s set to be a great event which is targeted exclusively at independents.

If you can’t make the event, then make sure you catch us at BCVA in October or London Vet Show in November.



On 13th – 16th September 2023, we will be exhibiting at BEVA Congress, which is taking place at the ICC Birmingham.

As well as the exhibition for equine businesses, there will be over 90 hours of online and on-demand CPD, covering orthopaedics and diagnostic imaging, reproductive medicine, and internal medicine. The event will additionally feature live debates and sessions from international speakers, plus social events on each day. The socials include the Welcome Reception on Wednesday evening, an early morning jog (RunBEVA), Bova UK’s organised trip to Popworld, the Grad Party, various Happy Hours with the exhibitors, and the Annual Dinner & Dance on the Friday night.

RelyneGI is a sponsor of the Dinner & Dance, where we will have a special video booth for attendees to horse around in… Look out for some Relyne branded coasters on your tables!

There will be a great variety of topics discussed at lectures, workshops and practices, plus a multitude of different products being showcased, covering the full range of equine veterinary sciences and the latest innovations. All attendees will be able to access the recordings to all lectures for six months after the conclusion of BEVA Congress.

You’ll be able to find us at Stand B54, where you can talk to us about the benefits of RelyneGI, as well as the FluroGlide sutures we stock at MerlinVet.

Click here to find out more about BEVA.


On 24th – 27th August 2023, the Blair Castle Horse Trials will be taking place on Atholl Estates in Perthshire, where we will be a proud sponsor.

Look out for our branding at one of the jumps at the event – we’ll be showcasing MerlinVet and our distribution of RelyneGI.

In its 33rd year, the Blair Castle Horse Trials features national and international eventing, plus the following competitions taking place: NPS Scotland, British Showjumping, The Highland Pony Society, Hunter and Sunday Showing, and the Pony Club Games. There’s a shopping village, food and drink trucks, as well as children’s activities and an event campsite just outside the main entrance.

Find out more about the event here.




This is a guest article by Michelle Townley BVM&S MRCVS, Veterinary Advisor, MSD Animal Health


Have you ever stopped to consider how you came to decide what a normal body temperature is for your patients? Or noticed that what you would consider to be a temperature in the pyrexic range is different to that of your colleagues?

How can you be certain that your interpretation of a body temperature measurement in a dog or cat is accurate for that particular individual?

You may be surprised to know that what most veterinary professionals may consider as a normal reference range for body temperature is based on little robust evidence-based veterinary literature!

In fact, normal body temperature is poorly defined in veterinary literature. The expectation for a reference range is that a suitably large population has been used with a robust statistical analysis performed to determine a “normal” range, with 95% of that population sitting within it. The reality is that reference ranges stated in textbooks often fail to state their primary source, which makes it impossible to know the size or demographics of the population used, or whether the range was statistically calculated (see Table 1).

Table 1. A “normal” reference range for cats doesn’t exist as demonstrated by the variable reference ranges shown in the table below from several different sources.

Normal Reference intervals in cats Publications
37.8 – 39.2°C Khan CM and Line S.  The Merck Veterinary Manual. White House station, NJ: Merck and Co, 2010, p. 2822

Smith VA et al. comparison of auxiliary, tympanic membrane and rectal temperature measurements in cats. J Feline Med surg. 2015

37.8 – 38.9°C Hartman K and Levy JK. Feline Infectious Diseases. London: Manson publishing, 2011, p. 215
37.2 – 39.2°C Shojai AD.  The First Aid Companion for Dogs and Cats.  Emmaus, PA: Rodal, 2001, p. 248
38.0 – 38.5°C Lane DR and Guthrie S.  Dictionary of Veterinary Nursing. Second edition. Edinburgh: Elsevier, 2004, p. 201
38.1 – 39.2°C Frederichs K, Barnhart K, Blanco J, et al.  Guidelines for the determination of reference intervals in veterinary species and other related topics. Wayne, PA: Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute, 2008.

Based on this, how can we be sure that the reference range quoted is accurate or applicable to the patient in front of us? Does a normal temperature exist?

In addition, body temperature is not constant. Body temperature, in common with most essential physiological functions such as heart and respiration rate, blood pressure, sleep/wake cycle etc., also follows a circadian rhythm. A 2003 study demonstrated this for the first time in seven female beagle dogs, where rectal temperature was measured every 2 hours for 1 week under rigorously controlled conditions (ambient temperature, lighting, exercise and diet). Interestingly the mean rectal temperature in this study was 39.1°C, which is 0.2°C above the body temperature (38.9°C) generally considered “normal” in dogs. The data from all seven dogs supported the same conclusions: body temperature started to increase immediately after feeding and lasted until lights-out, 8 hours later (see Figure 1). Feeding was not the cause of the day-long increase in body temperature. Given that the environmental conditions were strictly controlled the only cause for the change was endogenous.

Figure 1: The graph demonstrates how the circadian rhythm affects body temperature. This is a representative record of the body temperature of a dog over 7 consecutive days. The data points correspond to 2-hour bins. The white and black bars above the graph indicate the duration of the light and dark phases of the light-dark cycle (Refinetti R and Piccione g., 2003).

Individual physiological factors also contribute to variation in an individual’s body temperature and include breed, age, sex, body condition, level of activity and stress levels. Given the level of individual variation surely it would make sense to get an understanding of an individual pet’s temperature range in order to interpret body temperature measurements accurately?

“Gold standard” temperature monitoring

To measure true core temperature either blood temperature, urinary bladder temperature or oesophageal temperature must be measured. However, these methods are invasive and impossible to utilise in the conscious patient.

Rectal thermometry remains the “gold standard” for temperature measurement based on its good correlation with core body temperature and familiarity within the veterinary profession, however this method isn’t without its drawbacks or inaccuracies. It can be stressful and not always well tolerated in conscious animals. Rectal temperature measurements can be affected by faecal material, rectal inflammation, thrombotic conditions, peristalsis, muscle tone, physical activity, and even just by having the thermometer inserted at an insufficient depth. It can also be the cause of cross-contamination of rectal bacterial flora between patients.

An alternative method avoiding the drawbacks mentioned above is available – and it is as simple as reading a microchip, especially if that chip is a HomeAgain® Thermochip®.

HomeAgain® Thermochip® is a microchip with a difference, as it has an integrated temperature biosensor. Obtaining a temperature reading is as easy as scanning the microchip with a compatible scanner, such as the SureSense® Universal microchip reader or the Global Pocket Reader® Plus. As the temperature is measured in the subcutaneous space (where the microchip is implanted) it does not read the same temperature as a rectal thermometer – so these two methods cannot be directly compared. However, given this method is easier, less invasive and can be performed repeatedly it is simple method to ascertain an individual’s temperature reference range.

Reliability and accuracy

The HomeAgain® Thermochip® microchip is just as reliable and accurate as your trusty digital rectal thermometer, as an independent laboratory study demonstrated. This study compared the temperature readings of 10 HomeAgain® Thermochip® microchips with 4 digital thermometers placed in the same temperature-controlled conditions between 33°C and 43°C at 0.5°C intervals and confirmed the reliability and accuracy of HomeAgain® Thermochip® (see Figure 2).

Figure 2: Temperatures collected by HomeAgain Thermochips were as reliable as those taken by 4 digital thermometers between 33°C and 43°C in 0.5°C intervals under the same temperature-controlled conditions

The ability to detect a fever is an important factor when considering a different method of recording temperature, and the HomeAgain® Thermochip® is very capable of picking this up. In an unpublished study HomeAgain® Thermochip® was able to detect the same physiological fever patterns as rectal thermometry. In this study 10 Beagle dogs were given an intravenous injection of lipopolysaccharide and their temperatures were monitored 4 to 8 hours after the injection to record the febrile response. Rectal temperatures were taken every 30 minutes and the HomeAgain Thermochip was scanned every 5 minutes. Following fever induction, 2,721 temperatures were collected from the 10 dogs, with the greater majority measured using HomeAgain Thermochip. The challenge response was unique for all dogs but was characterised by an initial decrease in temperature (vasoconstriction) followed by a gradual increase to peak temperature demonstrated by both rectal and HomeAgain Thermochip temperature monitoring following a similar shaped curve (Figure 3).

Figure 3. Graph demonstrating the febrile response pattern to intravenous lipopolysaccharide as monitored by rectal thermometry and Home Again Thermochip. Both temperature monitoring methods follow a similar shaped curve.

Clinical applications and the future of temperature monitoring

Although our reliance on rectal thermometry will not be disappearing anytime soon having an alternative temperature recording method which is reliable, accurate, easy, non-invasive and doesn’t distress the patient may encourage us to change our established routines. Especially if this method allows us to obtain an individual pet’s reference range from which we can interpret temperature variations correctly.

The HomeAgain® Thermochip® microchip can already be used for various clinical applications, including as a screening tool or as part of the clinical examination, monitoring temperature during anaesthesia, surgery and the post-operative period, or for hospitalised patients, particularly those that need regular temperature monitoring.

But what does the future look like?

Popular pet-tech consumer brand, Sure Petcare, has the ability to collect temperature data from pets implanted with temperature-sensing microchips with their connected feeder and fountain products. There are currently thousands of pets using these connected devices today and these have collected millions of temperature measurements, with numbers continuing to grow!

So, if you want your clients, their pets and yourself to benefit from the additional information that a HomeAgain® Thermochip® can contribute to the health data from this connected ecosystem then recommend a HomeAgain Thermochip today!

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Throughout the year, MerlinVet will be sharing guest articles written by our partners. If you’d be interested in being featured on our website please get in touch today.

This year’s Royal Highland Show is taking place from Thursday 22nd June – Sunday 25th June 2023 at Ingliston.
MerlinVet will be sponsoring two sheep classes:
  • Valais Blacknose – Thursday 22nd June (afternoon)
  • Hampshire Down – 09.00 Friday 23rd June
Take a look at the full livestock schedule here.

This June 2023, MerlinVet Export is celebrating 10 years of MerlinVet supplying quality pharmaceuticals globally.

Since 2013, MerlinVet Export was launched as we expanded our operations outside of the UK and began exporting veterinary products worldwide, benefitting practices from Oman to Hong Kong.

To mark 10 years of MerlinVet Export, we’ll be running a special giveaway at London Vet Show on 16th – 17th November, which we’ll be announcing slightly later on in the year. For updates and further news, keep your eyes on our social media pages and make sure you’re signed up to our newsletter: