If you’re attending this weekend’s Floors Castle Horse Trials (12th – 14th May 2023), keep an eye out for the jump that we have sponsored alongside RelyneGI this year – it’s going to be hard to miss in Relyne’s iconic purple branding!

For extra points, see if you can also spot us in the programme brochure!

Floors Castle Horse Trials

Floors Castle Horse Trials is taking place this weekend in Kelso, Scottish Borders. The three phases of competition will be on show at the event, Dressage, Show Jumping, and Cross Country. The Show Jumping and Cross Country will be taking place in the main field along the River Tweed. Classes include CCI3*S, CCI2*S, Intermediate, Novice, BE100, BE90, BE80, U18 and Open classes. Additionally, there will be a dog show that visitors can enter, as well as a shopping village and food and drink area.

For more information, including tickets, please click here

About RelyneGI:

Recommended and used by veterinary surgeons and professional horsemen, Resolvet RelyneGI is the choice for natural gastric support. It comprises a blend of high molecular weight Hyaluronic Acid & yeast extract formulated to support gastric health in horses.

RelyneGI is a natural formula, developed by the world’s leading veterinary scientists at Hagyard Pharmacy and Hagyard Equine Medical Institute in the USA. Recommended by vets and professionals alike, Relyne GI is an advanced liquid supplement that delivers effective support for the equine digestive system.

Find out more here

Role Overview

MerlinVet-cel is hiring for the role of Group Business Manager covering Central England. This is a full-time, permanent position, which is ideally suited to somebody with experience of sales in the veterinary sector. This role has been created given our continued growth and seeks to maximise opportunities in the Central England area. Though this is primarily a sales role, you will be expected to fulfil other duties that affect the veterinary sector. This is a challenging, exciting, but rewarding opportunity for a self-motivated person.
  • Hours: This role is full-time, working 40 hours a week. Travel is essential in this role, and you would be expected to occasionally represent the company at industry events which may take place on a weekend
  • Location: Central England/Midlands, United Kingdom
  • Salary: Competitive – DOE
  • Start Date: Summer 2023
  • Essential Requirements: 3+ years’ experience in sales in the pharmaceutical, health, or veterinary sector

Key Responsibilities

This is more than just a sales position – the successful candidate must have a solid understanding of how a practice operates and what they need to thrive; this role requires knowledge of the full spectrum of issues affecting veterinary practices on a regular basis, including sales, staff issues, health plans, IT, and much more. This position’s responsibilities will include (but are not limited to):

  • Acquiring new customers in the Midlands/Central England area
  • Assisting in the delivery and rollout of the organisation’s health plans service
  • Supporting our existing members
  • Maintaining relationships with partners and negotiating support deals
  • Developing our sister companies within the membership, along with non-member practices
  • Representing the company at events, utilising networking skills to form new partnerships

Required Experience & Skills

The successful candidate must be:

  • Experienced within the veterinary industry, with direct experience in either veterinary practice, veterinary wholesale, or veterinary manufacturing
  • Adaptable – this is crucial to success in the role, as the position covers so many areas of veterinary support
  • Highly organised with good leadership, communication, and interpersonal skills
  • Self-motivated and able to work independently when required and as part of a team
  • Passionate about the veterinary sector and animal welfare/agricultural sector

The successful candidate must have:

  • An understanding of the veterinary and pharmaceuticals sector, including how medicinal products are purchased and sold
  • 3+ years’ experience within the veterinary, pharmaceuticals, healthcare, or related industry
  • Wholesale and/or sales experience

You will bring your own experiences to the role, where your input, opinions, and suggestions will always be listened to and valued. This role offers a high degree of autonomy, and you will help shape our activity as our team thrives on knowledge-sharing across all parts of the business.

Who will I be working for?

MerlinVet-cel is the country’s oldest Veterinary Buying Group servicing independent veterinary practices. MerlinVet-cel is much more than just a buying group though; we provide support for independent practices of all sizes across the UK, improving businesses’ profitability through competitive rebates and reduced administration costs. MerlinVet-cel is based in Kincardine, in the heart of Scotland. As this role is a mixture of home and field-based, you will occasionally be expected to travel to the office in Scotland.

MerlinVet-cel forms part of MerlinVet Group, which comprises a bespoke wholesaler, import/export business, buying group (MerlinVet-cel), health plan provider, and anaesthetic gas exposure monitoring service. By listening to the needs of vets we provide products, services, business solutions and support needed to run efficient and profitable practices. All parts of the Group work together to realise our ambitions.

Benefits

  • Competitive Salary (dependant on experience)
  • Friendly and welcoming office, culture & team environment
  • Generous holiday allowance
  • Pension
  • Company vehicle
  • Computer & mobile phone
  • Be part of an experienced team in an innovative and growing company

Equal Opportunities

MerlinVet-cel is an equal opportunities employer, and we embrace the benefits that a diverse workforce brings. We welcome applications regardless of age, sex, gender identity, disability or medical condition, ethnicity, race, religion, family status, sexual orientation, or any other basis protected by appropriate law.

How do I apply?

Please email a copy of your CV and cover letter to MerlinVet-cel’s Company Secretary, Chris Bainton, by 23:59 on Friday 2nd June:

[email protected]

MerlinVet-cel Website

On Wednesday 26th April 2023, Robert Anderson, Company Director at MerlinVet, led a training session for Galedin Vets Staff at McDougal Farms, Bassendean.

The training focused on bull fertility testing, in particular sperm collection and analysis, taking scrotal measurements, and inputting data via The Veterinary Sperm Reporter (VSR) Bull App, which will be featured on the MerlinVet website in due course. In order to facilitate a safe, effective, and efficient method of collecting sperm, Robert and the Galedin Vets used the Pulsator V, the most advanced electronic bull ejaculator available. This is available to purchase via the MerlinVet website (see below).

Take a look through our gallery of images from the bull fertility testing below.

 

Please take a note of our opening hours for the Bank Holidays during May 2023.

Monday 1st May – CLOSED

Monday 8th May – OPEN

Monday 29th May – CLOSED

However you’re spending your May Bank Holidays, whether that be snoozing or munching or partying, have a great time off. You can still order as usual through our website here

 

Please take a note of our Easter Hours.

We will be closed entirely on:

Good Friday – Friday 7th April 2023

and

Easter Monday – Monday 10th April 2023

We will be back open as normal on Tuesday 11th April 2023.

The last day for guaranteed pre-Easter delivery for refrigerated orders is Monday 3rd April 2023.

We wish all those celebrating a very Happy Easter.

Responsible Person (Quality Manager) – Veterinary Wholesale (Permanent, Part-Time)

MerlinVet is hiring for the role of Responsible Person (Quality Manager). This job is ideally suited to somebody who is a qualified pharmacist (or vet) with knowledge of the pharmaceutical and/or veterinary sector.

  • Hours: This role will be part-time working two days a week with the potential for the job to increase hours as the role develops
  • Location: Kelso, Scottish Borders

The Responsible Person/Quality Manager will be tasked with continually improving systems and ensuring our business processes, policies, and procedures adhere to and comply with Good Distribution Practices (GDP).

MerlinVet is licensed by the MHRA, VMD, Home Office and Food Standards Scotland, and as such the key responsibilities of the Responsible Person/Quality Manager are listed below.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Host and report on regulatory inspections
  • Maintain the Quality Management System & ISO 9001 Accreditation
  • Ensure Good Distribution Practice (GDP) compliance
  • Write, review and/or authorise Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)
  • Ensure training programmes are implemented, maintained, and recorded
  • Perform internal audits and oversee training
  • Perform due diligence checks on customers and suppliers
  • Quality check product recalls and returns

Required Experience & Skills:

  • Pharmacy degree or relevant degree in life sciences
  • Working knowledge and practical experience of VMD and MHRA regulations, ideally with time spent in distribution or dispensing of pharmaceuticals
  • Quality Management System (QMS) maintenance experience to ensure maintaining ISO 9001 accreditation – particularly in a healthcare, pharmaceutical or veterinary industry
  • Understanding of the veterinary and pharmaceuticals sector, how medicinal products are purchased and sold, and an awareness of how to handle, transport, store, and distribute medicinal products.
  • 3+ years’ experience with pharmaceuticals or in a related industry
  • Highly organised individual with good leadership, communication, and interpersonal skills
  • Self-motivated and able to work independently when required and as part of a team

Desirable Skills:

  • Passionate about the veterinary sector and animal welfare/agricultural sector
  • Wholesale experience
  • Experience in distribution of veterinary products and controlled drugs

Who will I be working for?

At MerlinVet, we comprise a bespoke wholesaler, import/export business, buying group, health plan provider, and anaesthetic gas exposure monitoring service. By listening to the needs of vets we provide products, services, business solutions and support needed to run efficient and profitable practices.

Equal Opportunities

MerlinVet is an equal opportunities employer, and we embrace the benefits that a diverse workforce brings. We welcome applications regardless of age, sex, gender identity, disability or medical condition, ethnicity, race, religion, family status, sexual orientation, or any other basis protected by appropriate law.

For a full job description please click here

How do I apply?

Please email a copy of your CV and cover letter to MerlinVet’s Managing Director, David Taylor by 23:59 on Thursday 6th April:

[email protected]

Alternatively, apply directly through Indeed here

 

As we move into March, we thought we’d share with you the seasonal products that can help your veterinary practice during 2023’s lambing and calving season.

Ewe-Go Energy & Calcium Drench for Healthy Ewes

  • Twin lamb disease (low blood pressure) and low blood calcium are common problems in ewes before lambing and distinguishing between the two can be difficult, with ewes suffering from one problem being likely to be affected by the other to some extent.
  • Ewe-Go is a complementary feed containing energy and calcium for combatting twin lamb disease and low blood calcium.
  • Ewe-Go contains both energy sources (glycerol and propylene glycol) and calcium. The energy sources are converted to glucose by the ewe meaning all the energy is available to the ewe. It also contains calcium chloride as a source of calcium in the gut.
  • Comes in flexi-packs so any drenching gun can be fitted for easy administration.

Priced at £16.40 for a 1L bottle.

Order now here

 

Ultra Dri Disinfectant Powder

Ultra Dri is a general purpose absorbent, dry disinfectant powder with a pleasant aroma, containing a DEFRA approved disinfectant, which enables it to act as an effective bactericide, fungicide and viricide. Ideal for lambing pens, cattle cubicles or stables.

  • This bedding powder is designed for use in calving and lambing pens (as well as for poultry)
  • It contains a fast acting, broad spectrum, DEFRA approved disinfectant, which is non-caustic & doesn’t dry or damage the cows’ skin
  • Acts as a powerful ‘drying’ agent on the bedding in straw yards and on cubicles
  • Effective against bacteria, viruses & fungi
  • Remains active for up to 1 week
  • Absorbs moisture to help keep beds dry
  • Reduces ammonia
  • Non-irritant; contrary to lime, Ultra-Dri Gold doesn’t burn
  • Effectively kills most pathogens within 5 mins
  • Continues working from day to day to provide effective control of bacteria
  • Improves general hygiene of cubicles and bedded pens
  • Perfect when faced with severe outbreaks of mastitis, very high somatic cell counts and other challenging situations
  • Can be used for all classes of livestock including pigs, poultry, sheep & horses
  • Can be used as a dairy cubicle bedding powder, on straw yards, calving boxes, calf pens & dry powder footbaths

View full product information for:

Cattle & Sheep

Poultry

A pallet (40 bags) can be delivered, but quantities below 40 must be collected locally. 

Order now here

If you’re on our website and reading this, you probably already know that it’s quicker, simpler and easier to order any products directly through our website, rather than via phone.

But in case you weren’t aware, here’s the easy steps for placing an order through MerlinVet UK.

Simply follow these steps:

  1. Go to merlinvetuk.co.uk
  2. Log into your account (register if you’ve not already done so)
  3. Place your order and upload the SIC if required

What are the benefits over ordering by phone?

  • It’s straightforward, fast, and user-friendly
  • It’s quicker than via the phone or emailing us
  • You can view all of our products and prices in one place

If you do have any questions then please feel free to get in touch via the usual methods.

Make sure you’re aware of product news by signing up to receive news here or by following us on social media:

MerlinVet UK:

  • Import pharmaceuticals & farm fertility equipment to supply UK vets, including an extensive range of farm animal fertility equipment developed by experts.
  • Exclusive UK distributor for Lane Manufacturing, who specialise in bull fertility equipment.

MerlinVet Export:

  • Veterinary medicines, equipment & accessories supplied globally (we source and supply unique veterinary products to livestock, equine & companion animal sectors).

MerlinVet-cel:

  • Much more than just a buying group, we provide support for independent practices of all sizes across the UK, offering competitive rebates on members’ purchases and ongoing support & reduced administration costs.

MerlinSalus PAM:

  • We monitor anaesthetic exposure in your workplace safely & accurately.

MerlinSPS:

  • We offer simple subscription & health plan solutions.

Any further questions about the group, please refer to our FAQ page here.

Please follow us on our social media channels:

You can now sign up to receive news from us – we promise not to inundate you with useless information so sign up and be the first to hear the most important information around ordering & stock. You can do so here.

MerlinSPS will be exhibiting at this year’s BSAVA Congress 2023 on 23rd – 25th March in Manchester. Arrange to meet MerlinSPS’s Company Manager, Amy, at BSAVA here.

With 4,000 attendees, 70 speakers and great opportunities for CPD, as well as an exhibition hall, the congress will be a great gathering of the industry. Taking place at the Manchester Central Convention Complex, the event has been described as “the embodiment of small animal veterinary medicine”.

The BSAVA Congress will feature lectures, panel discussions, interactive sessions and practical CPD workshops with recordings being made available to delegates on-demand after the event. The exhibition hall will showcase industry innovations, including MerlinSPS. View the programme for the event here and view the list of exhibitors here.

MerlinSPS will be exhibiting at Stand B104. If you’re not yet familiar with one of the newer areas of the MerlinVet business, here’s a brief explainer below:

What does MerlinSPS do?

MerlinSPS offers simple subscription & health plan solutions.

What are the benefits?

  • YOU choose what YOU want in your health plan & how much to charge
  • Bespoke online sign-up forms personalised to YOUR practice
  • Individualised portal allowing you to update, amend, and cancel plans instantly
  • Immediate alerts to failed payments
  • Optional home delivery of prescription products via our MerlinVet UK warehouse

What are the costs involved?

No joining or renewal fees for you or your pet owners! Just one small monthly admin charge of £29.99 per practice.

How do I get in touch?

Please fill out the contact form here.

Visit the MerlinSPS website to find out more.

MerlinSPS at BSAVA:

This will be a great opportunity to meet Amy and discuss all things MerlinSPS. If you’d like to arrange a meeting with Amy and the team, then you’ll be able to book a meeting directly through Calendly – click here.

Find out more about the BSAVA Congress and register here.

About BSAVA

The British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA), which was founded in 1957, exists to improve the health and welfare of small animals by driving excellence in veterinary practice. With over 10,000 members, the BSAVA share knowledge and skills, as well as encouraging growth in research and collaboration.

 

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