Gardai investigating theft of substance from veterinary practice

An Garda Siochana are investigating the theft of two bottles (150ml) of Euthatal from a veterinary practice in Balbriggan, Co. Dublin.

The substance is used for the euthanasia of animals and can be fatal to humans if it is consumed.

A spokesperson for the Gardai said that no arrests have been made yet and that the substance was stolen from the practice on July 28.

Detective Sergeant Brian Roberts said that if any information comes to light regarding the circulation of this substance the primary concern of An Garda Siochana is that it is safely seized and destroyed.

The public is being warned by the Gardai that Euthatal is a blue liquid and if anyone has any information to contact their local Garda station.

Philip McManus, a vet in Glenina Veterinary practice in Galway, says that the substance is a “very potent anaesthetic used for putting down cats and dogs”.

“It’s only used for euthanasia. One bottle of that (normally 100ml) would do five big dogs,” he said.

Responsible use of medicines part of EU vets’ five-year plan

Promoting the responsible use of antimicrobials and promoting the ‘One Health’ concept are part of the Federation of Veterinarians of Europe’s (FVE) strategy for the next five years.

Vets have an important role to play in controlling the use of antimicrobials, medicines that have to be used correctly to avoid them becoming ineffective, so they can continue to protect animal and human health, the FVE says.

The strategy has five main aims, which includes improving the veterinary profession and promoting the role of vets.