The Journal of Small Animal Practice (JSAP)

The Journal of Small Animal Practice (JSAP) is the BSAVA's monthly scientific journal, featuring original, peer-reviewed articles, case reports and other scientific and educational information from around the world.

The aim of JSAP is to facilitate the dissemination and implementation of new ideas and techniques relating to clinical veterinary practice, and ultimately to promote best practice.

JSAP is provided to BSAVA members as part of their membership benefits.

You can search for JSAP articles from within the BSAVA Library by clicking on the JSAP tab from the search results page. If you are a BSAVA member and already logged in, you can click through from the search results to access the full article.

May issue - Editor's choice

Pancreatitis: premium prognosis provided by pred?

It has long been thought, and taught, that glucocorticoids can induce, or exacerbate, acute pancreatitis and so, although there is also evidence against this dogma, most clinicians avoid them when treating this condition. The exhortations against glucocorticoid use are questioned again in this month’s JSAP. During specific periods over a 5-year interval Okanishi and colleagues systematically did or did not treat acute pancreatitis with prednisolone and conclude that the drug might be beneficial for various outcomes, including survival. However, because it was not a randomized study, meaning that other factors may have played roles in producing the results, readers, as ‘jury’, may wish to consider whether they accept this as the final verdict.

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April issue - Editor's choice

Time to give up the traditional open bitch spay?

‘Keyhole’ surgery has become standard for many human procedures but, although the equipment and techniques have been available to veterinarians for decades, few small animal surgeries are routinely carried out this way. In this month’s JSAP, as perhaps a near-final nail in the coffin of open spaying, Charlesworth and colleagues present data to suggest that surgical complications following laparascopic spaying are also reduced. Is it time to bite the bullet, get the training and buy the gear so you can offer this procedure to your clients?

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