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Meghan Mackerel and Prince Herring were born prematurely
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Chatter box The first winners of the RCVS Knowledge Veterinary Evidence Student Awards have been revealed.

Molly Vasanthakumar scooped first prize for her knowledge summary comparing the ecological impact of woven versus disposable drapes. She found that there is not enough evidence that disposable synthetics reduce the risk of surgical site.

Second prize went to Honoria Brown of the University of Cambridge, for her paper: ‘Can hoof wall temperature and digital pulse pressure be used as sensitive non-invasive diagnostic indicators of acute laminitis onset?’

Edinburgh’s Jacqueline Oi Ping Tong won third prize for critically appraising the evidence for whether a daily probiotic improved clinical outcomes in dogs with idiopathic diarrhoea. The papers have all achieved publication in RCVS Knowledge’s peer-reviewed journal, Veterinary Evidence.  Chatter box

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KFC commits to better chicken welfare
KFC commits to better chicken welfare

Fast-food chain signs Better Chicken Commitment
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NI vets praised for rapid response to ASF traces
NI vets praised for rapid response to ASF traces

DNA fragments found in seized passenger luggage
Goats ‘can detect emotions’ in calls from other goats
Goats ‘can detect emotions’ in calls from other goats

Study sheds light on social communication of emotions
Blowfly risk “High” across much of the UK
Blowfly risk “High” across much of the UK

Farmers urged to be vigilant against this devastating disease
Undercover footage reveals animal abuse at Suffolk farms
Undercover footage reveals animal abuse at Suffolk farms

Welfare schemes suspend the farms amid allegations
Midge season has extended owing to climate change - study
Midge season has extended owing to climate change - study

Research highlights effect of global warming on insect populations
ASF proteins offer hope for vaccine
ASF proteins offer hope for vaccine

Scientists ID proteins that prompt immune response in pigs
Report sheds light on use of farm health plans
Report sheds light on use of farm health plans

More plans written by vets, but slight drop in farmers using plans
Survey highlights confusion over Halal
Survey highlights confusion over Halal

Bristol academic explores attitudes to stunning
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Animal Welfare Foundation seeks new trustees

The Animal Welfare Foundation (AWF) seeks three new trustees to help drive the charity’s mission to improve animal welfare through veterinary science, education and debate.

Veterinary and animal welfare professionals from across the UK may apply, particularly those with experience in equine and small animal practice and research management. Trustees must attend at least two meetings a year, as well as the annual AWF Discussion Forum in London.

For more information about the role, visit www.animalwelfarefoundation.org.uk. Applications close at midnight on 13 August 2019.

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