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Cats help owners 'purr away the blues'
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Findings suggest that during January and February, cat owners experience 60 per cent fewer headaches than non-cat owners.
Charity celebrates the health benefits of cat ownership

Our cats' ability to purr away our troubles will be cause for celebration at this year's London Wellbeing Festival, where Cats Protection will be promoting the health benefits of owning a cat.

It is widely accepted that pet ownership can have a positive effect on both physical and mental human health.

According to research carried out by health psychologist Dr June McNicholas, and commissioned by Cats Protection, our feline friends help us cope with many of the demands of everyday life.

Findings suggest that during January and February, cat owners experience 60 per cent fewer headaches than non-cat owners.

Just over a fifth of participants were found to be less likely to catch a cold or flu, and reported feeling significantly less miserable, impatient and tense than those without a feline companion.

Around half of the participants aged over 55 said their cat had helped them in a crisis, while 46 per cent said their pet helped them deal with bereavement.

Furthermore, over 80 per cent of children aged 13 and under said they would sometimes share their feelings with their cat rather than a friend or family member.

Emma Osbourne, Cats Protection's events manager, said: "Our research shows that cats can have a hugely positive impact in the lives of people they live with, whether they are young children, busy couples or pensioners.

"We know cats can provide endless entertainment with their antics, but it is also the companionship and the comfort they bring that has such a beneficial impact on their owner's physical, mental and emotional wellbeing."

During London Wellbeing Event, which takes place in Olympia from May 1-4, Cats Protection will be discussing the health benefits of cat ownership from their stand.

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Registrations open for overseas veterinary professionals course

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 Registrations are now open for the RCVS CPD course for overseas veterinary professionals, which covers an introduction to the UK veterinary professions.

The course is aimed at overseas-qualified veterinary surgeons and nurses during their first two years of working in the UK, in addition to those considering working here. It provides graduates with the key information and skills required to practice in the UK, as well as helping them understand their legal duties as veterinary professionals.

For more information and to book your place please click here. The course will be held at Belgravia House, London, on Wednesday 12 June.  

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BVA launches award to celebrate young vets

A new award has been launched to celebrate inspirational young vets who are making a difference in their day to day work.

Nominations are now open for the BVA Young Vet of the Year Award, which is the first of its kind. It is open to all vets registered with the RCVS in the first eight years of their careers, working in any veterinary sphere, including clinical practice, research, education or veterinary politics. Organisers are looking for an ‘exceptional young vet’ whose work has benefitted the veterinary community or the workplace.

The awards are open for self-entry and nominations by 1 August 2019. The winner will be announced at London Vet Show on 14 November 2019, where a £1000 cash prize will be awarded, alongside a ‘career enhancing experience’ with Zoetis.