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Rise in hospital admissions for dog bites
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Over a 10-year period, hospital admissions due to bites or strikes from dogs and other mammals have risen by 76 per cent respectively.
NHS figures "very concerning" - Battersea Dogs & Cats Home

Hospital admissions for injuries caused by dogs and other mammals are continuing to rise, according the the latest NHS figures.

Bites or strikes from dogs accounted for 7,227 admissions between March 2014 and February 2015 - a rise of 6.5 per cent.

Meanwhile admissions due to other mammals (which covers farm animals, horses, foxes, cats and rats) rose by 10.3 per cent.

Over a 10-year period, hospital admissions due to bites or strikes from dogs and other mammals have risen by 76 per cent respectively.

Battersea Dogs and Cats Home said the figures were "very concerning" but could be greatly reduced through better understanding of dogs' habits and body language.

Key figures published by the Health and Social Care Information Centre:
  • Admissions due to dog bites were generally higher in the summer months and lower in winter
  • Children aged 0-9 were most affected, with 1,159 admissions from March 2014 to February 2015
  • Admission rates due to dog bites were two to three times higher in the 10 per cent most deprived areas of the country, than the 10 per cent least deprived areas
  • The most common types of injury caused by dog bites were open wounds to the wrists, hands, forearms and head. Children suffered more injuries to the head than other age groups

Battersea's community engagement manager, Sharon Sealey, said: “A lot of people and especially young children don’t really know how to behave around dogs or how to read a dog’s body language.

"This is why a child should never be left alone with a dog. We know the consequences of this can be serious and sometimes even fatal."

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Rare chimp birth announced at Edinburgh Zoo

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 The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) welcomed the birth of a critically endangered western chimpanzee on Monday 3 February at Edinburgh Zoo's Budongo Trail.

The baby girl will be named in the coming days through a public vote, and staff will carry out a paternity test during its first health check to determine the father.

Mother Heleen's first infant, Velu, was born in 2014, making this new baby only the second chimpanzee born in Scotland for more than 20 years.

Budongo Trail team leader Donald Gow said: "While we celebrate every birth, this one is particularly special because our new arrival is a critically endangered Western chimpanzee, a rare subspecies of chimpanzee."

Image (c) RZSS/Donald Gow. 

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BEVA offering free membership to vet students

The British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) is offering free membership to veterinary students. As part of a new initiative with the aim of encouraging more veterinary professionals into equine practice.

According to BEVA, less than one in ten veterinary students choose to work in equine practice. The association hopes that this initiative will provide insight into the field and the benefits of a career in equine medicine.

Benefits of membership include:
▪ access to a network of nearly 3,000 members
▪ special student rates to attend BEVA Congress
▪ online access to BEVA's Equine Veterinary Education (EVE) journal
▪ free access to the association's online learning platform
▪ free access to BEVA's practical veterinary apps
▪ exclusive discounts on a range of things from cinema tickets to grocery shopping.

BEVA will be releasing a series of short videos over the next few months from BEVA Council members, explaining what inspired them to work in equine practice.

Image (c) BEVA.