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Sri Lankan vet named first recipient of new WSAVA award
Dr Nalinika Obeyesekere has become the first recipient of the WSAVA’s new award for companion animal welfare.

Sri Lankan veterinary surgeon Dr Nalinika Obeyesekere has become the first recipient of the WSAVA’s new award for companion animal welfare.

Developed by the WSAVA’s Animal Wellness and Welfare Committee (AWWC), the award recognises individual veterinary surgeons who have made a significant contribution to animal welfare and inspired others to play their part.

“Nalinika’s approach to animal welfare is grounded in science and this has enabled her to lobby successfully on a range of welfare issues with government agencies and other stakeholders,” said co-chair of the WSAVA AWWC, Dr Melinda Merck. “Nalinika is a beacon of excellence in Sri Lanka and beyond.” 

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Huge spike in ‘designer’ dogs going into rescue

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 The RSPCA has reported a huge spike in the number of ‘designer’ dogs arriving into its care.

Figures published by the charity show there has been a 517 per cent increase in the number of French bulldogs arriving into its kennels. During that time, the charity has also seen an increase in dachshunds, chihuahuas, and crossbreeds.

RSPCA dog welfare expert Lisa Hens said: “We know that the breeds of dog coming into our care often reflect the trends in dog ownership in the wider world and, at the moment, it doesn’t get more trendy than ‘designer’ dogs like French bulldogs and Dachshunds."

 

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New shearing guidance for farmers and contractors

Industry bodies have produced guidance for farmers and contractors on how to handle sheep during shearing to avoid stress and injury.

The guidance includes every step - from the presentation of sheep and facilities for shearing, through to using a contractor and shearers - and aims to ensure shearing is carried out safely, efficiently and with high standards of animal welfare.

Guide co-author Jill Hewitt from the NAAC said: “Shearing is a professional job that takes significant skill. Shearers take their responsibility to protect animal welfare very seriously and it will be a positive step to remind everyone of the importance of working together.’