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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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RSPCA braced for ‘hectic hedgehog month’

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 The RSPCA says that it is bracing itself for a ‘hectic hedgehog month’ after calls to the charity about the creatures peaked this time last year.

More than 10,000 calls about hedgehogs were made to the RSPCA’s national helpline in 2018, 1,867 of which were in July. This compares with just 133 calls received in February of the same year.

Evie Button, the RSPCA’s scientific officer, said: “July is our busiest month for hedgehogs. Not only do calls about hedgehogs peak, but so do admissions to our four wildlife centres as members of the public and our own officers bring in orphaned, sick or injured animals for treatment and rehabilitation.” 

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ASF traces found in seized meat at NI airport

More than 300kg of illegal meat and dairy products were seized at Northern Ireland’s airports in June, DAERA has revealed.

A sample of these were tested at the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute, resulting in the detection of African swine fever DNA fragments.

DAERA said that while the discovery does not pose a significant threat to Northern Ireland’s animal health status, it underlines the importance of controls placed on personal imports of meat and dairy products. Holidaymakers travelling overseas are being reminded not to bring any animal or plant products back home.