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New campaign to reduce pressure to prescribe antibiotics


BSAVA and the Small Animal Medicine Society (SAMSoc) has launched a new campaign to mark Antibiotic Awareness Week (12-18 November).

As a result, vets can issue a ‘non-prescription form’ containing a ‘no antibiotics required’ message to to inform owners when antibiotics are inappropriate.

An adaptable poster encourages practices to outline their antibiotics policy, including QR codes that link to supporting evidence.

BSAVA junior vice president, Ian Ramsey, said: “The production of ‘non-prescription’ pads will help practitioners reduce the pressure to close consultations by administering unnecessary medications.” 

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Hen charity starts work on first rehoming centre

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 The British Hen Welfare Trust (BHWT) has begun work on its first hen welfare and education centre. Located in north Devon, the 250 square metre building will comprise a state-of-the-art rehoming centre and fully equipped veterinary clinic.

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Former RCVS president to chair new Horse Welfare Board

Former RCVS president Barry Johnson has been appointed as the independent chair of a new Horse Welfare Board. Barry, who is also past chairman of World Horse Welfare, was selected by an industry panel including the British Horseracing Authority, the Racecourse Association and The Horsemenís Group.

The welfare board aims to develop a new welfare strategy covering the whole racing industry. Mr Johnson said: ďIím very pleased to have been asked by racing to take on this role and by the sportís commitment to continuous improvement in the welfare of racehorses."