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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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Nominations open for Blue Cross Medal 2019

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 Animal lovers are being urged to nominate their pet heroes for the Blue Cross Medal 2019.

Celebrating inspirational pets for almost 80 years, the Award is open to pets that have done something brave, life-changing partnerships, assistance animals and serving or working animals.

To find out more about the awards and to nominate a pet, visit www.bluecross.org.uk/medal. The closing date for entries is 15 February 2019.  

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Northampton graduate wins industry award

A graphic communications graduate from the University of Northampton has won an industry award for her campaign to persuade people to choose a rescue dog over a puppy.

Taylar Wong received a YCN Student Award for her concept, which likened a rescue dogs stay at the Dogs Trust to a time at University. Injecting some fun into the adoption process, Taylor produced images of cute dogs wearing mortarboards for use on social media and physical advertising.