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Audible launches series of books for dogs
Dr Tamara Montrose with Tia.
Research finds audiobooks have a calming effect

Audible bas published a series of books designed to have a calming influence on dogs, after recent research by Hartpury University.

Researchers studied the behaviour of 31 dogs living in a rescue shelter, comparing the impact of audiobooks, classical music, pop music, music designed for dogs and no sound at all.

Dr Tamara Montrose said: “The study suggests that exposure to audiobooks can enhance the welfare of kennelled dogs due to their calming influence on dog behaviour.

“Use of audiobooks provides a simple yet practical tool that can be readily used in many kennel environments to enhance dog welfare and potentially increase the likelihood of successful rehoming of dogs.”

Audible said the research had inspired its range of audiobooks for dogs, which include the classics, Peter Pan by JM Barrie, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë and David Copperfield by Charles Dickens. It is hoped the books will help to calm dogs when they are home alone.

 

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RCVS carries out annual VN CPD audit

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 The RCVS is carrying out its annual veterinary nurse CPD audit and has sent out requests for the CPD records of more than 1,100 nurses this week.

Under the RCVS Code of Professional Conduct, nurses are required to carry out at least 45 hours of CPD over a rolling three-year period. This year, 1,130 nurses have been asked to share their records from 2016-2018 to show that they have complied with the requirements.

Earlier this year, the VN Council decided to expedite the referral process for nurses who have not complied with the CPD requirement for three or more years. In such cases nurses will have their records sent to the CPD Referral Group. 

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Kew Gardens seeking vets for Ethnoveterinary Medicine Project

A new project at the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew, is seeking the help of vets to find out how plants were traditionally used to treat animals.

The Ethnoveterinary Medicine Project is aiming to record the remaining knowledge from across the British Isles, before it disappears.

Visit the Kew Gardens website for more information or email ethnovet@kew.org to share data.