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NOAH names Jamie Brannan as its new chair
Jamie Brannan has been on the NOAH Board since 2016.

The National Office of Animal Health (NOAH) has named Jamie Brannan as its new chair. He will replace Gaynor Hillier, who has changed responsibilities within her company and moved to the United States.

Jamie joined Zoetis in October 2016 as senior vice president and has been on the NOAH Board since 2016, becoming vice chair in 2018. He is a qualified microbiologist and began his career in consultancy laboratories moving into commercial in 1999.

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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.’