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RSA launches new online claims system
The new system is being introduced to MORE TH>N, John Lewis, Tesco and Argos pet insurance customers.
Vets will no longer need to complete and countersign insurance claim forms

Insurance provider RSA has launched a new online system for pet owners to submit ongoing medication claims.

The new system is being introduced to MORE TH>N, John Lewis, Tesco and Argos pet insurance customers and means that claim forms are no longer required.

In a press release, RSA said vets will no longer need to complete and countersign insurance claim forms for pets that require repeat prescriptions. Customers can instead log-in to their online portal and submit their veterinary invoices.

New claim forms can also be downloaded from the portal but will need to be completed by both the customer and vet. Once completed, the form can be scanned and emailed to the insurer, together with any relevant bills and notes.

“We know that when an animal is sick or injured both the vet and the owner want to be able to help as quickly as possible,” said MORE TH>N’s director of pet claims Andrew Moore. “The new portal speeds up the process of a claim, meaning it is more efficient for both parties and ultimately, it means pets can be treated quicker.”

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Nominations for 2019 RSPCA Honours Awards now open

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 People across the UK are being urged to nominate a standout animal champion for the 2019 RSPCA Honours Awards.

The awards recognise those who have worked tirelessly to improve animal welfare, campaigned on behalf of animals, or shown true bravery. Previous winners include comedian John Bishop, who was awarded Celebrity Animal Champion of the Year, and 11-year-old Lobby Cantwell, who raised more than £1,000 for the charity through mountain climbs and bike rides.

To submit a nomination or find out more about the awards visit the RSPCA website. Nominations will remain open until 4 pm on Friday, March 15.  

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New £1m project to investigate dairy cow lameness

Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) is leading a new £1 million research project to investigate the causes of lameness in dairy cows.

One in three dairy cows are affected by lameness every day in the UK, costing the industry an estimated £250 milion annually.

The project will take three years to complete and is due to finish by November 2021.

Professor Georgios Banos of SRUC commented: “In addition to pain and discomfort to the animal, lameness is associated with decreased milk production and inflated farm costs.

“Among cows raised in the same environment, some become lame while others do not. Understanding the reasons behind this will help us develop targeted preventive practices contributing to enhanced animal welfare and farm profitability.”