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New online ‘Cat Friendly’ courses launched by ISFM
The two new courses are aimed at veterinary surgeons, veterinary nurses and receptionists.
Owing to the success of the ‘Cat Friendly Clinic’ programme instigated by the International Society of Feline Medicine (ISFM), two new courses have been launched for veterinary surgeons, veterinary nurses and receptionists.

The Cat Friendly Veterinary Professional course is aimed at vets and vet nurses and is studied over six modules. Topics include understanding where cats come from, their behaviours, stress free handling, how to be more cat friendly in practice and client communication.

The Cat Friendly Veterinary Receptionist course is aimed at receptionists and is studied over four modules. The course covers the front desk team’s role in making the practice cat friendly and everything a receptionist needs to know about feline patients.

Both are three-month online courses and there is a short assessment at the end of each module. Students can study at their own pace and there is no need to work in an accredited ‘Cat Friendly’ clinic.

Upon successful completion, students will receive a badge and a certificate.

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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.’