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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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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.”