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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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New road sign to protect small wildlife

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 Transport secretary Chris Grayling has unveiled a new road sign to help cut traffic accidents and protect small wildlife, particularly hedgehogs.

Local authorities and animal welfare groups are being asked to identify accident and wildlife hotspots where the sign - which features a hedgehog - should be located.

Government figures show that more than 600 people were injured in road accidents involving animals in 2017, and four people were killed. These figures do not include accidents involving horses. The new sign will be used to warn motorists in areas where there are large concentrations of small wild animals, including squirrels, badgers, otters and hedgehogs.  

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NOAH members re-elect Jamie Brannan as chair

Jamie Brannan, senior Vice President of Zoetis, has been re-elected as chair of NOAH for 2019/20, during this year’s AGM, held in London.

Mr Brannan joined Zoetis and the NOAH board in 2016, becoming NOAH’s vice-chair in 2018 and replacing Gaynor Hillier as chair later that year.

He commented: “I am extremely pleased to have been elected by the NOAH membership and am proud to be able to represent our industry at such a critical time for the UK animal health industry. I look forward to driving forward our new NOAH Strategy and to working with our members, old and new, in the coming year.”