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ZSL Whipsnade to run Vets in Action week for children
Children with an interest in zoo veterinary work will be able to learn about the variety of tasks that the role includes.

Unique experience gives insight into zoo veterinary work

ZSL Whipsnade Zoo is planning to hold a Vets in Action week this February half-term, inviting aspiring young veterinary surgeons to take part in a fun, hands-on experience managed by zoo staff.

This unique role-playing experience provides children with an opportunity to learn about the role of zoo veterinary staff, as well as what a day working in a zoo veterinary clinic is like.

At the zoo’s specially created ‘animal hospital’, children will learn about various exotic animals and how to care for them. They will then be given the chance to carry out various veterinary treatments and examinations on soft toys.

A number of demonstrations and family activities are also available throughout the week, which will provide further insight into the zoo’s 2,500 animals.

Image (c) ZSL

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BEVA gives vets access to free membership for three months

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 BEVA has announced that it is cutting membership renewal charges for the next three months in order to support all veterinary professionals during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Memberships for all existing BEVA members will be extended until 30 June 2020. Veterinary professionals who are not members of BEVA will also be able to sign up for a free membership until 30 June 2020.

BEVA president Tim Mair said: "In this extraordinary time of global crisis our profession, as with many industries, is under immense pressure. By offering free membership we are giving equine vets easy access to a wealth of supportive resources and online CPD."

To sign up please visit the BEVA website.

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LOVE Gorgie Farm seeking veterinary volunteers

LOVE Gorgie Farm in Edinburgh is looking for people with veterinary and animal care experience, who would be interested in volunteering to help care for its animals during these difficult times.

The community-owned charity farm opened to the public only last month, but decided to close temporarily amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Its three-person team is working to care for the animals behind the scenes and the farm is now operating as a food bank for the public, delivering free breakfasts to local school children.

In an effort to build a contingency plan to secure the welfare of its animals, LOVE Gorgie Farm is looking for volunteers who would be able to step in if any team members fell sick or needed to self-isolate.

Those interested in volunteering are asked to contact gorgie@l-o-v-e.org.uk