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Horse riders invited to take part in Medical Detection Dogs fundraiser
Fancy dress is encouraged at the event, with many riders and their horses donning colourful costumes.

Sponsorships will fund charity’s vital work

Horse riders from around the UK are being encouraged to part in Canter for a Cure this summer, to raise funds for the charity Medical Detection Dogs.

The annual event will be taking place at the Milton Keynes Eventing Centre in Buckinghamshire on Saturday 27 June. The 12-mile course will take riders across scenic countryside and bridleways, ending with a series of optional jumps including a water complex.

All sponsorship money raised by participants will go towards Medical Detection Dogs, which trains both bio detection dogs and medical alert assistance dogs.

Bio detection dogs can detect a variety of diseases, such as cancer, malaria and Parkinson’s. This research could help scientists and medical professionals to develop faster, cheaper, non-invasive methods of diagnosis.

Medical alert assistance dogs support people with complex health conditions such as Type one diabetes, PoTS and severe allergies – warning them when a potentially life-threatening episode is nearby and helping them to take preventative measures sooner.

According to Medical Detection Dogs, it takes £29,000 to train each of these dogs and the charity receives no government funding, relying entirely on donations and fundraising.

Claire Guest, CEO of Medical Detection Dogs and a keen horse rider, said: “We are so thankful to run this event as it’s a brilliant way to bring two sets of animal lovers together that fit so naturally.

“The money raised makes a real difference to our world-leading research and helps us continue to train dogs to use their incredible noses to detect a list of conditions and diseases that is growing all the time. Their potential is endless.”

For more information, visit the Medical Detection Dogs website.

Image (c) Medical Detection Dogs.

 

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Celebrity chefs urge public to get baking to support Cats Protection fundraiser

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 In support of Cats Protection's Pawsome Afternoon Tea fundraiser, Masterchef winner Tim Anderson and Great British Bake Off star Kim-Joy have shared biscuit recipes to help keen bakers raise money for needy cats across April.

The celebrity chefs are both cat owners and have said that they hope this fundraiser will help to raise awareness of cats in need and the importance of adopting a cat, rather than buying one.

This is the fourth year Cats Protection has run its Pawsome Afternoon Tea campaign, which encourages people to hold tea parties, bake sales and fundraising events to help raise money for the charity.

To view the recipes and other fundraising resources please visit the Cats Protection website. 

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BEVA offering free membership to vet students

The British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) is offering free membership to veterinary students. As part of a new initiative with the aim of encouraging more veterinary professionals into equine practice.

According to BEVA, less than one in ten veterinary students choose to work in equine practice. The association hopes that this initiative will provide insight into the field and the benefits of a career in equine medicine.

Benefits of membership include:
▪ access to a network of nearly 3,000 members
▪ special student rates to attend BEVA Congress
▪ online access to BEVA's Equine Veterinary Education (EVE) journal
▪ free access to the association's online learning platform
▪ free access to BEVA's practical veterinary apps
▪ exclusive discounts on a range of things from cinema tickets to grocery shopping.

BEVA will be releasing a series of short videos over the next few months from BEVA Council members, explaining what inspired them to work in equine practice.

Image (c) BEVA.