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Dogs celebrated across the globe
National Dog Day celebrates the important role dogs play in our lives.
Value of dogs recognised on World Dog Day
 
People from around the globe are today celebrating World Dog Day (26 August), which recognises the important role dogs play in our lives and aims to raise awareness of the number needing rescue each year.

The hashtag #NationalDogDay is now trending on Twitter as charities and dog lovers celebrate the varied roles dogs play in our lives.

HealthforAnimals, a global animal medicines association, has created an infographic to highlight some of these roles, which include assistance dogs, search and rescue, medical detection and companions.

The association, which endorses the One Health concept, is urging people to consider the health of their dog today and beyond.

National Dog Day was created by US animal advocate Colleen Paige, who suggests 20 ways to celebrate the event - including volunteering at a local shelter, checking your home to make sure its safe for your dog and donating to an animal charity.

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Stephen Fry lends voice to frog conservation film

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 Comedian and author Stephen Fry has lent his voice to a new animation that hopes to raise awareness of deadly ranavirus, which is threatening the UK’s frogs.

Research by ZSL, who created the short film, suggests that at least 20 per cent of ranavirus cases over the past three decades, could be attributed to human introductions. This includes pond owners introducing fish, frog spawn and plants from other environments.

Amphibian disease expert Dr Stephen Price said: “People can help stop the spread by avoiding moving potentially infected material such as spawn, tadpoles, pond water and plants into their own pond. Disinfecting footwear or pond nets before using them elsewhere will also help.” 

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Scotland to fund OV training

The Scottish Government has revealed it will fund training for new Official Veterinarians (OVs), covering the Essential Skills, Statutory Surveillance and TB Testing.

Funding will also be provided for the revalidation of Essential Skills, as well as TB Testing for existing OVs. This is the second round of financial support from the Scottish Government for OVs.

BVA president Simon Doherty said he is “delighted” with the announcement.

“Official Veterinarians’ work in safeguarding animal health and welfare and ensuring food safety is invaluable,” he added. “This announcement has come at a crucial time, with Brexit and an uncertain future ahead, the role of OVs will be more important than ever in enabling the UK’s trade in animal products.