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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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Fashion house Prada to stop using fur from 2020

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 Italian fashion house Prada has become the latest clothing retailer to announce that it will no longer be using animal fur in its products.

In a press release, the Group said the new policy will commence from the Group’s Spring/Summer 2020 collection. The current inventory will be sold until quantities are exhausted.

Prada said the move comes following ‘positive dialogue’ with the Fur Free Alliance, the Humane Society of the United States and LAV, a European animal rights organisation. 

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BVA Scottish Branch welcomes new president

Moray vet Kathleen Robertson has been named president of the BVA’s Scottish Branch. She took over the role from Melissa Donald at the association’s annual general meeting on Tuesday (21 May).

A University of Glasgow graduate, Kathleen has held diverse positions spanning clinical practice, teaching, inspection and consultancy work. She sits on the Scottish Antimicrobial Stewardship Group, the Livestock Health Scotland Board and the Veterinary Delivery Landscape project. She is also an Honorary Secretary of the Society of Practising Veterinary Surgeons.