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Charity launches lonely hearts page for cockerels
Many cockerels struggle to find a home.

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Cockerels looking for a forever home may finally achieve their goal, thanks to a new initiative from the British Hen Welfare Trust (BHWT).

The chicken charity says that it set up the 'Cockerel Lonely Hearts’ web page after receiving dozens of calls from people wanting to re-home their handsome boys.

For a small donation, owners can post a picture of their cockerel alongside information that might ‘endear’ him to a potential new owner, such as breed, interesting features and personality.

“We love ALL poultry here at the BHWT and know that many cockerels struggle to find a home, which is why we set up our cockerel lonely hearts page,” explained charity founder Jane Howorth MBE.

“The charity isn’t a sanctuary for poultry and we focus solely on the re-homing of end-of-lay commercial hens, but we felt it might be helpful to try to find these chaps somewhere they can live with a flock of hens as nature intended!”

To list a cockerel, owners need to include their contact details in the listing so that potential rehomers can get in touch.

For more details visit www.bhwt.org.uk 

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Blue Dog Programme wins WSAVA One Health award

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 An educational initiative to help children interact safely with dogs has been awarded the WSAVA’s 2017 Global One Health Award.

The Blue Dog Programme offers an array of educational resources for children, parents and school teachers, including an engaging website, fact sheets, DVD and an accompany book for parents.

The award will be accepted by Professor Tiny de Keuster, a European veterinary specialist in behavioural medicine and founder of the programme, during WSAVA World Congress 2017.  

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VMD stakeholder workshops to discuss Brexit implications

The Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) has announced that it is to hold stakeholder group workshops to discuss the implications of EU exit.

The workshops will be held during Autumn 2017 and will discuss topics such as the prescribing cascade, pharmacovigilance and inspection of non-UK based manufacturers.

To register your interest, send an email to events@vmd.defra.gsi.gov.uk, including any topics, in order of preference, that you would like to be discussed.