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RCVS warns of scam phone calls
The College would never ask for practice, personal or other details. 
Caller claims they work for the RCVS

The RCVS has warned veterinary practices of a series of scam phone calls involving the College database.

In a statement, the RCVS said they have been informed of a number of calls to veterinary practices in the past few weeks from someone calling themselves Lauren.

The caller claims that they work for the RCVS, that there has been a loss of data at the College and they need the practice’s information to re-build the database.

“Please note this is false and not a genuine call,” the RCVS said. “We would ask that any practices that receive this call inform us at the earliest opportunity.

“The College would never ask for practice, personal or other details (including bank details) over the phone and our information is securely backed to prevent any data loss.”

Practices that receive a call of this nature are urged to contact Corrie McCann, RCVS director of operations, on or 020 7202 0724. 

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Campaign highlights ‘devastating impact’ of smoking around pets

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 Leading vet charity PDSA has launched a campaign highlighting the ‘devastating impact’ that smoking can have on pets. The launch coincides with National No Smoking Day (14 March 2018) and aims to raise awareness of the risks of passive smoking and how to keep pets safe.

“Recent studies highlight that this is a really serious issue, and we want pet owners to know that they can make a real difference by simply choosing to smoke outdoors away from their pets,” said PDSA vet Olivia Anderson-Nathan. “We want pet owners to realise that, if they smoke, their pets smoke too.”  

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VMA has pledged a range of support, including raising awareness and funds at their awards ceremony, which takes place on Friday 16 March, as well as offering marketing support through VMA marketing workshops.