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VN Voice Poll to share findings with PAW Report
“The poll is open to all BVNA members and is an opportunity to share experience and expertise."
BVNA members urged to offer insights on animal welfare

The British Veterinary Nursing Association (BVNA) has joined forces with the PDSA to include the voice of veterinary nurses in the 2018 PDSA Animal Wellbeing (PAW) Report.

BVNA members are being urged to complete a 10-minute survey through the association’s VN Voice Poll, to offer their insights into key animal welfare issues.

The PAW Report is the largest survey of its kind and helps to identify, assess, monitor and improve the wellbeing of companion animals.

BVNA president Wendy Nevins said: “This year the PDSA and the British Veterinary Nursing Association (BVNA) have been central to developing the questions on pet obesity and the use of pet pre-purchase information for companion animal vets, with the view to include the findings in the 2018 PDSA Animal Wellbeing (PAW) report.

“The poll is open to all BVNA members and is an opportunity to share experience and expertise. The statistics enable BVNA to communicate the views and experiences of members and gain a vital public platform for animal health and welfare issues.”

The BVNA has also made it easier for members to take part in the regular VN Voice Poll. Members can now simply log in to the member’s area, go to the VN Voice section, click the link and complete the survey.

Access the member’s area here: www.bvna.org.uk/members/members-area

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Nominations for 2019 RSPCA Honours Awards now open

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 People across the UK are being urged to nominate a standout animal champion for the 2019 RSPCA Honours Awards.

The awards recognise those who have worked tirelessly to improve animal welfare, campaigned on behalf of animals, or shown true bravery. Previous winners include comedian John Bishop, who was awarded Celebrity Animal Champion of the Year, and 11-year-old Lobby Cantwell, who raised more than £1,000 for the charity through mountain climbs and bike rides.

To submit a nomination or find out more about the awards visit the RSPCA website. Nominations will remain open until 4 pm on Friday, March 15.  

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New £1m project to investigate dairy cow lameness

Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) is leading a new £1 million research project to investigate the causes of lameness in dairy cows.

One in three dairy cows are affected by lameness every day in the UK, costing the industry an estimated £250 milion annually.

The project will take three years to complete and is due to finish by November 2021.

Professor Georgios Banos of SRUC commented: “In addition to pain and discomfort to the animal, lameness is associated with decreased milk production and inflated farm costs.

“Among cows raised in the same environment, some become lame while others do not. Understanding the reasons behind this will help us develop targeted preventive practices contributing to enhanced animal welfare and farm profitability.”