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VPMA becomes VMG
SPVS president Brian Faulkner and outgoing VMG president Renay Rickard opened the 2018 congress.

Rebrand reflects the association’s diverse membership

The Veterinary Practice Management Association (VPMA), announced its change of name to the Veterinary Management Group (VMG) at the joint SPVS/VMG conference in Newport last weekend (25-27 January).

Outgoing president, Renay Rickard, and incoming president Julie Beacham, explained that the change had been driven by the association’s increasingly diverse membership.

Their aim is to be inclusive and cater for the needs of anyone with an interest in management, through development and support.  

The group’s new identity includes a logo, incorporating the strap-line, Learn, Share, Grow.

More information about the VMG can be found on their new website www.vetmg.com

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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.”