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River pollution kills thousands of fish in Lincolnshire
The Environment Agency said that it would be doing all that it can to restore the river's ecosystem.

Environment Agency taking situation “very seriously”

More than 100,000 fish have died due to pollution in a Lincolnshire river, according to a statement issued by the environment agency.

In March, thousands of dead fish were spotted in the River Witham between Kirkstead Bridge and Barney Bridge. BBC News reports that high levels of ammonia were later detected in the river.


The Environment Agency told BBC News that it could not reveal the source of the contamination as it would “prejudice’ its investigation.

"According to our latest estimates, the pollution that occurred in the River Witham in March has caused the death of no fewer than 100,000 fish. The exact figure is likely to be higher and could be several times this,” it said in a statement.

The agency added that it was taking the incident “very seriously” and that it would be looking "to prosecute those who negligently damage our precious environment and wildlife".

"We will also be doing everything we can to ensure that the river's ecosystem is restored," it said. 

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ISFM announces first veterinary nurse conference

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 The International Society of Feline Medicine (ISFM) - the veterinary division of International Cat Care - has announced its first annual conference dedicated to veterinary nurses. The day offers an opportunity to meet up with colleagues and enjoy more than five hours of stimulating CPD.

The conference is being held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Stratford-Upon-Avon, on Saturday 15 September 2018. Tickets are £95 per person and include lunch, coffee breaks, downloadable proceedings and CPD certificate. For details and to book your place visit www.eventbrite.co.uk  

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WSAVA awards Australian vet with 'Next Generation’ award

Australian vet Dr Guyan Weerasinghe has been crowned winner of the WSAVA ‘Next Generation’ Veterinary Award. The award recognises those who graduated within the last 10 years and have made a significant contribution to the welfare of companion animals and the veterinary profession as a whole.

Besides maintaining a small animal caseload, Dr Weerasinghe works for the Queensland Government’s Department of Agriculture where he is involved with animal disease surveillance and increasing the public health risks in veterinary practice. He also collaborates on various One Health projects across Australia and gives regular talks on the impact of climate change on animal health and welfare.

Dr Weerasinghe will receive his award at the WSAVA World Congress 2018 (25-28 September).