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Study sheds light on mutilation of working donkeys
Researchers said the data can be used to create future educational interventions to reduce mutilation practices.(Stock photo)
Mutilation accounted for 62 per cent of all wounds in study population 

Urgent outreach work is needed to tackle the deliberate mutilation of working donkeys in India, scientists have said.

A new study published in Vet Record suggests mutilation by owners - including nose splitting, ear splitting and branding - were the most common skin wound, accounting for more than 62 per cent of all wounds.

Researchers assessed the health and welfare of 582 working donkeys from several communities that were part of a welfare initiative run by the Worldwide Veterinary Service in Tamil Nadu, India. They used data collected using a smartphone app between October 2016 and July 2017.

Just under 300 wounds were found in 227 donkeys, representing 39 per cent of the population.

Poorly fitting harnesses and hobbles were another common cause of injury.

Researchers said the data can be used to create future educational interventions to reduce mutilation practices. Outreach initiatives are urgently needed to improve donkey welfare in these regions.

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New single-dose RHD-2 vaccine launched

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 The first monovalent vaccine to be registered in Europe for the prevention of rabbit hemorrhagic disease type 2 (RHD-2) has been launched by animal health firm HIPRA.

ERAVAC is a single-dose injectable emulsion that can be administered without the need for reconstitution beforehand. The new presentation contains 10 vials with individual doses that can be given to companion rabbits from 30 days of age. 

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New canine and feline dentistry manual announced

A new canine and feline dentistry and oral surgery manual has been published by the BSAVA. Announcing the news on its website, the BSAVA said this latest edition contains new step-by-step operative techniques, together with full-colour illustrations and photographs.

‘This is a timely publication; veterinary dentistry is a field that continues to grow in importance for the general veterinary practitioner,’ the BSAVA said. ‘The manual has been fully revised and updated to include the most relevant, evidence-based techniques.’

The BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Dentistry and Oral Surgery, 4th edition is available to purchase from