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RSPCA implements six-month payment deadline
"As a charity that relies solely on public donations it is important to emphasise our priority lies with those animals who are victims of extreme cruelty or neglect."
Move to ensure “resources are spent in the most effective way”

The RSPCA is to implement a six-month deadline for vets to reclaim costs for initial emergency treatment (IET).

In a statement, the charity said the move forms part of a process to improve efficiency and that it hopes the process will be quicker.

Up to now, the RSPCA had been receiving claims dating back several years. This made it time-consuming and expensive to investigate, resulting in delayed payments.

“The national RSPCA will continue to subsidise initial emergency treatment for animals as part of our vital role in helping to treat animals in need,” explained RSPCA London veterinary director Caroline Allen.

“The work vets do in this area is greatly appreciated by the RSPCA and we appreciate that IET is only a contribution towards the care given. In the case of any ongoing assistance that may be offered by RSPCA branches, at their discretion, this is subject to those branches’ own rules as they are independent charities.

“As a charity that relies solely on public donations it is important to emphasise our priority lies with those animals who are victims of extreme cruelty or neglect and we also have a responsibility to make sure charity resources are spent in the most effective way possible.”

To help improve communication between the society and vets, the RSPCA has also recruited a new vet liaison manager. Michelle Edwards, who has taken on the role, said:

“I am looking forward to helping bridge the communication gap between vets and the RSPCA and to ensure this process works well for everyone whilst most importantly benefiting animals in need.”

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Public urged to provide homes for swifts

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 The RSPB is calling on the public to help provide new homes for swifts, as figures show the birds' numbers have fallen to less than half what they were 20 years ago.

Swifts arrive in the UK late April-May and can spend up to three months in the country. The RSPB attributes the birds’ decline to modern buildings, which lack the nooks and crannies they need to build nests.

While some house builders have agreed to integrate swift homes into new buildings, the RSPB believes more can be done to help this incredible bird. 'Just, 1,000 additional new nest boxes could make a difference’, the charity said.  

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Detection time for omeprazole reduced to 48 hours in racehorses

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has announced that the detection time for omeprazole has been reduced from 72 hours to 48 hours. This is effective from 1 February 2019.

Omeprazole can be prescribed for the management of gastric ulcers in racehorses; however, studies have recently become available that show no direct effect of omeprazole on performance.

Tim Morris, the Authority’s Director of Equine Science and Welfare, commented: “Medication control in horse racing is essential to allow treatment for good welfare but also to ensure fair racing by medication withdrawal before racing. Trainers have asked for more information, especially on anti-ulcer medications, and we have used existing information to make a harmonised detection time for omeprazole available as soon as we could.”