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RSPCA welcomes new powers for live exports
The RSPCA would also like the government to set new journey times for animals being transported within the UK and to the continent.

Government urged to embrace opportunity for change 

The RSPCA has welcomed new powers granted to the UK that could lead to a ban on live animal exports.

In preparation for Brexit, the UK has been developing its animal welfare standards and, last week, powers were formally handed over to the UK’s devolved authorities - giving them the ability to set their own rules on animal transport.

The RSPCA says that it would like to see the government use these powers to ban live exports for slaughter or at least improve the conditions of animals during transport. RSPCA head of public affairs David Bowles said that by setting our own regulations, we can ensure transport conditions for livestock far exceed those required under EU law.

“This is a landmark moment and may be viewed as a significant step in the UK’s journey to take back control of its own laws,” he said. “We would urge the Government to grab this opportunity now and make animals’ lives better.”

Among the measures the RSPCA would like to see implemented are more robust and transparent pre-journey veterinary checks to avoid transporting animals that are unfit to travel.
The RSPCA would also like the government to set new journey times for animals being transported within the UK and to the continent.

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Registrations open for overseas veterinary professionals course

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 Registrations are now open for the RCVS CPD course for overseas veterinary professionals, which covers an introduction to the UK veterinary professions.

The course is aimed at overseas-qualified veterinary surgeons and nurses during their first two years of working in the UK, in addition to those considering working here. It provides graduates with the key information and skills required to practice in the UK, as well as helping them understand their legal duties as veterinary professionals.

For more information and to book your place please click here. The course will be held at Belgravia House, London, on Wednesday 12 June.  

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New online guides provide advice for dog owners

A series of downloadable leaflets for dog owners have been produced by veterinary charity PetSavers in a bid to reduce the temptation to seek advice online.

The series entitled ‘My Dog’s Got’ offers practical information on an array of topics, including ‘My dog has dental disease,’ ‘My dog has itchy skin,’ and My dog has kidney disease.’

The new guides can be downloaded here. Printed versions of the new guides can be ordered by veterinary practices in exchange for a donation to PetSavers.