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Dog Assistance in Disability achieves re-accreditation
Dog A.I.D provides assistance dog training to people over 15 years old with physical disabilities.
Organisation will remain a member of Assistance Dogs International for a further five years. 

Assistance dog charity, Dog Assistance in Disability (Dog A.I.D) has achieved re-accreditation by Assistance Dogs International (ADI) for maintaining high standards of excellence in all areas of assistance dog acquisition, training and partnership.

A review conducted by a trained ADI assessor over two to four days found that the charity, which relies solely on voluntary income, met ADI's Standards of Practice. It means that Dog A.I.D will remain a member programme of the ADI - the leading authority in the dog assistance industry - for a further five years.

Dog A.I.D. chair Sandra Fraser comments: “We are delighted to receive re-accreditation for a further five years from ADI. We have been evaluated on program management, administration, facilities and community activities with gold seal achievement. Full credit goes to our staff, volunteers, clients and dogs for maintaining the highest of standards and dedication to make this possible”.

Based in Shropshire, Dog A.I.D provides assistance dog training to people over 15 years old with physical disabilities up to Assistance Dog standard where suitable. Where Dog A.I.D. differs from most assistance dog charities, is that the dogs they work with belong to the clients.

The organisation operates throughout the UK and currently has 117 fully qualified assistance dogs, with a further 121 in training. Once trained, the new assistance dogs provide vital, life-changing support to their owners, from emptying the washing machine and finding the telephone, to turning on the lights.

ADI is a worldwide coalition of non-profit organisations that raise, train and place assistance dogs. There are currently 133 ADI accredited service dog programmes throughout the world. 

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Zoo calls for volunteers in its hour of need

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 As ZSL London Zoo begins to get back on its feet, the organisation is putting out a call for volunteers who have time to help out. It comes after three months of unprecedented closure, which has seen zoos across the UK come under enormous financial pressure.

Volunteers will be required to commit to a minimum of half a day each fortnight, helping to assist zoo visitors as they make their way around. Volunteer manager Rhiannon Green said: "We need cheery, flexible people who can help visitors enjoy their day while respecting the measures that keep everyone safe.

For more information, visit zsl.org. Posts are available at both London and Whipsnade Zoos. 

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BSAVA webinars to shine the spotlight on selected journal papers

A free series of webinars that take a closer look at selected papers published in the Journal of Small Animal Practice has been produced by the BSAVA.

In the new BSAVA Science webinar series, authors of the featured papers discuss their results with a panel and how they may impact clinical practice. The authors then answer questions submitted by audience members.

The webinars are available via the BSAVA Webinar Library, covering four different papers. JSAP editor Nicola Di Girolamo, said: "Discussing the research with the authors - experts in their field - really helps to bring the papers to life."