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BSAVA Congress News Archive
Tickets on sale for horse welfare conference
9th September 2020
Tickets are now on sale for the 'Welfare and Performance of the Ridden Horse' conference, due to take place at Nottingham University on Saturday, 11 December 2021.

World-renowned researchers, including Prof. Hilary Clayton and Dr Sue Dyson, will deliver the latest research updates. There will also be interactive Q&A sessions throughout the day, interactive polls and a fun evening of entertainment.

Organisers say that in the event of further coronavirus restrictions, day tickets will be transferred to livestream tickets. For more information about the conference and to book your place, click here.
'Pose with a nose' for animal sanctuaries
26th August 2020
People across the UK are being encouraged to 'pose with a nose' on Friday, 18 September and raise funds for the 2020 Wetnose Day appeal.

Noses cost £5 and the money raised will go to Wetnose Animal Aid to distribute to UK animal sanctuaries. Now in its 20th year, the event is supported by a host of media personalities, including Chris Packham, Tom Hardy and Paul McCartney.

The appeal is especially pertinent this year, given that many animal rescue organisations are facing an influx of unwanted animals as well as financial difficulties. To find out more or to make a donation, visit
Face covering rules expanded
10th August 2020
New rules came into force in England on Saturday (8 August) making it mandatory for clients to wear a face covering in veterinary practices.

The rules, which also apply to cinemas, museums and places of worship, follow a recent spike in coronavirus cases. All clients in England must now wear a face covering when inside a veterinary practice unless they are exempt for age, health or equality reasons.
Zoo calls for volunteers in its hour of need
30th July 2020
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 Posts are available at both London and Whipsnade Zoos.
Virtual Big Dog Walk 2020 details announced
21st July 2020
Dog walkers across the globe are being encouraged to get involved with the Big Dog Walk 2020 and raise much-needed funds for canine-related charities.

This year the event takes place virtually across September, with dog walkers getting out and about in their own communities and completing their walks independently.

The event is free to join and all money raised will go towards charities that support dogs in need, including Mayhew, Pets as Therapy and Streetvet. With support from the likes of Gemma Atkinson and Michaela Strachan, organisers aim to cover a total distance of 40,075- the circumference of the earth.

For more information about the event, and to pledge a distance, visit the World Big Dog Walk website.
Kennel Club appoints new chief executive
8th July 2020
The Kennel Club has announced the appointment of Mark Beazley, who was previously Cats Protection's director of operations, as chief executive. Mark replaces Rosemary Smart, who stepped down from the role in April after 18 years.

Mark has held several senior strategic and executive roles, including executive director at Dogs Trust Ireland and chair of the Companion Animal Working Group at Eurogroup for Animals. He was also heavily involved in the establishment of the Eu Cat and Dog Alliance.

Mark will take up his new role in October.
New 'DoggyLottery' to raise funds for rescue centres
3rd July 2020
A new 'DoggyLottery' to raise funds for dog rescue centres in the UK will launch on Saturday (4 July). Every four weeks, five different rescue centres will be connected to the lottery, providing much-needed funds - particularly during COVID-19 - and providing vital online exposure.

A weekly game costs £1.50 and entrants will have the chance of being one of 20 guaranteed winners. A massive 60 per cent of the raised funds will go towards the dog rescue centres, more than double that donated by leading lottery companies to charitable causes.

To find out more and play the lottery, visit
Hill's Vet Nurse Awards 2020 - get your nominations in!
24th June 2020
Hill's Pet Nutrition are reminding all veterinary nurses and veterinary practices to submit their entries for its 'Pet Slimmer of the Year' competition, 'Managing Weight with Excellence Competition' and the 'Senior Support Nurse of the Year Competition'.

The deadline for the 'Senior Support Nurse of the Year' competition closes on 6 September 2020, while the other competitions will remain open until 14 September 2020. All finalists will have the chance to win up to 500 worth of Love to Shop Vouchers.

To see full terms & conditions or to enter the awards click here.
Petplan announces 'first-ever' Pet Awards
19th June 2020
Insurance provider Petplan has announced its 'first-ever' Pet Awards, which will recognise exceptional pets who enrich the lives of their owners.

Nominations are now open for the following awards: 'Hero Pet of the Year', 'Survivor Pet of the Year', 'Rescue Pet of the Year', 'Companion Pet of the Year' and 'Entertainer Pet of the Year'. The competition is particularly timely, given that many pets have been supporting their owners through lockdown.

The five winners will be selected by an independent panel of judges and will each receive a hamper of goodies worth 400. For more information and to nominate a pet, visit the Petplan website.
PetSavers project seeks owners of canine 'golden oldies'
17th June 2020
Research organisation Petsavers, the charitable arm of the BSAVA, is appealing to owners of canine 'golden oldies' to get involved with a new citizen science project, Old Age Pets.

The project aims to help veterinary professionals and owners provide care for elderly pets. It calls on owners to submit a photograph or video of their pet, together with a brief description of what it is like to live with and care for an older dog.

Researchers plan to use the information to build a canine ageing and wellbeing tool for use in veterinary practice. For more information about the project and to get involved, visit the PetSavers website.
Virtual ISFM Feline Congress open for registration
10th June 2020
Registration has opened for the ISFM International Feline Congress, the world's first free virtual feline congress for vets, veterinary nurses and technicians.

The congress starts on Saturday, 8th August for three days of lectures and interactive events, with the content remaining on-demand until 11 September. Topics will cover areas of practical interest for veterinary professionals, including ethics, behaviour, critical care and pain assessment.

Full details about the congress, together with speaker information and details of how to register, can be found on the ISFM website.
Big Butterfly Count returns
4th June 2020
The world's biggest survey of butterflies is back for 2020!

Butterfly Conservation's Big Butterfly Count launches on Friday, 17 July and will run until Sunday 9 August. Members of the public can get involved by downloading the Big Butterfly Count App or recording results on a downloadable sheet available from

'It's a fantastic activity for people from three to 103 years and we'd encourage everyone to take 15 minutes in an appropriate outdoor space during sunny conditions to simply appreciate the nature around them and do their bit to help us understand butterfly populations,' said a Butterfly Conservation spokesperson.