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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 www.doggylottery.co.uk
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 bigbutterflycount.org/.

'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.
Do you know a practice wellbeing star?
28th May 2020
Has someone in your practice team gone above and beyond to make your workplace a positive one during the coronavirus pandemic? Then why not nominate them for a 2020 Practice Wellbeing Star!

The joint RCVS Mind Matters Initiative/SPVS Practice Wellbeing Star nominations recognise individuals who have held up morale during a time when practices are facing unprecedented staffing and financial issues.

Nominees receive a certificate in recognition of their colleagues' appreciation of their achievements and will be entered into the prize draw for a pair of tickets to attend the joint SPVS and Veterinary Management Group Congress in January 2021.

BSAVA introduces Congress on Demand resource
14th May 2020
A new online educational resource containing more than 100 hours of lectures planned for BSAVA Congress is set to launch on Monday (18 May).

The new Congress on Demand resource contains recorded lectures by many of the globally-recognised experts who were supposed to speak at Congress, alongside some exhibitor CPD.

Content is available for the whole profession, both in the UK and overseas, and will be available to purchase at affordable prices - with some free sessions and a discount for BSAVA members.

For more information about the resource, visit the BSAVA Library .
Photography competition launched to document the six life stages of cats
11th May 2020
International Cat Care (iCatCare) has launched its annual photography competition to document the six life stages of cats.

From kitten through to super senior, judges are on the lookout for images that document behaviour not necessarily associated with a particular life stage - such as a super senior playing with toys. However, photographs are by no means limited to this.

More information about the competition, including deadlines and submission details, can be found at woobox.com/thoqqz
New online resources to support mental wellbeing
7th May 2020
New digital wellbeing resources to help veterinary professionals during the COVID-19 pandemic have been published by the RCVS' Mind Matters Initiative (MMI).

The resources, which include a series of three webinars and a programme of free online reflection sessions, have been launched to mark Mental Health Week (18-24 May), of which this year's theme is kindness.

To sign up to the webinars or to register your interest for the reflection sessions, click here. Webinar recordings will be made available on the MMI website after the event.
BHPS launches #Hedgehogweek appeal
28th April 2020
The British Hedgehog Preservation Society (BHPS) has launched its 2020 #HedgehogWeek appeal to raise money for and awareness of the UK's dwindling hedgehog populations.

The appeal forms part of Hedgehog Awareness Week (3-9 May), which is this year asking people to take the time to think about may they could help hedgehogs, from creating a log pile in their garden to offering shallow bowls of water.

BHPS chief executive Fay Vass said: "With COVID-19 restrictions we are probably all spending more time in our own gardens and green spaces, so it's an ideal time to make those areas better for our dwindling population of hedgehogs as well as doing something positive, safe at home."
Vets for NHS CPD event raises over 22,000
14th April 2020
The online veterinary CPD event, Vets for NHS, has raised more than £22,000 in online donations.

The day-long event aimed to provide quality CPD for veterinary professionals that are currently unable to work owing to the COVID-19 crisis. The CPD sessions were free, but participants were asked to donate money to help and support frontline NHS workers and their families.

Vets for NHS is a consortium of veterinary surgeons, MSD Animal Health, Nimrod Veterinary Products, and the Vet Fair. The CPD event took place on Thursday (9 April), but you can still help the NHS by visiting the Just Giving Page and making a donation.