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New series shares recipes for pet-safe festive treats
23rd December 2020
Battersea has launched a new Christmas baking series across all it's social media channels, to teach owners how to make pet-safe treats for dogs and cats.

The two-part series will show dog owners how to make Christmas dog treats using xylitol-free peanut butter and banana. Meanwhile, cat owners will be taught how to use rolled oats and turkey to make a festive snack for their pet.

Battersea also reminds pet owners of the importance of insuring that animals maintain a healthy balanced diet and adds that these food items should only be given as a treat.

To view the series, please visit Battersea's YouTube, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram

Image (c) Battersea.
Boehringer Ingelheim to host online Christmas comedy special
24th November 2020
Boehringer Ingelheim (BI) Animal Health is set to host a live Christmas comedy event to provide entertainment and festive fun for veterinary professionals.

BI Animal Health's Christmas Comedy Cracker is a free online event, designed to help veterinary professionals sit back and relax at the end of what has been a difficult year for the whole profession.

The event will take place online at 8pm on Thursday 17 December. Comedian Rhys James will host and the line-up also includes ventriloquist Nina Conti, comedian Zoe Lyons and musical comedy troupe The Noise Next Door.

To register your place for free please visit
MSD Animal Health announces three new research bursaries
2nd November 2020
MSD Animal Health has announced three new research bursaries for veterinary surgeons in the areas of swine, poultry and aquaculture. The bursaries, worth up to £4,000, add to MSD's existing bursaries in ruminant and companion animal research.

Projects are expected to be completed within one to two years, and the proposals will be judged by university academics to ensure that assessment remains independent. Full project design and application guidelines, including the specific disease/subject areas, can be found on MSD Animal Health's website.
AWF Student Grant Scheme opens for applications
20th October 2020
The Animal Welfare Foundation (AWF) is inviting applications to its 2021 Student Grant Scheme for innovative projects designed to impact animal welfare. The scheme welcomes proposals from undergraduates studying veterinary and animal welfare degrees, but students from other disciplines are also welcome to apply.

Grants will fund projects on animal welfare topics that are relevant to the veterinary profession and help develop the student's skills as a researcher. This year, the AWF is also accepting projects which are carried out alongside EMS so long as they are supervised. For more information and to apply, visit
Vet Professionals offering webinars on feline health for vets
12th October 2020
Vet Professionals - a company that provides advice and information to pet owners and veterinary staff - are offering free 'ten-minute tips' education sessions on a range of topics related to feline health.

The webinars are held on Wednesdays at 1.30pm via Zoom. Sessions typically last around 30 minutes and include a live Q&A session.

Upcoming sessions include:

- 'How to place naso-oesophageal feeding tubes in cats' - 14 October
- 'How to place oesophagostomy feeding tubes in cats' - 28 October
- 'How to calculate tube feeding nutritional requirements' - 18 November.

Full details on future sessions, as well as links to previous webinars and video tutorials, are available on the Vet Professionals website.
Submissions open for new 154k pig farming awards scheme
9th October 2020
MSD Animal Health UK is calling for submissions for its new High-Quality Pork - Precision Farming Award. A new award created to encourage innovation in the pig farming industry.

The award is aimed at pig producers who demonstrate an interest in bolstering pig farming and the health and wellbeing of animals. The winner will receive a 154,000 grant towards their project.

MSD Animal Health is asking for projects that focus on precision farming in pigs, with a demonstrated proof of concept and business model, if available. Topics of interest include herd health management, genetics and reproduction, streamlining of day-to-day activities, traceability and artificial intelligence.

The deadline for submissions is 31 October 2020. More information can be found on the MSD Animal Health website.
Global survey from WSAVA asks vets about the impact of COVID-19
6th October 2020
The World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) is asking people in the veterinary profession to provide their personal and professional experiences with the COVID-19 pandemic in a new survey.

According to WSAVA, this study has been established to help build a better understanding of the impact of the pandemic on the veterinary profession globally.

The association hopes that the findings will highlight experiences and observations that will support its members in overcoming the challenges that COVID-19 presents.

The survey only takes around 15 minutes and can be completed in 12 languages. All data will remain confidential. The survey will only be open for the next few days so if you would like to complete it please visit
Government to run free webinars on exporting horses
28th September 2020
The UK government has announced that it will be running two free webinars for horse owners and exporters, explaining what steps to take to export horses from 1 January 2021.

The first webinar will take place on Tuesday 20 October 2020, from 9.30am to 11am. It will cover Export Health Certificate (EHC) requirements from 1 January 2021. Click here to register.

The second webinar will take place on Wednesday 4 November 2020, from 10.30am to 12pm. This session will focus on the steps that businesses need to take to export equines from the UK to the EU. Click here to register.

For more information on exporting horses and ponies after 1 January 2021, please visit the website.
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.