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Judges revealed for BVA Young Vet of the Year Award
26th August 2021
The judges have been revealed for the BVA Young Vet of the Year Award 2021, ahead of the 1 September entry deadline. The judging panel for this year consists of BVA junior vice president Justine Shotton, RCVS president Kate Richards, companion animal lead for Zoetis in the UK Edwina Gildea, and the recipient of the BVA Young Vet of the Year Award 2020 Fabian Rivers.

The award recognises early career vets who are making valuable contributions across the profession, animal welfare, and the wider community. The recipient will receive 1000, alongside a mentoring opportunity with Zoetis, with all three shortlisted finalists receiving a free ticket to the London Vet Show.
Vetfit to hold wellbeing CPD event
29th July 2021
Vetfit is hosting a virtual CPD event to 'Raise the Bar' for mental health and physical wellbeing in the veterinary professions.

The event is Vetfit's first event, and will be held on 17 September 2021. In collaboration with WellVet, Vetfit will offer a variety of online sessions, including a session on how to exercise in practice with limited time and equipment.

Other panels and workshops will include mindset and forming habits, leadership and mentorship, goal setting and journaling , and long term support.

Tickets and more information on the event are available here.
Vets asked to opt-in to Scottish SPCA fostering programme
13th July 2021
The Scottish SPCA is encouraging veterinary practices to opt into its new fostering programme, by agreeing to register foster animals when approached by one of the foster carers.

The programme goes live in August 2021, and will help to rehabilitate animals under the Scottish SPCA's care until they are able to be properly re-homed. The programme will help the animals to receive care and attention in a stable and happy home environment, as some animals do not cope with a rescue and re-homing centre environment as well as others.

Specific information for veterinary practices on the new programme can be found at www.scottishspca.org/veterinarysurgeons
Feline pancytopenia update
9th July 2021
More than 480 cats in the UK are now known to have contracted feline pancytopenia.

In its latest update, the RVC said that it is aware of 480 cases of the condition, with a 63.4 per cent mortality rate at the time of reporting. The figures are based on cases treated in RVC's hospitals and information provided by a small number of vets across the UK.

The RVC notes that the data probably only represents a percentage of cases, as many cats may not be presented to a veterinary practice and/or investigated by a vet.

Veterinary professionals are encouraged to log suspected cases via RVC's online survey.
Feline pancytopenia update
29th June 2021
More than 390 cats in the UK are now known to have contracted feline pancytopenia.

In its latest update, the RVC said that it is aware of 394 cases of the condition, with a mortality rate of 67 per cent. The figures are based on cases treated in RVC's hospitals and information provided by a small number of vets across the UK.

The RVC notes that the data probably only represents a percentage of cases, as many cats may not be presented to a veterinary practice and/or investigated by a vet. Veterinary professionals are encouraged to log suspected cases via RVC's online survey.
Companion animal conference opens for registrations
21st June 2021
The Society for Companion Animal Studies (SCAS) has announced that its 2021 virtual conference is now open for registration.

Bringing together expert speaks from the UK and overseas, the event provides a key opportunity for delegates to discover the current state of research and practice in animal-assisted interventions and how they might be more closely integrated.

Speakers will address three main client groups: children, older people, and those with mental health problems. There will also be a panel discussion chaired by Emeritus Professor Marie-Jose Enders-Slegers looking at the integration of research and practice.
VetCT app offered to students and new graduates
9th June 2021
The VetCT app is being offered for free to students and new veterinary graduates for their first three months in practice. The app provides a service for vets to send case information to a global team of Diploma-holding specialists, who can provide advice and support via instant call-back, text chat, written report, or virtual appointment.

Time on the app is automatically logged as CPD with quarterly certificates being generated for users. Additional services include the ability to book bespoke CPD, significant event reviews, and live training sessions such as surgical procedures.

The app is downloadable for both iOS and Android systems.
Views sought on dog behaviour
3rd June 2021
There's less than a week left to complete Dogs Trust's interactive survey that aims to improve understanding of dog behaviour. Closing on Wednesday, 9 June, the Public Perceptions of Dog Behaviour & Emotion survey uses videos to gauge whether you can tell a happy dog from a worried one.

Dogs Trust will use the findings to help build a better understanding of dog behaviour for all in the future. Dr Lauren Samet, canine behaviour research officer at Dogs Trust, said: "Whether you own a dog or not, your views are equally important. Men are also really underrepresented in surveys like this, so we're making a special appeal to them to take part."
Cat behaviour conference details announced
27th May 2021
Cats Protection has announced a second online feline behaviour conference to help demystify one of Britain's much-loved but misunderstood pets.

Suitable for veterinary professionals and everyone working in the animal welfare sector, the speakers include Sarah Ellis and Kersti Seksel, covering topics such as 'how to train cats' and 'using technology to assess pairs of cats'.

The event takes place on 24 September and counts as seven hours of CPD. For more information and to book your place, visit cats.org.uk
RCVS launches photo contest for Mental Health Awareness Week
12th May 2021
The RCVS Mind Matters Initiative (MMI) is holding a photo competition for Mental Health Awareness Week to highlight the link between the natural world and wellbeing.

Mental Health Awareness Week (10-16 May) aims to encourage people to talk about their mental health and reduce the stigma that can prevent people from seeking help. This year's theme is nature - notably the connection between the natural world and better mental health.

The RCVS is calling on aspiring photographers to submit a photo on this theme to Lisa Quigley, Mind Matters manager, at l.quigley@rcvs.org.uk with a short explanation about their submission and why nature improves their mental health and wellbeing.
Budding 'Dr Dolittles' sought for writing competition
29th April 2021
Vets are being invited to enter a writing competition run by the Page Turner Awards for a chance to get their story published or even made into a film.

Dubbed the 'Rolls Royce' of writing awards, the Page Turner competition provides an opportunity for aspiring writers to submit unpublished fiction and non-fiction work to be read by a panel of influential players in the publishing industry.

A spokesperson said: 'Do you think of yourself as a magical healer, like Dr Dolittle. Or maybe you have a story to share about the times when, sadly, animals can't be treated, and pet owners reflect on those moments they took for granted."

For more information, visit pageturnerawards.com
Webinar to focus on equine worm control
10th March 2021
Vets, veterinary nurses and RAMAs are being invited to join a free CPD webinar on late winter and early spring equine worm control.

Hosted by Zoetis vet Dr Wendy Talbot, the webinar aims to help prescribers understand which parasites are of most concern at this time of year. It will also cover how to assess parasite risk, selecting a suitable wormer and spring wormer plans, concluding with a Q&A session.

The webinar takes place on Thursday, 18 March at 10 am and will be repeated at 7 pm for those unable to listen during the day. To book the 10 am webinar, click here, and to register for the 7 pm webinar, click here.