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Mars Comedy Pet Photographer of the year revealed

Elke Vogelsang scooped first prize for a hilarious photo of rescue dog Noodles.
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Chatter box Defra has extended the deadline for applications for the 100 Million Zoo Animals Fund until 26 February 2021.

Launched in June 2020, the fund provides financial support for zoos and aquariums that have experienced a drop in income caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Grants of up to 730,000 are available, which can be used to pay for essential costs and maintenance, including veterinary care, medicines, animal feed and staffing.

More information about the fund and details of how to apply can be found hereChatter box

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Equine News
SRUC invests in new Aberdeen equine centre
SRUC invests in new Aberdeen equine centre

New centre to be completed by end of summer
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Traditional frequent worming of horses 'unnecessary' - study
Traditional frequent worming of horses 'unnecessary' - study

Researchers assess the effect of different parasite control protocols.
Blue Cross survey reveals concerns about impact of fireworks on horses
Blue Cross survey reveals concerns about impact of fireworks on horses

Charity asks public not to let off fireworks this New Year
Study reveals insights into equine obesity
Study reveals insights into equine obesity

Researchers assess impact of social behaviour on body condition.
Owners urged to think before rugging their horse
Owners urged to think before rugging their horse

Keeping horses rugged risks further weight gain, Blue Cross warns.
Horse owners asked to take part in Blue Cross fireworks survey
Horse owners asked to take part in Blue Cross fireworks survey

Charity seeks to better understanding of equine community's concerns
BEVA backs World Antimicrobial Awareness Week
BEVA backs World Antimicrobial Awareness Week

Daily quiz and live debate to encourage best practice in antibiotic use.
Horses feel as much pain as humans when whipped, studies suggest
Horses feel as much pain as humans when whipped, studies suggest

Findings support calls for a total ban on whipping in horseracing.
Blue Cross offers help for vulnerable horses during pandemic winter
Blue Cross offers help for vulnerable horses during pandemic winter

Home Direct scheme rehomes horses quickly while keeping centres clear
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APHA confirms eighth case of highly pathogenic avian influenza in England

The Animal & Plant Health Agency (APHA) has identified an eighth case of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N8 in poultry in England.

Confirmed on Tuesday (15 December), the outbreak was found in captive birds and poultry at a premises near Willington, South Derbyshire. A 3km Protection Zone and a 10km Surveillance Zone have been placed around the infected premises to limit the risk of the disease spreading.

Further information about the outbreaks and the latest government advice can be found at gov.uk

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