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Chatter box 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 websiteChatter box

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Goby fish fins may be as sensitive as human fingertips, study suggests
Goby fish fins may be as sensitive as human fingertips, study suggests

Researchers observe how goby fish use their fins to interact with different surfaces.
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Study suggests ion generators could be harmful to fish
Study suggests ion generators could be harmful to fish

Researchers conclude generators produce toxic levels of copper and zinc.
Study reveals origins of guinea pig domestication
Study reveals origins of guinea pig domestication

Researchers analyse ancient DNA from archaeological guinea pig remains.
Non-invasive sampling enhances reptile conservation
Non-invasive sampling enhances reptile conservation

The practical application of detection dogs and DNA analysis
Exotics vets treat 61-year-old tortoise for bladder stones
Exotics vets treat 61-year-old tortoise for bladder stones

Team removed stones without having to cut through the shell
Labour announces plans to ban pet primates
Labour announces plans to ban pet primates

Measure forms part of party's new Animal Welfare Manifesto
Microchip reminder after giant tortoise found wandering through field
Microchip reminder after giant tortoise found wandering through field

Finder hauled the enormous animal home in a wheelbarrow
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VMD and VPS announce joint open information day

The Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) and the Veterinary Products Committee (VPC) have announced a joint open information day covering topics such as veterinary medicines regulations, antimicrobial resistance, scientific advice and novel therapies.

Taking place on Wednesday 18 November, the virtual event will take the form of a series of pre-recorded webinars and a 'Slido' Q&A session. Links to the webinars and full instructions on how to use Slido will be available on gov.uk on 18 November. To join the mailing list for the event, email director.support@vmd.gov.uk

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