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Dachshund dog walk sets world record

Event helped raise £20,000 for rescue centres.
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Chatter box A scheme that helped owners of XL bully dogs with the cost of neutering has closed to new applications due to high demand.

The scheme, run by the RSPCA, Blue Cross, and Battersea, has helped 1,800 dogs and their owners after XL bullies were banned under the Dangerous Dogs Act.

In England and Wales, owners of XL bully dogs which were over one year old on 31 January 2021 have until 30 June 2024 to get their dog neutered. If a dog was between seven months and 12 months old, it must be neutered by 31 December 2024. If it was under seven months old, owners have until 30 June 2025.

More information can be found on the Defra website. Chatter box

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Course asks vet teams to consider human factors
Course asks vet teams to consider human factors

The RCVS Knowledge course supports analysis of human interactions.
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NOAH publishes Animal Health Manifesto
NOAH publishes Animal Health Manifesto

The manifesto calls for key policy pledges.
Search begins for BVA's Young Vet of the Year
Search begins for BVA's Young Vet of the Year

The award recognises outstanding vets in the early stages of their careers.
RCVS makes private prosecution protocol permanent
RCVS makes private prosecution protocol permanent

No prosecutions were made during the trial period.
BVA introduces 'Great Workplaces' practice accreditation
BVA introduces 'Great Workplaces' practice accreditation

The scheme aims to recognise and reward positive workplace culture.
RCVS opens consultation on council changes
RCVS opens consultation on council changes

Proposals would see the end of council elections.
Animals evacuated from Ukraine's Kharkiv region
Animals evacuated from Ukraine's Kharkiv region

Volunteers risked their lives to move pets to safety.
Guide released for managing rudeness in practice
Guide released for managing rudeness in practice

The advice addresses incivility from clients and colleagues.
Vet charity begins volunteering bursary
Vet charity begins volunteering bursary

It was set up in memory of Angharad Simlett-Moss.
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Avian flu cattle outbreak spreads to tenth US state

Cattle in two dairy herds in Iowa have tested positive for highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI), making it the tenth state in the USA to be affected by the ongoing outbreak of the disease in cattle.

Since March 2024, more than 80 herds across the USA have been affected by the virus and three dairy workers have tested positive. Authorities have introduced measures to limit the spread of the virus and farmers have been urged to strengthen their biosecurity protocols.

Mike Naig, Iowa secretary of agriculture, said: "Given the spread of highly pathogenic avian influenza within dairy cattle in many other states, it is not a surprise that we would have a case given the size of our dairy industry in Iowa.

"While lactating dairy cattle appear to recover with supportive care, we know this destructive virus continues to be deadly for poultry."

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