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Harper & Keele Veterinary School names founding head
Dr Jones will formally take up his position as head of Harper & Keele Veterinary School in August

 
The founding head of Keele University’s new veterinary school has been announced as Dr Matthew Jones.

Dr Jones, who will formally take up his position in August, joins Harper & Keele Veterinary School from the University of Surrey. There he is currently director of veterinary partnerships and was previously director of clinical education.

Dr Jones said: “To be able to lead the development of a new school built on the already strong foundations of the two universities is a huge privilege. My aim is to blend these academic strengths and clinical facilities with a partnerships-based approach integrating the Vet School with the wider profession.”

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RSPCA braced for ‘hectic hedgehog month’

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 The RSPCA says that it is bracing itself for a ‘hectic hedgehog month’ after calls to the charity about the creatures peaked this time last year.

More than 10,000 calls about hedgehogs were made to the RSPCA’s national helpline in 2018, 1,867 of which were in July. This compares with just 133 calls received in February of the same year.

Evie Button, the RSPCA’s scientific officer, said: “July is our busiest month for hedgehogs. Not only do calls about hedgehogs peak, but so do admissions to our four wildlife centres as members of the public and our own officers bring in orphaned, sick or injured animals for treatment and rehabilitation.” 

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ASF traces found in seized meat at NI airport

More than 300kg of illegal meat and dairy products were seized at Northern Ireland’s airports in June, DAERA has revealed.

A sample of these were tested at the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute, resulting in the detection of African swine fever DNA fragments.

DAERA said that while the discovery does not pose a significant threat to Northern Ireland’s animal health status, it underlines the importance of controls placed on personal imports of meat and dairy products. Holidaymakers travelling overseas are being reminded not to bring any animal or plant products back home.