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Atypical monsoon precipitates crisis for animal rescue hospital
Heaviest rainfall for six decades.
Award-winning VN appeals for help

While in an article in the Business Standard, the Indian Meteorological Department is heralding a welcome end to the threat of drought provided by 792mm monsoon rainfall since June – three per cent more than usual – staff and patients at the Tree Of Life For Animals (TOLFA) animal hospital in Rajasthan are facing a crisis and temporary closure after being hit by the heaviest rainfall in six decades.
 
A statement posted on the TOLFA website, declares: ‘It is with sadness we must announce the temporary closure of our Rescue Service. Owing to atypical monsoon flooding and the usual high number of rescues at this time of year we are at full capacity. Our Rescue Team will only be able to provide street treatments until further notice.’
 
In an on-site video,TOLFA founder, VN Rachel Wright, explains the situation and is appealing for donations to help restore the animal hospital to full service again as soon as possible. “The torrential rain has caused misery for the animals, as well as the local people,” she says, “but it has not damaged our resolve to keep helping as many animals as we can. I am so grateful to our dedicated staff, who are working overtime to cope with the extra complications this situation has presented.”
 
TOLFA is a busy animal hospital and rescue centre in Rajasthan, Northern India. It works to eradicate rabies, rescue and treat injured animals, sterilise street dogs, and undertakes many more welfare projects. It is an integral part of the community, and has received international recognition for its work. It has helped more than 170,000 sick and injured animals, spayed/neutered more than 22,000 dogs, and vaccinated more than 28,000 dogs against rabies.
 
Rachel received the International Award for Animal Welfare from the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in July 2018 and was also the recipient of the CEVA Vet Nurse of the Year Award earlier this year. 
 
To help or to make a donation, visit www.tolfa.org.uk or e-mail enquiries@tolfa.org.uk

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Rare chimp birth announced at Edinburgh Zoo

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 The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) welcomed the birth of a critically endangered western chimpanzee on Monday 3 February at Edinburgh Zoo's Budongo Trail.

The baby girl will be named in the coming days through a public vote, and staff will carry out a paternity test during its first health check to determine the father.

Mother Heleen's first infant, Velu, was born in 2014, making this new baby only the second chimpanzee born in Scotland for more than 20 years.

Budongo Trail team leader Donald Gow said: "While we celebrate every birth, this one is particularly special because our new arrival is a critically endangered Western chimpanzee, a rare subspecies of chimpanzee."

Image (c) RZSS/Donald Gow. 

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BEVA offering free membership to vet students

The British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) is offering free membership to veterinary students. As part of a new initiative with the aim of encouraging more veterinary professionals into equine practice.

According to BEVA, less than one in ten veterinary students choose to work in equine practice. The association hopes that this initiative will provide insight into the field and the benefits of a career in equine medicine.

Benefits of membership include:
▪ access to a network of nearly 3,000 members
▪ special student rates to attend BEVA Congress
▪ online access to BEVA's Equine Veterinary Education (EVE) journal
▪ free access to the association's online learning platform
▪ free access to BEVA's practical veterinary apps
▪ exclusive discounts on a range of things from cinema tickets to grocery shopping.

BEVA will be releasing a series of short videos over the next few months from BEVA Council members, explaining what inspired them to work in equine practice.

Image (c) BEVA.