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Funding boost for pig wellbeing projects
The grant will help vets, farmers and researchers advance the wellbeing of pigs.

Vets and researchers invited to apply for new Care4Pigs grant

A €30,000 grant intended to help vets, farmers and researchers advance the wellbeing of pigs has been launched by Bayer Animal Health.

The global Care4Pigs initiative will give three candidates the chance to receive €10,000 each to support and drive innovative pig wellbeing projects.

It comes in response to growing emphasis for livestock professionals to ensure the wellbeing of their animals.

Almut Hoffmann, head of farm animal products marketing at Bayer Animal Health, said: “We see remarkable and forward-thinking work on pig operations around the globe and we’re pleased to extend our support and collaborative knowledge through Care4Pigs to further benefit pig wellbeing.”

The initiative has been launched in collaboration with the Farm Animal Welfare Education Centre (FAWEC) and the Korean Association of Swine Veterinarians (KASV).

Farmers and farm staff, practising vets, as well as researchers and graduate students in veterinary medicine, agricultural or animal sciences are invited to apply.

Submitted projects must demonstrate innovative, practice-oriented ways to improve pig wellbeing at farm level, and must also be either already underway or planned to start by early 2021.

Judges will be looking for submissions that demonstrate an innovative approach and measurable benefit on pig wellbeing.

Octavio Orlovsky Eckhardt, head of swine species marketing at Bayer Animal Health, added: “Each project’s on-farm practicality and applicability through different systems and production conditions will also be considered during the judging process, as well as its economic viability.”

Applications for the grant close on 30 June 2020. For more information about the grant and how to apply, please visit the Care4Pigs website.

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Do you know a practice wellbeing star?

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 Has someone in your practice team gone above and beyond to make your workplace a positive one during the coronavirus pandemic? Then why not nominate them for a 2020 Practice Wellbeing Star!

The joint RCVS Mind Matters Initiative/SPVS Practice Wellbeing Star nominations recognise individuals who have held up morale during a time when practices are facing unprecedented staffing and financial issues.

Nominees receive a certificate in recognition of their colleagues' appreciation of their achievements and will be entered into the prize draw for a pair of tickets to attend the joint SPVS and Veterinary Management Group Congress in January 2021.


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The day-long conference saw more than 360 veterinary professionals mix activity sessions with personal development CPD, all hosted within a virtual conference platform. Now, with more than 500 minutes of CPD available, the resource is being re-opened to allow full access to the session recordings until May 2021.

Sessions are aimed at providing delegates with a range of proactive wellbeing tools to explore to find ways of improving their mental and physical health. Tickets are limited in number and on sale at until 30th August 2020.