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Celebrities back government's 'Petfished' campaign
Vets are dealing with ongoing cases where owners have been sold sick puppies and kittens by unscrupulous dealers.
Open letter calls on potential pet owners to thoroughly research sellers.

Battersea ambassador Paul O'Grady and television presenter Amanda Holden are among the signatories of an open letter calling on the public to thoroughly research sellers online before buying a new pet.

The letter, also signed by the UK's chief veterinary officer Christine Middlemiss, forms part of the UK government's Petfished campaign, which aims to educate the public on the illegal pet trade and help them spot ‘red flags’ when buying a new pet.

The warning follows the continued demand for pets since the easing of lockdown, with online marketplace Preloved reporting that the number of pet listings has increased by nearly 50 per cent since March. The website is anticipating a further boom in adverts throughout the summer.

The BSAVA has advised that vets are dealing with ongoing cases where owners have been sold sick puppies and kittens by unscrupulous dealers as a result of new owners not researching sellers before buying their new pet.

CVO Christine Middlemiss said: “Prospective pet owners must beware of sinister sellers out there who breed animals purely for profit with zero concern for their welfare.

“The devastating consequences include crippling vet bills and, in the worst cases, animals having to be put down. It’s vitally important that people not only research the breed of animal they want but also the person selling it to them.”

The letter is supported by animal charities including Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, the Blue Cross, Cats Protection, Dogs Trust and the RSPCA.

Animal welfare minister Zac Goldsmith said that it is 'more important than ever' that buyers do their research and ensure they go to a reputable seller.

“Following the introduction of Lucy’s Law earlier this year, everyone must now buy directly from breeders or consider adopting from rescue centres,” he said. “So please look out for the warning signs and report any suspicious activity.”

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VetCT app offered to students and new graduates

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 The VetCT app is being offered for free to students and new veterinary graduates for their first three months in practice. The app provides a service for vets to send case information to a global team of Diploma-holding specialists, who can provide advice and support via instant call-back, text chat, written report, or virtual appointment.

Time on the app is automatically logged as CPD with quarterly certificates being generated for users. Additional services include the ability to book bespoke CPD, significant event reviews, and live training sessions such as surgical procedures.

The app is downloadable for both iOS and Android systems. 

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HORIBA to host CPD webinar

HORIBA has announced that it will host an online CPD meeting focusing on 'Exotic Parasites - The Importance of Testing in The Imported Dog'. Ian Wright (BVMS, MSc, MRCVS), head of ESCCAP UK and Ireland, will present on the importance of testing protocols in diseases of imported dogs.

The meeting will provide attendees with an overview of emerging veterinary diseases with a particular focus on exotic parasites, and discuss the importance of accurate testing protocols and equipment, alongside a final Q&A session.

The webinar will take place on Thursday July 1, from 19.30pm to 21.00pm BST. For free registration and more information visit the Horiba website or