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Distance challenge to raise funds for Vetlife
Vetlife provides support to members of the UK veterinary community and their families who have emotional, health or financial concerns.
Staff and volunteers to walk, cycle and run more than 1,200 km.

Staff and volunteers from Vetlife and BVA are taking on a gruelling long-distance challenge in a bid to raise vital funds for the charity.

The event forms part of the Vet Month of Movement, an initiative established to encourage the veterinary community to stay active and raise vital funds for Vetlife's services. Throughout October, a team of 12 will be walking, running, swimming and horse-riding their way more than 1,200 km and hope to raise £700 with their efforts.

Vetlife is a charity which provides support to members of the UK veterinary community and their families who have emotional, health or financial concerns. Since the pandemic, however, the charity has seen a rise in demand for its services - which inevitably carries with it an increase in costs.

Vetlife operations manager Joanne Driver said: “We are extremely grateful for donations as we rely heavily on fundraising which has been impacted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This, coupled with an increase in demand for our services, has been challenging but we remain committed to continuing to provide support for all in the veterinary community.”

Vetlife is now more reliant from donations than ever to continue to provide support to members of the veterinary profession. To get involved and help raise money to support the community, download the digital fundraising pack, which is full of helpful hints for setting up your own fundraising event.

At the time of writing, donations to the Vet Month of Movement fundraiser had reached £643. To make a donation and to lend your support, visit the Vetlife JustGiving page.

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AWF Student Grant Scheme opens for applications

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 The Animal Welfare Foundation (AWF) is inviting applications to its 2021 Student Grant Scheme for innovative projects designed to impact animal welfare. The scheme welcomes proposals from undergraduates studying veterinary and animal welfare degrees, but students from other disciplines are also welcome to apply.

Grants will fund projects on animal welfare topics that are relevant to the veterinary profession and help develop the student's skills as a researcher. This year, the AWF is also accepting projects which are carried out alongside EMS so long as they are supervised. For more information and to apply, visit 

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Bristol Vet School announces new PhD Studentship opportunities

Bristol Veterinary School has announced four new PhD Studentship opportunities with a focus on cattle welfare. The projects include:

Developing a novel approach to improve the welfare of dairy cows; The impact of early life programming on resistance to helminths in ruminant livestock; The impact of change and the ability to deal with it on an individual's affective state and welfare; Harnessing 3D cameras and deep learning for on-the-fly automated body condition and mobility analysis to improve cattle welfare.

For more details and how to apply, visit the University of Bristol's website.