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RVC's HR Excellence in Research Award renewed
The award shows the College's commitment to supporting the careers of researchers.

College retains Award for eighth year running

The Royal Veterinary College (RVC) has announced that it's HR Excellence in Research Award has once again been renewed following it's eight-year external review.

This award shows the College's commitment to supporting the careers of researchers. It has also successfully implemented the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers – an agreement which aims to improve the employment and support for researchers and research careers in UK higher education.

The RVC submitted a report to Vitae – the awarding body – providing an internal gap analysis of how it's existing policies and practices reflect those outlined in the Concordat. The College also presented it's action plan outlining it's plans or the future.

Vice principal of Research and Innovation at the RVC Professor Jonathan Elliott credited the College's success to it's close collaboration with the Research Association when developing it's long-term strategies and objectives.

He said: “Researchers form a fundamental part of the RVC and I am gratified that our hard work and commitment to their career development has again been recognised by Vitae with the HR Excellence in Research Award.

“We pride ourselves as being an internationally competitive research-led institution and I am confident that the successful integration of the Concordat’s principles will help us to continue to attract and retain some of the most innovative and talented researchers in veterinary and biological science.”

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New series shares recipes for pet-safe festive treats

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 Battersea has launched a new Christmas baking series across all it's social media channels, to teach owners how to make pet-safe treats for dogs and cats.

The two-part series will show dog owners how to make Christmas dog treats using xylitol-free peanut butter and banana. Meanwhile, cat owners will be taught how to use rolled oats and turkey to make a festive snack for their pet.

Battersea also reminds pet owners of the importance of insuring that animals maintain a healthy balanced diet and adds that these food items should only be given as a treat.

To view the series, please visit Battersea's YouTube, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram

Image (c) Battersea. 

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APHA confirms eighth case of highly pathogenic avian influenza in England

The Animal & Plant Health Agency (APHA) has identified an eighth case of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N8 in poultry in England.

Confirmed on Tuesday (15 December), the outbreak was found in captive birds and poultry at a premises near Willington, South Derbyshire. A 3km Protection Zone and a 10km Surveillance Zone have been placed around the infected premises to limit the risk of the disease spreading.

Further information about the outbreaks and the latest government advice can be found at