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BVA announces annual photography competition
The categories include companion animal photography and wildlife photography.
Categories include 'a vet's life in lockdown' and 'happy pets that make us smile'.

The BVA has launched its annual photography competition, with a £250 John Lewis voucher for the winners and a chance for the images to go on display at BVA Live.

BVA's Veterinary Photographer of the Year Award is split into three categories, focussing on images that capture the human-animal bond in everyday veterinary work, as well as companion animal and wildlife photography. 

Last year's winners include Laura Caballero Pastor, who scooped first place in the 'One Veterinary Community' category with her shot of Nepalese locals vaccinating a street dog against rabies. Jennifer Dykes won the ‘All creatures great and small’ category with her picturesque image of a misty UK mountainside and flock of sheep.

No expensive photography equipment is required as submissions for each category can be shot on a mobile phone or a high-spec camera. The three categories are:
  • a vet’s life in lockdown - Images that reflect the extraordinary circumstances we have all been thrust into during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
  • all creatures great and small - An opportunity to look at the vast diversity of the animal kingdom: domestic, agricultural and all aspects of wildlife.
  • happy pets that make us smile - Reflecting the joy of a happy, contented animal. 
BVA President, James Russell said: “The BVA Veterinary Photographer of the Year Award is something that we all look forward to, and the incredible array of eye-catching photos taken by people from across the veterinary community never ceases to impress me.

“In view of the current circumstances, we have introduced a new category: ‘A vet’s life in lockdown’, which we hope will produce some interesting documentation of how the profession has fared against a very challenging backdrop, like no other. 

“Now in its fifth year, the competition always attracts high quality, diverse and often poignant imagery. I am very excited to be part of the judging panel and to have the opportunity to see the amazing images submitted this year.

“Whether you’re a semi-professional photographer or a casual snapper, we encourage you to enter and showcase your daily interactions with animals either at work or play, or your skill at capturing wildlife at its most beautiful, even if it is in your back garden, or on the windowsill.”

The competition is open to all current BVA members and will be judged by BVA officers among others. Entries will close on 8 March 2021 with the winners announced in April. 

Because of the current national lockdowns, BVA is reminding entrants not to breach any guidelines just to get ‘the perfect shot’. Photos that are taken around the home, garden and local area are encouraged. Photographs from the past will also be accepted.

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Applications open for pets in housing research funding scheme

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 The Society for Companion Animal Studies (SCAS) has announced that applications are now open for the second round of its three-year funding scheme to support research into the human-animal bond.

This year SCAS is looking for research that focuses on the issues surrounding pets in housing, particularly projects looking at:

- the impact of current, or historic, pet related housing legislation
- an assessment of incident, type and cost of damage caused by pets in housing
- the views of landlords, care institution or housing association staff, in relation to pets and housing
- stakeholder perceptions of pets and housing insurance schemes.

There are eight funding grants available, awarding between £1,500 and £10,000. Applications close on 30 April 2021.

More information can be found on the SCAS website. 

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Published annually by NOAH, this book is sent to every veterinary practice in the UK for free. The 2021 edition includes an even larger range of products than previous years.

Chief executive Dawn Howard stated that NOAH will shortly be launching a survey for practices on the Compendiums effectiveness.

She added: "Our survey will give users of the Compendium the opportunity to say how they think we can improve it to assist them in prescribing veterinary medicines and advising animal keepers on their use. We look forward to getting your views."