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RSPCA cared for more than 22,000 animals during 2020 pandemic
Several thousand operations were carried out across 2020, including a procedure to remove a hedgehog's toe.

Charity promotes vital work of 'hardworking' hospitals and centres

The RSPCA has highlighted the continuous, dedicated effort by it's staff and volunteer teams during the pandemic; revealing that more than 22,000 animals were treated in it's hospitals across last year.

Several thousand operations were performed carried out across this period. Additionally, 2,495 animals were neutered, 6,261 vaccinated and 2,027 microchipped.

RSPCA chief veterinary surgeon Caroline Allen said: “2020 was a busy and challenging year for the veterinary profession as a whole and the RSPCA was no exception.

“I'm very proud of the work our fantastic teams have achieved and the procedures carried out by our hardworking hospitals and centres. Our staff have remained dedicated to animals throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

“We're also very grateful to all the vets in private practice across the country who have supported our Inspectorate and animal centres and provided veterinary care for RSPCA animals during this very difficult period.”

The charity treated all manner of animals in need during the pandemic, from abandoned, neglected dogs to a fox with it's head stuck in a sweet jar.

In total, 8,665 animals were seen as inpatients and 13,340 seen as outpatients in the RSPCA's animal hospitals.

The charity is appealing for help to support it's rescue teams who are continuing to help animals in need across the winter. The RSPCA received more than 44,000 calls to it's cruelty line this Christmas and is urging the public to donate and #JoinTheRescue to help it's teams continue to tackle cases of cruelty, abuse and neglect.

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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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2021 NOAH Compendium now available

The 2021 edition of the NOAH Compendium of Data Sheets for Animal Medicines has been published.

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."