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MilkSure training programme hands over administration to the BCVA
There are more than 3000 MilkSure accredited farms in the UK, supported by more than 300 veterinary surgeons.

Changes to scheme will make it more accessible for vets and farmers.

The British Cattle Veterinary Association (BCVA) has announced that it has taken over delivery of the dairy certification programme MilkSure, in order to reduce the administrative burden on farms.

MilkSure is a training programme aimed at dairy farmers and delivered by the veterinary profession. It has a focus on residue avoidance in milk, but also covers medicine stewardship, best practice for treatment protocols, and methods to reduce the risk of antibiotic resistance.

There are more than 3000 MilkSure accredited farms in the UK, supported by more than 300 farm veterinary surgeons who have taken part in MilkSure training.

As part of the decision to transfer MilkSure's administration entirely to BCVA,  the association will also introduce a series of changes to make the programme more accessible for both veterinary professionals and farmers.

According to the BCVA, the training will retain the same format, however, there will be no central register of accredited farms. Instead, accredited farms will receive a MilkSure Certificate, signed by a MilkSure-registered veterinary professional.

Additionally, accreditation will be able to be maintained through a simple annual ‘Top Up’, reducing the amount of administration that is required from farmers.

For more information about the MilkSure programme email office@cattlevet.co.uk or visit www.milksure.co.uk

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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."