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Award-winning wildlife photojournalist joins panel for annual BVA photo competition
"This competition helps shine a light on the invaluable and relentless work carried out by vets around the world." Aaron Gekoski.

Aaron Gekoski named fifth judge on panel for popular award.

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) have announced that Aaron Gekoski, an internationally acclaimed environmental photojournalist, will join the judging panel for the 2021 BVA Veterinary Photographer of the Year Award.

Mr Gekoski has won multiple photography awards and his images have appeared in hundreds of publications. He recently published a book of photos documenting human-animal conflict across the world titled Animosity: Human-Animal Conflict in the 21st Century.

He will be the fifth judge on the panel, which already consists of BVA president James Russell, senior vice president of the Association of Veterinary Students (AVS) Izzie Arthur, and judges nominated by the competition sponsor iM3 Veterinary Dentistry.

Aaron Gekoski commented: “It's a huge honour to be a judge for the BVA Veterinary Photographer of the Year Award, the most prestigious photographic competition for the veterinary profession.

“The competition helps shine a light on the invaluable and relentless work carried out by vets around the world; work that may otherwise go unnoticed. I look forward to bringing my experience as an environmental photojournalist to the judging process."

The awards are split into three categories including:

  • Life in Lockdown – Images that reflect the extraordinary circumstances we were all thrust into during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • All creatures great and small – A look at the vast diversity of the animal kingdom, including domestic, agricultural, and all aspects of wildlife
  • Happy pets that make us smile – Reflecting the joy of a happy, contented animal.

Photos can be taken using a mobile phone or high-spec camera and submissions close at 11.59pm on 8 March, with winners to be announced in April.

To find out more please visit the BVA website.


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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."