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MMI extends deadlines for research grants and symposium abstracts
The Sarah Brown Mental Health Research Grant funds projects that focus on the mental health and wellbeing of the veterinary professions.

Applicants now have until 21 May to submit research relating to mental health.

The RCVS Mind Matters Initiative (MMI) has announced that deadlines have been extended for both the Sarah Brown Mental Health Research Grants and abstracts for the upcoming Mind Matters Mental Health Research Symposium.

In order to give researchers more time to put their proposals together, the deadline for the £20,000 research grants has been extended to Friday 21 May. These grants fund projects that relate to the mental health and wellbeing of the veterinary professions.

Applicants for the 2021 Sarah Brown Mental Health Research Grant must be affiliated with a university and ethical approval must be in place before any award will be paid. Proposals should be no more than 3,000 words and include aims, methods, ethical considerations, proposed timelines, project costings, and a bibliography. Those wishing to apply should send their research proposal to Lisa Quigley, Mind Matters manager, on

The MMI is also calling for abstracts from researchers in the UK and beyond working in mental health and wellbeing in the veterinary professions for the upcoming Mind Matters Mental Health Research Symposium. The event, titled ‘Understanding and supporting veterinary mental health’, takes place online on Wednesday 24 November 2021. Research abstracts are also now due for submission by Friday 21 May.

Symposium abstracts should be submitted to Rosie Allister on Abstracts should be no longer than 250 words and include: background; clear and explicit aims and objectives, hypotheses or research questions; methods; results; discussion; and conclusion.

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Webinar to focus on equine worm control

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 Vets, veterinary nurses and RAMAs are being invited to join a free CPD webinar on late winter and early spring equine worm control.

Hosted by Zoetis vet Dr Wendy Talbot, the webinar aims to help prescribers understand which parasites are of most concern at this time of year. It will also cover how to assess parasite risk, selecting a suitable wormer and spring wormer plans, concluding with a Q&A session.

The webinar takes place on Thursday, 18 March at 10 am and will be repeated at 7 pm for those unable to listen during the day. To book the 10 am webinar, click here, and to register for the 7 pm webinar, click here

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Avian influenza confirmed in Lancashire

A case of highly pathogenic (HPAI H5N8) avian influenza has been confirmed in two captive peregrine falcons on a non-commercial, non-poultry premises near Skelmersdale, West Lancashire.

Following a risk assessment, APHA has declared that no disease control zones have been put in place surrounding this non-commercial, non-poultry premises.

Eighteen cases of HPAI H5N8 have now been identified in poultry and other captive birds in England. A housing order for poultry and captive birds introduced by Defra to control the spread of the disease expired on 31 March, although bird keepers in England are still required by law to comply with biosecurity measures.

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