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Statue unveiled of 'the world's therapy dog'
"Max has become a symbol of hope and happiness to thousands of people." - Amy Dickin, awards and heritage manager ar PDSA.
Max the spaniel provided hope to people around the globe during lockdown. 

Max the English springer spaniel, named 'Miracle Dog' by his family and supporters, had a statue of himself unveiled in his hometown on Friday, 2 July.

The bronze statue in Max's likeness has been erected in Hope Park, Keswick, in Cumbria, and has been set on a bench, so that fans of the famous dog can cuddle up to him. 

Max shot to fame online because of his owner – Kerry Irving – who posted regular updates of the pup on social media. Photos and videos of Max made him a household name in the local area, but Max became even more special to his fans as the pandemic hit.

Throughout lockdown, Max's owner did daily live broadcasts of him, resulting in Max being dubbed the world's 'virtual therapy dog', and dedicated fans tuned in all the way from Australia to America. 

The daily Facebook Live videos of max became an important source of joy for hundreds of thousands of people during lockdown, and Max's antics are credited with helping people through isolation, grief, and anxiety. Max was presented with the PDSA Order of Merit (known also as the animals OBE) in February 2021 for his excellent contribution to society.

Local sculptor Kirsty Armstrong made the permanent tribute to the famous pooch, and Max's owner Kerry said of the sculpture: “Hope Park is the perfect location as Max has brought hope to so many people. It’s incredible that our little boy, proudly wearing his PDSA Order of Merit, will now be sat there and remembered for generations to come.”

Paid for by a crowdfunding campaign, the statue is a testament to how beloved Max is, with the campaign raising £26,000 in a single day! The campaign even raised enough for Kerry to donate additional funds to the PDSA charity. Kerry added: “Everyone has been so incredibly supportive, I can’t begin to express my thanks to all those who donated their hard-earned money, the Town Council and Hope Park Trust for arranging this wonderful location, our local sculptor Kirsty, and Honister Slate Mine, who helped us pick the perfect slate for the bench. 

“And the fact we were able to donate additional proceeds to PDSA too is wonderful, as it’s a charity that is very close to my heart. I’m humbled by it all, and hope that Max’s statue will bring great comfort to all those who visit.”

Max can be followed at the Facebook page 'Max out in the Lake District' and more about his PDSA Order of Merit can be found here

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Webinar to explore the meaning of veterinary leadership

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 The WSAVA has announced a free webinar exploring the meaning of veterinary leadership in the 21st century.

Taking place at noon on Tuesday, October 19, the webinar will explore the role of veterinary professionals in leading on animal welfare, the leadership competencies required of all veterinary professionals, and the effects of leadership style on teams.

The webinar, which ends with a Q&A session, will be moderated be WSAVA President Dr Siraya Chunekamrai and led by Veterinary Management Group President Richard Casey. For more information and to access the event, click here

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Horiba announces veterinary haematology webinar

Horiba Medical has announced a free webinar providing practical insight on best practice in veterinary haematology. Entitled 'In practice haematology - Beyond the pale!' the webinar will be presented by Ronnie Barron from the University of Glasgow Veterinary School.

Ronnie's presentation, which will conclude with a Q&A session, will look at QC and artefacts of sample quality and review the effects of different pathologies. Using images, photomicrographs and video links, he will also explain the techniques and equipment needed to complement analytical automation to confirm results quality.

The webinar takes place on Thursday, October 28 (7.30-9pm). For more details and to register, click here.