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RCVS extends temporary remote prescribing guidance further
The temporary guidance has been extended to 30 September 2021.
The guidelines for remotely prescribing POM-Vs will continue until September. 

Temporary guidance which currently enables veterinary surgeons to remotely prescribe prescription-only veterinary medicine (POM-Vs) has been extended to midnight, 30 September 2021.

The RCVS Standards Committee recently decided on the extension, feeling that it would help practices to cope with current COVID-related struggles, and would assist in the period of preparation for a transition back to regular rules for prescribing. 

This extension of the temporary guidance for remote prescribing still means that this prescribing is subject to the specific guidance set out in FAQ 4, including guidelines that consider the level of information, suitable alternatives, benefits compared with risk, and provision of 24/7 follow up services.

The Committee felt that despite the fact that the temporary guidance cannot remain in place indefinitely, the extension would allow practices to continue necessary care to their clients during this time. 

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Vets asked to opt-in to Scottish SPCA fostering programme

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 The Scottish SPCA is encouraging veterinary practices to opt into its new fostering programme, by agreeing to register foster animals when approached by one of the foster carers.

The programme goes live in August 2021, and will help to rehabilitate animals under the Scottish SPCA's care until they are able to be properly re-homed. The programme will help the animals to receive care and attention in a stable and happy home environment, as some animals do not cope with a rescue and re-homing centre environment as well as others.

Specific information for veterinary practices on the new programme can be found at 

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Webinar provides insight into old age pets

A new webinar providing insights into the BSAVA PetSavers Old Age Pets citizen science project is now available free of charge to its members via the BSAVA Library

The webinar presents an exclusive insight into the research process and progression of the study, which aims to help veterinary professionals and owners provide the best care for their senior dogs.

It also discusses the study's research methods, the researchers' personal interests in this area of study, and how they envisage the findings being used to create a guidance tool to improve discussions between vets and owners about their ageing dogs.