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Call for collaboration on canine science
The AHWSG is dedicated to ensuring the application of best practises for canine health and welfare.
Kennel Club invites researchers the opportunity to work with dog activities sub-group.

Educational establishments interested in canine science are being offered the chance to collaborate with the Kennel Club to enhance collective knowledge and understanding of dog health and wellbeing.

Researchers and students undertaking investigations or research relating to canine activities are being urged to contact the Kennel Club's Activities Health and Welfare Sub-Group (AHWSG). Activities can include but are not limited to agility, obedience, field trials, working trials and heelwork to music. 

AHWSG chair Dr Jacqueline Boyd said: “The AHWSG would be delighted to support students and researchers in any investigative work that is likely to support enhanced canine health and welfare in relation to canine activities and disciplines. We look forward to hearing from course managers, module leaders, dissertation supervisors and even interested and enthusiastic students who would like to ‘make a difference for dogs’”. 

The AHWSG is dedicated to ensuring the application of best practises for canine health and welfare across The Kennel Club's approved activities and disciplines through an evidence-based and consistent manner. 

With the previous 18 months having had a substantial influence on canine activities, The Kennel Club and the AHWSG are working to promote education and research by identifying areas within this area that require investigation.

The sub-group's broad membership provides an excellent opportunity for researchers at all levels to benefit from applied and subject expertise. For more information regarding potential student projects and research collaboration, email

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World Bee Day celebrations begin

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 Today (20 May) marks the fifth annual World Bee Day, which raises awareness of the importance of bees and pollinators to people and the planet. Observed on the anniversary of pioneering Slovenian beekeeper Anton Jana's birthday, this year's celebration is themed: 'Bee Engaged: Celebrating the diversity of bees and beekeeping systems'.

Organisations and people celebrating the day will raise awareness of the accelerated decline in pollinator diversity, and highlight the importance of sustainable beekeeping systems and a wide variety of bees. Slovenia, the initiator of World Bee Day, will be focusing on teaching young people about the significance of pollinators. 

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Further avian flu cases confirmed

Three cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1 have been confirmed in recent days, bringing the total number of cases in England to 98.

On Thursday, the APHA confirmed two cases of HPAI H5N1 near Redgrave, Mid Suffolk and Market Weston, West Suffolk. A case H5N1 was also confirmed in poultry at a premises near Southwell, Newark and Sherwood, Nottinghamshire.

Protection and surveillance zones are in place around the affected premises. Further details are available at