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Veterinary suicide prevention study seeks participants
With veterinary professionals more likely to die by suicide than the general population, the study aims to provide profession-specific prevention.

Study aims to discover profession-specific preventions. 

A study aiming to better understand how to prevent veterinary suicides led by the University of Edinburgh is seeking participants, as a letter published in Vet Times (Vol. 52, No.3, p.31) discusses.

The cross-disciplinary study, 'Suicide Prevention in Veterinary Workplaces Project', led by Dr Rosie Allister, will explore profession-specific factors in veterinary suicides, such as access to tools that may be used to cause harm to one's self.

To explore these factors, veterinary surgeons, researchers and mental health professionals will be carrying out interviews, with an aim to provide insight into factors influencing methods of suicide attempts among veterinary professionals and attitudes to restriction of access to means of suicide in the workplace.

Alongside this, the study will seek to explore other factors that may assist in veterinary suicide prevention.

Any volunteers selected to participate in the interviews will do so in a one-to-one setting, and any data provided will be used under pseudonym, so participants will not be identifiable.

The research team are looking for participants who:

•  have experience of a suicide attempt or suicidal thoughts in a veterinary workplaces
•  have been bereaved by the suicide of a veterinary professional
•  have worked in a veterinary workplace and been affected by a suicide attempt or death by suicide there.

Anyone interested in participating can visit this link to the Edinburgh University website or email rosie.allister@ed.ac.uk to find out more or to take part.

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Avian flu outbreak at RSPB Minsmere

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 RSPB Minsmere nature reserve in Suffolk has confirmed an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza on its site. The coastal nature reserve has seen an increase in dead birds recently, and has said that it is 'extremely concerned' about the potential impacts on bird populations, with 2021 and 2022 seeing the largest ever outbreak in the UK.

In a statement, RSPB said: "We appreciate that it is distressing, for both visitors and staff, to see dead or dying birds at our site but we ask that if visitors see any dead or unwell birds, they do not touch or go near them and that they report it to us at our Visitor Centre during its opening hours, or by emailing us on minsmere@rspb.org.uk outside of these times."  

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Moredun Foundation Award opens for applications

The 2022-2023 Moredun Foundation Award (MFA) is now open for members, with up to £2,000 available for successful applicants.

The MFA honours the contribution that education, teamwork, life experience, and travel have made to the understanding of cattle health and welfare. Through its charitable endeavours, Moredun offers its members the opportunity to pursue projects that support personal development.

The prize is open to a wide range of project applications, including those that include producing educational tools, conducting a small research project, or studying farming methods in other nations. For more information and to apply, visit moredun.org.uk