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Blue Cross names new veterinary services director
Dr Paul Manktelow has a wealth of experience across the veterinary, business and media sectors.
Dr Paul Manktelow joins the charity in its 125th year.

Animal charity Blue Cross has named Dr Paul Manktelow as its new director of veterinary services.

A graduate of the Glasgow Vet School, Dr Manktelow has a wealth of experience across the veterinary, business and media sectors. He also has an MSC in Wild Animal Health from the RVC and an Executive MBA from London South Bank University. 

Before joining Blue Cross, Dr Manktelow was principal of vet services at the PDSA, responsible for operational delivery and strategic service planning across their hospital network. He is also a TV personality, public speaker and presenter of the lifestyle podcast, 'The Consult Room'.

Commenting on his appointment, Dr Manktelow said: “I am really excited to be joining Blue Cross in this symbolic year which sees the charity celebrating its 125th anniversary.
“The profession is facing significant challenges and yet the demand for charitable veterinary care has never been greater. I’m passionate about people and eager to support the clinical teams whilst we work together to develop innovative and sustainable ways in which we can meet this societal demand for pets in need. 
Blue Cross is a unique welfare charity in that it helps pet owners across a number of areas, and I’m excited to scope out opportunities to collaborate and add veterinary expertise to these vital services.”

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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 outside of these times."  

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