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Dog blood donors celebrate milestone achievement
After a health check, the dogs donate blood in a painless procedure that takes less than 10 minutes.
Over 2,000 dogs have been helped by blood from their fellow Scottish canines.

Dogs in Edinburgh have saved the lives of over 2,000 other dogs after donating blood at the University of Edinburgh's Hospital for Small Animals.

The University highlighted the milestone achievement on World Blood Donor Day, which took place last week (14 June).

Over seven years, the hospital, in collaboration with the Charity Pet Blood Bank, has collected 514 units of blood, which has helped to save the lives of up to 2,056 dogs.

The Pet Blood Bank has run sessions every eight weeks at the hospital, with 34 donation sessions held so far.

Nicole Osborne, marketing manager at Pet Blood Bank, said: “It is such a delight to partner with the Hospital for Small Animals to run our donation sessions in Edinburgh.

“It is only thanks to their support, and the support we receive from venues across the UK, that we can keep our lifesaving service running.”

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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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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