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Comedy pet photo awards shortlist revealed
The public can vote for their favourite of the 30 images.

The shortlist for this year’s Comedy Pet Photograph Awards has been revealed. The 30 images range from a ‘flying’ poodle and two cats having a ‘secret talk’, to a hamster enjoying the sunshine and a donkey having a big yawn.

The overall winner will be selected by a judging panel that includes TV presenter Kate Humble, veterinary surgeon Emma Milne, and professional photographer Gerrard Gethings, his son Jarvis, and Barry the border terrier.

The public are also be able to vote for their favourite of the shortlisted photographs in the People’s Choice Category. Voting opened on 10 May and closes on 2 June.

Here's a selection of the shortlisted images. Click here to see the full shortlist and vote for your favourite.

(Image © Vera Faupel/Comedy Pets)

(Image © Sylvia Michel/Comedy Pets)

(Image © Atsuyuki Ohshima/Comedy Pet)

(Image © Luiza Ribeiro/Comedy Pet)

(Image © Silvia Jiang/Comedy Pet)

(Image © Julia Smith/Comedy Pet)

(Image © Debby Thomas/Comedy Pet)

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Special imports digital service set to change

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 From Monday, 15 July, Special Import Certificate (SIC) applications will only be accepted via the Veterinary Medicines Directorate's (VMD's) new special imports digital service.

The original online special import scheme will be decommissioned. The VMD says that the new service is easier to use, more secure and reliable, and meets accessibility legislation.

The VMD is urging veterinary surgeons who have not yet signed up for the new service to do so before 15 July. The new digital service can be accessed here

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RCVS course explains concerns process

A free, online course from the RCVS Academy has been launched, designed to clarify RCVS' concerns procedure.

The content will give veterinary surgeons and veterinary nurses a better understanding of the process, and what they can expect if a concern is raised about them. It includes details of common concerns.

The interactive resource has been developed in collaboration with Clare Stringfellow, case manager in the RCVS Professional Conduct Team.

Ms Stringfellow said: "We appreciate that concerns can be very worrying, and we hope that, through this course, we can give vets and nurses a better understanding of the process and how to obtain additional support."

The course can be accessed via the RCVS Academy. Users are encouraged to record their learning for CPD.