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Hero dog awarded posthumous Blue Cross medal
The medal was awarded to Mr Pugh, pictured with Bandit the Newfoundland, by Blue Cross.
Whizz the Newfoundland saved many lives as a rescue dog.

A Newfoundland rescue dog has been awarded a special posthumous Blue Cross medal, to honour his lifetime achievements.

Whizz was recognised at a Blue Cross ceremony on 21 June, where his owner David Pugh accepted the award for his charitable and rescue work.

Whizz was the only canine member of the Swansea Marine Volunteer Service, and the top water dog of the Newfound Friends charity. During his time with the volunteer service, he saved many lives of those struggling at sea and other waters.

He also helped raise over £1.5 million for charities including children’s hospice Little Bridge House, where he provided comfort to the residents.

His life’s work has been immortalised in a true story, ‘Whizz, Zero to Hero’, co-written by Mr Pugh and author Lynn Cavendish. The book follows the journey of Mr Pugh and Whizz, including their bond and adventures together.

The Blue Cross medal was awarded to Mr Pugh, who attended with another Newfoundland called Bandit, by Blue Cross chief executive officer Chris Burghes at their headquarters in Burford, Oxfordshire.

Mr Burghes said: “I was delighted to present a special posthumous Blue Cross medal to this legendary dog. His remarkable achievements make him more than worthy of this one-off award, the third he has received form major animal charities.”

Mr Pugh said: “I’m thrilled that such a fantastic dog that was a big part of my life is getting the credit he truly deserves. Whizz had a very difficult time before I rescued him at about 18 months old.

“I took him in with my other Newfoundland dogs and after a few months of love and affection he came out of his shell and flourished into the hero he was.”

Image © Blue Cross

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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.