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Changes to breeding scheme rules
Tibetan terrier
Changes have been introduced after consultations will breed clubs and councils.
Kennel Club announces new breed-specific requirements

After consultations with breed clubs and councils, the Kennel Club is announcing changes to its Assured Breeder Scheme, which aims to promote good breeding practices.

Changes coming into force from January 1, 2015:
  • Miniature wire-haired dachshund - DNA test for Lafora's disease will become a requirement, rather than a recommendation
  • Eurasier - Hip scoring will become a requirement. Elbow grading and patella testing will be recommended
  • Newfoundland - Elbow grading will become a requirement, not a recommendation. New recommendation that bitches over the age of seven should not produce a litter
  • Parson Russell terrier - New requirement for DNA tests for primary lens luxation, late onset ataxia and spinocerebellar ataxia
  • Tibetan terrier - New requirement for DNA tests for rcd4-PRA and PRA3

Assured breeders will have a grace period of six months to implement these changes.

Commenting on the changes, Bill Lambert, KC's health and breeder services manager, said: "The most recent set of changes to the Assured Breeder Scheme will help to maintain maximum progress for dog health and encourage good breeding practices to protect the future of our much-loved pedigree dogs.

"Now that we are heading into 2015 we are pleased to be announcing these changes, all of which have come about as a direct result of input from the breed clubs and councils we work with, to further adapt the scheme to the specific needs of individual breeds with regards to health testing and welfare."

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Prestigious veterinary awards open for nominations

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 Nominations for the prestigious PetPlan Veterinary Awards 2022 are now open, with five accolades up for grabs including: Practice of the Year; Vet of the Year, Vet Nurse of the Year, Practice Manager of the Year and Practice Support Staff.

Anyone can nominate an outstanding veterinary professional or practice for an award, from colleagues to pet owners, friends and family. Nominations remain anonymous, and Petplan will send everyone who receives a nomination a certificate to display in their practice.

Nominations can be made at and remain open until Monday 10 January. 

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New online CPD otitis podcast created

A new 15 minute podcast on treating animals with otitis has been created by Dechra Veterinary Products. Featuring general practice vet Carolyn Kyte and veterinary dermatology specialist Natalie Barnard, the two vets will discuss their experiences treating otitis, and why owners are significant in successful treatment.

Dechra Brand Manager Carol Morgan commented: "What Carolyn and Natalie bring to the table with their new podcast for the Dechra Academy is a light and insightful discussion about communication and education being the keystone for better otitis outcomes and how vets can improve on their consultation skills to handle cases better."`

The podcast, called 'Think Differently about Otitis', is available to access for free on the Dechra Academy on-demand learning platform here.