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Children facing emotional difficulties turn to pets
beagle and child
"These children not only turn to their pets for support when faced with adversity, they do so even more than they turn to their siblings."
Study suggests children are more likely to confide in pets than siblings

Research suggests children coping with emotional difficulties are more likely to confide in their pets than their siblings, the BBC reports.

Matt Cassels, a postgraduate psychiatry researcher, based his work on a 10-year study of 100 UK families, carried out by Cambridge University's Centre for Family Research.

He found that children dealing with issues such as bereavement, illness, parental divorce and instability placed particular importance on their pets.

Speaking to BBC News, Mr Cassels explained: "The data on pet relationships stood out, as it had never occurred to me to consider looking at pet relationships, although I had studied children's other relationships…

"These children not only turn to their pets for support when faced with adversity, they do so even more than they turn to their siblings.

"This is even though they know their pets don't actually understand what they are saying."

Mr Cassels believes the importance of child-pet relationships is currently underestimated and further evaluation is needed to determine how important pets are to us.

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Webinar to explore the meaning of veterinary leadership

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 The WSAVA has announced a free webinar exploring the meaning of veterinary leadership in the 21st century.

Taking place at noon on Tuesday, October 19, the webinar will explore the role of veterinary professionals in leading on animal welfare, the leadership competencies required of all veterinary professionals, and the effects of leadership style on teams.

The webinar, which ends with a Q&A session, will be moderated be WSAVA President Dr Siraya Chunekamrai and led by Veterinary Management Group President Richard Casey. For more information and to access the event, click here

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Horiba announces veterinary haematology webinar

Horiba Medical has announced a free webinar providing practical insight on best practice in veterinary haematology. Entitled 'In practice haematology - Beyond the pale!' the webinar will be presented by Ronnie Barron from the University of Glasgow Veterinary School.

Ronnie's presentation, which will conclude with a Q&A session, will look at QC and artefacts of sample quality and review the effects of different pathologies. Using images, photomicrographs and video links, he will also explain the techniques and equipment needed to complement analytical automation to confirm results quality.

The webinar takes place on Thursday, October 28 (7.30-9pm). For more details and to register, click here.