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Illegal pet importers must be 'brought to justice'
Wood Green has seen a rise in the number of animals bought over the internet and subsequently rejected by their owners. (stock photo)
Wood Green speaks out about recent case
Those who import pets illegally must be "brought to justice", says animal charity Wood Green as it responds to news of a recent court case.

According to the charity, a Peterborough woman was ordered to pay £1,500 after she pleaded guilty to two counts of landing an animal with intent to evade rabies regulations.

“As a charity, we are committed to educating the public about the safe and sensible rehoming of animals, so we are disappointed when we learn of those who feel they can take shortcuts and make money in the process,” said Wendy Kruger from Wood Green.

The charity, which is based in Cambridgeshire, has seen a rise in the number of animals bought over the internet and subsequently rejected by their owners.

“The long term implications of getting an animal through an inappropriate means can be significant in terms of disease and health as well as the ongoing effects a poor start has on the dogs behaviour," Wendy added.

"In addition, if their new pet is found to have been legally imported, an unsuspecting new owner can find themselves with a bill of thousands of pounds to pay for quarantine. If they are unable to cover this cost they will be forced to part with the puppy."

The charity is urging would-be pet owners to acquire their new pet from a registered animal rehoming charity or a registered breeder.

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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.