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Milestone reached for Scottish microchipping law
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Compulsory dog microchipping is expected to come into force in England, Wales and Scotland in April 2016.
New rules to be introduced in April 2016
Scotland is set to introduce compulsory dog microchipping by April 2016, at the same time as England and Wales.

The legislation was laid before Scottish Parliament yesterday (3 Dec), marking a major step forward.

Under the new law, all dogs in Scotland will need a microchip and their owners' details must be registered and kept up to date on a database that complies with certain rules.

Rural affairs secretary Richard Lochhead said: "Today marks an important milestone towards compulsory microchipping, which will help reduce the number of lost and abandoned dogs in Scotland - safeguarding animal welfare and promoting responsible ownership.

"As well as reuniting pets with their owners, it will allow authorities to directly identify dog owners and hold them accountable for their dogs' behaviour and welfare."

A Scottish consultation on responsible dog ownership in 2013-14 found 83 per cent of respondents supported compulsory microchipping.

Owners with unchipped dogs are now being urged to get their pets microchipped in time for the new legislation. The Dogs Trust has revealed it will be offering free microchipping in Scotland at mobile drop-in events and at its two rehoming centres.

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VET Festival returns for 2022

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 VET Festival, the unique CPD opportunity, is returning for 2022, running from 20 to 21 May.

The outdoor event, held at Loseley Park in Guildford, will feature 17 education streams, with a dedicated stream covering veterinary wellness, leadership and management topics. The festival will feature veterinary speakers from around the world, with the opportunity to collect 14 hours of CPD across the two-day event.

Alongside veterinary education, VET Festival will also offer wellbeing activities such as yoga and mindfulness activities, with the popular VETFest Live Party Night making a return for 2022.

Tickets available here.  

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Free webinar on rearing better heifers

A free webinar is being held by Volac to help dairy farmers rear better heifers. Marking the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board's (AHDB) 'Great British Calf Week', the webinar is scheduled to take place at 12.15pm - 1.45pm on Thursday 3 February 2022.

Focusing on the management input needed to produce better heifers, the webinar will explore practical tips for better calf rearing, sustainable growth through effective calf nutrition, and the importance of sustainable ingredients in calf milk formulas.

Anyone interested in attending can register here.