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MPs launch animal welfare inquiry
The inquiry will look into whether current legislation is fit for purpose in a time when the sale of domestic pets is increasingly being conducted over the internet.
Views sought on the Animal Welfare Act

The government has launched an inquiry into animal welfare to assess the effectiveness of the Animal Welfare Act, as well as the legislation surrounding pet sales.

Initially the inquiry will focus on domestic pets, including dogs, cats and horses. MPs will consider exotic pets at a later date.

Around one in two UK households own a pet, which equates to 21 million pets owned in total (not including fish). There are estimated to be around nine million pet dogs and eight million pet cats in the country.

The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs sub-committee is running the inquiry to determine the impact of the Animal Welfare Act, which places a legal responsibility on pet owners to provide proper care for their animals.

The inquiry will also look into whether the act and other relevant laws are fit for purpose in a time when the sale of domestic pets is increasingly being conducted over the internet.

Views are being sought on the following issues:
  • The effectiveness of the Animal Welfare Act 2006 with regard to domestic pets
  • Regulation surrounding the sale of domestic pets, including online sales and advertising
  • Enforcement of current animal welfare legislation, including prosecution of offences by the police, local authorities, the RSPCA and others
  • Comparative approaches to enforcement in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales

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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.