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Canine study offers insights into treatment of human OCD
CCD compulsions may include repetitive tail chasing, excessively grooming, and flank and blanket sucking.

Scientists identify genetic pathways that exacerbate the condition

Researchers have uncovered genetic pathways in Doberman pinschers that increase the severity of canine compulsive disorder.

Published in the International Journal of Applied Research, scientists hope the discovery will lead to better therapies for the treatment of obsessive compulsive disorder in humans.

Lead author Nicholas Dodman from Tufts University’s School of Veterinary Medicine, said: “Dogs naturally suffer complex diseases, including mental disorders that are similar to those in humans. Among those is canine compulsive disorder (CCD), the counterpart to human obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD).”

OCD is listed by the World Health Organisation as among the 20 most disabling diseases. Estimated to affect around one to three per cent of people, the condition is often characterised by time-consuming repetitive behaviours and distressing thoughts.

CCD compulsions may include repetitive tail chasing, excessively grooming, and flank and blanket sucking. However, therapies for compulsion disorder in dogs are not as effective as they could be.

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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.