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Border collie receives national devotion award
Val and Bonnie with PDSA senior vet Robert Newcombe.

Eight-year-old Bonnie saved her stranded owner from undergrowth 

A border collie that saved her stranded owner from being trapped in thick undergrowth has been awarded for her actions.

Val Smith was walking her dog, Bonnie, when she took a few wrong turns and found herself overwhelmed by brambles and weeds. Realising that Val couldn’t move, eight-year-old Bonnie fled to a nearby school to fetch help.

“I couldn’t move at all and planned to shout for help when the school nearby finished and the parents began gathering near the gates,” explained Val. “While I sat there, I worried that I would never see Bonnie again.”

Teaching assistants Veronica Ffoulkes and Becky Zessimides from Widey Court Primary School were out on their lunch break when they encountered Bonnie.

“Bonnie was distressed and trying to get our attention. She circled us, barking and looking very fractious,” said Veronica. “Becky has a dog and could tell that something was wrong so she bent down, fussed Bonnie and said ‘show me’.

“Bonnie darted off and we chased after her into the woods. We followed Bonnie for some time until we saw Snoopy at the bottom of a bank. We climbed up into the thick woodland, where we found Val.”

Val said: “The two ladies helped me up and gave me a big hug, as they could see how frightened I was. If it weren’t for Bonnie, goodness knows how long I’d have been stuck there.”

Bonnie has now been given a prestigious PDSA Commendation award for her actions and loyalty to her owner. The award recognises the outstanding devotion that animals display and celebrate the incredible way they enrich our lives.

Bonnie received her award at a special ceremony at the charity’s Pet Hospital, The Gwen Rees Centre, which Val regularly attends.

PDSA senior vet Robert Newcombe, who made the presentation to Bonnie, said: “At PDSA, we know only too well the amazing impact that pets have on our lives.

“Bonnie was a true hero that day, coming to Val’s aid when she had nobody else to turn to. Her actions deserve special recognition and I am thrilled to present Bonnie with PDSA’s prestigious Commendation award.”

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Webinar to share tips on impactful consultations

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 A webinar to help veterinary professionals communicate more effectively with their clients is set to be hosted by the World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA).

Taking place on Thursday 30 September, 'Top Tips for Impactful Consultations' will be led by Suzanne Rogers, co-director of Human Behaviour Change for Animals and Dr Natasha Lee, chair of the WSAVA's Animal Wellness and Welfare Committee.

For more information about the webinar, click here

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New online CPD otitis podcast created

A new 15 minute podcast on treating animals with otitis has been created by Dechra Veterinary Products. Featuring general practice vet Carolyn Kyte and veterinary dermatology specialist Natalie Barnard, the two vets will discuss their experiences treating otitis, and why owners are significant in successful treatment.

Dechra Brand Manager Carol Morgan commented: "What Carolyn and Natalie bring to the table with their new podcast for the Dechra Academy is a light and insightful discussion about communication and education being the keystone for better otitis outcomes and how vets can improve on their consultation skills to handle cases better."`

The podcast, called 'Think Differently about Otitis', is available to access for free on the Dechra Academy on-demand learning platform here.