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Government urged to prioritise veterinary drug supply
"Brexit is likely to have far-reaching implications for all aspects of animal welfare" - David Bowels, RSPCA.
RSPCA highlights potential impact of no-deal Brexit 

The RSPCA has issued a stark warning to the Government to make veterinary medicines a priority ahead of Brexit.

In a press release, the charity’s chief veterinary officer said she was concerned about the impact a no-deal Brexit could have on the supply chain of veterinary drug supplies.

She added that the lack of Isoflurane in December highlighted the sudden impact a supply interruption can have on vet’s ability to carry out treatments and the potential impact on animal health and welfare.

“Veterinary drug supply, unlike human medicine, is not being prioritised by the Government which means supplies could be stuck at ports,” she said. “Currently veterinary medicine supply in the UK is heavily reliant on imports, although exact figures are hard to come by, but ordering tends to rely on the ‘just in time’ principle.”

“Drugs require appropriate storage and temperature monitoring, so stockpiling is not necessarily straightforward. The RSPCA has contingency plans in place for a no deal Brexit to ensure animals in our care are fed and treated but disruption is possible the longer this continues.”

Assistant director of public affairs, David Bowles added: “With just weeks to go until Britain is due to leave the European Union the RSPCA is concerned we have not yet had the reassurance we need to allay our fears over animal welfare in this country.

“Brexit is likely to have far-reaching implications for all aspects of animal welfare as we have seen through the Sentience Bill and changes to the Common Agricultural Policy.

“We would now implore the government to prioritise the welfare and health of those animals most in need.”  

 

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Celebrity chefs urge public to get baking to support Cats Protection fundraiser

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 In support of Cats Protection's Pawsome Afternoon Tea fundraiser, Masterchef winner Tim Anderson and Great British Bake Off star Kim-Joy have shared biscuit recipes to help keen bakers raise money for needy cats across April.

The celebrity chefs are both cat owners and have said that they hope this fundraiser will help to raise awareness of cats in need and the importance of adopting a cat, rather than buying one.

This is the fourth year Cats Protection has run its Pawsome Afternoon Tea campaign, which encourages people to hold tea parties, bake sales and fundraising events to help raise money for the charity.

To view the recipes and other fundraising resources please visit the Cats Protection website. 

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BEVA offering free membership to vet students

The British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) is offering free membership to veterinary students. As part of a new initiative with the aim of encouraging more veterinary professionals into equine practice.

According to BEVA, less than one in ten veterinary students choose to work in equine practice. The association hopes that this initiative will provide insight into the field and the benefits of a career in equine medicine.

Benefits of membership include:
▪ access to a network of nearly 3,000 members
▪ special student rates to attend BEVA Congress
▪ online access to BEVA's Equine Veterinary Education (EVE) journal
▪ free access to the association's online learning platform
▪ free access to BEVA's practical veterinary apps
▪ exclusive discounts on a range of things from cinema tickets to grocery shopping.

BEVA will be releasing a series of short videos over the next few months from BEVA Council members, explaining what inspired them to work in equine practice.

Image (c) BEVA.