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Registrations open for second RCVS Mind Matters Symposium
The Symposium will bring together researchers interested in all aspects of veterinary mental health and wellbeing.

Registrations are now open for the second RCVS Mind Matters Research Symposium, ‘Understanding and supporting veterinary mental health’.

The symposium will be held at Church House, London on Tuesday 24, September and will bring together researchers interested in all aspects of veterinary mental health and wellbeing.

RCVS CEO, Lizzie Lockett, said: “It’s really important that any mental health and wellbeing interventions are evidence based, so bringing together researchers in this area is vital to underpin the work that we and others carry out to better support veterinary professionals.”

Tickets for the symposium can be purchased from Eventbrite and cost £45.

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Wales to ban third party puppy and kitten sales

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 The Welsh Government has said it will ban third party sales of puppies and kittens, after a consultation showed overwhelming public support.

A consultation in February received nearly 500 responses, most of whom called for greater action to improve the welfare of cats and dogs at all breeding premises.

Concerns were also raised about online sales, impulse buying, breeder accountability and illegal puppy imports.

A consultation will now be held on plans to implement a ban. Environment minister Lesley Griffiths said she will also revisit the current breeding regulations to improve welfare conditions.  

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WHO declares Congo Ebola outbreak an international health emergency

The World Health Organisation has declared the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.

The move comes after a meeting of the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee for Ebola in the DRC. The committee cited recent developments in the outbreak in making its recommendation, including the first confirmed case in Goma - a city of almost two million people on the border with Rwanda, and the gateway to the rest of DRC and the world.

The committee also reinforced the need to protect the livelihoods of the people most affected by the outbreak by keeping transport routes and borders open.