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Police warning after vet practice break-in
"The items that were taken are intended for livestock only and could potentially be fatal if consumed by humans." (Stock photo)

Thieves stole a quantity of medications for livestock

Police have issued a warning after a number of veterinary medicines for livestock were stolen from a veterinary centre in Wales.

Among the items taken were vials of ketamine, diazepam, morphine, Somulose, Atropine and adrenaline. The drugs are intended for livestock and could be potentially fatal if consumed by humans.

The break-in occurred at a practice in Llanymynech at around 5am on Saturday (3 August).

Inspector Nigel Morgan, of West Mercia Police, said: "We are urging members of the public to be vigilant following the burglary this morning. The items that were taken are intended for livestock only and could potentially be fatal if consumed by humans.

"Our local Safer Neighbourhood Team will be patrolling in the area but we would advise anyone who comes across the vials or any boxes of medication to hand them in to their local police station immediately where they can safely be destroyed.”

Anyone with information on the theft should call 101 quoting incident 158S of 3 August.

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Rare chimp birth announced at Edinburgh Zoo

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 The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) welcomed the birth of a critically endangered western chimpanzee on Monday 3 February at Edinburgh Zoo's Budongo Trail.

The baby girl will be named in the coming days through a public vote, and staff will carry out a paternity test during its first health check to determine the father.

Mother Heleen's first infant, Velu, was born in 2014, making this new baby only the second chimpanzee born in Scotland for more than 20 years.

Budongo Trail team leader Donald Gow said: "While we celebrate every birth, this one is particularly special because our new arrival is a critically endangered Western chimpanzee, a rare subspecies of chimpanzee."

Image (c) RZSS/Donald Gow. 

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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.