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Pet bereavement leave petition gains more than 9,000 signatures
Emma told her manager that she could not go into work because she was “physically sick” with grief.

Worker dismissed after the sudden death of her dog 

A petition to allow workers to take bereavement leave from work after the death of a family pet has received more than 9,000 signatures. 


The petition was started by Emma McNulty from Glasgow, who said she was “too devastated” to work after the sudden death of her dog, Millie.  


Emma told her manager that she could not go into work because she was “physically sick” with grief. But she was subsequently sent messages informing her that she must find cover or risk losing her job altogether.

Emma said that she did not go into work that day and was later dismissed. Writing on the Change.org petition, Emma said:


“I think it’s disgusting how some company’s think it’s acceptable to treat someone in this way with no remorse, a family pet (in my case my dog) has just as much importance as a human family member.

“It’s time company’s [sic] acknowledged this and give people the time they need to grieve with no worry of loosing [sic] their job.”

At the time of writing, Emma’s petition had gained 9,663 signatures of its 10,000 target. 

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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.