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WSAVA launches pain management scholarships
Dr Duncan Lascelles, chair of the GPC
Council aims to ‘Teach the Teachers’

As the first step in its programme, the Global Pain Council (GPC) has launched a scholarship competition to identify one veterinary surgeon and one veterinary nurse with a demonstrated interest in pain management and the potential to become its first global key opinion leaders.

The GPC is working to enhance companion animal health care and welfare globally through increasing the confidence and competence of vets and vet nurses around the world in managing the pain suffered by their patients. Its guidelines are the WSAVA’s most frequently accessed free resources for veterinary professionals.

In Phase One of the GPC Scholarship, the selected candidates will travel to a host location to receive eight to 12 weeks of training in small animal pain management from members of the GPC, focused on:
pathophysiology of pain
assessment of acute and chronic pain in dogs and cats
treatment of acute and chronic pain in dogs and cats
understanding how to approach clinical pain research.

In Phase Two, the candidates will return to their country and run courses on pain management for local vets snd nurses and their WSAVA member association’s members. Their certificate of completion will be awarded on the successful completion of both phases of the Scholarship.

Commenting on the launch of the GPC’s Teach the Teachers program, Dr Duncan Lascelles, chair of the GPC, said: “All companion animals are sentient so feel pain and this is what makes pain management such an important issue for veterinary professionals. We are working to reduce the variation in the assessment and management of pain around the world through the creation of regionally specific resources and targeted education.
 
“Our ‘Teach the Teachers’ programme is an exciting initiative that we hope will lay the foundations of a global network of veterinarians and veterinary technicians/nurses with specific expertise in pain management and the passion and knowledge to educate their colleagues.”
 
Full details of the application and selection process for the GPC Scholarship are available on the WSAVA website. The deadline for applications from vets is 31 December 2019; and 30 June 2020 for applications from veterinary nurses. Priority will be given to candidates from WSAVA Tier 1 and Tier 2 countries and to members of WSAVA member associations.

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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.