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Russian cows given virtual reality headsets to improve mood
Early tests are reported to have improved "the overall emotional mood of the herd”.
Experiment taking place on a farm in the Ramensky District

A farm in Russia is using virtual reality headsets to help reduce anxiety in its dairy cows.

According to BBC News, the VR headsets have been adapted for the "structural features of cow heads" and feature a "unique summer field simulation program".

It follows research by the Russian Ministry of Agriculture and Food (MAF), which found a strong link between a cow’s emotions and how much milk it produces.

Early tests are reported to have improved "the overall emotional mood of the herd”.

A statement from the MAF reads: "Examples of dairy farms from different countries show that in a calm atmosphere, the quantity, and sometimes the quality, of milk increases markedly.”

The experiment is reported to be taking place at RusMoloko farm in the Ramensky District of Moscow.

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Born Free video highlights how humans are to blame for COVID-19

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 Wildlife charity Born Free has released a video emphasising the importance of changing the ways in which humans treat wildlife in order to prevent pandemics from occurring in the future.

The video, narrated by founder patron Joanna Lumley OBE, says: "To deal with the very immediate threat of another global catastrophe, we have to focus on ending the destruction and conversion of natural habitats and the devastating impact of the wildlife trade.

"The vast majority of these viruses originated in wild animals before infecting us. Destroying and exploiting nature puts us in closer contact with wildlife than ever before."

Born Free has compiled an online resource with information on how to take action and improve protections for wildlife here.

To view the video, please click here.

Images (c) Jan Schmidt-Burbach. 

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RVC opens 2021 Summer Schools applications

The Royal Veterinary College (RVC) has opened applications for its 2021 Summer Schools, with students in Years 10, 11 and 12 invited to apply.

Taking place between July and August 2021, the event gives budding vets from all backgrounds first-hand insight into what it's like to study at the Campus.

Much of this year's content is likely to be delivered virtually, including online lectures and practical demonstrations, but the RVC hopes to welcome each of the participants to campus for at least one day to gain some hands-on experience.

For more information about the Schools and to apply, visit: rvc.uk.com/SummerSchools Applications close on the 2 March 2021.