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Puppies sought for University of Lincoln pheromone study
Puppies will be required to wear a collar until they are six months old, with a new collar sent monthly to the owner's home.

Trial to examine effect of pheromone collars on behaviour

The University of Lincoln and Ceva Animal Health are searching for puppy owners to take part in a study into puppy behaviour and the effect of a pheromone collar on puppy development.

The double-blind, placebo-controlled study aims to examine whether the pheromone collar can help to curb the development of certain behaviours in puppies which could be problematic.

The study is open to puppies less than 12 weeks of age. Puppies will be required to wear a collar until they are six months old, with a new collar sent monthly to the owner’s home. Owners will be asked to fill in a simple check sheet on their puppy’s behaviour every month.

Participants who complete all of their questionnaires will receive a canine health and welfare goodies pack from Ceva Animal Health and will be entered into a draw to win an iPad.

A marketing pack is available to raise awareness of the study, including a waiting room poster, owner leaflets and a social media post. The University of Lincoln is providing veterinary professionals with a £10 voucher for every successful sign up to the trial.

For more information on the study, please email the University of Lincoln at puppydevelopment@lincoln.ac.uk.

Image (c) Ceva Animal Health.

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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.