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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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Zoo calls for volunteers in its hour of need

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 As ZSL London Zoo begins to get back on its feet, the organisation is putting out a call for volunteers who have time to help out. It comes after three months of unprecedented closure, which has seen zoos across the UK come under enormous financial pressure.

Volunteers will be required to commit to a minimum of half a day each fortnight, helping to assist zoo visitors as they make their way around. Volunteer manager Rhiannon Green said: "We need cheery, flexible people who can help visitors enjoy their day while respecting the measures that keep everyone safe.

For more information, visit zsl.org. Posts are available at both London and Whipsnade Zoos. 

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BSAVA webinars to shine the spotlight on selected journal papers

A free series of webinars that take a closer look at selected papers published in the Journal of Small Animal Practice has been produced by the BSAVA.

In the new BSAVA Science webinar series, authors of the featured papers discuss their results with a panel and how they may impact clinical practice. The authors then answer questions submitted by audience members.

The webinars are available via the BSAVA Webinar Library, covering four different papers. JSAP editor Nicola Di Girolamo, said: "Discussing the research with the authors - experts in their field - really helps to bring the papers to life."