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Funding to support research into human-animal bond
"Human-animal bonds are dynamic relationships between people and animals" - Dr Elizabeth Ormerod.

Projects exploring companion animal loss will be considered

A three-year funding programme to enable research into the human-animal bond has been announced by the Society for Companion Animal Studies (SCAS).

The programme will prioritise animal-assisted interventions (particularly with children), the human-companion animal relationship and cross-disciplinary working. Projects exploring companion animal loss and the bond-centred veterinary practice will also be taken into consideration, as will those that consider older people, children or people with diverse needs.

Dr Elizabeth Ormerod, SCAS chairman, explains: “Human-animal bonds are dynamic relationships between people and animals. They are usually symbiotic, providing psychological and physical benefits to both parties. Research projects, such as those we will be funding, are essential to add to the growing evidence base which can be key to encouraging such relationships, and also to supporting these if under challenge.”

The funding will consist of five x £10k maximum pump priming research awards, 2 x £1.5k undergraduate student project awards and a £1.5k maximum award to support open access publication.

Applications are now open and close on 31 March 2020. Visit for further details and information on how to apply.

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BEVA gives vets access to free membership for three months

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 BEVA has announced that it is cutting membership renewal charges for the next three months in order to support all veterinary professionals during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Memberships for all existing BEVA members will be extended until 30 June 2020. Veterinary professionals who are not members of BEVA will also be able to sign up for a free membership until 30 June 2020.

BEVA president Tim Mair said: "In this extraordinary time of global crisis our profession, as with many industries, is under immense pressure. By offering free membership we are giving equine vets easy access to a wealth of supportive resources and online CPD."

To sign up please visit the BEVA website.

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LOVE Gorgie Farm seeking veterinary volunteers

LOVE Gorgie Farm in Edinburgh is looking for people with veterinary and animal care experience, who would be interested in volunteering to help care for its animals during these difficult times.

The community-owned charity farm opened to the public only last month, but decided to close temporarily amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Its three-person team is working to care for the animals behind the scenes and the farm is now operating as a food bank for the public, delivering free breakfasts to local school children.

In an effort to build a contingency plan to secure the welfare of its animals, LOVE Gorgie Farm is looking for volunteers who would be able to step in if any team members fell sick or needed to self-isolate.

Those interested in volunteering are asked to contact