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Ruminant wellbeing awards open for applications
Applications are now open for the biennial Ruminent Well-Being Awards.

Event will be held at the annual World Buiatrics Congress

Applications are now open for the biennial Ruminant Well-Being Awards, held by Boehringer Ingelheim in partnership with the World Association for Buiatrics.

The event will be held at the annual World Buiatrics Congress, which highlights the importance of vets in the continuous improvement of animal welfare for food-producing ruminants.

The next congress is due to take place in Madrid, Spain (September 27 to October 1, 2020). Applications will be accepted to two different awards: the Ruminant Well-Being Research Award and the Ruminant Well-Being Achievement Award. 


The Ruminant Well-Being Research Award will be granted to a recent PhD graduate in veterinary science, animal science or related disciplines that made an exceptional contribution to the scientific knowledge on ruminant wellbeing.

The recipient will have achieved either some or the following: 


  • improving the understanding of pain expression as well as the recognition of pain and other forms of suffering
  • developing scientific methods of measuring animal wellbeing, with potential practical applications
  • developing scientific-based strategies that improve animal wellbeing
  • identifying issues of concern and seeking solutions to challenges
  • developing methods to change human attitudes and behaviour to ensure proper stewardship.

The Ruminant Well-Being Achievement Award will be granted to a practising veterinary surgeon or a researcher in veterinary science, animal science or related disciplines to recognise his/her achievements in advancing the wellbeing of ruminants.

It rewards an individual that has contributed to the wellbeing of food-producing ruminants by achieving some of the following:


  • improving the understanding of pain expression as well as the recognition of pain and other forms of suffering
  • developing scientific methods of measuring animal wellbeing
  • developing practical wellbeing assessment methods
  • developing practical strategies to improve animal wellbeing
  • raising awareness of issues of concern; engaging different stakeholders in seeking solutions to challenges
  • changing human attitudes and behaviour to ensure proper stewardship
  • communicating information about, and proposing solutions to, animal well-being challenges with courage and integrity.


An independent panel of experts will select the winner under the supervision of Xavier Manteca, a professor in applied ethology at the University of Barcelona and founder of the Farm Animal Welfare Education Centre.

Applications will be accepted until April 30, 2020. For the criteria and application forms, please visit farmanimalwellbeing.com

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Government to run free webinars on exporting horses

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 The UK government has announced that it will be running two free webinars for horse owners and exporters, explaining what steps to take to export horses from 1 January 2021.

The first webinar will take place on Tuesday 20 October 2020, from 9.30am to 11am. It will cover Export Health Certificate (EHC) requirements from 1 January 2021. Click here to register.

The second webinar will take place on Wednesday 4 November 2020, from 10.30am to 12pm. This session will focus on the steps that businesses need to take to export equines from the UK to the EU. Click here to register.

For more information on exporting horses and ponies after 1 January 2021, please visit the gov.uk website. 

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The finding represents a further seven cases confirmed by Germany's Friedrich-Loeffler Institute. A Central Crisis Team has been established to coordinate the response to the outbreak.