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Tributes paid to Professor Michael Day
'The veterinary community lost a powerful voice and we lost a close friend' - FECAVA.
Professor Day was recently awarded the WSAVA Award for Global Meritorious Service.

Tributes have been paid to Emeritus Professor Michael Day who has sadly passed away.

A statement released by the Federation of European Companion Animal Veterinary Associations (FECAVA) reads: 'The veterinary community lost a powerful voice and we lost a close friend. Dear Michael J. Day, your work will resonate and you will stay in our hearts forever. Thank you for being part of our lives.'

Professor Day was recently awarded the WSAVA Award for Global Meritorious Service in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the understanding of immunology and vaccination.

'RIP Professor Michael Day. Michael made such a big contribution to veterinary science on a global level and he was always a pleasure to work or talk with. He was taken far too soon. Our thoughts are with his family,' wrote Professor John Innes on Twitter.

'We’re really sorry to hear of the loss of such a respected and popular member of the global veterinary community,' added the BVA. 'Our thoughts are with his family and friends.'

RCVS President Niall Connell wrote: 'Very sad news indeed. I met Michael once briefly in 2013 at BSAVA Scottish Congress when he was @thebsava President. A very nice man. My sincere condolences to his family and friends for their sad loss.'

Professor Day began working with the WSAVA in 2003, holding a range of roles including membership of the Gastrointestinal Standardization Group and Chair of the Scientific Advisory Committee. He was chair of the WSAVA's Vaccination Guidelines Group from 2009 until March 2020, when ill-health necessitated his stepping down.

The inaugural vice-president of the WSAVA Foundation, Professor Day helped to develop and lead its Pioneering African Small Companion Animal Network (AFSCAN) project. He also chaired the BSAVA Scientific and Education Committees and served as BSAVA President in 2013-2014.

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Defra extends applications to Zoo Animals Fund

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 Defra has extended the deadline for applications for the 100 Million Zoo Animals Fund until 26 February 2021.

Launched in June 2020, the fund provides financial support for zoos and aquariums that have experienced a drop in income caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Grants of up to 730,000 are available, which can be used to pay for essential costs and maintenance, including veterinary care, medicines, animal feed and staffing.

More information about the fund and details of how to apply can be found here

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APHA confirms eighth case of highly pathogenic avian influenza in England

The Animal & Plant Health Agency (APHA) has identified an eighth case of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N8 in poultry in England.

Confirmed on Tuesday (15 December), the outbreak was found in captive birds and poultry at a premises near Willington, South Derbyshire. A 3km Protection Zone and a 10km Surveillance Zone have been placed around the infected premises to limit the risk of the disease spreading.

Further information about the outbreaks and the latest government advice can be found at gov.uk