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Distance challenge to raise funds for Vetlife
Vetlife provides support to members of the UK veterinary community and their families who have emotional, health or financial concerns.
Staff and volunteers to walk, cycle and run more than 1,200 km.

Staff and volunteers from Vetlife and BVA are taking on a gruelling long-distance challenge in a bid to raise vital funds for the charity.

The event forms part of the Vet Month of Movement, an initiative established to encourage the veterinary community to stay active and raise vital funds for Vetlife's services. Throughout October, a team of 12 will be walking, running, swimming and horse-riding their way more than 1,200 km and hope to raise £700 with their efforts.

Vetlife is a charity which provides support to members of the UK veterinary community and their families who have emotional, health or financial concerns. Since the pandemic, however, the charity has seen a rise in demand for its services - which inevitably carries with it an increase in costs.

Vetlife operations manager Joanne Driver said: “We are extremely grateful for donations as we rely heavily on fundraising which has been impacted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This, coupled with an increase in demand for our services, has been challenging but we remain committed to continuing to provide support for all in the veterinary community.”

Vetlife is now more reliant from donations than ever to continue to provide support to members of the veterinary profession. To get involved and help raise money to support the community, download the digital fundraising pack, which is full of helpful hints for setting up your own fundraising event.

At the time of writing, donations to the Vet Month of Movement fundraiser had reached £643. To make a donation and to lend your support, visit the Vetlife JustGiving page.

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RCVS launches photo contest for Mental Health Awareness Week

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 The RCVS Mind Matters Initiative (MMI) is holding a photo competition for Mental Health Awareness Week to highlight the link between the natural world and wellbeing.

Mental Health Awareness Week (10-16 May) aims to encourage people to talk about their mental health and reduce the stigma that can prevent people from seeking help. This year's theme is nature - notably the connection between the natural world and better mental health.

The RCVS is calling on aspiring photographers to submit a photo on this theme to Lisa Quigley, Mind Matters manager, at l.quigley@rcvs.org.uk with a short explanation about their submission and why nature improves their mental health and wellbeing.  

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WSAVA to host free webinar on illegal online puppy trade

The World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) has announced a free webinar to update veterinary professionals across Europe about the illegal online puppy trade. Taking place on Tuesday, 25 May, the webinar will also discuss the importance of the new EU Animal Health Law to help prevent illegal pet sales and make sellers accountable for their actions.

WSAVA chair Dr Natasha Lee said: "Veterinary professionals regularly have to deal with the repercussions of illicit breeding and trading when presented with clinically ill and sometimes dying puppies and distraught owners. Our webinar will equip veterinarians in Europe with the knowledge to play their part in upholding the new legislation and to contribute to new solutions for regulating the online puppy trade."

For more details visit wsava.org