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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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New series shares recipes for pet-safe festive treats

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 Battersea has launched a new Christmas baking series across all it's social media channels, to teach owners how to make pet-safe treats for dogs and cats.

The two-part series will show dog owners how to make Christmas dog treats using xylitol-free peanut butter and banana. Meanwhile, cat owners will be taught how to use rolled oats and turkey to make a festive snack for their pet.

Battersea also reminds pet owners of the importance of insuring that animals maintain a healthy balanced diet and adds that these food items should only be given as a treat.

To view the series, please visit Battersea's YouTube, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram

Image (c) Battersea. 

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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