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Born Free launches portal for wildlife care resources
The portal features videos on topics such as legal and ecological considerations, examination of casualties, euthanasia, and diagnosis and treatment.
The charity has created the information portal to address the problems in wildlife care knowledge. 

The animal welfare charity Born Free has recently launched a resource portal for veterinary professionals on its website, which provides information on how to provide veterinary care to British wildlife.

Prior to this resource becoming available, in July 2020 Born Free created a working group to consider the issue of wildlife casualties, and how it relates to veterinary care.

Ultimately, the overarching opinion held by the group was that the lack of knowledge held by veterinary professionals on wildlife healthcare was a limiting factor to the amount the veterinary surgeons and nurses could do to diagnose and treat an animal, owing to a lack of education and therefore confidence in the subject.

As a result of the discussions held by this group, Born Free has created an online resource hub for veterinary professionals and students, in order to boost knowledge of wildlife casualty treatment. 

The hub currently consists of nine short video recordings produced by wildlife rehabilitators and veterinary professionals, alongside an information hub of links to relevant information and resources surrounding British wildlife. Aimed primarily at student veterinary surgeons and student veterinary nurses, the information hub intends to help provide a more concrete education in wildlife care. 

The resource hub can be accessed at bornfree.org.uk/resources-for-vets 

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Vets asked to opt-in to Scottish SPCA fostering programme

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 The Scottish SPCA is encouraging veterinary practices to opt into its new fostering programme, by agreeing to register foster animals when approached by one of the foster carers.

The programme goes live in August 2021, and will help to rehabilitate animals under the Scottish SPCA's care until they are able to be properly re-homed. The programme will help the animals to receive care and attention in a stable and happy home environment, as some animals do not cope with a rescue and re-homing centre environment as well as others.

Specific information for veterinary practices on the new programme can be found at www.scottishspca.org/veterinarysurgeons 

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Webinar provides insight into old age pets

A new webinar providing insights into the BSAVA PetSavers Old Age Pets citizen science project is now available free of charge to its members via the BSAVA Library

The webinar presents an exclusive insight into the research process and progression of the study, which aims to help veterinary professionals and owners provide the best care for their senior dogs.

It also discusses the study's research methods, the researchers' personal interests in this area of study, and how they envisage the findings being used to create a guidance tool to improve discussions between vets and owners about their ageing dogs.