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Views sought on first-time horse ownership
Redwings are keen to learn more about people's experiences of owning a horse or pony for the first time.
Redwings charity launches survey to learn why, when and how individuals take the plunge.

Horse owners past and present are being urged to take part in a survey gathering experiences of taking on a horse or pony for the first time.

Becoming a first-time horse or pony owner is a landmark occasion, and Redwings Horse Sanctuary are keen to learn why, when and how individuals make the switch from riding lessons or helping out with friends’ horses to shouldering the responsibility of their own.

Launched on World Mental health Day (10 October), the survey also considers the considerable impact horses can have on a person's physical and mental health.

Explaining the project, Andie McPherson, Redwings’ campaigns manager, said: “We have a lot to learn about the thought processes and preparations involved when someone takes on their first horse. 
 
 “We know that horses can have a hugely positive impact in people’s lives, but there’s a concern that not getting the right horse for you, or not having support as a new owner, could increase risks to the wellbeing of both horse and human.
 
 “We’re keen to find out more so we can help support people at this exciting, but sometimes daunting, stage of their equestrian journey.”

The questionnaire, entitled ‘My First Horse’, will remain open until 18 November. Participants who complete the survey can also choose to enter a grand prize draw to win a bundle of equine goodies. 

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RCVS Fellowship applications open

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 Applications have now opened for RCVS Fellowship 2022. The RCVS is encouraging anyone who would like to be considered for Fellowship to apply, and if successful, they will be welcomed into the Fellowship next year.

The process for joining the fellowship has changed slightly for this year, as applicants will now need two signed referee forms instead of three professional references, and five assessors will review each application instead of three.

The deadline for applications is 14 February 2022, and more information on how to apply can be found here. If applicants have any questions, or would like informal advice from previous successful applicants, they are encouraged to contact Ceri Via Email 

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Horiba announces veterinary haematology webinar

Horiba Medical has announced a free webinar providing practical insight on best practice in veterinary haematology. Entitled 'In practice haematology - Beyond the pale!' the webinar will be presented by Ronnie Barron from the University of Glasgow Veterinary School.

Ronnie's presentation, which will conclude with a Q&A session, will look at QC and artefacts of sample quality and review the effects of different pathologies. Using images, photomicrographs and video links, he will also explain the techniques and equipment needed to complement analytical automation to confirm results quality.

The webinar takes place on Thursday, October 28 (7.30-9pm). For more details and to register, click here.