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Hedgehogs to benefit from new BSAVA collection
"This collection provides those in practice with an excellent 'hedgehog resource" - Liz Mullineaux.
The collection contains materials from Companion, BSAVA Congress and the BSAVA Manual of Wildlife Casualties.

The BSAVA has announced a new collection of resources to help veterinary professionals treat hedgehogs in practice.

Published to coincide with Hedgehog Awareness Week (1-7 May), the collection includes various materials from Companion, BSAVA Congress and the BSAVA Manual of Wildlife Casualties. Topics range from hand-rearing to anaesthesia to relevant legal questions, covering hedgehogs and wildlife casualties in general.

Liz Mullineaux, senior vice president of the British Veterinary Zoological Society, and editor of the BSAVA Manual of Wildlife Casualties commented: “Hedgehogs are the most common mammalian wildlife casualty seen by veterinary surgeons. Those caring for these animals have very variable knowledge and look to vets for appropriate help, advice, and clinical care. 

“It’s therefore really important that vets and vet nurses in practice have some good information about hedgehogs to hand. As well as knowing about clinical conditions, a broader understanding of wildlife rehabilitation is essential. This collection provides those in practice with an excellent 'hedgehog resource'.

Organised by the British Hedgehog Preservation Society, Hedgehog Awareness Week is an annual event that aims to highlight the plight of hedgehogs and how people can help them.

The collection can be accessed via the BSAVA Library at £20.00 for BSAVA members or £45.00 for non-members.

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World Bee Day celebrations begin

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 Today (20 May) marks the fifth annual World Bee Day, which raises awareness of the importance of bees and pollinators to people and the planet. Observed on the anniversary of pioneering Slovenian beekeeper Anton Jana's birthday, this year's celebration is themed: 'Bee Engaged: Celebrating the diversity of bees and beekeeping systems'.

Organisations and people celebrating the day will raise awareness of the accelerated decline in pollinator diversity, and highlight the importance of sustainable beekeeping systems and a wide variety of bees. Slovenia, the initiator of World Bee Day, will be focusing on teaching young people about the significance of pollinators. 

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Further avian flu cases confirmed

Three cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1 have been confirmed in recent days, bringing the total number of cases in England to 98.

On Thursday, the APHA confirmed two cases of HPAI H5N1 near Redgrave, Mid Suffolk and Market Weston, West Suffolk. A case H5N1 was also confirmed in poultry at a premises near Southwell, Newark and Sherwood, Nottinghamshire.

Protection and surveillance zones are in place around the affected premises. Further details are available at gov.uk