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Cats Protection announces 2022 behaviour conference
The conference will consider topics such as house soiling and overgrooming.
The annual conference will count as seven hours of CPD.

Cats Protection has announced its third annual online behavioural conference, taking place on Friday 2 September 2022.

Featuring seven hours of feline behavioural CPD for veterinary professionals, the theme for the conference is 'Happy cat, happy owner – purrfect problem solving'. 

Live sessions throughout the day will focus on key topics in feline behaviour, these will be; supporting owners with problem cats, overgrooming, meeting cat welfare across varied environments and teams, management of feline osteoarthritis, house soiling and confrontational behaviour. 

Each live presentation will have a question and answer session afterwards, and the event will also have a panel discussion on the latest research in feline behaviour. 

Speakers include Dr Anne McBride, Dr Sue Paterson, Dr Anna Ewers Clark, Dr Nathalie Dowgray, Anneleen Bru MSc CABC and Dr Sarah Heath. 

The conference is suitable for veterinary professionals and all those who work closely with cats, including rehoming centre teams, cat fosterers, behaviourists, groomers, cattery employees and students studying animal-based courses. 

Post-event, the online content will be available to access for six months. Interested parties can visit the Cats Protection website to find out more, and to register a place. 

Early bird ticket price is £40, and ticket price will go up to £60 after 30 June. 

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Avian flu outbreak at RSPB Minsmere

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 RSPB Minsmere nature reserve in Suffolk has confirmed an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza on its site. The coastal nature reserve has seen an increase in dead birds recently, and has said that it is 'extremely concerned' about the potential impacts on bird populations, with 2021 and 2022 seeing the largest ever outbreak in the UK.

In a statement, RSPB said: "We appreciate that it is distressing, for both visitors and staff, to see dead or dying birds at our site but we ask that if visitors see any dead or unwell birds, they do not touch or go near them and that they report it to us at our Visitor Centre during its opening hours, or by emailing us on outside of these times."  

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