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New data highlights scale of pet-friendly rental issue
73 per cent of tenants currently own or aspire to own a pet, with one in three saying that pets help their mental wellbeing.
Half of tenants fear never owning a home.

New data from Battersea Dogs and Cats Home has found that one in two tenants fear they will never buy a home, limiting aspirations of pet ownership.

The charity, which often takes in pets from people who cannot find pet-friendly accommodation, is campaigning for more pet-friendly attitudes in the rented sector, allowing tenants to enjoy the mental wellbeing that owning a pet provides.

With the number of households occupied by private renters almost doubling in size over the last two decades, only 7 per cent of private landlords have listed their properties as allowing animals. 

Battersea's chief executive, Peter Laurie, discussed the issue: “At Battersea, we take in much-loved pets for many reasons – but one factor we see owners cite time and time again is not being able to find a rental property that allows animals. 

“It’s heart-breaking to see owners having to give up their cherished pets for lack of housing options.

“With long-term renting firmly on the rise, we’re calling on the Government to do more to increase the number of pet friendly homes across the country. 

“Not only will this help ensure more dogs and cats are able to stay in their original, loving homes, it will also allow more people to enjoy the many benefits of responsible pet ownership.”

Among other suggestions, Battersea has recommended that more landlords and tenants should be informed on the benefits of taking out insurance against pet damage. 

Further information on Battersea's Pet Friendly Properties campaign can be found here

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Bristol uni celebrates 75 years of teaching vets

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 The University of Bristol's veterinary school is celebrating 75 years of educating veterinary students.

Since the first group of students were admitted in October 1949, the school has seen more than 5,000 veterinary students graduate.

Professor Jeremy Tavare, pro vice-chancellor and executive dean for the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, said: "I'm delighted to be celebrating Bristol Veterinary School's 75 years.

"Its excellence in teaching and research has resulted in greater understanding and some real-world changes benefiting the health and welfare of both animals and humans, which is testament to the school's remarkable staff, students and graduates." 

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Second edition of BSAVA's Thoracic Imaging manual released

The British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA) has released the second edition of the BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Thoracic Imaging.

This edition provides new knowledge, gathered from CTs and MRIs, some of which can be applied to radiographic interpretation.

The first section explores different imaging modalities for thoracic imaging, including recommended uses. The second section illustrates features of normalcy and disease in the main anatomic compartment of the thorax.

This includes structured information about thoracic imaging interpretation and individual body systems.

There is also a new chapter exploring how artificial intelligence could be applied to the practice.

Tobias Schwarz and Peter Scrivani, who edited the book, said: "We are grateful to the many radiologists and other specialists from around the world who contributed to this manual by writing chapters, supplying images, and providing feedback.

"Our aim was to ensure that the manual was as up-to-date, accurate and comprehensive as possible."

Print copies can be purchased in the BSAVA store, with a digital version in the BSAVA library.