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Dogs Trust marks five years of post adoption support
Bear is one of the dogs who has beneffited from the scheme.
Scheme has been used over 300,000 times since 2018.

The charity Dogs Trust is celebrating five years of its Post Adoption Support Service, which provides owners with behaviour and training advice to help dogs settle in their new homes.

The free scheme, available to anyone who has adopted a dog from the charity, has been used more than 300,000 times since it was launched in 2018.

One dog who has benefitted from the scheme is Bear, a collie Malinois cross who was adopted from Dogs Trust’s Evesham centre
by Alina and Tony. Bear had previously lived on a farm and was anxious and unpredictable around people and other animals.

On his first meeting with his new owners, he nervously hid behind a sofa.

After visiting Bear several times at the centre, Alina and Tony took him home. However, he struggled to adjust to living in a house for the first time and his new owners asked for support from the Post Adoption Support Service.

A clinical animal behaviourist from the charity visited Bear and put together a training programme to build his confidence. The support continued via email for two years.

Tony said: “With Bear, there wasn’t going to be a ‘quick fix’; we had to take the journey to change together. We made a commitment to him, so giving him back was not an option. Bear is a completely different dog now, and we couldn’t imagine life without him. The three of us did it together.”

Since it was launched, the service has been supported by more than £600,000 from the People’s Postcard Lottery.

Kristina Glover, head of clinical animal behaviour at Dogs Trust, said: “Thank you to the players of the lottery, helping raise funds for good causes, allowing us to help deserving paws! Thanks to our Post Adoption Support, dogs like Bear who need some additional help, are now living their best lives.”

Image © Dogs Trust

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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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RCVS HQ to temporarily relocate

The headquarters of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) is to move temporarily, ahead of its permanent relocation later in the year.

From Monday, 26 February 2024, RCVS' temporary headquarters will be at 2 Waterhouse Square, Holborn, London. This is within walking distance of its current rented offices at The Cursitor, Chancery Lane.

RCVS have been based at The Cursitor since February 2022, following the sale of its Westminster premises the previous March.

However, unforeseen circumstances relating to workspace rental company WeWork filing for bankruptcy means The Cursitor will no longer operate as a WeWork space. The new temporary location is still owned by WeWork.

RCVS anticipates that it will move into its permanent location at Hardwick Street, Clerkenwell, later on in the year.