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Over 2,000 stray pets neutered in Ukraine
“After war broke out in Ukraine, thousands of dogs and cats were left to survive alone on the streets” – Gregg Tully.
The stray population has boomed since the Russian invasion.

The animal welfare organisation Save the Dogs and Other Animals has successfully neutered more than 2,000 stray cats and dogs in Ukraine.

So far, 1,520 cats and 495 dogs have been neutered, microchipped and vaccinated in the city of Odesa, and provided with food.

Initially, the project had aimed to help 1,000 pets in six months, but the progress being made means that Save the Dogs is hopeful of being able to help 3,000 pets and possibly expand the project to other cities.

The number of stray animals in Ukraine has significantly increased since the full-scale Russian invasion, and neutering has become an animal welfare priority.

Gregg Tully, country director at Save The Dogs and Other Animals, said: “After war broke out in Ukraine, thousands of dogs and cats were left to survive alone on the streets.

“While our priority was ensuring they received enough food, it became critical to prevent them from breeding uncontrollably.

“These puppies would be condemned to a lifetime of suffering. Not only are they located in areas where war is still raging, but many cities are completely deserted and there is no one there to feed them.

“Volunteers are already monitoring a tremendous number of animals, and the food we can send is barely enough to feed them, never mind countless more.”

The project is receiving funding from Blue Cross’s Ukraine Fund, which was launched in 2022 to support the work of partner charities in the war-torn country.

Anna Wade, public affairs manager at Blue Cross, said: “Sadly the war is continuing to have such a devastating effect across Ukraine and there is still much work to do.

“The compassion and dedication of our charity partners Save the Dogs on the ground to rescue pets and care for them day to day, is overwhelming and we’re doing all we can to support their vital work.”

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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.