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Naturewatch Foundation to launch Pet Rescue Grant
Applications open on 24 January 2024.
Funding will be available for the animal rescue sector.

The animal welfare charity Naturewatch Foundation is launching a new grant to support the rescue and rehabilitation of cats, dogs, and rabbits affected by the illegal pet trade.

Available from 2024, the annual Pet Rescue Grant will award at least £5,000 to charities and community interest companies in the UK. The grant can be used to help rescued animals by funding things such as veterinary care, behavioural support, facilities, equipment and training.

The grant has been made available at a time when many animal rescue organisations have reported that they are struggling to offer accommodation to the high number of animals needing care while facing higher costs owing to inflation.

Animals bred and sold in the illegal pet trade have often experienced low welfare standards and are more likely to develop problems with their health and behaviour.

Natalie Harney, campaign manager at Naturewatch Foundation, said, “As an animal-loving nation, it’s a tragedy that so many of our beloved pets are the product of the illicit pet trade.

We’ve been campaigning and investigating to end illegal breeding for years, but we know that without the rescue sector, many abused and exploited pets simply wouldn’t get the loving care and specialist support they deserve.

Our new Pet Rescue Grant is our small way of helping those selfless organisations that pick up the pieces.”

Applications open on 24 January 2024 and close on 21 February 2024.

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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.