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Wildcat kittens born in Cairngorms National Park
The project's cameras have caught footage of the kittens in the wild.
Saving Wildcats conservation project celebrates success.

Scottish wildcat kittens have been born in the wild in the Cairngorms National Park, marking a major milestone for a conservation project.

Last summer, 19 captive-bred wildcats were released as part of the Saving Wildcats project, which is led by the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland.

Since then, the cats have been monitored with the help of GPS collars. At least two of the females have given birth this year.

Keri Langridge, Saving Wildcats field manager, said: “We suspected that some of the females had given birth when their movement and activity changed very suddenly, but didn’t know for sure until footage of the kittens was captured on our cameras.”

The mothers and kittens are being monitored, with care being taken not to disturb them. Once the kittens are old enough, the team will attempt to take DNA profiles to make certain that they are the offspring of male wildcats.

Scottish wildcats have become at risk of extinction in recent years, and interbreeding with domestic cats is one of the dangers the species faces. To minimise the chances of this happening, the Saving Wildcats project has been neutering feral domestic cats in the local area. Cat owners in the area have also been urged to make sure their pet cats are neutered.

Helen Senn, lead for Saving Wildcats, said: “This is a major milestone for wildcat recovery in Scotland.

“These births demonstrate that the process of breeding wildcats for release into the wild is working, as those released animals have learned to hunt and survive – and now reproduce in their first breeding season, a clear indication that they are doing well.”

Image © Saving Wildcats

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Special imports digital service set to change

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 From Monday, 15 July, Special Import Certificate (SIC) applications will only be accepted via the Veterinary Medicines Directorate's (VMD's) new special imports digital service.

The original online special import scheme will be decommissioned. The VMD says that the new service is easier to use, more secure and reliable, and meets accessibility legislation.

The VMD is urging veterinary surgeons who have not yet signed up for the new service to do so before 15 July. The new digital service can be accessed here

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RCVS course explains concerns process

A free, online course from the RCVS Academy has been launched, designed to clarify RCVS' concerns procedure.

The content will give veterinary surgeons and veterinary nurses a better understanding of the process, and what they can expect if a concern is raised about them. It includes details of common concerns.

The interactive resource has been developed in collaboration with Clare Stringfellow, case manager in the RCVS Professional Conduct Team.

Ms Stringfellow said: "We appreciate that concerns can be very worrying, and we hope that, through this course, we can give vets and nurses a better understanding of the process and how to obtain additional support."

The course can be accessed via the RCVS Academy. Users are encouraged to record their learning for CPD.