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Chatter box The RSPB is calling on the public to help provide new homes for swifts, as figures show the birds' numbers have fallen to less than half what they were 20 years ago.

Swifts arrive in the UK late April-May and can spend up to three months in the country. The RSPB attributes the birds’ decline to modern buildings, which lack the nooks and crannies they need to build nests.

While some house builders have agreed to integrate swift homes into new buildings, the RSPB believes more can be done to help this incredible bird. 'Just, 1,000 additional new nest boxes could make a difference’, the charity said.  Chatter box

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RCVS toughens up on CPD non-compliance

Annual audit found 28 per cent of VNs failed to comply
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RCVS welcomes new veterinary nurses

Inaugural RCVS Veterinary Nurses Day held at London Zoo
Newcastle RVN scoops British Vet Nurse of the Year

Tyrina Gibson described as ‘inspirational’ champion for animals
“Fringe” event to showcase District Veterinary Nursing

Speakers to explore professional considerations
Vet nurse role to be showcased at referral hospital

Scarsdale Vets to raise awareness of nursing as a career
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Consultation highlighted confusion over delegating to nurses






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Detection time for omeprazole reduced to 48 hours in racehorses

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has announced that the detection time for omeprazole has been reduced from 72 hours to 48 hours. This is effective from 1 February 2019.

Omeprazole can be prescribed for the management of gastric ulcers in racehorses; however, studies have recently become available that show no direct effect of omeprazole on performance.

Tim Morris, the Authority’s Director of Equine Science and Welfare, commented: “Medication control in horse racing is essential to allow treatment for good welfare but also to ensure fair racing by medication withdrawal before racing. Trainers have asked for more information, especially on anti-ulcer medications, and we have used existing information to make a harmonised detection time for omeprazole available as soon as we could.”

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