National assistance dog charity Canine Partners is to open its first pop-up shop in an ambitious new departure for the West Sussex based organisation. The shop is a first for the Charity, which is based on the outskirts of Midhurst, and will place Canine Partner in the heart of the town, which is close to [...]
Dr Séverine Tasker won the Petplan Charitable Trust Award and was presented by Chairman of the Trust David Simpson at the Petplan Veterinary Awards dinner on April 4th 2013. A highly successful and productive clinical researcher in her own right but also the leader of an outstanding team as well as a collaborator with other [...]
British Horse Society to use posters on buses to avoid horse injuries
The British Horse Society is hoping that posters placed on the back of buses will help raise awareness of the plight of horses and riders on the road.
Ask any horse rider and they will tell you about an incident they have been involved in while riding on the road. The British Horse Society wants drivers to be aware of the need to be careful when they meet horses on the road. It is not only horse and rider that can be injured; a horse colliding with a vehicle can cause significant damage to a vehicle and its occupants.
To tackle this problem, the Society has recently trialled a pilot equestrian road safety advertising project in Lanarkshire, Scotland. The ‘Hit the Brakes, not my Horse’ poster was displayed in the region on the back of ten buses for four weeks. The project was enthusiastically welcomed by the horse owning community in the area and much interest has been expressed from other regions in running a similar project.
For more information visit Horse Accidents.
Abolishment of Dog Control Orders concerns Kennel Club
The Kennel Club has responded to the Home Office Affairs Committee’s call for evidence on the Government’s draft Anti-Social Behaviour Bill with serious concerns regarding the abolishment of Dog Control Orders, which it feels can be used effectively by councils to promote responsible dog ownership when used correctly.
It also does not believe that the new proposals outlined in the Bill would be more effective in tackling dog related anti-social behaviour.
More information on the draft Anti-Social Bill can be found on the UK Parliament website.
The Kennel Club’s full response is available on the Kennel Club website.
Animal Health Trust (AHT) Hydrotherapy team celebrate record-breaking year
The Animal Health Trust (AHT) in Kentford, Suffolk, is celebrating its first year in its purpose built Hydrotherapy Centre, with the news that the team has treated a record number of patients in 2012!
In the last 12 months, the team has treated over 700 cases with hydrotherapy. Animals can be referred for hydrotherapy treatment for a number of different reasons including: spinal injuries, arthritis, obesity, hip dysplasia/ hip replacements and general strains and pains.
Find out more about the AHT.
<strong>Study to analyse first assessments of colic</strong>
Although most cases of equine colic can be treated and less than 10% of cases are severe enough to require surgery, it is one of the conditions horse owners most dread.
The research team is hoping to enrol veterinary surgeons from across the country to help gather information on 1000 cases. So far nearly 80 vets have registered to take part, but more are needed. They are being asked to participate in the survey by completing <strong><a href="http://www.colicsurvey.com/" target="_blank">online survey</strong></a> or paper forms about the cases they see.
The study is being carried out by Laila Issaouli a PhD student at The University of Nottingham. She said: “We are specifically looking at first presentation and evaluation of colic.
For more information on equine colic visit <strong><a href="http://www.vetstream.com/Equis/Content/Disease/dis00788.asp" target="_blank">Vetstream Equis</strong></a>
PAWS (Parents Autism Workshops and Support) launch research survey and workshops to help autistic sufferers
PAWS is running three workshops in Leeds from 14th December 2012 – 20 February 2013 which highlight the benefits of dogs to help children with autism.
Parents of a child diagnosed with autism (aged 3-16) who are also dog owners are encouraged to assist the charity by taking part in a survey funded by the Big Lottery. The survey will assess the impact of pet dogs on families with autism.
Take part in the survey and learn more about the Leeds workshops at PAWS.
Prizes worth up to £120 offered for best dog stories
The Kennel Club is asking dog owners to post their best stories to celebrate Discover Dogs in November. Each week a new theme will be introduced ranging from ‘dogs that changed your direction in life’ to ‘dogs that make you laugh’.
To enter simply post your story the Discover Dogs Facebook page.
Learn more about Discover Dogs.
The RCVS Charitable Trust needs 20 Santas, one of which could be YOU
The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Charitable Trust (the Trust) needs 20 volunteers willing to be Santa-suited and booted in The Do It For Charity Santa Run.
The run will take place at 10am on Sunday 9 December, Greenwich Park, London, and each runner will get a Santa suit as part of their registration pack. Last year over 2,000 Santas took part, and it is expected a similar number will run again this year.
“Runners can enter in teams of up to six people and can bring children and dogs so why not make it a practice challenge,” says Trust Director, Cherry Bushell. “It really is a case of the more Santas the merrier – you can walk or run and don’t need to be super-fit to take part.”
Runners wishing to support the Trust can register online via the RCVS Trust or call 0207 202 0721 for a registration pack. They will be asked to pay a registration fee of £20, which includes the Santa suit, and raise a minimum of £100.
All funds raised for the Trust from the Do It For Charity Santa Run will contribute to the work of the Trust supporting veterinary research and education.
Kennel Club research demonstrates health benefits of pet ownership
With the 2012 Games well underway, new research by the Kennel Club shows that a staggering sixty percent of Brits think they are LESS active this year than last. Surprisingly, less than one percent of Brits are inspired by Olympic role models.
However, 50 percent of dog owners claim that their dog inspires them to get more active. 58 percent of people with dogs exercise more than four times a week compared to one in five non-dog owners. Furthermore, 8 out of 10 people say having a dog makes them walk more.