The Queens Anniversary Prize

Vet Research Targeting Developing World Honoured by Queen’s Anniversary Prize

March 11, 2014 in Africa, Asia, Associations, Australia and New Zealand, Cardiovascular, Central America, Charity, Clinical, Companies, Dermatology, Ear, Endocrine, Europe, Gastro-intestinal, Haematology, Hepatic, Legislation, Medicine, Middle East, Musculo-skeletal, Nervous, News, News, News, North America, Ophthalmology, Public Health, Reproduction, Respiratory, South America, Species, State Medicine, Urogenital, Veterinary Schools

Researchers from the University of Glasgow’s Boyd Orr Centre for Population and Ecosystem Health were awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace. The award commended Centre’s ‘outstanding achievement at a world-class level’ and was assessed by a specialist panel over several months before being put forward [...]


Concerns Raised for Pet Rabbits Left Out in Gales and Floods in the UK

February 12, 2014 in Cardiovascular, Charity, Dermatology, Ear, Endocrine, Gastro-intestinal, Haematology, Hepatic, Husbandry, Lagomorph, Musculo-skeletal, Nervous, News, News, News, Ophthalmology, Reproduction, Respiratory, UK, Urogenital

Taunton, Somerset. As the next round of rainfall and gales storms its way across the UK, Rae Todd of the Rabbit Welfare Association and Fund (RWAF), the Somerset-based national charity dedicated to improving the welfare of rabbits, writes an open letter of concern for domestic rabbits still being kept outside. “It looks like the miserable [...]

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New figures reveal a fifth of elephants could be lost to poaching in the next ten years

January 23, 2014 in Africa, Associations, Charity, Husbandry, Legislation, News, News, News, South Africa, Wildlife, Zoo species

New figures have revealed that if elephant poaching continues at its current pace, Africa could lose a fifth of its elephants in the next ten years. Poaching data suggests that in 2012 alone, 15,000 elephants were killed illegally across the 27 African countries taking part in a CITES programme called Monitoring the Illegal Killing of [...]


Canine Partners to open its first pop-up shop

October 29, 2013 in Canine, Charity, UK

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 [...]

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Pet Plan Charitable Trust Research Award presented to Dr Severine Tasker

April 12, 2013 in Charity, Clinical, Feline, News, News, UK

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 [...]

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Buses to keep horses safe

January 30, 2013 in Associations, Charity, Equine, News, Public Health, UK

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.


Kennel Club concern over anti-social dog behaviour bill

January 10, 2013 in Associations, Canine, Charity, Ethology (Behaviour), Legislation, News, Public Health, State Medicine, UK

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.


Hydrotherapy centre celebrates record breaking year

January 3, 2013 in Associations, Canine, Charity, Clinical, Companies, Feline, News, Public Health

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.

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Transforming the diagnosis of equine colic

December 11, 2012 in Associations, Charity, Clinical, Equine, Gastro-intestinal, News, Public Health, State Medicine, Surgery, UK

<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="" 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="" target="_blank">Vetstream Equis</strong></a>


PAWS research appeal and workshops

November 7, 2012 in Canine, Charity, Human, News, Public Health, UK

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.