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A novel study by US scientists may help British vets distinguish animal abuse from accidental trauma and “give a voice to the voiceless”. Researchers compared records from 50 criminal cases of abuse from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) Humane Law Enforcement Division with a sample of 426 motor vehicle accident cases from the foster hospital for small animals at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, Tufts University, US. It is hoped the findings will help vets and associated parties identify and address animal abuse.Read more
A puppy farmer who made “a small fortune” selling animals so sick some died within hours of being bought by unsuspecting members of the public has been jailed for six months. Sean Kerr, of Pastures Farm in Bickenhill, near Solihull, was also banned from keeping dogs for life and ordered to pay £30,000 in court costs.
What is it? A scenic 5 km run or 3 km walk though green part of Copenhagen near Congress venue by Hill's.Why do we hold it? To save lives in Africa by raising funds to support the fight against RABIES in Africa, which is being led by Mission Rabies and our AFSCAN teamsWhen does it take place: Wednesday, September 27, 2017 6:30 AM - 8:00 AMWhere: The route is being finalized and will be close to the Congress center and hotelsHow do I register? You can register via the registration page when you register for WSAVA Congress. You can also register at the W SAVA FOUNDATION stand in the Congress Exhibition.Distance: 5 km run or a 3 km walkRoute: to be confirmed shortlyWhat is my reward? A
souvenir T-shirt - plus we are awarding medals for the fastest 15
runners. You'll also receive refreshments along the way and have lots
Eastern European Regional Veterinary Conference - EERVC is a new small animal veterinary conference designed to serve the continuing education needs of veterinarians in the wider Eastern European region. The conference offers cutting-edge international speakers, the largest regional trade exhibition and unparalleled opportunities for professional networking during an affordable, high-quality, 3-day annual meeting that rotates each year between different countries.
EU member states should encourage rabbit farmers to phase
out conventional battery cages and replace them with healthier but
affordable alternatives, such as park or pen farming systems, says the
Agriculture Committee in a resolution voted on Wednesday. MEPs argue
that improving rabbits’ welfare and living conditions would help prevent
disease, thus reducing the need for intensive use of antibiotics that
might end up in the human food chain. “The mere fact that after so many years we are finally
talking about minimum standards for the protection of rabbits is a
success. Today we made progress in the right direction, but ideally we
need binding EU rules. The fight for rabbit-specific EU legislation will
continue”, said rapporteur Stefan Eck (GUE/NGL, DE). The draft non-legislative resolution was approved by 29 votes in favour to seven against, with nine abstentions.
An amendment calling for EU legislation on minimum standards for the protection of farm rabbits was rejected by a single vote (21 in favour, 22 against, two abstentions).
Recognising and retaining the vital roles that vets play across animal health, animal welfare and public health is pivotal to securing successful outcomes from Brexit, said the British Veterinary Association (BVA) President to a roomful of key influencers at BVA's annual London Dinner in Westminster on 7 February. Speaking on the depth and breadth of the veterinary profession's roles and responsibilities, BVA President Gudrun Ravetz said:“The veterinary family – which is my focus as BVA President – is part of the international scientific community, and we are a diverse profession with far-reaching influence and impact in so many areas of political and public life ... A healthy veterinary workforce is vital for UK animal and human health.”Read more
In response to the announcement today (Thursday 2 February) from Defra regarding new legislation around animal establishment licensing in England, Gudrun Ravetz, President of the British Veterinary Association, said:Read more
President Trump signed an executive order on 27 January halting the US refugee programme for 120 days, indefinitely banning all Syrian refugees and suspending the entry of all nationals from seven Muslim-majority nations for 90 days. Vet Hamaseh Tayarihad, who holds an Iranian passport, works at the University of Glasgow and was due to return home from a holiday in Costa Rica via New York, but was told she could not fly to the US because of the order. She and her boyfriend were forced to book flights via Madrid costing £2,600, but a crowd funding appeal by campaign group Women for Independence has raised more than £6,000. They are currently en route to the UK.Read more
The abstract submission for WSAVA/FECAVA 2017 is now open. By submitting an abstract, you will have a chance to present your research findings at one of the largest and most prestigious gatherings of the global veterinary community.