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Research could help vets tell animal abuse from accidents

Research could help vets tell animal abuse from accidents

Placed at 21-02-2017

A novel study by US scientists may help British vets distinguish animal abuse from accidental trauma and “give a voice to the voiceless”.

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Motor vehicle accidents are often cited as the cause of injury when they are really due to animal abuse.
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.

Puppy farmer jailed after raid finds dogs in ‘inadequate’ conditions

Puppy farmer jailed after raid finds dogs in ‘inadequate’ conditions

Placed at 21-02-2017

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.

The RSPCA and police found 37 dogs and puppies in conditions with barely any light, and lying in faeces and urine.
The RSPCA and police found 37 dogs and puppies in the farmhouse.
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.

Farm raid

During a three-week trial, magistrates in Birmingham heard RSPCA and police officers raided a farmhouse belonging to 52-year-old Kerr after complaints from people who had bought the sick puppies. They found 37 dogs and puppies – some of which had serious health issues – housed in “completely inappropriate and inadequate” conditions with barely any light, and lying in faeces and urine. Some of the puppies had been born with deformities from bad breeding conditions, while the carcase of a puppy was recovered from a plastic carrier bag in the footwell of a van parked there.

FECAVA Travel Scholarship open for applications

FECAVA Travel Scholarship open for applications

Placed at 21-02-2017

The FECAVA Travel Scholarship is an initiative that enables groups of small animal veterinary surgeons from different parts of Europe, to visit each other for a few days and observe each other’s practice experience. The scholarship, totalling €2,000 per year, is made possible through the support of LABOKLIN, who partner FECAVA on this project. 

SUPPORT THE WSAVA FOUNDATION FUN(D) RUN run with your vet and pet!

SUPPORT THE WSAVA FOUNDATION FUN(D) RUN run with your vet and pet!

Placed at 20-02-2017

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 of fun!

EERVC - Eastern European Regional Veterinary Conference, Bucharest, 19-21 October 2017

EERVC - Eastern European Regional Veterinary Conference, Bucharest, 19-21 October 2017

Placed at 09-02-2017

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.

Give rabbits more space, urge Agriculture Committee MEPs

Give rabbits more space, urge Agriculture Committee MEPs

Placed at 07-02-2017

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).

Vets vital to post-Brexit success

Vets vital to post-Brexit success

Placed at 07-02-2017

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.”

New puppy legislation a step in right direction, but must be fully resourced, say leading vets

New puppy legislation a step in right direction, but must be fully resourced, say leading vets

Placed at 02-02-2017

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:

The BVA has voiced support for a Scottish vet caught up in US president Donald Trump’s controversial clampdown on immigration.

The BVA has voiced support for a Scottish vet caught up in US president Donald Trump’s controversial clampdown on immigration.

Placed at 01-02-2017

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.

WSAVA/FECAVA 2017 ABSTRACT SUBMISSION COMING UP!

WSAVA/FECAVA 2017 ABSTRACT SUBMISSION COMING UP!

Placed at 31-01-2017

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.