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The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) has announced a series of innovation evening events, as part of its ViVet initiative.

The evening is for veterinary professionals who want to grow their knowledge, network and innovation skill set through learning from and connecting with peers in the local area.

It aims to provide attendees with a chance to fast-track both their own personal career growth and their practices’ transformative journey as innovation and new technology start to change how veterinary services are being delivered in the UK.

Anthony Roberts, director of leadership and innovation, RCVS, said: “We are delighted to be launching these evenings which will support the wider aims of Vivet, to continue to accelerate innovation in the veterinary professions and sector.

“To put veterinary professionals at the centre of innovation in the animal health sector, it is important to bring people together to share ideas and grow our collective knowledge.”

The first event will take place between 7pm and 9pm on 6 August at the University of Edinburgh’s Royal Vet School, the event is free and available to RCVS members.

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Arcadia Reptile has announced the release of a brand new product range within its ‘JungleDawn’ lighting brand.

Arcadia Reptile’s JungleDawn-LED Bar uses ‘high output’ LED technology to generate a true ‘full-spectrum’ of visible light in order to aid live plant growth in planted enclosures, but also increases light levels for basking species of reptiles.

JungleDawn-LED Bar also uses an exclusive full-spectrum array of LEDs within its ‘Triple-Track’ system to provide a true flood of energy rich illumination without pin spotting or dark areas. The light’s also do not use PAR limiting Red and Blue LEDs which lower lumen output, lower PAR, PUR, CRI and create an unnatural Purple Hue.

Arcadia Reptile said: “Using the very latest full-spectrum technology ensures very high light levels (up to 141 lumens per watt), High PAR, High % of PUR, High CRI and an overall colour of 6200kelvin.

“JungleDawn-LED Bar has a high level of internal electronic protection, compliments Arcadia Reptile UV lamps and can even be linked directly to the ‘ProT5/ShadeDwellerPro’ UV-B systems.”

The new range includes four standard lengths, each designed to fit onto standard glass ‘mesh topped’ terrariums. The kit also includes a free fittings kit to allow fitting inside of vivaria, power cord with switch and free linking cable. Up to 10 units can be linked via daisy-chain from one power source.

The range is available worldwide with RRPs in the UK starting at just £39.99 per complete kit.

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“Celebrity” spaniels Max, Paddy and Harry, raised £4,256 for veterinary charity, PDSA, in a jetty jump that was streamed live on Facebook.

The English Springer Spaniel trio, who are known for their love of the outdoors, including launching off jetties at their favourite lake, Derwentwater in Keswick, Cumbria. Their recent fundraising triumph came about when followers of the social media stars said they’d pay money to see their owner, Kerry Irving join in.

Irving said: “It was suggested by some of Max, Paddy and Harry’s followers that I join the dogs jumping in the lake. I thought OK, and hoped it might raise a few hundred pounds for PDSA. I was completely amazed at how that amount suddenly hit a thousand pounds, then two, then three and ended up at a staggering £4,256.”

Max and Paddy were awarded a PDSA Commendation last year for bringing “support, comfort and joy” to thousands of people.

Sally Prior, PDSA community fundraiser: added: “A big round of ‘ap-paws’ to Max, Paddy and Harry for their fabulous fundraising efforts – and a special thank you to Kerry for leading the way. Thousands of people follow the dogs’ amazing adventures, which bring so much joy every day.

“On behalf of PDSA, I’d like to thank everyone who donated to their jetty-jumping jaunt, your support means so much. The charity doesn’t receive government funding, so we rely on the generosity of animal lovers to help run our vital veterinary services.”

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Dog food manufacturer Fish4dogs has unveiled the design of its new advent calender, with the “furry face” of office dog Jasper featured on the front.

The one-year-old sprocker (cocker x springer) spaniel gained the honour after topping a social media poll which asked followers to vote for their favourite. The seasonal shot sees Jasper, owned by customer services advisor Jill Aston, in front of a festive backdrop.

The calendars contain:

  • Squid Bites – soft and chewy discs made from oven baked squid that are incredibly tasty
  • Mackerel Morsels for coat, skin and joints – rich in Omega 3 these salmon and mackerel fish-shaped treats are easily digestible and support healthy, shiny coats and supple joints.
  • Sea Jerky Squares – made from 100 per cent fish skins, these natural, low calorie crunchy treats help clean teeth and control tartar

Aston said: “Jasper has been coming into the office since he was a pup so there was always a good chance he’d worm his way into the marketing material somehow.

“It took plenty of sharing but being the beautiful boy that he is, Jasper was crowned champion of the advent calendar. The fame and glory don’t seem to have gone to his head yet but there is still time.”

The calendars have an RRP £7.50 per unit and are available to order now.

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Pet suppliers Pets at Home has invested in pet care provider Tailerster, to expand into the pet services market.

Pets at Home will offer Tailster’s services to its 4.4 million active loyalty scheme customers, giving customers access to Tailster’s 26,000 registered carers across the country and technology enabling owners to track their pets’ activity via GPS and an app.

The pet-sitting market is currently worth more than £1bn annually, and has overtaken the pet accessories market.

Peter Pritchard, Pets at Home CEO, said: “We are delighted to be able to announce this exciting new partnership with Tailster. It is a win-win deal, good for both businesses but especially good for owners searching for someone they can trust to look after their much-loved pet.

“This announcement also represents an important step towards delivering our ambition to generate 50% of our revenue from services, a strategy that is serving us and our customers well. I’m sure our 4.4 million active VIP members will love this easy access to convenient walking and boarding services.”

Indy Sangha, Tailster CEO, added: “We are incredibly excited to be able to work with the team at Pets at Home. We’ve spent the past few years consolidating a previously fragmented market worth over £1bn per year, and we’re delighted to be able to now offer this to Pets at Home customers.

“Not only do the team at Pets at Home share our vision about how we can bring our services to UK pet owners and drive the growth of our business, but they also share many of our values of putting pets first, and the customer at the heart of what we do. This was really important to the Tailster team and I’m delighted that we’ve been able to partner with a business that is a great fit for us, what we do and our ambitions for the future.”

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The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has launched its veterinary photographer of the year competition.

The competition is open to all BVA members in two different categories, with the ‘all creatures great and small’ category covering images from across the animal kingdom, including wildlife, livestock or pets.

For the ‘One Veterinary Community – #WeAreBVA’ category, the judging panel will be seeking out snaps that show veterinary working life.

The competition is in its fourth year, and the winner in each category will receive a £250 John Lewis gift voucher and get the chance to have their photographs displayed at BVA Members’ Day in September.

Simon Doherty, BVA President, said: “The annual photography competition is a real calendar highlight and an incredible showcase for the diverse, valuable and often eye-catching work being carried out across the veterinary community.

“Every year since the competition launched we’ve been really impressed by the quality and range of entries and I’m really looking forward to seeing our talented members keeping standards just as high this year. Whether you’re a serious snapper or a casual clicker, we really want to see how you catch on camera the animal kingdom and what being a BVA member means to you.”

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The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) Mind Matters Initiative has announced that Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) is the successful recipient of the inaugural Sarah Brown Mental Health Research Grant.

The Sarah Brown Mental Health Research Grant was named for an elected RCVS Council member who passed away in 2017. It provides £20,000 worth of funding for research focused on mental health and wellbeing within the veterinary profession, including areas such as prevention, diagnosis, intervention and treatment.

Professor Stuart Reid, shair of the Mind Matters Initiative, said: “While nothing can replace Sarah, I am glad that, with the blessing of her family, we have been able to launch these grants and, indeed, find a worthy recipient.

“We were very impressed with SRUC’s proposal because it focused on farm animal veterinary sector, an area of practice that can be harder to address when it comes to mental health support, but which has significant challenges that research has demonstrated can put strains on the mental health and wellbeing of veterinary surgeons. For example, some farm vets have cited isolation, the challenging nature of some aspects of the job and the great responsibility it carries for the livelihood of farmers and rural communities as being particularly stressful.”

He added: “The SRUC research has the very laudable aim of identifying how to better promote job satisfaction and to break the cycle of negative thoughts and poor mental wellbeing identified amongst farm vets, and so we are very glad to have made this award to the team. It’s only by improving the veterinary mental health evidence base that we will be able to hone the interventions and support that is available to members of the veterinary team.”

SRUC was awarded the grant at RCVS Day on Friday 12 July. Dr Kate Stephen, a behavioural scientist at SRUC’s Epidemiology Research Unit, will lead the project and undertake the majority of qualitative data collection and analysis.

Kate Stephen said: “It is an honour to be awarded this grant. We hope our project will make a positive contribution towards understanding and improving the mental health and wellbeing of individuals in the veterinary profession.”

Based on the output of the research, which will comprise qualitative data gathering and workshops, at least one tool will be selected for development as a web application, which will be made available for testing in the final phase of the project.

The team at SRUC has been invited to present its research findings at the biennial Mind Matters Initiative Research Symposium in 2021.

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Royal College Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) showcased 12 veterinary leaders at its annual Royal College day.

The speakers were based in a variety of roles, disciplines, and career stages, and spoke as part of regulators leadership initiative, which aims to develop everyday leadership skills.

The initiative was launched in April 2018 which was followed by the creation of an online leadership course, developed in conjunction with FutureLearn and the NHS Leadership Academy.

Amanda Boag, RCVS president, said: “Vet professionals are almost invariably all leaders, but we are not always good at recognising and promoting this. The RCVS wants to celebrate leaders from across the vet and vet nursing professions, including both those leading every day in their workplaces, as well as those in traditional leadership roles. We want to highlight our qualities as both people and professionals, and emphasise the need to recognise these qualities and, through that, give us all the confidence to take up leadership roles.

“A few years ago, the RCVS began work with the British Veterinary Association on the Vet Futures project to identify where we are now, and where we want to be in 2030. Leadership development was identified as an area that we have not necessarily been brilliant at as a profession. More worryingly, there was evidence that some vets, particularly younger ones, do not see themselves as leaders, or feel comfortable with that term.”

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Dog food manufacturer, Butcher’s Petcare, has launched a social campaign #nourisheverydog to help less fortunate dogs in the UK.

For everyone who tweets #nourisheverydog, the company will donate a Butcher’s meal to a dog less fortunate. It aims to donate one million meals in the next year.

The social media campaign launched in May after the TV campaign during Britain’s Got Talent and has already seen 69,000 tweets.

Some of the charities that will benefit from the donations are DOTS (Dogs On The Streets) London; Second Chance in Southampton; GSR (German Shepherd Rescue) Elite; Greyhound Trust; Greenhill Animal Charity and Cheshire Dogs Home.

Natasha Bryant, brand manager for Butcher’s Nourishing Food For Dogs who created the idea, said: “Every dog deserves to be nourished and we at Butcher’s want to do what we can to ensure dogs less fortunate are fed well. When we first decided to run a social campaign, I wanted it to be engaging and tie in with our TV commercial which is very emotive.

“I am overwhelmed by the response and lovely comments we have had to date as a result of this campaign. #Nourisheverydog is a national ongoing campaign in order to reach our target of donating one million meals nationwide.”

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Pet accessory company Trespaws is set to launch its new Einstein Reward Ball dog toy, which will go on sale in September.

The toy works treats after being played with, and it is claimed to develop a dog’s mental stimulation and IQ as it learns whilst playing.

The toy is suitable for large and medium breeds of dog, is durable, has an auto activated quack squeaker, treats dispenser and is made from non toxic plastic.

Marihah Khushi, Trespaws manager, said: “Trespaws is a dog lifestyle brand born out of our love for pups and a stubborn need to elevate their adventures and excite their everyday. Our carefully designed products protect and comfort our four-legged friends, while we aim to build a community that will enrich the lives of dogs and their owners.

“At Trespaws we are passionate about the outdoors and believe that our beloved pooches should be part of every adventure their human goes on. Our carefully designed range of technical performance dog coats and accessories enable just that, ensuring no matter where your next adventure takes you, your dog can go too.”

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