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“We are looking forward to hearing from a wide range of veterinary professionals and animal owners to help us produce this vital resource…” – Freya Rooke, University of Nottingham.

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Research carried out in Welsh mountain ponies raises the possibility of predicting weight loss success by analysing the faecal microbiome of individual animals.

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“It’s very positive to see this downward trend across almost all countries – not just in terms of total sales, but also the highest priority antibiotics” – Cat McLaughlin, who chairs the Responsible Use of Medicines in Agriculture Alliance.

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The RCVS' COVID-19 task force, formed in late March 2020, has taken 30 decisions affecting day-to-day life in the professions.

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Swedish animal health product manufacturer announces it has acquired UK veterinary nutraceuticals and pet supplement company.

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Researchers at Scotland’s Rural College to look into system where calves are kept with their mothers for up to five months.

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The new annual report from Cats Protection will be used to aid the charity’s rehoming, neutering, education and advocacy work.

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A dog rescued from Greece after British couple witnessed it being hit by a car has been given a new lease of life following a knee replacement.

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The Bloomsbury Science, Economics, Technology research programme – led by RVC and funded by Research England – awards cash to six social science-led projects.

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Fleur Whitlock BVetMed(Hons), MRCVS, Richard Newton BVSc, MSc, PhD, FRCVS, and Adele Williams BVSc, DipECEIM, PhD, MRCVS discuss the present status of this issue, prevention and treatment protocols, and ensuring owner compliance.

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Simona Radaelli DVM, PhD, DipECVN, MRCVS concludes this article (first part Volume 50, Issue 15, Pages 9-10) by describing the most important tests to carry out to determine prognosis in these cases.

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