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Edinburgh-based laboratory has seen record number of owners seeking blood tests as UK prepares for no-deal EU exit.

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“It is a great honour to be appointed to this role and I look forward to supporting the team in continuing this excellent work” – Amanda Boag.

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New fellows to be welcomed, and their achievements celebrated, at an online fellowship evening set for 1 October.

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“I am truly humbled to be given this opportunity by the company and am looking forward to spearheading some really exciting projects…” – Alistair Cliff.

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Slower-growing broiler chickens also have more fun, according to evidence from an independent commercial‑scale farm trial involving the University of Bristol Veterinary School.

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Blue Cross is appealing directly to horse owners about the risks of the condition and has provided tips to them to help prevent it.

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Good Veterinary Workplace Voluntary Code, based on a new policy position, sets out clear criteria for practices to follow on supportive environments.

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“We are delighted to have branched out our services with the opening of this new ‘horse GP’ practice…” – Nicholas Graham, University of Glasgow.

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James Russell takes over chain and states: “We must work together, and draw on our strength in unity to deliver strong animal health and welfare care, through a strong and healthy profession.”

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Another issue of COVID-19, Jane says, is that “borrowing” pets via apps and websites is now being seen as a normal alternative to doggy day care.

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