Vet professionals can learn how to approach suspected cruelty cases with confidence and play their part in helping prevent animal, domestic and child abuse at a specialised training day in June.

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“Abuse of animals or humans can be complicated and the LVTI courses ensure vets approach suspected cruelty cases with confidence.”

The Links Group works to increase knowledge of abuse by working with human and animal health care professionals and various bodies, including the police and animal charities, to explore the links between domestic abuse and non-accidental injury to animals.

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A Links Veterinary Training Initiative (LVTI) day will take place on 1 June at the PDSA head office in Telford from 9:30am to 4:30pm. Tickets are £75, with a £25 discount for Links members.

Links chairman Freda-Scott Park said: “The Links Group firmly believes vets and the wider veterinary team have a role to play in helping to prevent animal abuse, domestic abuse, and child cruelty.

“However, abuse of animals or humans can be complicated and the LVTI courses ensure vets approach suspected cruelty cases with confidence.”


She added: “The Links Group training covers questions of confidentiality, writing good notes, who to contact for advice and how to help the victim; animal or human.

“Human health care professionals and police domestic abuse officers appreciate the opportunity to work with veterinary practices – as well as providing practical advice and support, they often need advice from vets when they find animals in problem households.”

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