The winners of the AWF/BVNA competition have been announced. Congratulations to Pippa Steans and Chloe White who will each receive free places at the AWF Discussion Forum and House of Commons reception, plus £50 travel costs.

In the online competition RVNs had to state why they thought RVNs had such an important role to play in improving animal welfare in practice and what they can do to make a difference.

On 30 April 2015 new regulations came into force which aim to improve the standard of dog breeding in Wales.

The new Animal Welfare (Breeding of Dogs) (Wales) Regulations 2014 replaces the Breeding of Dogs Act 1973 in Wales and introduces stricter welfare criteria for dog breeding in Wales.    

The changes will:

When AWF received an application for a research project to test the effectiveness of a particular vaccine in preventing equine grass sickness (EGS), we were keen to offer our support. EGS is a frequently fatal disease of horses with a mortality rate in excess of 85%.  It was first reported in Scotland over 100 years ago and Great Britain continues to have the highest frequency of cases in the world. 

AWF are keen to involve nurses more in the work that we do, and in collaboration with the BVNA (The British Veterinary Nursing Association) we are offering 2 places at our Discussion Forum on 8th June 2015.

The prize includes £50 worth of travel expenses and an invitation to a drinks reception at the House of Commons following the event.  

Following a decision by the Council of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS), vets in the UK can now use the title of Dr. 

Veterinary surgeons must be registered with the RCVS in order to practise in the UK and have the initials ‘MRCVS’ (for Member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons) or ‘FRCVS’ (for Fellow) after their names.

Loopholes in animal welfare legislation could be the cause of a rise in unwanted, neglected and sick animals, vets at the Animal Welfare Foundation (AWF) annual Discussion Forum in June will claim.

AWF supports the British Veterinary Assocation's campaign to end the practice of slaughter without stunning and raise awareness about the animal welfare compromise of non-stun slaughter.  We support the belief that all animals should be stunned before slaughter to render them insensible to pain, and scientific evidence supports the use on pre-stunning to improve animal welfare.  

What do slug pellets, chocolates and lilies have in common?   They are things which are found in lots of homes that can poison our pets.

Chocolate is more commonly known to be a poison to our pets, but did you know that even foods such as avocado, raisins and some nuts can also be harmful?

Our updated guide “Pets and Poisons” helps pet owners understand what is potentially poisonous to our pets and how we can avoid accidently harming them through the congestion of undesirable foods and products

We are delighted that The Good Vet Guide have agreed to support AWF. The Good Vet Guide was established in 2010 and has quickly grown to become the UK's biggest and best database of veterinary surgeries. They identify great vets and by sharing experience, support efforts to help pet owners obtain the best possible care for their animals.

Changes to the pet travel scheme will come into effect on 29 December 2014. The changes are designed to strengthen enforcement across the EU, increase levels of compliance and improve the security and traceability of the pet passport.

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