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Ring-tailed lemur is one of many spring births
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Chatter box A new free app will support vital work in clinics caring for stray dogs around the world, experts say. Created by the University of Edinburgh, the tool allows vets to track the wellbeing of dogs going through catch-neuter-return schemes, which are common in countries with large numbers of strays.

Vets say the welfare of individual dogs can be overlooked during the process of capture, transport or surgery. The app, piloted across Asia and Africa, helps staff to monitor welfare, spot signs of distress and develop strategies to improve care. It was launched at BSAVA Congress on Friday 6 April.  Chatter box

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Vigilance urged in France amid equine herpesvirus outbreaks
Vigilance urged in France amid equine herpesvirus outbreaks

Around 200 horses thought to have been affected
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Promising new live vaccine for equine influenza
Promising new live vaccine for equine influenza

Scientists say progress is important for human and animal health
Statue dedicated to heroic war horse
Statue dedicated to heroic war horse

Korean War veterans to unveil statue of Sergeant Reckless
Horses ‘read and remember’ human facial expressions
Horses ‘read and remember’ human facial expressions

Seeing angry faces in photos impacts horse behaviour - study
Equine charities sign Memorandum of Understanding
Equine charities sign Memorandum of Understanding

Collaboration to improve equine welfare in China
Airway disease in racehorses more common than thought
Airway disease in racehorses more common than thought

Improved understanding could lead to better horse health
Horse crisis reaches four-year high
Horse crisis reaches four-year high

RSPCA officers warn charity is ‘stretched to the limits’
AHT begins equine herpes virus vaccine research
AHT begins equine herpes virus vaccine research

Charity to design a modified live virus vaccine
New protocol for outbreaks of CEM
New protocol for outbreaks of CEM

Highly contagious disease remains ‘a very real threat’
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Farm to fork traceability championed in new service

Defra has created a new information service to offer farm to fork traceability when the UK leaves the EU. The Livestock Information Service, which is set to be operational from 2019, will identify and track animal movements via electronic IDs, meaning the industry and government are better placed to respond in the event of a disease outbreak.

Environment secretary Michael Gove said: “This service will be instrumental in improving traceability and providing guarantees to consumers about the origin of their food. NFU President Minette Batters, among others, has helped lead the way on this, showing how it will drive a progressive and vibrant livestock industry once we leave the EU.”

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