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Pet parrot begins mimicking ospreys

Habit picked up after watching online footage of osprey nest
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Chatter box New research has found there are fewer pets in UK classrooms than in previous generations - despite 88 per cent of parents believing it significantly helps a child’s social skills and development.

More than half of the parents surveyed by Pets at Home (51 per cent) had a class pet as a child, compared to 46 per cent of children today.

The survey also found that non-traditional animals such as chickens, tadpoles, caterpillars and stick insects are becoming increasingly popular alternatives as classroom pets.  Chatter box

Equine News
Contaminated feed ‘most likely source’ of BSE infection
Contaminated feed ‘most likely source’ of BSE infection

Isolated cases still being reported across the EU
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Defra to fund research into pig stunning methods
Defra to fund research into pig stunning methods

Project to develop more humane methods of slaughter
Researchers discover new ‘shaking piglets’ pathogen
Researchers discover new ‘shaking piglets’ pathogen

Pestivirus related to virus that causes swine fever
Dairy group to deliver on antibiotic targets
Dairy group to deliver on antibiotic targets

Group will deliver objectives through ‘Targets Task Force’ initiative
Government confirms maximum transition period for zinc oxide
Government confirms maximum transition period for zinc oxide

Farmers have five years to find alternative strategy
African swine fever reaches Czech Republic
African swine fever reaches Czech Republic

Country’s first case confirmed in wild boar
New foot-and-mouth approach could limit culling
New foot-and-mouth approach could limit culling

Preclinical diagnosis ‘could be the key to controlling transmission’
Poultry sector cuts antibiotic use by 71 per cent
Poultry sector cuts antibiotic use by 71 per cent

Report highlights success of BPC Antibiotic Stewardship
RUMA announces timetable for antibiotic targets
RUMA announces timetable for antibiotic targets

Final report to be published at RUMA Conference
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BVA survey seeks views on surveillance

Vets who use veterinary scanning surveillance networks are being asked to complete a survey to help ensure the networks are fully able to protect animals in the UK.

‘Surveillance use, understanding and engagement across the veterinary profession’ is the first of a series of surveillance surveys that will also include localised surveys for Northern Ireland and Scotland.

Drafted by members of BVA’s Surveillance Working Group, it will run until Friday, 31 August 2017. Data collected will inform BVA’s policy position ensuring it is representative of disease surveillance across the UK.

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