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Chatter box The RSPCA says it investigated 511 calls about organised dog fighting last year. The figures were released ahead of a cross-party debate on the issue in Westminster on 29 June. The charity hopes to see MPs lending their support to tougher sentencing for this crime. In Northern Ireland, perpetrators face up to five years in prison, whereas in England and Wales the maximum is six months. Chatter box

Equine News
Three cases of rare cattle fever confirmed
Three cases of rare cattle fever confirmed

Cattle that co-graze with sheep are 'most at risk'
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Scotland to apply for upgrade in BSE status
Scotland to apply for upgrade in BSE status

'Negligible risk' status could create new export opportunities
Velactis: vets urged to report adverse events
Velactis: vets urged to report adverse events

Distribution stopped pending outcome of investigations
Drop in Welsh herds under TB restrictions
Drop in Welsh herds under TB restrictions

Data demonstrates progress being made to eradicate TB in Wales
MCR-1 thought to be 'circulating' in the US
MCR-1 thought to be 'circulating' in the US

Second pig sample found to contain colistin-resistant bacteria
France reports 13 new outbreaks of BTV-8
France reports 13 new outbreaks of BTV-8

Risk to the UK will rise as daily temperatures increase - Defra
Faster diagnosis for oedema disease a possibility
Faster diagnosis for oedema disease a possibility

Scientists trial PCR test on pig faeces
H7N9 detected at Hong Kong poultry stall
H7N9 detected at Hong Kong poultry stall

Authorities cull thousands of birds
BTV: clarity needed over vaccine price
BTV: clarity needed over vaccine price

Vets and farmers welcome vaccine availability
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Young animal welfare scientist recognised with UFAW award

Dr Rowena Packer has been awarded UFAW's Young Animal Welfare Scientist of the Year Award, in honour of her significant contributions to animal welfare.

Her final year project on meta-analysis looked at the potential to combine results from animal welfare studies. It has been called 'exceptional' for a scientist at this early stage in her career.

Her PhD also raised awareness of the links between extreme conformation and inherited diseases in dogs. She has been proactive in working with dog breeders and disseminating her research.

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