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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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New vet school to open in 2020
New vet school to open in 2020

Joint school aims to support a modern profession
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BVA president praises Scotland on animal welfare policies
BVA president praises Scotland on animal welfare policies

John Fishwick addresses guests at organisation’s annual Scottish Dinner
Government urged to fulfil its animal welfare promises
Government urged to fulfil its animal welfare promises

BVA calls for more detail on proposed animal welfare scheme
EMS grants to be made available for vet students
EMS grants to be made available for vet students

Survey shows cost is the main barrier to placements
North Wales police commissioner backs calls to protect service animals
North Wales police commissioner backs calls to protect service animals

Scheme launched to monitor police dog welfare
Governments urged to modernise surveillance networks
Governments urged to modernise surveillance networks

BVA position paper highlights areas where networks could be improved
VMD launches survey on disposal of controlled drugs
VMD launches survey on disposal of controlled drugs

Directorate aims to find out extent of disposal problems
Changes to RCVS Council approved
Changes to RCVS Council approved

Size and composition of council to alter by 2021
Concerns over US rise in vector-borne diseases
Concerns over US rise in vector-borne diseases

CDC report says the country must be ‘better prepared’
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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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