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Vet School Launching Horse Feed Survey
Nottingham Vet School is launching a study into equine supplements.

A research team from the University of Nottingham's School of Veterinary Medicine and Science is appealing for horse riders and owners to come forward to take part in a unique new study into equine nutritional supplements, in the hope of improving understanding of key health and performance issues.

The survey also aims to discover what supplements are currently used, what riders and owners would like to see available and the best ways of passing on information about them.

The study is being supervised by Dr Sarah Freeman, Associate Professor and European Specialist in Large Animal Surgery at the university.

She said: "Nutritional supplements are commonly used for health and performance in horses and there are a large range of them available on the market. Despite their widespread use, these is little information available about which supplements are used and why."

Riders and owners are being asked to fill in an online survey. The researchers will then follow up with selected volunteers who will be interviewed to explore some of the issues in greater depth.

To access the survey, click here.

 

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HM The Queen opens new centre for elephant care

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 HM The Queen, accompanied by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, has officially unveiled ZSL Whipsnade Zoo’s brand new Centre for Elephant Care.

Set amidst 30 acres of rolling paddocks, the custom-designed Centre for Elephant Care is the new home for the Zoo’s herd of nine Asian elephants.

The Centre will provide more than 700m˛ of indoor space and contains an array of elephant-friendly features, including dimming lights to mimic night-time and one metre-deep soft sand flooring.  

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Pirbright Institute appoints Bryan Charleston as director

Dr Bryan Charleston, a leading expert in the study of foot-and-mouth disease virus, has been appointed director of the Pirbright Institute. Dr Charleston’s research focuses on the immune response to FMDV in cattle, with the aim of developing new vaccines and diagnostics. He graduated from the RVC in 1982 and joined the institute in 1994.