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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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Classroom pets on the decline

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 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.  

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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.