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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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Battersea reports soaring numbers of French bulldogs

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 Battersea Dogs and Cats Home has reported a stark rise in the number of French bulldogs being taken in to its care.

So far this year, the charity has already taken in 29 French Bulldogs. In 2014, it took in just eight across the whole of the year.

Battersea Dogs and Cats Home says that most of these dogs have required intense veterinary treatment, with many needing specialist surgery to open their airways and shorten their soft palate.  

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Welfare event to discuss ethical dilemmas faced by vets

Students and ethics experts will host an event on the difficult moral challenges facing vets. Ethical issues, such as euthanasia and breeding animals for certain physical traits, will be discussed by prominent speakers including TV vet Emma Milne and RSPCA chief vet James Yeates. Other topics will include how to tackle suspected animal abuse and the extent of surgical intervention.

The conference will look at how these dilemmas affect the wellbeing of vets, and explore how to better prepare veterinary students for work. It will be held at the University of Edinburgh’s Easter Bush Campus from 30 September - 1 October 2017. Tickets can be purchased here.