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Enrichment cuts rabbits' stress levels by half, study finds

Enrichment cuts rabbits' stress levels by half, study finds Stress falls by almost 50 per cent in rabbits when enrichment activities are present in their environment, according to a study by Harper Adams University. Research conducted by student Amy Johnson, who is studying for a BSc in Bioveterinary Science, shows a significant difference in rabbits' stress indicator, cortisol, when given enrichment activities like balls,... Read More
Scotland cracks down on puppy farmers

Scotland cracks down on puppy farmers
The Scottish SPCA is heading up a multi-agency operation to stop puppies being illegally trafficked into Scotland. For the first time, ferry firm Stena Line, Police Scotland, HMRC and several animal welfare charities are working together to tackle the problem.... Read More

Three dogs die after drinking from fishing lake

Three dogs die after drinking from fishing lake
Three dogs have died after drinking from a fishing lake in Dartford, Kent Police have revealed. Several other dogs are said to be in a critical condition at a local veterinary surgery after drinking from the same lake. Read More


Increase in fatal shootings leads to new legislation appeal

Increase in fatal shootings leads to new legislation appeal
44 per cent of vets have treated cats wounded by air guns Read More

The truth about dog fighting

The truth about dog fighting
Group calls for tougher action on perpetrators Read More


Welfare standards for working equines approved

Welfare standards for working equines approved
180 countries commit to undertake the...

New equine herpes vaccine announced

New equine herpes vaccine announced
Merial granted a wholesale dealer import certificate Read More

Dartmoor ponies help students complete Ten Tors challenge

Dartmoor ponies help students complete Ten Tors challenge
Ground-breaking event helps children living with difficult life issues Read More


Shocking rise in red kite persecution

Shocking rise in red kite persecution
Police appeal for public support

Injured tortoise receives 3D printed shell
Prosthetic shell created for Fred by Brazilian team

'Thousands of wild animals kept in UK homes'
RSPCA says the findings are "deeply concerning"

Celebrating the work of veterinary nurses

Celebrating the work of veterinary nurses
Veterinary Nursing Awareness Month 2016 begins

BVNA staff to abseil 120ft for charity
Donations will go to the British Hen Welfare Trust

Veterinary nurses 'crucial' in emergency triage
Andrew Linklater outlines key triage points


Meeting the minimum standards

Meeting the minimum standards
Is it time to regulate the online trade in pets?

Canine epilepsy drug adverse effects reviewed
Research reveals safety and tolerability tests below standard

Let's talk about depression
'All in the Mind' explores suicide in the veterinary profession

Team goat deployed to New York park

Team goat deployed to New York park
Animals will help to restore habitat after storms

'Superdog' accidentally swims through Thames Barrier
Rescued by Port of London authority

Wiltshire lamb born without wool
Farmer fashions coat out of old fleece jacket

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New approach to newt conservation in WokingNew approach to newt conservation in Woking

Habitats for great crested newts will be enhanced or created by Woking Borough Council prior to any development taking place. This will join up existing populations, making them healthier and more resilient.

A new organisational licence for the council will allow it to authorise operations that may affect great crested newts on development of sites. For more information see Natural England's website

Image: Wikimedia Commons/Rainer Theuer