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Farm Vets and the Coronavirus pandemic

With the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases increasing rapidly on a daily basis, the UK government has been forced to take extraordinary measures in an attempt to slow down the spread of this viral pandemic. The general public have been instructed to remain at home and avoid all unnecessary social contact. This includes working from home wherever possible; however for certain key professions this is not possible. 

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Is a house cow a good idea?

Cattle were first domesticated by humans approximately 10,000 years ago. Since then, selective breeding has led to a plethora of different breeds, each with their own unique adaptations. In Britain, breeds such as Holsteins, Friesians, Jerseys and Guernseys are renowned for the quantity and quality of their milk. As such, they are generally kept as dairy animals. Herefords, Aberdeen Angus and Limousins are just a few of the most popular beef breeds; kept specifically for meat production. 
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Cows on dairy farms – what’s the truth?

In the first of a new series of farm-animal blogs, our new vet blogger Zack explores the world of dairy farming. Want to know the truth about dairy cows and their lives, from someone who works with them day in day out? Then read on!
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Can People Catch Diseases from Animals? Part 3

In this final part of our series on zoonotic infections, we’re going to look at rarer or emerging zoonoses – those where the zoonotic risk is perhaps less well known.
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Can People Catch Diseases from Animals? Part 2

In the first of this series, we looked at what a zoonosis was, and the 'worst case scenario’ of a rabies outbreak. In this second part, we’re going to look at some of the more common conditions that vets (and doctors!) in the UK see in general practice day in, day out.
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