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What’s Lucy’s Law, and is it important?

If you follow animal welfare news outlets or social media channels, or even the mainstream news, you’ll probably have heard a lot about Lucy’s Law this week. However, with the Brexit furore, it might have passed you by, if (like many of us!) you turn off (literally or metaphorically) to any news from parliament. So, in this blog, I’m going to look at this new legislation, and see what it means for animal welfare.
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Are pets good for my mental health?

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week - and it’s such an important conversation to be part of, because mental health problems are, sadly, very common. In fact, about 1 in 4 people in the UK will suffer a mental health problem in any one year. The most common specific problems are anxiety and depression, but there are of course many, many more. Mental health problems can tear a person apart from the inside. They can cause relationships with families and friends to break down, lead to self harm or suicide, or even exacerbate physical ailments such as heart problems. However, in recent years, there has been a great deal of research on whether pets and companion animals can help prevent, or even manage, mental health problems.
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What is Vet Nurse Awareness Month all about?

Veterinary Nursing as a profession has grown in both recognition and status over the last few years. Year on year, the number of Student Vet Nurses enrolling on Veterinary Nursing courses increases, as well as the total number of Veterinary Nurses recorded on the RCVS register. This not only demonstrates the rising awareness of the existence of the profession, but also the viability as a career choice. This is excellent news for the field and is the first step in the right direction of what ‘Vet Nurse Awareness Month’ is trying to achieve. However, knowledge of the importance and complexity of a vet nurse’s role in practice is, understandably, still not as well understood by those not working in a veterinary practice.
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Walk in the Woods… but don’t throw sticks!

Did you know it’s Walk in the Woods month?! What could be better than getting out and about with your faithful canine friend in the woods this spring? However, it’s really important to remember - stick injuries are a real thing, and can end tragically. Please don’t throw sticks for dogs - in this blog I’ll explain why…
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Worm Tales 3: Lungworms

We know of some great animal journeys.

We can watch them on TV. So many weird and wonderful animals pass through so many strange places on Earth. Salmon migrate by leaping upriver; crabs scuttle over the ground; locusts swarm; grazing herds wander; whales go miles and miles using echolocation. But the journey that I’m going to marvel at today takes place on a much smaller scale. And that’s the journey of a parasite we know as Lungworm.
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