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New study finds certain people are 'cat whisperers'

Results could lead to better understanding of cat's needs
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Chatter box The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) welcomed the birth of a critically endangered western chimpanzee on Monday 3 February at Edinburgh Zoo's Budongo Trail.

The baby girl will be named in the coming days through a public vote, and staff will carry out a paternity test during its first health check to determine the father.

Mother Heleen's first infant, Velu, was born in 2014, making this new baby only the second chimpanzee born in Scotland for more than 20 years.

Budongo Trail team leader Donald Gow said: "While we celebrate every birth, this one is particularly special because our new arrival is a critically endangered Western chimpanzee, a rare subspecies of chimpanzee."

Image (c) RZSS/Donald Gow. Chatter box

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Increase magnesium before calving, cattle farmers advised
Increase magnesium before calving, cattle farmers advised

Study suggests cows absorb less magnesium than previously thought
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Human behaviour project set to improve cattle wellbeing
Human behaviour project set to improve cattle wellbeing

Initiative aims to deliver a set of possible interventions for vets and farmers
Thousands of pounds donated to fund charity's new rehoming van
Thousands of pounds donated to fund charity's new rehoming van

Appeal to fund vital equipment finds success
'Unexpected' number of AMR genes found on pig farm
'Unexpected' number of AMR genes found on pig farm

Study highlights extent of AMR gene 'pollution'
UK and Australia collaborate in simulated ASF exercise
UK and Australia collaborate in simulated ASF exercise

Nations work to strengthen joint disease control strategies
Poland and Germany discuss measures to contain ASF spread
Poland and Germany discuss measures to contain ASF spread

Ministers considering border fences and increased hunting
Study finds TB bacteria can survive in amoebae found in soil
Study finds TB bacteria can survive in amoebae found in soil

Bacterium's survivability could explain high transmission rates
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BEVA offering free membership to vet students

The British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) is offering free membership to veterinary students. As part of a new initiative with the aim of encouraging more veterinary professionals into equine practice.

According to BEVA, less than one in ten veterinary students choose to work in equine practice. The association hopes that this initiative will provide insight into the field and the benefits of a career in equine medicine.

Benefits of membership include:
▪ access to a network of nearly 3,000 members
▪ special student rates to attend BEVA Congress
▪ online access to BEVA's Equine Veterinary Education (EVE) journal
▪ free access to the association's online learning platform
▪ free access to BEVA's practical veterinary apps
▪ exclusive discounts on a range of things from cinema tickets to grocery shopping.

BEVA will be releasing a series of short videos over the next few months from BEVA Council members, explaining what inspired them to work in equine practice.

Image (c) BEVA.

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