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RSPCA to continue rescuing animals in Wales during ‘firebreak’ lockdown
RSPCA frontline rescuers and centre staff will continue their vital work, as they are classed as key workers.

Charity urges public to seek guidance on new restrictions

The RSPCA has confirmed that it will continue to answer emergency and cruelty calls made to its helpline during the upcoming ‘firebreak’ lockdown in Wales.

The new restrictions - which come into force today (Friday 23 October) – have led to the closure of the RSPCA animal centres in Newport and Bryn-Y-Maen in Upper Colwyn Bay for the duration of the lockdown. However, staff at these sites will continue to care for the animals based there and take in newly rescued animals.

Following discussions with the Welsh government, limited rehomings will still be taking place virtually, with pets being delivered to owners by the RSPCA.

All RSPCA charity shops in Wales will be closed along with other non-essential retail, and the RSPCA Merthyr Tydfil Veterinary Clinic will be providing emergency-only appointments to clients for the two-week period.

Further advice for animal owners during lockdown can be found on the Welsh government website.

RSPCA’s Chief executive, Chris Sherwood, said: “As we approach this ‘firebreak’ lockdown in Wales we want to reassure everyone that our dedicated team of frontline staff will continue to provide care for the most vulnerable animals in Wales and respond to calls to our cruelty line.

“We appreciate this is another unsettling time for animal owners and urge everyone to seek the advice and guidance ahead of these upcoming two weeks.

“I’d also urge anyone struggling with their pet to ask for help. Animals have been there to help us through the crisis - please don’t abandon them now.”

The charity is also urging local authorities to relax Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) in certain areas, to ensure that dog walkers have adequate space to exercise their pets in their local area and to reduce unnecessary travel.

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Boehringer Ingelheim to host online Christmas comedy special

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 Boehringer Ingelheim (BI) Animal Health is set to host a live Christmas comedy event to provide entertainment and festive fun for veterinary professionals.

BI Animal Health's Christmas Comedy Cracker is a free online event, designed to help veterinary professionals sit back and relax at the end of what has been a difficult year for the whole profession.

The event will take place online at 8pm on Thursday 17 December. Comedian Rhys James will host and the line-up also includes ventriloquist Nina Conti, comedian Zoe Lyons and musical comedy troupe The Noise Next Door.

To register your place for free please visit www.christmascomedycracker.co.uk 

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VMD and VPS announce joint open information day

The Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) and the Veterinary Products Committee (VPC) have announced a joint open information day covering topics such as veterinary medicines regulations, antimicrobial resistance, scientific advice and novel therapies.

Taking place on Wednesday 18 November, the virtual event will take the form of a series of pre-recorded webinars and a 'Slido' Q&A session. Links to the webinars and full instructions on how to use Slido will be available on gov.uk on 18 November. To join the mailing list for the event, email director.support@vmd.gov.uk