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PIAA announces final round of Pet First aid Workshops for the year, we are traveling to Victoria & NSW.

Thursday November 30 - 9.30am to 12.30pm
Richmond TAFE College Cnr Blacktown Rd & Campus Drive, Richmond NSW

Tuesday November 21 - 5.00pm to 8.00pm
Pets on Nepean, 456-458 Nepean Highway Chelsea, VIC

Our Pet First Aid courses are designed for a caring Pet Owner, Walkers and Pet Minders, Pet Boarders, Pet Groomers and anyone who is simply interested in learning about Pet Health and Pet Care.

This course will be presented by Dr Michael Kidd.  Michael is a fully qualified Veterinarian and proud owner of Hurlstone Park Veterinary Hospital in Sydney.  On days off he is usually involved in the teaching and workplace assessment of student veterinary nurses in the Sydney metropolitan area.  Michael has years of presentation experience, speaking at many conferences and roadshows for the Australian Veterinary Association.

This course will include both practical and theory components.

Topics to be covered throughout the day include:
  • Control of bleeding
  • Performing CPR
  • Signs of shock
  • Handling distressed animals
  • Heat stress
  • Tick poisonings
and much more.

Click here for the PIAA Pet First Aid registration form

85 Years of Charitable and Community Support by Dogs NSW Members
Dog shows can be great fun and an opportunity to talk to breeders and see a variety of purebreds in their best form. But there’s one special dog show that is a worthwhile cause for charity!
Dogs NSW’s Dalwood Children’s Home Charity Shows on November 25 – 26 at Orchard Hills is raising funds to support vulnerable, young children and their families in New South Wales. This annual event has been running since 1932 and has raised about $1 million to date!
Dogs NSW is the peak body in NSW responsible for promoting breeding, showing, trialling, obedience, and other canine-related activities and the ownership of temperamentally and physically sound purebred dogs across NSW.
“Dogs NSW has been proudly running the Dalwood Children’s Home Charity Shows for the past 85 years, raising from $8,000 to $20,000 annually through show registration fees and raffles,” said Lyn Brown, President of Dogs NSW. “The event is a wonderful day out for all dog enthusiasts, particularly those unsure about what type of dog would best suit their lifestyle or growing family.”
All proceeds go to the Dalwood Spilstead Service, established nearly 40 years ago, as an extension of the Dalwood Children's Home, which was created in the 1920s to support children from disadvantaged families. Today, the Service provides multidisciplinary health, education and support services for families who are in stress, or experiencing difficulties in the care and parenting of their children in the early years.
This year’s event will showcase three All Breeds Championship Shows: two shows on Saturday and one show on Sunday, with awards for Best in Show, Best in Group, Sweepstakes and Junior Handlers, plus a special award for Dalwood’s 'Junior Showperson of the Year!'
"The public is invited to attend the shows and contribute to fundraising efforts by purchasing raffle tickets, for the chance to win a great prize," said Christine Mann, Secretary of the Dalwood Children’s Home Dog Show Committee. “Come to see the dogs, talk to breeders and see how dog shows can also be a worthwhile cause for charity!”
Kerry Gwynne, Service Manager of the Dalwood Spilstead Service, said Dogs NSW has been a significant contributor for many decades, helping to add and improve facilities at Dalwood.
“How rare it is for any organisation to commit to 85 years of support. I don’t think this Service would have existed without the support of the dog show,” said Ms Gwynne. “We can’t speak highly enough of the Dalwood Children’s Home Dog Show Committee or be more grateful for supporting us financially and being an incredible inspiration and encouragement to everyone involved in our organisation.”
The Dalwood Children’s Home Charity Shows are held at The Bill Spilstead Complex for Canine Affairs, 44 Luddenham Road, Orchard Hills. There will be FREE admission and parking on the grounds. 
For more information, please visit or contact DOGS NSW on or phone (02) 9834 3022. 

ANZ-Roy Morgan Australian Consumer Confidence bounced 2.0% to 114.8 this week, its highest level in seven weeks. The rise was primarily driven by a lift in sentiment towards economic conditions, only slightly offset by a fall in sentiment towards current financial conditions.

  • Households’ views towards both current and future economic conditions rose solidly, 3.5% and 7.0% respectively. Views towards current conditions are at their highest point in 14 weeks.
  • Meanwhile, households’ were slightly more pessimistic (-0.9%) regarding the state of their current finances. Encouragingly, their views towards future conditions remained unchanged last week following three consecutive falls. The four week average for the ‘financial situation next year’ subindex currently sits under its long term average (122.6 vs 123.4).
  • The ‘time to buy a major household item’ index rose 1.0% last week, more than reversing the previous week’s 0.5% fall.
  • The weekly value for inflation expectations bounced back to 4.5% last week after coming in at 4.3% the previous week.

For only $50,000 this Texas company will clone your pet

You love your dog. But would you spend $50,000 to clone it? If the answer is yes, then a Texas company is standing by and ready to help. 

The veterinarians at Viagen Pets use a propriety process for genetically preserving your pet’s DNA and safely maintain it at its cryo-storage facility. Using a donor egg, the company’s technicians join it and your pet’s previously frozen cells (which are easily taken by any veterinarian from a skin sample – even if your dog is sick or late in life) to produce an embryo. The embryo is then implanted into surrogate animal. The result is an identical genetic twin that’s delivered after a normal gestation period. The entire process takes about six-to-seven months. 

“People have a hard time wrapping their brain around that it that it is a real technology,” Melain Rodriguez, a manager at the company, said in this report on television station web site “It is not science fiction.” Viagen’s been doing this for more than 15 years and has successfully cloned thousands of animals including cattle, horses, pigs, sheep and – yes – dogs and cats.  

The process isn’t cheap. A cloned dog costs $50,000, but cats are done for half the price which clearly confirms my position that dogs are just way better than cats. 

Even at this price, the company reports it has a waiting list – and no, not professional breeders (the American Kennel Club will not register cloned dogs). It’s just normal people who desperately love their pets and are willing to pay just about anything to keep them –  or a cloned version of them – still around. “Pets’ lives are very short compared to ours,” Rodriguez told KDKA, “so if you can clone that pet and have another one that is very similar, it’s very rewarding.”   

Rodriguez assures us that your cloned pet will not be a Frankenstein. It will be “just a normal dog like any other dog. You would never know that he’s a cloned puppy.” Well, yeah but can’t my cloned dog at least know not to pee on the sofa like my dog does now? If so, then sign me up. 

Source: Washing Post
Producers urged to reconsider animal health management

An innovative piggery in Young has proven successful in reducing the use of antibiotics, without compromising the health and productivity of its stock.
Australia’s Chief Veterinary Officer, Dr Mark Schipp, visited the large 2000-sow farm today, as part of activities to mark Antibiotic Awareness Week, and said the piggery is leading the way for other producers.
“It’s common knowledge that excessive use of antibiotic treatment can lead to strains of bacteria emerging which don’t respond to current antibiotic treatment—this is known as antimicrobial resistance,” Dr Schipp said.
“Antimicrobial resistance is recognised as a growing threat to human and animal health on a global scale, and by creating awareness, we are mitigating this threat to animal welfare, biosecurity and production.
“While Australia has among the lowest levels of antibiotic use in animals, some use is required to maintain health and welfare, which means the threat of an antibiotic resistant bacteria emerging is very real.
“In Australia, both the human and animal health sectors are collaborating with the food and agricultural industries, to develop a combat plan in case an antimicrobial resistant bacteria emerges.
“The Young piggery I visited has implemented a common sense approach to managing animal health by providing adequate nutrition, abiding to strict biosecurity measures and using vaccines to control infectious diseases in livestock production.
“This piggery’s management model has been duplicated in other parts of the world, which demonstrates that Australia is a world leader in developing innovative and practical animal management strategies.”
All livestock farmers and animal health professionals like veterinarians are part of the solution in tackling antimicrobial resistance, by reducing the need for, and use, of antibiotics.
Further information about Antibiotic Awareness Week may be found here:

UK News

Pets at Home opens new store within Tesco Extra

Pets at Home has partnered with Tesco to open a new store within the supermarket chain’s Durham branch.

The store officially opened on 11 November at Tesco Extra on Durham’s Dragonville Industrial Estate. It includes a pet pharmacy which will provide a large range of health care products including supplements, first aid, dental care and flea and worms treatments.

Store manager Jill Allen has been with Pets at Home for over two years, having previously worked at the Alnwick branch.

Jill said: “Our new store features thousands of dedicated pet products for not only local dogs and cats but small animals, fish and local wildlife too.” All colleagues at the new store receive training on pet care and pet knowledge which is endorsed by City & Guilds.

Lisa and Thomas Dixon from Dogs for Good and their dog, Vito, officially opened the store. Family activities such as face painting and a balloon modeller were used to attract customers to the launch.

As yet, Pets at Home has not revealed whether further stores will be opened within supermarkets across the UK. Pet Gazette has approached Pets at Home for comment.

Bid to transfer recognition of animal sentience into UK law defeated

Bid to transfer recognition of animal sentience into UK law defeated “Actions speak louder than words, and this action undermines the Government’s previous promises the UK will continue to be known for our high standards of animal health and welfare post-Brexit” – Gudrun Ravetz.

The BVA has expressed its “extreme concern” after MPs voted to reject the inclusion of a crucial clause that would transfer the recognition of animal sentience into UK law post-Brexit.

Green Party MP Caroline Lucas had submitted an amendment clause (NC30) to the EU (Withdrawal) Bill, which sought to transfer the EU Protocol on animal sentience set out in Article 13 of Title II of the Lisbon Treaty into UK law, so animals continue to be recognised as sentient beings under domestic law.

At the end of an eight-hour parliamentary debate, the new clause was rejected, with an 18 majority for the Government – 313 against, 295 in favour.

‘Founding principle’

Responding to the vote, BVA senior vice-president Gudrun Ravetz said: “It is extremely concerning a marginal majority of MPs have voted down this seminal clause.

“Enshrining animal sentience in UK law would have acknowledged that we consider animals as being capable of feelings such as pain and contentment and, so, deserving of consideration and respect. It is a founding principle of animal welfare science and the way we should treat all animals.

“As an animal welfare-led profession, the BVA has been calling on the Government to at least maintain standards of animal health and welfare and public health. Yet, actions speak louder than words, and this action undermines the Government’s previous promises the UK will continue to be known for our high standards of animal health and welfare post-Brexit.

“There is an urgent need for clarity from the Government on how the provisions in Article 13 will be enshrined in UK law to ensure we do not fall short of the high standards we expect as a nation of animal lovers.”


Ms Lucas said: “The decision by the Government to vote down my amendment on animal sentience really was disappointing. This change would have guaranteed animals don’t become collateral damage in the Brexit negotiations – and it’s a real shame it was rejected.

“I know animal lovers will be concerned by this setback, but there’s still a chance the House of Lords can change the bill – and enshrine animal sentience into British law.”

Dogs Trust officials are strongly urging the House of Lords to take forward the issue of animal sentience when the EU Withdrawal Bill is debated there, most likely early next year.

New Chair for WSAVA One Health Committee

US veterinarian Professor Michael (Mike) Lappin has been elected as the Chair of the World Small Animal Veterinary Association’s (WSAVA’s) One Health Committee (OHC).  The OHC works to ensure the prominence of the small companion animal–human interface in the global One Health agenda.
Mike Lappin is the Kenneth W Smith Professor and directs the Center for Companion Animal Studies in the Department of Clinical Sciences at Colorado State University in the USA.  He takes over from UK veterinarian Emeritus Professor Michael Day who is taking up new responsibilities with the WSAVA, having recently been elected to its Executive Board.
Created in 2010 at the instigation of Emeritus Professor Day, the WSAVA’s OHC has worked to build international understanding of the importance of companion animal veterinary care in aspects of One Health, including the human-companion animal bond, zoonotic infectious diseases and comparative clinical research.  Its activities have included:
  • Organising a Memorandum of Understanding to promote increased collaboration between the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and the WSAVA in 2011
  • Hosting two major symposia: one with the OIE in 2013 at which the global target for rabies elimination (2030) was set and another with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 2016 on One Health aspects of obesity in people and their pets. 
  • The publication of scientific manuscripts and editorials, together with presentations at major One Health conferences
Michael Day said: “It has been an honour to have served as the inaugural chair of the WSAVA OHC and we have made great progress in promoting the importance of small companion animals in One Health.” 
“I’m grateful to our Committee members who have given freely of their time and I would also like to thank our eight industry sponsors.  Without them, our achievements would not have been possible.”
He added: “Mike Lappin has been an active member of the OHC since its early days and has an international reputation for his work on zoonotic infectious diseases.  He is ideally placed to lead the OHC going forward.  My interest in One Health has been a consistent feature of my career so I look forward to rejoining the Committee as WSAVA Executive Board Liaison in September 2018.”
Professor Lappin said: “As with Michael, One Health has been my major career interest since completing my PhD studying feline toxoplasmosis. Joining the OHC has been a career highlight and I am honoured to have been elected to follow in his footsteps and to lead the WSAVA’s work in this area. We have a range of activities planned for 2018, including the launch of an online modular continuing education (CE) programme in One Health for WSAVA members.”
The WSAVA aims to advance the health and welfare of companion animals worldwide through creating an educated, committed and collaborative global community of veterinary peers.  It currently represents more than 200,000 veterinarians through 105 member associations.
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