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Vets call for 'I'm a Celeb' animal ban
"There's no justification for insects, rats and reptiles suffering for entertainment" - BVA (via Twitter).
BVA and RSPCA add voices to movement.

Veterinary and animal welfare organisations are once again calling for a ban on live animals on ITV's 'I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here', as the show begins its 22nd series.

The RSPCA is calling on supporters to contact ITV to ask producers to stop using living creatures in 'bushtucker trials', where the animals are often dropped, thrown, handled roughly, crushed, chased, overcrowded, prevented from escaping situations and scared by contestants.

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has also launched a campaign called #GetAnimalsOutOfThere – highlighting veterinary surgeons' major concerns around the show's treatment of animals.

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Dog owners sought for virtual walking challenge

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 Dog owners and walkers are being urged to sign up for the RSPCA's virtual dog walking challenge to help raise vital funds for the charity's rescuers.

It follows a shocking 25 per cent rise in abandonment cases and a 13 per cent rise in neglect incidents dealt with by the charity's rescue teams last year.

The My Big Walkies event takes place in March, and dog owners can pledge to either walk one mile a day or one hundred miles across the whole month. For more information and to sign up for the challenge, visit rspca.enthuse.com 

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VMD invites applications for extramural studies placements

The Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) is inviting veterinary students in their final two years of study to apply for a week-long extramural studies (EMS) placement at the VMD's offices in Addlestone, Surrey.

Students on the placement will have the opportunity to learn about the work of the VMD and look at areas of clinical relevance through a combination of lectures and workshops. The placement will run from 17 to 21 July 2023.

Interested students will need to download the application form and email it to ems@vmd.gov.uk by Friday, 10 March.