A third of Wellington’s kākā parrot chicks found to have lead in their blood | New Zealand

Lead has been detected in nesting native kākā chicks in Wellington, but unusually, the birds seem to have developed a tolerance to the toxin, a study has found. Kākā are a noisy, smart parrot, with bright green plumage and blood red patches under their wings and chest. They are particularly animated at dawn and dusk, … Read more

Dog Helps Lead State Trooper To Family’s Rollover Car Crash

There are a number of events that can increase the odds of your dog getting lost. Fireworks, thunderstorms, and being involved in a car crash with your pup in tow top the list. But fortunately for one lucky dog, she not only escaped being ejected from her family’s car relatively unscathed, but she also alerted … Read more

IVC Evidence appoints UK medicine lead

A former BSAVA director of education has taken up a new senior role with a major international practice group. IVC Evidence has appointed Lucie Goodwin as its new UK national medicine lead. The announcement follows a recent series of senior appointments and the firm is also planning to set up a referral board, which will … Read more

Husband and wife lead rival teams competing at inter-practice sports day

Welly wanging and a buster collar relay were among the athletic highlights when vets, nurses, support staff and their families went head to head for a hotly-contested inter-practice sports day. The event was held between Kilbarchan Veterinary Practice (KVP) and the nearby Pet Vets The Equine Vet Clinic in Renfrewshire, and with both teams striving … Read more

Mars appoints Ian Battersby as global lead on pharmaceutical stewardship

Mars Veterinary Health has appointed Ian Battersby as its responsible pharmaceutical stewardship lead. In his new role, Dr Battersby will guide the development of interventions, strategies, process changes and campaigns to improve responsible pharmaceutical usage across all Mars veterinary clinics worldwide. Subject expert Dr Battersby was previously head of internal medicine at Hertfordshire-based Davies Veterinary … Read more

Wear makes double appointment of specialists to lead services

Two specialists at a County Durham animal hospital have been appointed as heads of service. Diagnostic imaging specialist Naomi Earley, and veterinary anesthesia and analgesia specialist Felipe Márquez Grados now lead their respective disciplines at Linnaeus-owned Wear Referrals in Bradbury. Wear said their promotions to leadership roles underlined its commitment to excellence across its multidisciplinary … Read more

The British government must lead the way on animal welfare | Letters

We are concerned by reports of the government abandoning its manifesto commitments to an animals abroad bill (Tory row as law barring import of hunting trophies set to be axed, 14 March). Quite apart from the welcome promise of an end to trophy hunting imports, the bill’s other leading measures are greeted across parties and … Read more