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SPVS Launches Animal Welfare Group To Represent Vets Views

13 years ago

7th July, 2009 00h00

THE Society of Practising Veterinary Surgeons (SPVS) has today announced the launch of its new Animal Welfare Group in a bid to represent the ³unique views² of GP vets more effectively. The Society has been working closely with organisations such as The Companion Animal Welfare Council (CAWC) and has submitted evidence to the Bateson Independent Inquiry into Dog Breeding. The Society believes that the very deep concerns over the future of pure-bred dogs, which have arguably been catalysed by the BBC¹s Pedigree Dogs Exposed programme, have not been properly addressed by the Kennel Club¹s revision of its breed standards. Two Parliamentary Acts - the Animal Welfare Act (2006) and Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Acts (2007) ­ which for the first time extended protection to companion animals have also seen concerns over animal welfare move into the spotlight. SPVS wants to represent the views of vets on such issues and is encouraging practitioners to join the new group. The SPVS Animal Welfare Group was conceived by two members of the Society¹s Council ­ Journal Editor Harvey Carruthers and young vet James Yeates - during discussions about how to best represent the real-life experiences and opinions of ordinary veterinarians and was unanimously endorsed by the Society. The group will work directly with organisations such as CAWC, the Farm Animal Welfare Council (FAWC), the Bateson group and the BVA EWG to improve the welfare of all animals, while focusing on companion animals. Vets via the SPVS Animal Welfare Group are in the ideal position to advise the Kennel Club as on a daily basis they treat conditions that have resulted directly from too small gene pools. SPVS Members interested in joining the SPVS Welfare Group and having their views represented should contact SPVS is run by practitioners for practitioners and if you¹d like further information on the many courses and membership benefits that SPVS offers, please contact the secretariat on 01926 410454 or visit the web site at

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