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PDSA offers free workshops for veterinary professionals

Vet charity, PDSA, is offering free workshops to help veterinary professionals deliver new welfare checks known as ‘PetWise MOTs’.

The checks focus on the five welfare needs, as defined in the Animal Welfare Acts, and follow reports that public awareness of these needs has dwindled*.

Richard Casey, PDSA Pet Well-being project manager, said: “We know there is more to a pet’s well-being than just providing for their basic health needs. This unique consultation structure was developed in response to falling awareness among owners of their pets’ welfare needs, with millions of pets suffering unnecessarily.

“The PetWise MOTs use a simple traffic light system and personalised action plans to reverse this trend by helping to inform and engage owners about what their pets need to be healthy and happy.”

PDSA is now offering a limited number of free spaces on training days for the wider veterinary profession on how to deliver PetWise MOTs in a bid to improve pet well-being in the UK. The workshops count for seven hours of CPD and are fully accredited by the CPD Standards Board.

For more information or to book a place, visit www.pdsa.org.uk/petwise or email petwise@pdsa.org.uk.  

* Animal Welfare Acts refers to the Animal Welfare Act 2006 in England & Wales, the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006, and the Welfare of Animals Act (Northern Ireland) 2011. Owners’ awareness of these Acts has declined significantly in the last five years, falling from 45 percent in 2011 to 31 percent in 2015.

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