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Animal Welfare
Tackling abuse in animals and people

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AN initiative that aims to help vets identify and act on cases of domestic and animal abuse has been launched in Scotland by the charity Medics Against Violence (MAV).

The Domestic Abuse Veterinary Initiative (DAVI) follows the success of a similar initiative involving dentists, and is based on research and clinical evidence which suggest that there are links between the abuse of children, vulnerable adults and animals. Those behind the initiative say that, because of the vet-client relationship, members of the veterinary team are in an ideal position to notice changes in someone's appearance or behaviour and that, by expressing concern, vets could give an abused client the confidence to seek help.

MAV has produced a practice note and a waiting room poster, …

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