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Animal welfare
Emergency treatment of owned and wild animals
  1. Iain McGill1,
  2. Marc Abraham2,
  3. Caroline Allen3,
  4. Heather J. Bacon4,
  5. Fiona Dalzell5,
  6. Bronwen Eastwood6,
  7. Richard Edwards7,
  8. Phill Elliott8,
  9. Sophie Hill9,
  10. Andrew Knight10,
  11. Jo Lewis11,
  12. Alastair MacMillan12,
  13. Andre Menache 13,
  14. Pete Southgate14 and
  15. Paul Torgerson15
  1. 181 Stanmer Park Road, Brighton, East Sussex BN1 7JL
  2. 2Grove Lodge Vets, 21 Southwick Street, Southwick, Brighton, East Sussex BN42 4AD
  3. 3Canonbury Veterinary Practice, 226 Essex Road, Islington,London N1 3AP
  4. 420/3 St Peters Place, Edinburgh EH3 9PQ
  5. 52 Littlewood Cottages, School Road, Drayton, Norwich, Norfolk NR8 6EP
  6. 6Wilbury Veterinary Surgery, 20 Wilbury Avenue, Hove,
    East Sussex BN3 6HR
  7. 7Foxfield, Slindon Bottom Road, Fontwell, Arundel, West Sussex BN18 0SN
  8. 89 Hunt Road, Earls Colne, Essex CO6 2NX
  9. 914 Grace Crescent, Hardwick, Cambridgeshire CB23 7AH
  10. 10189 Liberty Place, Sheepcote Street, Birmingham,
    West Midlands B16 8JZ
  11. 11 c/o 138 Chobham Road, Sunningdale, Ascot, Berkshire SL5 0HU
  12. 12Pointers, West Chiltington Road, Pulborough, West Sussex RH20 2EE
  13. 13Flat 5, 49 Granville Road, Sevenoaks, Kent TN13 1HB
  14. 1461 Ferry Road, Sudbourne, Woodbridge, Suffolk IP12 2BJ
  15. 15Section of Epidemiology, Vetsuisse Faculty, University of Zurich, Winterthurerstrasse, 8057 Zurich, Switzerland
  1. e-mail: ain{at}

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