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RCVS recognised in workplace awards
The RCVS has been recognised in a national scheme to rate places of work. The College was ranked 30th in the medium (50 to 499 employees) category at the Best Workplace Awards ceremony on May 13. The awards are run by the Great Place to Work Institute, which carries out comprehensive annual surveys of staff engagement with a wide variety of businesses. In the survey it carried out with the RCVS last year, 91 per cent of RCVS staff gave a positive response to the statement ‘Taking everything into account, I would say this is a great place to work.’ Nick Stace, the RCVS's chief executive, said that the ranking at the awards ceremony recognised the great strides made by the College and the resolve of its staff and the RCVS Council to improve working practices, communication and wellbeing.
Raising awareness of dry eye
MSD Animal Health is launching a campaign to encourage dog owners to get their pet checked for keratoconjunctivitis sicca (dry eye). The campaign, ‘Take a closer look’, will run from July 1 to August 31, and give owners the opportunity to complete an online risk assessment and download a voucher for a free Schirmer tear test. The company says veterinary practices will be able to sign up to take part in the campaign from June 1. Registration can be completed at www.ukvetsonline.co.uk and participating practices will be given access to a free online CPD update on dry eye, as well as free Schirmer tear tests and a range of support material. They will also be listed in the ‘vet finder’ area of www.mypetonline.co.uk, MSD Animal Health's online community for pets, owners and vets.
Humane control of animal populations
The Universities Federation for Animal Welfare (UFAW) will be holding a two-day international symposium in Zagreb, Croatia, from July 14 to 15. The meeting, ‘Animal populations – world resources and animal welfare’, will consider issues surrounding the rationales and methods of humane control of animal populations, both kept and free-living, in pursuit of preserving biodiversity and minimising welfare risks to animals. Details from www.ufaw.org.uk