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In recent years shelter medicine has grown as a discipline as more vets and vet nurses become more interested in providing good care for rescued animals. This has led to more research and evidence being generated, and shelter and charity medicine is now considered its own specialty.
In the USA the discipline has been going strong for a number of years and in the UK the formation of the Association of Charity Vets (ACV) in February 2013 marked a step change in its development here.
The sector is being taken more seriously at government level. A consultation has just closed (4 March) on the registration and licensing of animal sanctuaries and rehoming activities in Scotland, and one of the likely outcomes is to bring in a licensing regimen to those operating animal shelters. This raises …
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