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• Dogs Trust is helping to support the national effort in the fight against Covid-19 by donating medical equipment to the NHS.

Dogs Trust Loughborough donated 120 surgical gowns to nearby Lings Bar Hospital, while Dogs Trust Basildon has provided 300 masks to Basildon University Hospital. The charity has also collected 18 oxygen cylinders from across its network of UK rehoming centres to make them available for use within the NHS.

• The RCVS Mind Matters Initiative has launched an Innovation in Wellbeing competition to find the best ideas for how vet teams can enhance mental health and wellbeing during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The competition is encouraging vet teams to think of inventive ideas for supporting each other, boosting morale and encouraging a sense of togetherness at a time when they are having to physically distance from each other and may only be communicating remotely.

Further details about the competition are available at:

• A new study by the Royal Veterinary College has highlighted the importance of including the social sciences in creating effective policies to mitigate the spread of zoonotic diseases, such as Covid-19.

The research, which is published in Preventive Veterinary Medicine, indicates that in order to avoid the historical ‘gross simplification’ of responses to zoonotic transmission of disease, there must be proper conceptualisation of how future projects might be undertaken, particularly in achieving a contextualised understanding, including social science disciplines.

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