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We started incubating the six fertilised legbar (the breed of mum and dad chicken!) on the 1st October in an incubator at 37.5 c and 45% humidity. We turned them 5 times a day so the embryo didn’t stick to the egg membrane.







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Vet’s Dogs Need Treatment Too – Kitsu’s Day At The Vets

My dog Kitsu is a 3 year old female Japanese Shiba inu. She can be stubborn and mischievous, but always brightens my day.

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My Cat Snores

My Cat Snores – Is it Normal?


Snoring is very common (about 50% of the human population snore apparently!).

If the noise is not changing, i.e. not getting worse, and there are no other signs like a snuffly nose, change in appetite, no sneezing or coughing etc., then it is most likely nothing to worry about.

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Bruno’s weight loss story :)


This is Bruno, how fantastic does he look! Bruno didn’t always look like this. His previous owners were an older couple who became unwell and due to a combination of over feeding and limited exercise (definitely not lack of love!) Bruno gradually became extremely overweight.

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An RVN Abroad

I have worked abroad voluntarily twice, once in Thailand and once in India. The charity in Thailand is called Lanta Animal Welfare on Koh Lanta and in India I worked for ARC (Animal Rescue Centre) in Palolem, Goa.
The aim for both charities is to reduce the stray population  numbers, minimise pain and suffering, educate local people and try to eliminate the incidence of transmissible diseases (in particular, Rabies).
Animal charities in developing countries face many challenges; animal welfare is considered very low priority when people are struggling to survive themselves.  Local people are scared of the stray populations due to disease transmission and therefore the animals are treated very badly – this problem can only be addressed by education & vaccination.  Many people also trap and catch wild and sometimes rare animals to sell or keep as pets, which then become frustrated and vicious in their poor captive conditions.

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Capturing an escaped hamster

Escaped hamster

Hamsters can come to harm or even suffer a fatal accident if they escape from their cage, so should a hamster escape it is vital to capture it and return it to the safety of its cage as soon as possible. However, escaped hamsters can often be difficult to find, so it may be necessary to set a humane trap as follows to capture it.

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