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Symposium plans ahead

THE JAMES Wellbeloved Annual Symposium will take place this year on Sunday 28th September at the Sports Connexion, Leamington Road, Ryton-on-Dunsmore, Warks.

Entitled “for the health of your dog”, the Symposium will cover many health related items with papers being presented by four different speakers all of whom are acknowledged experts in their individual fields. None of them have any connection with either Crown Pet Foods or The James Wellbeloved Dog and Cat Food Manufacturers who are sponsoring the event.

The very full programme will start with a 9am reception. The first Speaker will be Richard Allport, B.Vet Med., Vet M.F. Hom, MRVCS who will give a two hour paper on homoeopathic Medicine suitable for the canine, it uses, virtues and suitable applications. Richard practices both traditional Veterinary Medicine and Homoeopathic so is in a position to give a clean account of the virtues of each and can therefore recommend the most suitable route to take depending on what the Canine Patient presents with. Richard practices both traditional Veterinary Medicine and Homoeopathic so is in a position to give a clear account of the virtues of each and can therefore recommend the most suitable route to take depending on what the Canine Patient presents with. Richard operates the Natural Medicine Centre and is the author of a number of books on Homoeopathic Medicine.

The second speaker is Susan McKay BVMS, MRCVS, MBA. Susan is a recognised leader in the research and development of both canine and feline nutrition. She has worked with many top animal feed manufacturers and currently acts as consultant to the pet industry and therefore has no ties to any individual pet food manufacturers. This allows her to talk solely on her studies and experience and Susan’s paper will cover best practice in feeding regimes from puppy dog through to the OAP members of the canine pack and will take two hours including a short Question and Answer session.

After lunch the third paper of the day will look at Canine Vaccination and Annual Boosters. It will be a general paper covering such factors as Why we should vaccinate, when we should vaccinate, how often and what elements we should use. The speaker, Ann Robinson, BA, BAVSc (Hons), Cert SAD, PhD, MRCVS., is a Senior Veterinary Manager with Pfizer UK Ltd but is speaking as an Independent expert at this symposium.

After a short tea break the delegates will be brought up to date by OUR DOGS Chief Reporter Nick Mays on the Government’s views on Breed Specific Legislation, how, when, where and why it originated, parallels between the UK’s “1991 Dangerous Dogs Act” and the “Kampfhund” Laws in Germany and the proposed new BLS Laws in New Zealand; and examination of BSL in other countries around the world, focusing on notorious cases involving innocent dogs and their owners and why, at long last, some politicians are getting the message that BSL doesn’t work.

Also why do politicians meddle in the keeping of dogs and other domestic animals? Do we need invasive, prescriptive legislation, telling us how we should feed, breed, house and care of our pets? Is there a hidden agenda behind the Government’s planned animal Welfare Bill? Do politicians ever get animal laws right? The Symposium will close at 5.30pm

Tickets available from Mike Mullan, Organiser, Dunsmore Kennels, London Road, Stretton-on-Dunsmore, Warks, CV23 9HX. Tel 024-7654 2566. Price: £26 including a good quality buffet lunch. Cheques made payable to J M Mullan. An sae A5 size would be appreciated.