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Scottish SPCA appeals for vets to assist with vital work

Efforts to develop veterinary understanding of non-accidental injuries and other forms of animal abuse

The Scottish SPCA is appealing for practicing vets to assist with their vital work enforcing the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006.

We are seeking experienced vets to help in various areas such as providing statements in court and supporting animal cruelty investigations.

Chief veterinary officer Ian Futter said, “We are in need of skilled vets who can help us with our important work.

“The Scottish SPCA relies on the veterinary profession to support animal cruelty investigations, provide expert witness statements and give evidence in court.

“We are looking for professionals throughout Scotland who would be willing to support our animal cruelty cases outwith their normal practice.

“It will involve working closely with our frontline and Special Investigations Unit to bring those guilty of crimes against animals to justice.

“Cases can be anything from animal neglect to identification of dog breeds.

“We do extensive work into illegal puppy farming and cases linked to serious and organised crime such as badger baiting and dog fighting.

“An example of what may be required could be examining an animal involved in an investigation and preparing court reports on the body condition.

“Full training will be provided.’

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