News Rohan Glynn with his two Dalmations and German Pointer

If you go down to the woods today you’re sure for a big surprise – especially if you have dogs.

'It's all about being mindful and culturally sensitive'

MBA Student of the Year highlights role of soft skills, says Russ Thorne

University application figures show first signs of recovering from fees introduction

The first signs that student university applications are bouncing back after the introduction of £9,000 a year fees emerged today.

Derek Pain: Animalcare is all set to come roaring back

No Pain, No Gain

Majority of UK zoos are not providing proper animal care

More than three quarters of British zoos are failing to meet minimum animal welfare standards.

There are 250,000 adult badgers in the UK

Will badger cull stop spread of TB in cattle?

It's the great countryside controversy of the day. NFU president Peter Kendall and TV naturalist Chris Packham argue for and against the cull

The badger, a hero of many children's stories, is a villain for farmers who need to protect cattle from TB

Vaccine breakthrough may mean no more badger culls

British scientists have made a breakthrough which may enable cattle to be vaccinated against TB, doing away with the need to cull the badgers believed to be infecting them.

Slimline pets now fighting fit after PDSA competition

A group of pets has gone from fat to fit after taking part in an animal slimming competition.

Cavalier Jack weighed a whopping 22kg before starting his PDSA diet

Dangerous diets of our fat cats and hefty hounds

Animal welfare group says there are now six million severely overweight cats and dogs in Britain

ASA clears RSPCA re-homing advert

An ad for the RSPCA's Home for Life service has been cleared following complaints that the charity omitted to mention that it euthanises some animals in its care.

Schmallenberg virus re-emerges and could spread throughout British livestock over the next few weeks

Schmallenberg virus, a new livestock disease discovered last year which causes birth deformities in sheep and cattle, has re-emerged this summer and could spread all across Britain in the weeks to come, scientists warned today.

Mystery deaths of 500 penguins

More than 500 dead penguins have been washed up on beaches in southern Brazil over the past week.

Probe under way after 30 swans found dead in Cardiff

An investigation is under way after the mysterious deaths of 30 swans in Cardiff.

Cold running water and a mature garden are attractive features

Primate real estate

Gorillas given helping hand as family expands

Growth in slaughter of non-stunned animals is 'unacceptable'

A former president of the British Veterinary Association claims that meat producers have increased the number of animals slaughtered according to religious principles, without prior stunning, because it is commercially advantageous for them to do so.

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