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    Harper VN students in charity dog walk

    Posted 6 November 2008

    Veterinary Nursing students from Harper Adams University College have been taking part in a sponsored dog walk during National VN Week (October 26 to November 1).

    On four days, groups of students travelled to The Dogs Trust centre at Roden, Shropshire, to assist with walking dogs in need of new homes, and Wednesday’s group managed to squeeze in some time with a litter of whippet puppies currently living at the centre and adult resident Mr Magoo.

    Mr Magoo is a sponsor dog – cared for long term using the donations of dog lovers across the country. He has had trouble finding a new family to live with so has been at Roden for a long time.

    Dogs Trust will continue trying to find him a suitable home, but in the meantime he’s glad to receive the company of visitors, so was delighted to meet the girls from Harper Adams!

    With sponsorship money still being collected, the students have yet to find out how much they have raised.

    To learn more about Dogs Trust and opportunities to rehome and/or sponsor one of the residents, visit

    On Tuesday night, Harper Adams held another VN Week event – a CPD seminar on canine obesity, organised in conjunction with Pfizer Animal Health and in aid of Animal Cancer Trust, the British Veterinary Nursing Association’s chosen charity for 2008.

    Carwyn Ellis, Head of the Animals Department at Harper Adams, said: “More than 70 veterinary health professionals attended the seminar, led by Mark Moran of Pfizer, and enjoyed a highly informative and useful evening. The turnout was excellent considering the first snowfall of the winter came that afternoon.

    “We had a buffet and cake and drinks, so it was also a great opportunity for us to network and exchange knowledge – and most importantly, we raised £540 for an incredibly worthy cause.”

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