Two dates for your diary later this month. The first is Love Your Pet Day which is held every year on 20th February. This is the day to spoil your pet be it cat, dog, rabbit, guinea pig, bird, tortoise or anything else! This day was set aside to help us appreciate our furry, or not so furry, friends. So remember on Monday February the 20th to give your pet an extra cuddle or treat.
Following quickly on the heels of this is International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day. Yes! there is a day to celebrate this on 23rd February. Dog biscuits were ‘invented’ in the mid 19th century when an American manufacturer, James Spratt came to England and visited Liverpool. Here he saw stray dogs eating ship’s biscuits on the quayside. He came up with the idea of a specific dog biscuit, called ‘Spratts Biscuits’ initially made in London using a secret recipe including both meat and vegetables. As the years have gone by biscuits for dogs have been subjected to massive amounts of research to make the wide choice of palatable, healthy biscuits and treats we have today. So celebrate, get your dog an extra treat on 23rd February, and don’t forget the cats!
On a slightly more serious note, three of the Withy Grove Team will be taking important exams this spring. Beki and Olwyn are sitting exams for the Animal Nursing Assistant (ANA) exam. This is a useful course on its own but it can also be used as a stepping stone to taking the full Veterinary Nurse (VN) qualification. Suanne will be sitting the final exam of her Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) Certificate of Advanced Veterinary Practice (AVP) which will qualify her to be an Advanced Practitioner in surgery. On top of this we have two Veterinary Nursing Students doing their placements with us, Charlotte and Emma who you may well meet on your visits to the surgery.