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Death notices

13 February 2020

Ball On 3 January 2020, Frederick Charles Ball, BVetMed, MRCVS, of Virginia Water, Surrey. Mr Ball qualified from London in 1961.

doi: 10.1136/vr.m433

Fox On 31 January 2020, Roger Carter Fox, MRCVS, of Market Harborough, Leicestershire. Mr Fox qualified from London in 1949.

doi: 10.1136/vr.m556

Watts On 25 January 2020, Michael Edwin Thomas Watts, BVSc, MRCVS, of Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. Mr Watts qualified from Bristol in 1959.

doi: 10.1136/vr.m435

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Effect of the Australian bushfires on our vets

13 February 2020

There have always been bushfires during Australia’s summer season. However, this year we have seen unprecedented outbreaks, fuelled by three years of drought and other effects of climate change. The fires started in September and are still burning. It is now February and, as I write this column, a fire is approaching Canberra from the south. Every day the toll increases – a billion native animals killed, 14 million hectares burnt, 10s of 1000s of livestock killed, 3000 homes lost and 34 people killed. We feel grief, sadness and despair, but at the same time a sense of community and a desire to help and to heal.

The grief is intense. I have asked vets in fire zones if they are getting any wildlife brought in. The answer is not much because sadly the animals have already died. Maybe just 10 per cent of our native animals are surviving...

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Michael Alan Horrox

13 February 2020

A Yorkshire practitioner whose expertise led him to work with a variety of species. He enjoyed involvement in a number of veterinary groups, as well as local organisations in his home town.

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