It is 19th January, 1915. Five months earlier, on 4th August, Britain declared war on Germany following the invasion of Belgium. Conscription will not be introduced for another year, and for most people living in the UK the war seems like a distant thing that is occasionally mentioned in the papers. For the people living in the seaside towns of Great Yarmouth, Sheringham, and King’s Lynn, life is going on as usual. But, tonight, everything will change. As darkness lies across the land, huge monsters move stealthily through the sky, heading to the British coastline with malicious intent. These monsters are zeppelins, on a mission to carry out the first ever aerial bombardment against the UK, and one of the first in history. Airships had only been reliably working for about ten years at this point, proving that as soon as something is invented, somebody will find a way to kill people with it. Air warfare was so novel at this time that the RAF would not be founded until 1st April 1918.


The 19th January bombing killed four civilians and injured 16 others. Zeppelin attacks continued throughout the war, with the last one on 12 April 1918. About fifty people died in these attacks. Although they served no real strategic advantage, they did cause panic. With the development of fighter planes during the latter half of the war, the zeppelin became less useful in combat as their slow manoeuvrability and large size made them easy targets. By the time of the Second World War twenty years later, zeppelins had become obsolete in warfare, although indiscriminate bombing sadly did not.

One thing that will never be obsolete is your need of great quality CPD, and as usual we’re here to provide you with a fantastic line up of webinars this week:

Veterinary Laser Therapy – Clinical Publications and Applications

Tue 21st January 2020, 8:00 pm

by Stephen Barabas BSc., BVMS., MRCVS

In the last five years there has been a huge growth in therapeutic laser use within medical clinics and hospitals worldwide. Lack of efficacy regulation has meant poor quality CE marked lasers have entered the veterinary profession, creating mixed results and scepticism. This webinar aims to explain the core science of Photobiomodulation, and present validated clinical publications on a range of veterinary applications. It will help clinicians understand medical laser therapy equipment to ensure they are suitable for their businesses and clinical applications.

The Pancreatitis Patient

Tue 21st January 2020, 8:00 pm

by Sophie McMurrough RVN VTS (SAIM)

Learn about the pathophysiology of Pancreatitis, what is it and how does it affect the body? A disease that can starts in one organ but can quickly become systemic. Learn how we can get involved and nurse these patients to really make a difference.

Mental Health First Responder Training Session Three – Responding safely and helpfully

Wed 22nd January 2020, 8:00 pm

by Mike Scanlan PRD

Working in the veterinary profession can be exciting and rewarding. However, caring for animals can be challenging, too – mentally as well as physically. It has been recognised in several studies that levels of depression, stress and anxiety are disproportionately high among veterinary professionals.

This course will deliver, 4 live sessions and is designed to support individuals or Veterinary practices looking to promote positive mental health at work. This bespoke training equip participants with a toolkit to improve their confidence and skills in addressing issues of Mental Health at work and in the wider community.

For Learners to confidently apply a range of early interventions aimed at responding confidently towards individuals who are struggling emotionally.


The Importance of Recovery from Work for Psychological Wellbeing

Thu 23rd January 2020, 12:30 pm

by Elinor O’Connor

Occupational psychologists have identified after-work recovery (i.e. restoring physical and mental resources during non-work time) as an important process in maintaining wellbeing. A number of work recovery mechanisms have been identified, including detaching psychologically from work during non-work time. This workshop will explore what recovery from work entails and how it supports wellbeing, and will consider practical tips for enhancing your recovery from work.

Essentials of gastrointestinal surgery

Thu 23rd January 2020, 8:30 pm

by Jackie DemetriouBVetMed CertSAS DipECVS MRCVS

This is a practical approach going over the basics of GI surgery of the dog and cat. It will discuss best practice in biopsy and enterectomy techniques .


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