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Chatter box The BSAVA is calling for speakers at the BSAVA Congress in April 2015. This is a fantastic opportunity for veterinary surgeons, veterinary nurses and practice managers to present their work to the profession in a supportive and encouraging environment.

In the Clinical Abstract stream, an important part of congress, speakers will have 15 minutes to present their work. The presentations play a major role in the progress of veterinary science and provide delegates with the opportunity to be inspired by the latest studies and new research.

BSAVA invite members of the profession to submit articles either as presentations or posters from September 15 - October 20. Further information is available at www.bsava.com/congress Chatter box

Natural England authorises second year of badger culls

Badger culling in west Somerset and Gloucestershire can continue this year after being officially authorised by Natural England, it was confirmed yesterday.

Start dates for the six-week culls have not yet been announced and will be decided by the companies licensed to conduct the culls.

Licensees have been given a target to remove a minimum of 615 badgers from the population in Gloucestershire and 316 in Somerset. The maximum number of badgers allowed to be culled has been set at 1,091 in Gloucestershire and 785 in Somerset.

Natural England says the minimum number remains under review as the Independent Expert Panel (IEP) that monitored last year's culls advised there were significant difficulties in gaining an accurate estimate of badger populations.

The IEP report on last year's culls found they failed on effectiveness and humaneness.

This year, Natural England says it will carry out field observations to monitor the accuracy of controlled shooting. AHVLA vets will conduct post-mortem examinations on a minimum of 60 badgers randomly selected from each cull area.


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