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Dragons Den star announced as BSAVA Congress keynote speaker
Mrs Campbell will be sharing her thoughts on balancing a successful career with family commitments.

Entrepreneur at head of 2020 extended programme

BSAVA Congress organisers have announced that Dragons Den star Jenny Campbell will be appearing as this year’s keynote speaker.

As part of an increased focus on wellbeing, the British entrepreneur will be sharing her thoughts and experiences on balancing a successful career with family commitments, leading this year’s extended programme celebrating the event’s 30th year at Birmingham.

Prior to appearing on the BBC show, Mrs Campbell worked in banking for 30 years. Beginning as a cashpoint filler, she eventually became CEO of cash machine company Hanco. She transformed the business and ultimately sold it for £50 million.

Organisers promise some 450 hours of CPD via more than 100 speakers in the expanded 2020 Congress programme, which caters for all levels of expertise.

The highlights of the 2020 Congress include more ‘open to all’ streams, a new range of practical workshops, more advanced veterinary practitioner streams and a popular favourites stream, which will include endocrinology, ophthalmology and cardiology.

BSAVA Congress programme committee chair Sue Murphy said: “Our ethos with the 2020 programme is to deliver unrivalled education, designed to tackle the current needs of the profession, with topical, clinically relevant and evidence-based content. Each stream is devised by our committee of volunteer vets, nurses and practice managers, ensuring our entire programme is created by the profession, for the profession.”

This Congress’ increased focus on wellbeing continues into the social events, with special yoga sessions and stress-relieving massage technique tutorials to remind attendees of the importance of self-care.

BSAVA Congress takes place in Birmingham from 2-5 April 2020.

Image (c) BSAVA

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Rare chimp birth announced at Edinburgh Zoo

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 The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) welcomed the birth of a critically endangered western chimpanzee on Monday 3 February at Edinburgh Zoo's Budongo Trail.

The baby girl will be named in the coming days through a public vote, and staff will carry out a paternity test during its first health check to determine the father.

Mother Heleen's first infant, Velu, was born in 2014, making this new baby only the second chimpanzee born in Scotland for more than 20 years.

Budongo Trail team leader Donald Gow said: "While we celebrate every birth, this one is particularly special because our new arrival is a critically endangered Western chimpanzee, a rare subspecies of chimpanzee."

Image (c) RZSS/Donald Gow. 

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BEVA offering free membership to vet students

The British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) is offering free membership to veterinary students. As part of a new initiative with the aim of encouraging more veterinary professionals into equine practice.

According to BEVA, less than one in ten veterinary students choose to work in equine practice. The association hopes that this initiative will provide insight into the field and the benefits of a career in equine medicine.

Benefits of membership include:
▪ access to a network of nearly 3,000 members
▪ special student rates to attend BEVA Congress
▪ online access to BEVA's Equine Veterinary Education (EVE) journal
▪ free access to the association's online learning platform
▪ free access to BEVA's practical veterinary apps
▪ exclusive discounts on a range of things from cinema tickets to grocery shopping.

BEVA will be releasing a series of short videos over the next few months from BEVA Council members, explaining what inspired them to work in equine practice.

Image (c) BEVA.