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“It’s time to help others like me”
Miguel hopes to use his diverse background to help other VNs from abroad achieve RVN status.
VN Council candidate will use his background to ‘break barriers’ 

As veterinary professionals share their concerns over the impact of Brexit, one RVN who trained overseas aims to help others who wish to register in the UK.

Portuguese-born Mr Miguel Borralho is standing for election in this year's VN Council elections, together with Susan Howarth, Andrea Jeffrey and Marie Rippingale.

Currently employed at a small animal practice in North London, Miguel hopes to use his diverse background to help other VNs from abroad achieve RVN status.

In his manifesto, Miguel writes: ‘Having trained overseas, and having different experiences over the years, makes me who I am today. It’s time for me to help others like me, my equals, all the VNs that for many reasons are still not registered but want to join us.’

Miguel was born in the small town of Portalegre, Portugal, and has worked in small animal practice ever since. Two years ago Miguel made the move to London, where he completed his exams and assessments, qualifying as an RVN in May 2016.

If elected to VN Council, Miguel says that he aims to make RVNs even more important to practice by helping them to achieve their goals. This includes helping them to achieve specialisations in different fields of veterinary medicine.

‘By having this opportunity I will also be giving one extra quality, that is my language; my Portuguese will allow me to help break some barriers,’ he notes. ‘My goal is to make life as an RVN as simple and as focussed to veterinary care as possible, and make this profession one of the most enthusiastic and lovely.’

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Giraffe Conservation Foundation named BVNA’s charity of the year

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 BVNA president Wendy Nevins has named The Giraffe Conservation Foundation as the association’s charity of the year for 2017/2018.

The Giraffe Conservation Foundation dedicates its work to a sustainable future for wild giraffe populations. Wendy Nevins said: ‘I have chosen the Giraffe Conservation Foundation for the BVNA Charity of the Year because I have always thought Giraffes were magnificent animals.

‘I also think it is important that we look at the wider issue of conservation and education across all species.’  

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Scientists win award for openness in animal research

UK scientists have won an award for the 360ş Laboratory Animal Tours project, which offered the public an online, interactive tour of four research facilities that are usually restricted access.

The project won a public engagement award at the Understanding Animal Research (UAR) Openness Awards, which recognise UK research facilities for transparency on their use of animals in research, as well as innovation in communicating with the public.

The tour was created by the Pirbright Institute, the University of Oxford, the University of Bristol and MRC Harwell Institute.