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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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Campaign highlights ‘devastating impact’ of smoking around pets

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 Leading vet charity PDSA has launched a campaign highlighting the ‘devastating impact’ that smoking can have on pets. The launch coincides with National No Smoking Day (14 March 2018) and aims to raise awareness of the risks of passive smoking and how to keep pets safe.

“Recent studies highlight that this is a really serious issue, and we want pet owners to know that they can make a real difference by simply choosing to smoke outdoors away from their pets,” said PDSA vet Olivia Anderson-Nathan. “We want pet owners to realise that, if they smoke, their pets smoke too.”  

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AWF named charity of the year

The Animal Welfare Foundation (AWF) has been chosen as charity of the year by the Veterinary Marketing Association (VMA). AWF is a vet-led charity, supported by the BVA, which aims to improve animal welfare though research funding, supporting veterinary education, providing pet care advice and encouraging debate on welfare issues.

VMA has pledged a range of support, including raising awareness and funds at their awards ceremony, which takes place on Friday 16 March, as well as offering marketing support through VMA marketing workshops.