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BVNA welcomes new president
Wendy spoke of the “sense of belonging and being welcomed” she experienced when she attended her first BVNA Congress.
Wendy Nevins encourages VNs to utilise their voice

“It is important that as a profession, we have a strong coherent voice,” said the BVNA’s new president, Wendy Nevins, who took up her role at last week’s congress.

She takes over from outgoing president Sam Morgan. Wendy is the first BVNA president to be selected and appointed using the association’s new method of succession planning and recruitment, which was announced as part of its recent governance review.

Speaking to delegates at the AGM, she said the profession is facing many potential changes in the future, including the review of Schedule 3 and the still unknown implications of Brexit. With this in mind, she wants to see more veterinary nurses “step up and speak up”, as it is “through our membership that we gain our strength; the more members we have, the louder our voice will be”.

This could involve taking part in surveys, consultations, the VN Voice Poll, voting in elections, or simply sharing relevant posts on social media. During her presidential year she hopes to double participation in the VN polls, as well as growing and developing Veterinary Nursing Awareness Month.

Turnout of veterinary nurses in recent consultations and elections has been “quite low”, something Wendy believes “really needs to improve if we want to grow our profession”.

She also aims to maintain and grow the BVNA’s relationships with its peer organisations. Looking to the future, she said the association’s recent governance review will enable it to grow.

“I’ve seen the congress, the association, and the profession grow so much over my career, and in everything I do for the BVNA, I will ask: Is this the right thing for our profession? Is this the right thing for animal welfare? And also, is this the right thing for our members?”

Wendy spoke of the “sense of belonging and being welcomed” she experienced when she attended her first BVNA Congress, and still feels today.

Although she has not always worked in the profession, something always brings her back.

“Veterinary nursing is a passion,” she explained. “It’s part of me and something I imagine and hope I’ll always be a part of.”

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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.