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VPMA becomes VMG
SPVS president Brian Faulkner and outgoing VMG president Renay Rickard opened the 2018 congress.

Rebrand reflects the association’s diverse membership

The Veterinary Practice Management Association (VPMA), announced its change of name to the Veterinary Management Group (VMG) at the joint SPVS/VMG conference in Newport last weekend (25-27 January).

Outgoing president, Renay Rickard, and incoming president Julie Beacham, explained that the change had been driven by the association’s increasingly diverse membership.

Their aim is to be inclusive and cater for the needs of anyone with an interest in management, through development and support.  

The group’s new identity includes a logo, incorporating the strap-line, Learn, Share, Grow.

More information about the VMG can be found on their new website www.vetmg.com

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UK a step closer to ivory ban

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 A UK ban on ivory sales is one step closer to coming into force, as the government has introduced the Ivory Bill to parliament. The ban covers items of all ages, rather than just ivory carved after 1947. Anyone breaching the ban will face an unlimited fine or up to five years in jail.

Conservationists have welcomed the bill, which comes less than six weeks after the government published the results of a consultation on this issue. Around 55 African elephants are now slaughtered for their ivory every day and the illegal wildlife trade is estimated to be worth £17 billion a year.  

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Strategic alliance to support development of agri-food sector

The Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI) and Queen’s University Belfast have formed a new strategic alliance that will see both institutions form a research and education partnership.

Under the agreement, the organisations will pool their resources and expertise to support the development of the agri-food sector. It will work across three core themes: enabling innovation, facilitating new ways of working and partnerships.