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RCVS Council elects new junior vice-president
Dr Niall Connell has been elected junior vice-president for 2018-19.

Dr Niall Connell will take up his new role in July 

RCVS Council members have elected Dr Niall Connell as junior vice-president for 2018-19 and confirmed Amanda Boag as president for the same year.

Niall was elected at a meeting of the RCVS Council on Thursday (8 March) where a number of other appointments were also confirmed. These include Amanda as president, professor Stephen May as senior vice-president, Dr Kit Sturgess as treasurer, Professor Susan Dawson as chair of education committee and Dr Kate Richards as chair of standards committee.

After qualifying from the University of Glasgow’s School of Veterinary Medicine in 1982, Niall began his career working in mixed practice in Fife. In 1984 he joined Glasgow East PDSA PetHospital as a senior veterinary surgeon where he remained for 15 years.

Whilst at the PDSA, Niall became an honorary lecturer and examiner at Glasgow vet school. He retired from clinical practice in 2009 after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and now works as a clinical & professional skills Instructor at Glasgow vet school.

In asking for votes from RCVS Council members, Niall said: “I am passionate about highlighting RCVS’ work, achievements and ethos in person and on several social media platforms to maximise engagement with our professions and with undergraduates. I have an excellent relationship with RCVS staff which is very important. I relish the prospect of working with my fellow Council members, College staff and our professional colleagues in the field for the best outcomes.
 
“The College is immersed in many important projects such as Vet/VN Futures, Mind Matters, graduate outcomes, career pathways and One Health, as well as Brexit, global positioning and the Veterinary Surgeons Act. I would devote all my time and energy to being RCVS Vice-President/President.”

Niall, Amanda and the other team members will take up their new roles at RCVS Day in July.

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Report: A third of Welsh birds are in decline

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 A report by RSPB Cymru and partnering ornithology organisations has revealed that a third of bird species in Wales are in significant decline.

90 per cent of Wales is farmed and there is now pressure to implement new land management policies that will aid in nature restoration.

Patrick Lindley, Maritime Ornithologist for Natural Resources Wales, commented: “The problems that confront UK birds, whether they are breeding or non-breeding, are pressure and threats that confront entire ecosystems.

“Birds are a great indicator to the health of our environment. The continued population declines of birds of farmed, woodland and upland habitats suggest there are large geographic themes that are having a detrimental impact.”  

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