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BSAVA Congress makes strides in reducing waste
BSAVA Congress has become the first veterinary conference to sign the Learning Without Landfill pledge.
Organisation is first to sign Learning Without Landfill pledge 

BSAVA Congress has become the first veterinary conference to sign the Learning Without Landfill pledge to reduce waste and encourage recycling.

Delegates at this year's event will have noticed a number of changes, including the absence of single use water bottles in lunch bags.

Learning Without Landfill, which launched at BSAVA Congress today (7 April), developed owing to concerns about the high levels of waste created during large events. It aims to communicate with the veterinary community, exhibitors and venues to reduce the environmental impact conferences can have.

According to BSAVA, it gave away 14,000 single-use plastic bottles during last year's event, but this year delegates received a free reusable bottle instead. Water fountains were also placed around the conference venue.

Head of congress Angharad Belcher said all water glasses used during the event were in fact made from eco-friendly, compostable Vegware. BSAVA worked with suppliers to ensure paper materials, carpets and even lanyards are recyclable this year.

In a further bid to reduce waste, all leftover food from lunch bags is being gifted to the Hope Centre in Birmingham.

Following the launch, delegates were invited to sign the pledge to help tackle waste and do one thing this year to make a difference.

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Vets save premature penguin chick

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 Vets have saved a tiny Humboldt penguin chick after her egg was accidentally broken by her parents. Keepers at ZSL London Zoo were shocked to find the chick, named Rainbow, still alive and rushed her straight to the Zoo’s on-site veterinary clinic.

It was a little way to go until the chick should have hatched, so the process was touch and go. Vets removed bits of shell from around the chick with tweezers until she could be lifted out and placed in a makeshift nest.

Rainbow is now in a custom-built incubation room where she spends her days cuddled up to a toy penguin. Keepers will hand-fed Rainbow for the next 10 weeks until she is healthy enough to move to the penguin nursery.  

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