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Voting now open for BVNA Council elections
BVNA Council formulates the policies, direction and events of the largest VN representative body in the UK.
A record number of candidates are running for three seats

Voting is now open to BVNA members to choose who they would like to represent them on Council.

All BVNA members are encouraged to vote in the BVNA Council elections, which this year contains a record number of RVN candidates. Members are invited to vote for up to two candidates and can do so online via the Members Area.

BVNA Council formulates the policies, direction and events of the largest VN representative body in the UK. Representatives stand for a period of three years and no previous experience in governance or management is required.

There are nine RVN candidates standing for three council places this year - the highest number of candidates that have stood for election at one time on BVNA Council. They are as follows:

    •    Rachel Davis RVN
    •    Albert Holgate RVN
    •    Callum Ladell BSC (Hons) PgProfDev FdSc RVN
    •    Samantha Payne CertVN ECC RVN
    •    Lacey Pitcher RVN
    •    Sarah Ramsden RVN
    •    Louise Scott VNCert (ECC) Ncert(Anaesth) RVN
    •    Abigail Stanley-Jones RVN
    •    Alexandra Taylor RVN C&G Cert SAN ISFM Cert&DipFN.

“The number of candidates in the election speaks volumes. This is the highest number of candidates we have seen and is great for the profession and the BVNA,” said BVNA president Wendy Nevins. “I look forward to seeing all the candidates’ campaigns during voting period.

“I urge all of our members to use their vote and to encourage their fellow members to vote – this is their opportunity to decide who sits on Council to represent you.”

Voting will remain open until midnight on 18 July and all candidates' profiles and manifestos can be found on the BVNA website.

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Veterinary Evidence Student Awards winners revealed

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 The first winners of the RCVS Knowledge Veterinary Evidence Student Awards have been revealed.

Molly Vasanthakumar scooped first prize for her knowledge summary comparing the ecological impact of woven versus disposable drapes. She found that there is not enough evidence that disposable synthetics reduce the risk of surgical site.

Second prize went to Honoria Brown of the University of Cambridge, for her paper: ‘Can hoof wall temperature and digital pulse pressure be used as sensitive non-invasive diagnostic indicators of acute laminitis onset?’

Edinburgh’s Jacqueline Oi Ping Tong won third prize for critically appraising the evidence for whether a daily probiotic improved clinical outcomes in dogs with idiopathic diarrhoea. The papers have all achieved publication in RCVS Knowledge’s peer-reviewed journal, Veterinary Evidence.  

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Animal Welfare Foundation seeks new trustees

The Animal Welfare Foundation (AWF) seeks three new trustees to help drive the charity’s mission to improve animal welfare through veterinary science, education and debate.

Veterinary and animal welfare professionals from across the UK may apply, particularly those with experience in equine and small animal practice and research management. Trustees must attend at least two meetings a year, as well as the annual AWF Discussion Forum in London.

For more information about the role, visit www.animalwelfarefoundation.org.uk. Applications close at midnight on 13 August 2019.