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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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Nominations for 2019 RSPCA Honours Awards now open

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 People across the UK are being urged to nominate a standout animal champion for the 2019 RSPCA Honours Awards.

The awards recognise those who have worked tirelessly to improve animal welfare, campaigned on behalf of animals, or shown true bravery. Previous winners include comedian John Bishop, who was awarded Celebrity Animal Champion of the Year, and 11-year-old Lobby Cantwell, who raised more than £1,000 for the charity through mountain climbs and bike rides.

To submit a nomination or find out more about the awards visit the RSPCA website. Nominations will remain open until 4 pm on Friday, March 15.  

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New £1m project to investigate dairy cow lameness

Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) is leading a new £1 million research project to investigate the causes of lameness in dairy cows.

One in three dairy cows are affected by lameness every day in the UK, costing the industry an estimated £250 milion annually.

The project will take three years to complete and is due to finish by November 2021.

Professor Georgios Banos of SRUC commented: “In addition to pain and discomfort to the animal, lameness is associated with decreased milk production and inflated farm costs.

“Among cows raised in the same environment, some become lame while others do not. Understanding the reasons behind this will help us develop targeted preventive practices contributing to enhanced animal welfare and farm profitability.”