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BVA seeks views on OV training and revalidation system
The BVA is concerned that its members are finding the OV revalidation system frustrating and resource-intensive.

Survey follows concerns about cost and duplication of learning

The BVA is seeking views on the training and revalidation system for Official Veterinarians (OVs).

The move follows concerns that frustration with the current system could increase capacity and capability issues in this critical section of the workforce.

In a short survey that has been emailed to all members, the BVA asks respondents to confirm which OCQ(V)s they currently or have previously held. They are also asked to give reasons if they have chosen to drop a particular qualification without revalidating it.

Amongst the concerns raised about the OV training and revalidation process include cost, time, a lack of relevance and duplication of learning across different modules. The BVA says that it intends to take the data captured in the survey to the APHA and make recommendations for how the system could be improved.

“Official Veterinarians have a critical role to play in upholding high standards of health and welfare across the supply chain, certifying products for export and safeguarding against disease and food fraud. We are already aware that this area is facing significant challenges as Brexit is likely to drive up demand for product certification,” explained BVA president John Fishwick.

“It is particularly worrying to hear that members are finding the system both frustrating and resource-intensive. Losing skilled professionals now at a time when they are needed most would be a real waste of specialist knowledge and could leave gaps in the UK’s provision for responding to disease outbreaks and meeting export certification needs post-Brexit."

He continues: “We understand and support the need to keep veterinary skills up to date, but the process for demonstrating this must be straightforward and proportionate. BVA will ensure that all insights offered by respondents are raised with APHA with the aim of getting the system right for OVs working in the UK both now and in the future.”

The survey will remain open until 29 June 2018 and be accessed at

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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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BSAVA announces winner of 2019 Bourgelat Award

One of the world’s leading small animal medicine specialists is set to receive the prestigious Bourgelat Award at BSAVA Congress 2019.

Professor Mike Herrtage will be recognised for his major research into metabolic and endocrine diseases, including diabetes mellitus, Cushing’s disease and Addison’s disease.

During his career, Prof Herrtage has co-authored more than 100 scientific papers and written more than 200 other publications such as abstracts, books and chapters. He also continues to be a source of inspiration for thousands of undergraduate and postgraduate veterinary surgeons.