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Animal Welfare Foundation seeks new trustees
Veterinary professionals with current or recent experience in production animal practice are invited to apply for the role.
Professionals with production animal experience invited to apply

The Animal Welfare Foundation (AWF) is seeking two new trustees to help drive its mission to improve animal welfare through education, science and debate.

Veterinary professionals with current or recent experience in production animal practice are invited to apply for the role. Successful applicants will be expected to attend two meetings a year during their three-year term, as well as the annual AWF Discussion Forum in Westminster.

Trustees are also encouraged to engage with at least one of AWF’s subcommittees focusing on specific areas of the charity’s activity, such as public education and grant making.

“Being an AWF Trustee gives you a fantastic opportunity to work on a wide range of welfare issues facing a variety of species rather than just those in your area of expertise,” said AWF Trustee Nicola Martin. “I enjoy discussing and debating issues, sharing my views and understanding those of others, as well as having the chance to shape the future of this great charity.”

Simon Doherty, BVA junior vice president and AWF Trustee added: “As a vet with a long-standing interest in research that provides an evidence base for animal welfare policy decisions, my involvement with AWF has given me the opportunity to promote research not only within my specialist fields of livestock and aquaculture but also learn more about welfare research in the companion animal sector.

“AWF does excellent work in engaging members of the public and the profession with crucial animal welfare topics, so I’d urge my colleagues to apply as Trustees to help direct the charity’s work in the future.”
 
The AWF funds research, supports veterinary education, provides advice on pet care and encourages debate on animal welfare. Trustees are responsible for promoting the charity’s mission, providing strategic direction and safeguarding AWF’s brand and reputation.

Applications are open until 9 am on 20 August 2018. For more details and information on how to apply, visit www.animalwelfarefoundation.org.uk

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Stephen Fry lends voice to frog conservation film

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 Comedian and author Stephen Fry has lent his voice to a new animation that hopes to raise awareness of deadly ranavirus, which is threatening the UK’s frogs.

Research by ZSL, who created the short film, suggests that at least 20 per cent of ranavirus cases over the past three decades, could be attributed to human introductions. This includes pond owners introducing fish, frog spawn and plants from other environments.

Amphibian disease expert Dr Stephen Price said: “People can help stop the spread by avoiding moving potentially infected material such as spawn, tadpoles, pond water and plants into their own pond. Disinfecting footwear or pond nets before using them elsewhere will also help.” 

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Scotland to fund OV training

The Scottish Government has revealed it will fund training for new Official Veterinarians (OVs), covering the Essential Skills, Statutory Surveillance and TB Testing.

Funding will also be provided for the revalidation of Essential Skills, as well as TB Testing for existing OVs. This is the second round of financial support from the Scottish Government for OVs.

BVA president Simon Doherty said he is “delighted” with the announcement.

“Official Veterinarians’ work in safeguarding animal health and welfare and ensuring food safety is invaluable,” he added. “This announcement has come at a crucial time, with Brexit and an uncertain future ahead, the role of OVs will be more important than ever in enabling the UK’s trade in animal products.