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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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Endangered turtles rescued from smugglers

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 A group of endangered turtles have found a new home at London Zoo after being rescued from smugglers.

The four big-headed turtles arrived at the zoo at the end of last year, after smugglers tried to illegally import them to Canada, labelled as toys.

One of the turtles, named Lady Triệu after a Vietnamese warrioress, has moved to a new exhibit in the zoo’s reptile house. She is the only one of her kind in a UK zoo.

Big-headed turtles have such large heads that they cannot pull them back into their shells. To compensate, they have armour plating from head to tail and a very sharp beak to fend off predators. They are ranked number 18 on ZSL’s EDGE of Existence reptile list, which puts threatened species at the forefront of conservation action. Image © ZSL  

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RCVS Fellowship board chair elections get underway

Voting for the 2019 RCVS Fellowship Chair election is now underway. This year four candidates are standing for election, including Dr Robert Huey, Professor John Innes, Professor Liz Mossop and Professor Ian Ramsey.

The Chair will attend and preside over Fellowship meetings and take the lead in consolidating the Fellowship’s position as the learned society of the RCVS. Fellows will receive an email containing a link to the online voting form, as well as candidates’ details and manifestos. Voting closes at 5pm on Thursday, 5 September.