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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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RCVS carries out annual VN CPD audit

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 The RCVS is carrying out its annual veterinary nurse CPD audit and has sent out requests for the CPD records of more than 1,100 nurses this week.

Under the RCVS Code of Professional Conduct, nurses are required to carry out at least 45 hours of CPD over a rolling three-year period. This year, 1,130 nurses have been asked to share their records from 2016-2018 to show that they have complied with the requirements.

Earlier this year, the VN Council decided to expedite the referral process for nurses who have not complied with the CPD requirement for three or more years. In such cases nurses will have their records sent to the CPD Referral Group. 

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