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BVA Scottish Branch welcomes new president
Kathleen Robertson has been named president of the BVA’s Scottish Branch.
Moray vet Kathleen Robertson has been named president of the BVA’s Scottish Branch. She took over the role from Melissa Donald at the association’s annual general meeting, held in Edinburgh on Tuesday (21 May).

A University of Glasgow graduate, Kathleen has held diverse positions spanning clinical practice, teaching, inspection and consultancy work. She sits on the Scottish Antimicrobial Stewardship Group, the Livestock Health Scotland Board and the Veterinary Delivery Landscape project and is an Honorary Secretary of the Society of Practising Veterinary Surgeons.

Kathleen said: “It is an honour to be elected as President of BVA Scottish Branch. I believe my varied clinical and non-clinical experience and previous veterinary representative roles will enable me to represent the broad range of issues that matter to vets in Scotland, including the current uncertainties around Brexit.

"I look forward to working with the BVA Scottish Branch team and veterinary colleagues throughout Scotland to provide a strong voice for vets and to champion the tremendous work that BVA does on their behalf to members.”

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New road sign to protect small wildlife

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 Transport secretary Chris Grayling has unveiled a new road sign to help cut traffic accidents and protect small wildlife, particularly hedgehogs.

Local authorities and animal welfare groups are being asked to identify accident and wildlife hotspots where the sign - which features a hedgehog - should be located.

Government figures show that more than 600 people were injured in road accidents involving animals in 2017, and four people were killed. These figures do not include accidents involving horses. The new sign will be used to warn motorists in areas where there are large concentrations of small wild animals, including squirrels, badgers, otters and hedgehogs.  

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NOAH members re-elect Jamie Brannan as chair

Jamie Brannan, senior Vice President of Zoetis, has been re-elected as chair of NOAH for 2019/20, during this year’s AGM, held in London.

Mr Brannan joined Zoetis and the NOAH board in 2016, becoming NOAH’s vice-chair in 2018 and replacing Gaynor Hillier as chair later that year.

He commented: “I am extremely pleased to have been elected by the NOAH membership and am proud to be able to represent our industry at such a critical time for the UK animal health industry. I look forward to driving forward our new NOAH Strategy and to working with our members, old and new, in the coming year.”