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BVNA Council elections results announced
"I would like to thank all of the 296 members for taking the time to vote" - Jo Hinde, BVNA president.
Six new full Council members and one new student council member.

The results of the 2020 BVNA Council elections have been announced.

This year's election saw six new full Council members and one new student council member added to the BVNA Council. A total of 14 candidates stood for full membership, and the following members were elected:

  • Lyndsay Hughes
  • Charlotte Pace
  • Lacey Pitcher
  • Laura Richards
  • Laura Rosewell
  • Craig Tessyman
Molly Vallance was appointed, uncontested as a student member.

“2020 continues to be a year of curveballs and resulted in an interesting conundrum for our council elections,” commented BVNA president Jo Hinde. “For the first time in BVNA history, there was a tie for the final council seat!

“On Sat 11 July, during the main council meeting, the full council were presented with the Anonymized manifestos of the two tied candidates and each council member voted for their preferred candidate. This was an unprecedented situation for us and I’m very pleased that we were able to resolve the issue in a fair and timely manner.

She continued: “I would like to thank all of the 296 members for taking the time to vote and I am very much looking forward to meeting our newly elected council members soon.”

Katie Spackman, head of membership and events at BVNA added: “We’re delighted to see the number of nominations for the 2020 elections increase by 100 per cent from last year. During the online event ‘Meet the Candidates’ I was really impressed by the professionalism and the passion of each candidate and of the content of their manifestos.

“I look forward to working with the new council members to continue to build our reputation as the Voice of Veterinary Nursing.”

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Government to run free webinars on exporting horses

News Story 1
 The UK government has announced that it will be running two free webinars for horse owners and exporters, explaining what steps to take to export horses from 1 January 2021.

The first webinar will take place on Tuesday 20 October 2020, from 9.30am to 11am. It will cover Export Health Certificate (EHC) requirements from 1 January 2021. Click here to register.

The second webinar will take place on Wednesday 4 November 2020, from 10.30am to 12pm. This session will focus on the steps that businesses need to take to export equines from the UK to the EU. Click here to register.

For more information on exporting horses and ponies after 1 January 2021, please visit the gov.uk website. 

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According to Pig World, 20 outbreaks have been identified in two districts - Brandenburg, where the original case confirmed on September 10 was found, and near the town of Neuzelle, some 7.5 km away.

The finding represents a further seven cases confirmed by Germany's Friedrich-Loeffler Institute. A Central Crisis Team has been established to coordinate the response to the outbreak.