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ASF detected in Vietnam for the first time
China has reported more than 100 ASF cases in 27 provinces since last August, with nearly one million pigs culled.
Three outbreaks reported in northern provinces 

Vietnam has become the latest country to be hit with African swine fever, after three outbreaks were reported in the northern part of the country.

Over 250 pigs have so far died or been culled in the Hung Yen and Thai Binh provinces, both of which are in the Red River Delta region, approximately 100 miles from the Chinese border.

Control measures are in place, including disinfection, quarantine, surveillance and movement controls inside the country.

ASF has also recently been confirmed for the first time in the Chinese province of Guangxi, which borders Vietnam. The virus has also hit Shandong province.

According to the UK’s National Pig Association, China has reported more than 100 ASF cases in 27 provinces since last August, with nearly one million pigs culled. The virus has also been reported in neighbouring Mongolia, as well as being detected in pork products in Taiwan.

All positive samples tested by the Taiwanese government came from China, except the most recent case, which was confiscated from a passenger entering the country on a flight from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

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Registrations open for overseas veterinary professionals course

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 Registrations are now open for the RCVS CPD course for overseas veterinary professionals, which covers an introduction to the UK veterinary professions.

The course is aimed at overseas-qualified veterinary surgeons and nurses during their first two years of working in the UK, in addition to those considering working here. It provides graduates with the key information and skills required to practice in the UK, as well as helping them understand their legal duties as veterinary professionals.

For more information and to book your place please click here. The course will be held at Belgravia House, London, on Wednesday 12 June.  

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BVA launches award to celebrate young vets

A new award has been launched to celebrate inspirational young vets who are making a difference in their day to day work.

Nominations are now open for the BVA Young Vet of the Year Award, which is the first of its kind. It is open to all vets registered with the RCVS in the first eight years of their careers, working in any veterinary sphere, including clinical practice, research, education or veterinary politics. Organisers are looking for an ‘exceptional young vet’ whose work has benefitted the veterinary community or the workplace.

The awards are open for self-entry and nominations by 1 August 2019. The winner will be announced at London Vet Show on 14 November 2019, where a £1000 cash prize will be awarded, alongside a ‘career enhancing experience’ with Zoetis.