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Nominations open for BVNA Council elections
Important attributes for candidates are a strong commitment to promoting the ideals of the BVNA as well as the veterinary nursing profession in general.'
Full and student members invited to apply 

Nominations for the 2019/2020 BVNA Council elections are now open.

This year the BVNA is calling on both full and student members to stand for election.

The BVNA writes: ‘This year we have three full member (RVN) seats and two student member seats available on BVNA Council so if you are passionate about our profession and would like to make a difference nominate yourself and join us as the voice for veterinary nurses.’

To be eligible for election as a BVNA Council Member, nominees must be a full (RVN) member, be resident in the United Kingdom and be nominated to the position of Council Member be a Full Member.

BVNA Council Members must also have their nomination seconded by another Full Member (RVN).

Student Council Member nominees must be enrolled and undertaking an FE or HE in veterinary nursing and have no less than six months left in education at the time of being ratified as a Council Member.

HE students should have confirmation of support from their college tutor while FE vocational students must have a confirmation of support from their clinical coach.

‘Important attributes for candidates are a strong commitment to promoting the ideals of the BVNA as well as the veterinary nursing profession in general and a willingness to devote time and effort to representing their fellow members,’ the BVNA said.

For more information about the elections and to submit a nomination click here

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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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Professor Abdul Rahman announced as keynote speaker for BVA Members’ Day 2019

Celebrated Indian vet and parasitologist Professor Abdul Rahman is set to deliver the keynote speech at BVA Members’ Day 2019.

Professor Rahman will present his insights into the human behaviour challenges of controlling zoonotic disease in his talk: ‘A One Health approach to rabies elimination in Asia’. The talk will outline efforts to gain political support for dog vaccination programmes in China, as well as the need for a collaborative approach between vets, public health, livestock and animal welfare agencies.

The event takes place on Thursday, 19 September at Brangwyn Hall, Swansea. Tickets are free but must be reserved through the BVA website as places are limited.