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Registrations open for second RCVS Mind Matters Symposium
The Symposium will bring together researchers interested in all aspects of veterinary mental health and wellbeing.

Registrations are now open for the second RCVS Mind Matters Research Symposium, ‘Understanding and supporting veterinary mental health’.

The symposium will be held at Church House, London on Tuesday 24, September and will bring together researchers interested in all aspects of veterinary mental health and wellbeing.

RCVS CEO, Lizzie Lockett, said: “It’s really important that any mental health and wellbeing interventions are evidence based, so bringing together researchers in this area is vital to underpin the work that we and others carry out to better support veterinary professionals.”

Tickets for the symposium can be purchased from Eventbrite and cost £45.

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Dogs Trust announces winners of vet student awards

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 Cambridge vet student James Jewkes has been awarded first place in the annual Dogs Trust EMS Awards, for his paper on the threat of exotic infectious diseases in rehoming centres. James will now go on a two-week placement at the WVS International Training Centre in South India.

Each year the awards allow vet students to gain hands-on experience during work placements at 13 of the charity’s rehoming centres, then submit reports on a relevant subject.  

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Former RCVS president to chair new Horse Welfare Board

Former RCVS president Barry Johnson has been appointed as the independent chair of a new Horse Welfare Board. Barry, who is also past chairman of World Horse Welfare, was selected by an industry panel including the British Horseracing Authority, the Racecourse Association and The Horsemen’s Group.

The welfare board aims to develop a new welfare strategy covering the whole racing industry. Mr Johnson said: “I’m very pleased to have been asked by racing to take on this role and by the sport’s commitment to continuous improvement in the welfare of racehorses."