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BSAVA launches nursing case report opportunity
“Case reports represent an engaging and interactive method for nurses to discuss unique cases or new techniques" - Claire Woolford.

Successful candidates will present their case at Congress 2020

Aspiring veterinary nurse speakers are being encouraged to submit their interesting or novel cases for a new nursing case report development session at BSAVA Congress 2020.

Devised by BSAVA’s programme committee, the Case Reports session has been devised to support RVNs who wish to develop their presenting ability. It is specifically aimed at those with little or no experience of presenting and includes mentorship support for the selected candidates. 


“Case reports represent an engaging and interactive method for nurses to discuss unique cases or new techniques,” explained RVN Claire Woolford, who sits on the BSAVA Congress Programme Committee. “What’s particularly special about the initiative at Congress 2020, is that we want to use the case report platform to support aspiring veterinary nurse speakers who could become speakers at Congress or other BSAVA events”.

She continued: “We are particularly encouraging nurses with limited experience of presenting and offering the positive environment of Congress for them to develop their skills. All successful candidates will be assigned an experienced mentor who will aid them in preparing the final report to present at Congress’’.

The eight winning applicants will be chosen by the BSAVA Congress report and will have 15 minutes to present their case at Congress 2020. The winners will also receive a Congress nurse pass for the whole event (BSAVA VN members) or for Saturday (4 April) (non-members).

Veterinary nurses wishing to be involved in the initiative are urged to submit a brief synopsis of their case by 4th November 2019. The Case Report must focus on small animal cases, but any species and discipline can be discussed.

Full details are available at www.bsavaevents.com

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New York to ban sale of foie gras

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 New York City councillors have voted overwhelmingly in favour of legislation that will see the ban of foie gras in the city. The move, which comes in response to animal cruelty concerns, will take effect in 2022.


 Councillor Carlina Rivera, who sponsored the legislation, told the New York Times that her bill “tackles the most inhumane process” in the commercial food industry. “This is one of the most violent practices, and it’s done for a purely luxury product,” she said.


 Foie gras is a food product made of the liver of a goose or duck that has been fattened, often by force-feeding. New York City is one of America’s largest markets for the product, with around 1,000 restaurants currently offering it on their menu. 

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UFAW Student Scholarships open for applications

Applications to the 2020 Animal Welfare Student Scholarships, run by the Universities Federation for Animal Welfare (UFAW), are now open.

The Student Scholarship scheme enables students to pursue their animal welfare interests and provides an opportunity to conduct relevant research projects. Students undertaking courses in the biological, psychological, agricultural, zoological or veterinary sciences are invited to apply. Applications are also open to students in other disciplines interested in conducting a project in animal welfare.

Further details about the scholarship and an application can be found on the UFAW website. The application form must be submitted to UFAW by 28 February 2020.