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Farming and agriculture to feature at congress
Speakers to 'go behind the headlines' at BVA Congress
Speakers to ‘go behind the headlines’ on some of the profession’s biggest challenges

This year’s ‘going behind the headlines’ theme at the BVA Congress means there is a wealth of topical and current content on the programme – from more sustainable and green practice, to why we should care about diversity and inclusion in the veterinary profession.

Those looking for specific themes relating to farm animal welfare or large and mixed practice may find the following sessions of particular interest:
  • Wooldridge Memorial Lecture: Improving stockmanship and welfare
  • Costing the earth? Now is the time to green the vet profession
  • Veterinary workplaces: the good, the bad and the ugly
  • The value of difference: why we should all care about diversity and inclusion in the workplace.
The much-anticipated Wooldridge Memorial Lecture will see animal welfare science pioneer, Temple Grandin focus on improving livestock stockmanship and welfare. Dr Grandin will lead this prestigious session by sharing her unique insight into the handling of farm animals – covering visual distractions and handling facilities and ‘point of balance’ principles to reduce stress.

There is also the dedicated BVA Farm Animal stream that covers everything from Day One competences to the essentials that all general practitioners need to know.

The BVA is an education partner for the London Vet Show which is being held at London Excel on 14-15 November. BVA members will have access to all areas of the show as well as a 15 per cent discount on the advertised price. Student members will receive a 20 per cent discount.

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Rare chimp birth announced at Edinburgh Zoo

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 The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) welcomed the birth of a critically endangered western chimpanzee on Monday 3 February at Edinburgh Zoo's Budongo Trail.

The baby girl will be named in the coming days through a public vote, and staff will carry out a paternity test during its first health check to determine the father.

Mother Heleen's first infant, Velu, was born in 2014, making this new baby only the second chimpanzee born in Scotland for more than 20 years.

Budongo Trail team leader Donald Gow said: "While we celebrate every birth, this one is particularly special because our new arrival is a critically endangered Western chimpanzee, a rare subspecies of chimpanzee."

Image (c) RZSS/Donald Gow. 

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BEVA offering free membership to vet students

The British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) is offering free membership to veterinary students. As part of a new initiative with the aim of encouraging more veterinary professionals into equine practice.

According to BEVA, less than one in ten veterinary students choose to work in equine practice. The association hopes that this initiative will provide insight into the field and the benefits of a career in equine medicine.

Benefits of membership include:
▪ access to a network of nearly 3,000 members
▪ special student rates to attend BEVA Congress
▪ online access to BEVA's Equine Veterinary Education (EVE) journal
▪ free access to the association's online learning platform
▪ free access to BEVA's practical veterinary apps
▪ exclusive discounts on a range of things from cinema tickets to grocery shopping.

BEVA will be releasing a series of short videos over the next few months from BEVA Council members, explaining what inspired them to work in equine practice.

Image (c) BEVA.