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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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Regional Representatives nominations sought

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 Seven new regional representatives are being sought by the British Veterinary Association (BVA) to speak for vets from those regions and to represent their views to BVA Council.

The opportunities are available in in the North-East, Yorkshire & Humber, East Midlands, West Midlands, London, Wales, and Northern Ireland. Representatives from all sectors of the veterinary profession are urged to apply.

BVA president Daniella Dos Santos, said: "Our regional representatives are integral to that mission and to the activities of Council - contributing to effective horizon scanning on matters of veterinary policy and providing an informed steer to BVA’s Policy Committee.” 

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Livestock Antibody Hub receives funding boost

The Pirbright Institute has received US $5.5 million from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to form a Livestock Antibody Hub aimed at supporting animal and human health. The work will bring together researchers from across the UK utilise research outcomes in livestock disease and immunology.

Dr Doug Brown, chief executive of the British Society for Immunology, commented: “The UK is a world leader in veterinary immunology research, and this transformative investment from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will drive the next chapter of innovation in developing new treatments and prevention options against livestock diseases".