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What is social distancing?
The government is advising that we all take social distancing steps to reduce interaction between people.

Government advice to protect the elderly and the vulnerable

The government is advising that we all take social distancing steps to reduce interaction between people to slow the transmission of COVID-19.

The guidance advises those who are at increased risk of COVID-19 to be especially stringent in following these measures. This group includes those aged 70 or over, under 70 with an underlying health condition and those who are pregnant.

The government’s advice, which is likely to be in place for some weeks, includes:

 1. Avoiding contact with someone who is displaying symptoms of COVID-19. These symptoms include high temperature and/or new and continuous cough.
 2. Avoiding non-essential use of public transport, varying your travel times to avoid rush hour, when possible.
 3. Working from home, where possible. Your employer should support you to do this. Please refer to employer guidance for more information.
 4. Avoiding large gatherings, and gatherings in smaller public spaces such as pubs, cinemas, restaurants, theatres, bars, clubs.
 5. Avoiding gatherings with friends and family. Keep in touch using remote technology such as phone, internet, and social media.
 6. Using telephone or online services to contact your GP or other essential services.

The government states: “Everyone should be trying to follow these measures as much is pragmatic”.

For more information and guidance on social distancing in the UK, please visit

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BEVA gives vets access to free membership for three months

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 BEVA has announced that it is cutting membership renewal charges for the next three months in order to support all veterinary professionals during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Memberships for all existing BEVA members will be extended until 30 June 2020. Veterinary professionals who are not members of BEVA will also be able to sign up for a free membership until 30 June 2020.

BEVA president Tim Mair said: "In this extraordinary time of global crisis our profession, as with many industries, is under immense pressure. By offering free membership we are giving equine vets easy access to a wealth of supportive resources and online CPD."

To sign up please visit the BEVA website.

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BSAVA rolls out CPD resources and benefits in absence of Congress

A package of CPD resources and benefits are set to be rolled out on BSAVA's social media channels over the coming days in a bid to fill the gap left by the cancellation of BSAVA Congress.

The package includes a 10 discount voucher on all printed manuals and access to the BSAVA Library. BSAVA said that it will also be recording more than 100 hours of planned Congress lectures over the following weeks so that vets don't completely miss out on the Congress experience.

The resource, titled Congress on Demand will be ready in early May.