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Ruminant wellbeing awards open for applications
Applications are now open for the biennial Ruminent Well-Being Awards.

Event will be held at the annual World Buiatrics Congress

Applications are now open for the biennial Ruminant Well-Being Awards, held by Boehringer Ingelheim in partnership with the World Association for Buiatrics.

The event will be held at the annual World Buiatrics Congress, which highlights the importance of vets in the continuous improvement of animal welfare for food-producing ruminants.

The next congress is due to take place in Madrid, Spain (September 27 to October 1, 2020). Applications will be accepted to two different awards: the Ruminant Well-Being Research Award and the Ruminant Well-Being Achievement Award. 


The Ruminant Well-Being Research Award will be granted to a recent PhD graduate in veterinary science, animal science or related disciplines that made an exceptional contribution to the scientific knowledge on ruminant wellbeing.

The recipient will have achieved either some or the following: 


  • improving the understanding of pain expression as well as the recognition of pain and other forms of suffering
  • developing scientific methods of measuring animal wellbeing, with potential practical applications
  • developing scientific-based strategies that improve animal wellbeing
  • identifying issues of concern and seeking solutions to challenges
  • developing methods to change human attitudes and behaviour to ensure proper stewardship.

The Ruminant Well-Being Achievement Award will be granted to a practising veterinary surgeon or a researcher in veterinary science, animal science or related disciplines to recognise his/her achievements in advancing the wellbeing of ruminants.

It rewards an individual that has contributed to the wellbeing of food-producing ruminants by achieving some of the following:


  • improving the understanding of pain expression as well as the recognition of pain and other forms of suffering
  • developing scientific methods of measuring animal wellbeing
  • developing practical wellbeing assessment methods
  • developing practical strategies to improve animal wellbeing
  • raising awareness of issues of concern; engaging different stakeholders in seeking solutions to challenges
  • changing human attitudes and behaviour to ensure proper stewardship
  • communicating information about, and proposing solutions to, animal well-being challenges with courage and integrity.


An independent panel of experts will select the winner under the supervision of Xavier Manteca, a professor in applied ethology at the University of Barcelona and founder of the Farm Animal Welfare Education Centre.

Applications will be accepted until April 30, 2020. For the criteria and application forms, please visit farmanimalwellbeing.com

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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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LOVE Gorgie Farm seeking veterinary volunteers

LOVE Gorgie Farm in Edinburgh is looking for people with veterinary and animal care experience, who would be interested in volunteering to help care for its animals during these difficult times.

The community-owned charity farm opened to the public only last month, but decided to close temporarily amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Its three-person team is working to care for the animals behind the scenes and the farm is now operating as a food bank for the public, delivering free breakfasts to local school children.

In an effort to build a contingency plan to secure the welfare of its animals, LOVE Gorgie Farm is looking for volunteers who would be able to step in if any team members fell sick or needed to self-isolate.

Those interested in volunteering are asked to contact gorgie@l-o-v-e.org.uk