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BCVA 2020 Congress cancelled
The BCVA Congress is a highlight in the farm vet calendar.
Organisers expanding 2020 CPD programme through webinars and podcasts.

The British Cattle Veterinary Association's (BCVA) Annual Congress, which was due to take place in Telford this October, has been cancelled owing to COVID-19 concerns.

BCVA president Nikki Hopkins said in a statement: “With the health and wellbeing of delegates, speakers, and our industry colleagues a clear priority, this sad decision has come after exploring all available options.

“For many in our profession, including me, this event is a highlight in the farm vet calendar, so it has been a hard decision to make, yet we know it is the right course of action.”

Offering a packed scientific and social programme, the BCVA Congress usually takes place over four days. BCVA says that it will continue to offer 'timely and relevant' resources to its members and has already expanded its 2020 CPD programme through webinars and podcasts.

Nikki added: “Our members have driven the way we’ve responded to the difficulties we’ve all faced this year, and as a vet in farm practice I’ve benefited from many of the resources my fellow BCVA Board members have produced.

“I’d like to thank the team and all our members for the support they’ve shown this year. We will work hard to make sure the BCVA Congress taking place 12-16 October 2021 in Celtic Manor will be one to remember.” 

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Zoo calls for volunteers in its hour of need

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 As ZSL London Zoo begins to get back on its feet, the organisation is putting out a call for volunteers who have time to help out. It comes after three months of unprecedented closure, which has seen zoos across the UK come under enormous financial pressure.

Volunteers will be required to commit to a minimum of half a day each fortnight, helping to assist zoo visitors as they make their way around. Volunteer manager Rhiannon Green said: "We need cheery, flexible people who can help visitors enjoy their day while respecting the measures that keep everyone safe.

For more information, visit zsl.org. Posts are available at both London and Whipsnade Zoos. 

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News Shorts
BSAVA webinars to shine the spotlight on selected journal papers

A free series of webinars that take a closer look at selected papers published in the Journal of Small Animal Practice has been produced by the BSAVA.

In the new BSAVA Science webinar series, authors of the featured papers discuss their results with a panel and how they may impact clinical practice. The authors then answer questions submitted by audience members.

The webinars are available via the BSAVA Webinar Library, covering four different papers. JSAP editor Nicola Di Girolamo, said: "Discussing the research with the authors - experts in their field - really helps to bring the papers to life."