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New veterinary conference announced
BVA Live will debut at the NEC, Birmingham, in 2021.
BVA Live will provide practical clinical and non-clinical CPD.

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has teamed up with CloserStill Media to host its first stand-alone veterinary conference for eight years.

BVA Live will take place at the NEC in Birmingham in 2021 (24-25 June). Catering for 1,500 veterinary professionals, the event will provide practical clinical and non-clinical CPD, big issue debates and an exhibition.

The event will complement the London Vet Show, which runs in the autumn, where BVA will continue to host its annual Congress, gala dinner and a range of clinical and non-clinical CPD.

BVA President Daniella Dos Santos said: “I’m delighted to announce the launch of BVA Live. It’s an opportunity for BVA to return to hosting our own stand-alone conference for the first time since BVA Congress became part of the London Vet Show in 2013. The new conference will enable the veterinary community to come together, outside of London, to develop and thrive through a programme of excellent CPD, delivered by world-class speakers.

“For me, the most important element of BVA Live is bringing the veterinary profession together to tackle the big issues we face and providing an opportunity to engage with BVA Officers, volunteers and staff in one central venue. By hosting the conference at the NEC, Birmingham, with its excellent direct road, rail and air links it means that we can provide a greater regional offering to the veterinary profession.”

Ms Santos added that the event will be adhering to all government requirements and the most rigorous safety measures will be in place.

Rob Chapman, MD of CloserStill's veterinary portfolio, said: “In 2020, vets have had to face challenges like never before. By launching BVA Live now we are planning for a post-COVID time in June 2021 when we will be able to come together in person to look at the way forward for the veterinary profession and share together our vision for the future.

“In addition, we realise that every November, there are often practice members not able to attend the London Vet Show to ensure business as usual. The launch of BVA Live gives all practice members the opportunity to engage in practical, hands-on education in either summer or autumn (or both!).”

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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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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."