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VN Council nomination period extended
Veterinary nurses now have until 28 February 2021 to submit their nominations.
RCVS has so far received just one nomination for election.

The RCVS has extended the nomination period for its VN Council election to Sunday 28 February 2021.

In a press release, the RCVS said that it had received just one nomination for the VN Council election - Susan Howarth RVN – who will be automatically be re-elected to Council for a four-year term. 

The RCVS added that if two or more additional candidates come forward in the extended nomination period, then a VN Council election will be run for the one remaining available elected place on the Council.

VN Council chair Matthew Rendle said: “Whilst it’s certainly disappointing that we only had one nomination for VN Council by this year’s deadline, we hope this extension until the end of February means more vet nurses will now consider putting themselves forward for election.

"We are doing some really important work currently that in time will push forward and enhance our profession, so I would ask any vet nurses who are interested in having a say on the future of our profession to step forward as a candidate for the Council. Those who want to find out more about what it means to be on VN Council are also very welcome to contact me on

More information about how to stand for VN Council, as well as an informal job description about what is expected of a VN Council member, can be found at 

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Webinar to focus on equine worm control

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 Vets, veterinary nurses and RAMAs are being invited to join a free CPD webinar on late winter and early spring equine worm control.

Hosted by Zoetis vet Dr Wendy Talbot, the webinar aims to help prescribers understand which parasites are of most concern at this time of year. It will also cover how to assess parasite risk, selecting a suitable wormer and spring wormer plans, concluding with a Q&A session.

The webinar takes place on Thursday, 18 March at 10 am and will be repeated at 7 pm for those unable to listen during the day. To book the 10 am webinar, click here, and to register for the 7 pm webinar, click here

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Following a risk assessment, APHA has declared that no disease control zones have been put in place surrounding this non-commercial, non-poultry premises.

Eighteen cases of HPAI H5N8 have now been identified in poultry and other captive birds in England. A housing order for poultry and captive birds introduced by Defra to control the spread of the disease expired on 31 March, although bird keepers in England are still required by law to comply with biosecurity measures.

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