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BVA opens applications for committee vacancies
The association is seeking dedicated and motivated members to join its committees.
BVA encourages members to 'help shape the future of the profession'. 

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) is inviting members to join BVA committees, with applications open for several vacancies.

Members with a range of experience and professional expertise are being sought, with opportunities to get involved with BVA Council, advisory panels, branch councils and other committees.

All of the positions are voluntary, and all work carried out by the successful applicants will count towards their CPD.

One vacancy is available on BVA Council for a recent graduate member, who can provide the Council with the views of their peers, and actively participate in discussions and decision-making.

Four spaces are available on the Policy Committee, and members from all sectors of the profession are invited to submit an application. 

MRCVS members are also invited to submit applications for the Ethics and Welfare Advisory Panel, which currently has two vacancies. The successful applicants will be chosen for their expertise in animal welfare science, ethics and law.

BVA president Justine Shotton said: “If you are keen to help shape the future of the veterinary profession, want to share your views on the topics which are important to you and your colleagues, and have the expertise and passion to help drive forward change, we want to hear from you.”

There are also opportunities to join the Member Benefits and Events Committee, with four spaces available, including one for a student member. 

The BVA has also said that a number of opportunities are available across its Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland branches. 

“This is an exciting opportunity for individuals who want their voices to be heard to get involved in shaping BVA policies,” Dr Shotton continued.

“I’d urge anyone interested to apply for these positions, which are sure to be both rewarding and highly interesting. We look forward to hearing from you.”

The deadline for applications is 9am on Monday 18 July 2022, and all applications will be assessed in August. Further information about the job descriptions and person specifications can be found at bva.co.uk/committee-vacancies.

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Avian flu outbreak at RSPB Minsmere

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 RSPB Minsmere nature reserve in Suffolk has confirmed an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza on its site. The coastal nature reserve has seen an increase in dead birds recently, and has said that it is 'extremely concerned' about the potential impacts on bird populations, with 2021 and 2022 seeing the largest ever outbreak in the UK.

In a statement, RSPB said: "We appreciate that it is distressing, for both visitors and staff, to see dead or dying birds at our site but we ask that if visitors see any dead or unwell birds, they do not touch or go near them and that they report it to us at our Visitor Centre during its opening hours, or by emailing us on minsmere@rspb.org.uk outside of these times."  

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Moredun Foundation Award opens for applications

The 2022-2023 Moredun Foundation Award (MFA) is now open for members, with up to £2,000 available for successful applicants.

The MFA honours the contribution that education, teamwork, life experience, and travel have made to the understanding of cattle health and welfare. Through its charitable endeavours, Moredun offers its members the opportunity to pursue projects that support personal development.

The prize is open to a wide range of project applications, including those that include producing educational tools, conducting a small research project, or studying farming methods in other nations. For more information and to apply, visit moredun.org.uk