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BCVA reveals Congress programme for 2022
"The last few years have been tumultuous for many, and I urge you to use these days at Congress as a way to rebalance and re-energise your approach to your career" - Dr Elizabeth Berry, BCVA president.
Programme promises sessions for every career stage.

The British Cattle Veterinary Association (BCVA) has announced the programme for BCVA Congress 2022.

Taking place in Birmingham from 20-22 October, the Congress welcomes talks from anyone within the farm veterinary profession, alongside key experts, in order to create a diverse programme.

Topics covered in the programme include wellbeing, TB, fertility, endemic diseases and sustainability, with many other topics of interest covered.

Suitable for farm vets at any career stage, the programme offers a specific stream for young vets, as well as sessions to extend species knowledge on sheep, goats and camelids.

Workshops with key speakers will be free to delegates, although spaces are limited, so the BCVA advises booking early upon registration to secure a place on these.

Dr Elizabeth Berry, BCVA president, encouraged farm vets to join in with BCVA Congress: “For me, BCVA Congress is where I’ve forged some of my most important relationships and made invaluable connections – it is as much about the people you meet as it is the CPD. 

“It is where we see ourselves included in a vital profession, full of extraordinary colleagues. So, it is with real pleasure that I look forward to welcoming you to the Hotel Metropole in Birmingham this year.”

Social events are also on the agenda, with a Peaky Blinders themed casino fundraiser for the charity Ripple Effect, and a Gala Dinner on Friday evening to raise money for veterinary support charity Vetlife. 

Anyone interested in attending can visit the BCVA website for further information.

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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