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BVNA launches flexible working survey
The survey is open until 11 August.
Veterinary nurses are encouraged to share their views.

The British Veterinary Nursing Association (BVNA) has launched a new survey to discover how veterinary nurses view flexible working and to find out how common it is in the profession.

The research is part of a campaign promoting the benefits of flexible working being run by the Diversity, Inclusion and Widening Participation Working Group (DIWP), part of the BVNA’s VN Futures project.

The campaign aims to to raise awareness about how flexible working can improve work-life balance, job satisfaction, and help with staff retention.

Information gathered by the survey will be used to develop resources and tools to help employers and employees understand the benefits that flexible working can offer and successfully negotiate flexible working arrangements.

Charlotte Pace, BVNA president, said: “Flexible working has massively grown in popularity over the past few years, with many workers now favouring employment that can fit around their personal lives and responsibilities. However, in the veterinary nursing profession, due to the nature of shift-based work, implementing flexible working can be challenging and people may have concerns about asking for more flexible working arrangements.
“Our flexible working campaign aims to raise awareness of the benefits of flexible working, both for the good of each individual person’s needs, and for the good of the sector as a whole.

“We would be very grateful if you could take just 10 minutes to complete our flexible working survey, to help us make flexible working a more accessible option for all.”

Veterinary nurses can complete the survey online. It will remain open until 11 August 2023.

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VMG president joins House of Lords

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 Miles Russell, president of the Veterinary Management Group (VMG), has been elected to the House of Lords as a crossbench hereditary peer.

He will join Lord Trees as a representative of the veterinary sector in the second chamber of the UK parliament.

Lord Russell said: "Those of us working in the animal health and veterinary sectors are only too aware of the importance of the work we do and the challenges we face.

"I will use my platform in the House of Lords to increase understanding of our sectors and to promote positive change." 

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Sixth case of bluetongue confirmed

A sixth case of bluetongue virus serotype 3 has been confirmed in the UK.

The case was detected in an animal on a premises linked to one of the farms within the Temporary Control Zone (TCZ) currently in place near Canterbury, Kent.

In response, the Animal and Plant Health Agency has extended the TCZ. Investigations into the spread of the disease are ongoing.

The cases in Kent come at a time when a new strain of the virus has spread rapidly across farms in the Netherlands. Both the Government and the British Veterinary Association have urged livestock keepers to remain vigilant.

Bluetongue is a notifiable disease and suspected cases must be reported immediately on 03000 200 301 in England or 03003 038 268 in Wales. In Scotland, possible cases should be reported to the local field services office.