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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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Reporting service for dead wild birds updated

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 The Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) has updated its online reporting service for dead wild birds.

The new version allows those reporting a dead bird to drop a pin on a map when reporting the location. It also includes a wider range of wild bird species groups to select from when describing the bird.

The online service, which helps APHA to monitor the spread of diseases such as avian influenza, can be accessed here

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NI chief vet urges bluetongue vigilance

Northern Ireland's chief veterinary officer (CVO) has urged farmers to be vigilant for signs of bluetongue, after the Animal and Plant Health Agency warned there was a very high probability of further cases in Great Britain.

There have been 126 confirmed cases of bluetongue virus serotype 3 in England since November 2023, with no cases reported in Northern Ireland. The movement of live ruminants from Great Britain to Northern Ireland is currently suspended.

According to the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA), the virus is most likely to enter Northern Ireland through infected animals or germplasm (semen or ova) being imported.

Brian Dooher, Northern Ireland's CVO, said: "Surveillance for this disease within Northern Ireland has been increased to assist with detection at the earliest opportunity which will facilitate more effective control measures."

Farmers should report any suspicions of the disease to their private veterinary practitioner, the DAERA Helpline on 0300 200 7840 or their local DAERA Direct Veterinary Office.