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VN Futures launches menopause toolkit
VN Futures hopes the toolkit will help create menopause-friendly workplaces.
The toolkit is designed to help veterinary nurses experiencing menopause.

In conjunction with VN Futures, the British Veterinary Nursing Association (BVNA) has launched a new free-to-access menopause toolkit, available on their website.

Through a combination of blogs, discussion panel recordings, podcasts, menopause policies and links to useful websites, the toolkit will signpost support and provide resources for those affected by menopause.

There will also be resources for colleagues and employers working with veterinary nurses experiencing menopause, including example policies to help organisations introduce menopause-friendly working practices.

The toolkit has been released as part of an ongoing campaign by the BVNA and RCVS's VN Futures Diversity, Inclusivity and Widening Participation Working Group (DIWP) to create awareness about working as a veterinary nurse affected by perimenopause and menopause.

Alex Taylor, BVNA senior vice-president and chair of DIWP, said: “We strongly believe that all employers should have a menopause policy and put measures in place to ensure veterinary nurses affected by menopause can carry out the job role without feeling embarrassed or worried that menopausal symptoms will interfere with their everyday work life and career progression.

“By working together, both employers and employees can make reasonable adjustments in the workplace to provide a menopause-friendly environment that is inclusive for all.”

The move comes after a recent similar announcement by the British Veterinary Association, who launched an online menopause hub in July to provide veterinary-specific resources to help the profession better support colleagues experiencing menopause and improve staff retention.

The Voice of the Veterinary Profession Spring 2023 survey revealed that just 14 per cent of veterinary surgeons are aware of a menopause policy at their workplace.

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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

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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.