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Submissions open for BSAVA 2024 case reports
“It’s very inspiring to see members of the nursing profession presenting their case and feel the passion from the nursing speaker” – Kelly Eyre.
Vet nurses asked to submit ‘unique’ cases.

The British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA) is inviting veterinary nurses to apply to present ‘unique and interesting’ case reports at BSAVA Congress 2024.

Successful candidates will be given eight minutes to present their case report to delegates at the event in Manchester on 21-23 March 2024. Each presentation will be followed by two to three minutes of questions from the audience.

The presentations will be judged based on criteria including the unique aspects of the case and the response to questions. An award will be given to the veterinary nurse who presents the best case report.

The case reports can cover any area of small animal nursing, from critical care to nurse clinics.

Kelly Eyre RVN, BSAVA Congress committee member, said: “The VN Case Reports are a great opportunity for aspiring nurses who would like to become speakers at BSAVA or other events and discuss an interesting case from their career. This will be the third year we have had VN Case Reports, and the standard of applications over the last two years has been very high.

“I’m really looking forward to the presentations and I encourage as many people as possible to attend the sessions. It’s very inspiring to see members of the nursing profession presenting their case and feel the passion from the nursing speaker.”

Submissions close on 15 January 2014. Details about how to submit a case report can be found on the BSAVA Congress website.

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Charities' XL bully neutering scheme closes

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 A scheme that helped owners of XL bully dogs with the cost of neutering has closed to new applications due to high demand.

The scheme, run by the RSPCA, Blue Cross, and Battersea, has helped 1,800 dogs and their owners after XL bullies were banned under the Dangerous Dogs Act.

In England and Wales, owners of XL bully dogs which were over one year old on 31 January 2021 have until 30 June 2024 to get their dog neutered. If a dog was between seven months and 12 months old, it must be neutered by 31 December 2024. If it was under seven months old, owners have until 30 June 2025.

More information can be found on the Defra website. 

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Avian flu cattle outbreak spreads to tenth US state

Cattle in two dairy herds in Iowa have tested positive for highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI), making it the tenth state in the USA to be affected by the ongoing outbreak of the disease in cattle.

Since March 2024, more than 80 herds across the USA have been affected by the virus and three dairy workers have tested positive. Authorities have introduced measures to limit the spread of the virus and farmers have been urged to strengthen their biosecurity protocols.

Mike Naig, Iowa secretary of agriculture, said: "Given the spread of highly pathogenic avian influenza within dairy cattle in many other states, it is not a surprise that we would have a case given the size of our dairy industry in Iowa.

"While lactating dairy cattle appear to recover with supportive care, we know this destructive virus continues to be deadly for poultry."