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BVA urges farmers to be vigilant over bluetongue
“Vets are there to support farmers in protecting the health and welfare of their livestock” – Anna Judson.
Four more cases have recently been confirmed.

Following the detection of four more cases of the bluetongue virus in cattle in Kent, the British Veterinary Association (BVA) has urged farmers to be vigilant and speak to a veterinary surgeon if they have any concerns.

BVA president Anna Judson said: “This is now a critical moment and BVA urges UK farmers, particularly those in the Southeast of England, to remain vigilant for any signs of bluetongue in their animals.

“Vets are there to support farmers in protecting the health and welfare of their livestock. We’d recommend farmers speak to their vet about the benefits of vaccination where one is available and especially if farmers have any concerns about their livestock.”

The total number of cases now stands at five. The affected cows have been culled and a temporary control zone is in place around the two premises where the virus has been found.

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Bristol uni celebrates 75 years of teaching vets

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 The University of Bristol's veterinary school is celebrating 75 years of educating veterinary students.

Since the first group of students were admitted in October 1949, the school has seen more than 5,000 veterinary students graduate.

Professor Jeremy Tavare, pro vice-chancellor and executive dean for the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, said: "I'm delighted to be celebrating Bristol Veterinary School's 75 years.

"Its excellence in teaching and research has resulted in greater understanding and some real-world changes benefiting the health and welfare of both animals and humans, which is testament to the school's remarkable staff, students and graduates." 

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RCVS HQ to temporarily relocate

The headquarters of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) is to move temporarily, ahead of its permanent relocation later in the year.

From Monday, 26 February 2024, RCVS' temporary headquarters will be at 2 Waterhouse Square, Holborn, London. This is within walking distance of its current rented offices at The Cursitor, Chancery Lane.

RCVS have been based at The Cursitor since February 2022, following the sale of its Westminster premises the previous March.

However, unforeseen circumstances relating to workspace rental company WeWork filing for bankruptcy means The Cursitor will no longer operate as a WeWork space. The new temporary location is still owned by WeWork.

RCVS anticipates that it will move into its permanent location at Hardwick Street, Clerkenwell, later on in the year.