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BSAVA announces vet nurse dentistry course
The course includes an in-person event at BSAVA HQ.
The new VN Merit Award will provide 30 hours of CPD.

The British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA) has announced a new CPD course on dentistry for veterinary nurses.

The Vet Nurse Merit Award (VNMA) in Dentistry, which launches in September, will provide 30 hours of CPD for veterinary nurses in primary care practice who want to feel more confident about taking part in dental procedures.

The VNMA will cover topics including performing oral exams, obtaining and understanding dental radiographs, partaking in making anaesthesia and analgesia plans for dental treatment, correctly annotating dental charts, and identifying and maintaining dental instruments and equipment.

The programme includes an in-person event at the BSAVA’s headquarters at Woodrow House, Gloucester, as well as 10 recorded webinars and online resources such as a discussion forum.

Stacey Parker, lead speaker for the course, said: “This is suitable for all nurses in veterinary practice who are familiar with dental procedures, and there’s a huge amount of content which I’m really excited to be able to deliver as part of this new Vet Nurse Merit Award.”

The BSAVA runs a range of VNMAs, including topics such as nutrition, surgical nursing, and wound management.

Places on the VNMA in Dentistry and other courses can be booked on the BSAVA website.

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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.