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Breakfast with the Presidents
Dr Jolle Kirpensteijn and Mark Johnston
WSAVA and BSAVA Presidents have breakfast press meeting

WSAVA President Dr Jolle Kirpensteijn and in-coming BSAVA President Mark Johnston held an informal press meeting this morning to discuss the ways in which their associations can work together and help the further development of the veterinary profession.

Dr Kirpensteijn praised the veterinary profession's "central role in animal welfare" but he raised the point that vets are often "shy" when it comes to vocalising their importance beyond the level of general practice.

WSAVA and BSAVA have a very successful relationship, and presidents of both associations agreed that education is vital, not only in terms of constantly improving veterinary medicine but also on a grander global scale. For example, the WSAVA One Health Committee, which is headed up by the BSAVA junior vice-president Michael Day, was highlighted as a means by which the veterinary profession can help the medical industry worldwide and it was stressed that the role of veterinary associations in education is crucial.

Clinical research is an important part of both associations' role, and the WSAVA is keen to translate research into a global scale. One of their current goals is to eradicate rabies and Dr Kirpensteijn reiterated that cooperation and communication between the veterinary profession and beyond will be vital in its achievement.

The bond between the WSAVA and BSAVA is strong, not least proven by the opening ceremony speech given by Brian Singleton, one of BSAVA's first presidents and a founding member of WSAVA, and today's meeting with Dr Jolle Kirpensteijn and Mark Johnston is a clear indication of its long continuation. 

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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.