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New BSAVA President inducted at AGM
Mark Johnston is inducted as the new BSAVA president

The new President of the BSAVA was inducted during the Annual General Meeting of the association today, during the last hours of World Congress.

Mark Johnston BVetMed MRCVS takes over the presidency from Andrew Ash and has worked in the veterinary industry for over twenty years. Originally planning to serve on a Regional Committee for a few years, he says that once starting as a BSAVA volunteer, he just did not want to stop.

In his opening speech, he encouraged all vets and vet nurses to volunteer and described his position as being "a great privilege." Very interested in the regions, he said he is keen to see "the regions grow in numbers and opportunities."

Mark, who works in a mixed practice in East Sussex along with his wife, takes over the role from Andrew Ash. Andrew, whose year of presidency has seen the BSAVA swell in numbers and host a record-breaking Congress, described his term as having "flown by" and wished Mark the best of luck in his new role.

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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.