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“Fringe” event to showcase District Veterinary Nursing
The role of the DVN would be to help owners that are unable to visit the vet due to their own health or disability.
Speakers to explore professional considerations and supporting the human-animal bond

A “fringe” event on District Veterinary Nursing will take place at BVNA Congress on Saturday (13 October).

The District Veterinary Nursing (DVN) session aims to showcase the role and challenges through a series of short presentations and case studies. Speakers will explore: ‘What is a DVN,’ ‘Developing the role of the DVN,’ ‘Supporting the Human-Animal Bond’ and ‘professional considerations now and in the future’.

At the end of the session, delegates will be invited to discuss the role of the DVN through an informal forum led by Dot Creighton RVN.

DVN is a new movement which has been gaining momentum over the past few months. Founded by RVN Carla Finzel, it encompasses intensive care nursing, specialist clinics, palliative care and owner support and mentioning - all under the direction of the referring vet.

Earlier this year, the District Veterinary Nurse Development Group was established to support Carla to help develop the role at a national level.

Formed by volunteers, the group is rapidly gaining support from eminent members of the profession, RVNs aspiring to be DVNs and clients in desperate need of the service. It has also received backing from interested parties and organisations who can see the impact the role could have in society.

In a press release, the DVN Development Group said: “There are many reasons why owners do not visit the vet - it may simply be that the pet is fearful or in more complex situations where the owner is unable to give veterinary care required due to their own health or disability.

“We see the role of the DVN as a way of helping to address the veterinary profession’s role in the Equality Act 2010 by removing some of the barriers to veterinary care and treatment caused by physical, intellectual, communication, learning sensory or mental health disability.”

The session is open to all attending BVNA Congress at no additional charge and takes place on Saturday, 13 October at 3.30pm.  

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Stephen Fry lends voice to frog conservation film

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 Comedian and author Stephen Fry has lent his voice to a new animation that hopes to raise awareness of deadly ranavirus, which is threatening the UK’s frogs.

Research by ZSL, who created the short film, suggests that at least 20 per cent of ranavirus cases over the past three decades, could be attributed to human introductions. This includes pond owners introducing fish, frog spawn and plants from other environments.

Amphibian disease expert Dr Stephen Price said: “People can help stop the spread by avoiding moving potentially infected material such as spawn, tadpoles, pond water and plants into their own pond. Disinfecting footwear or pond nets before using them elsewhere will also help.” 

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The Scottish Government has revealed it will fund training for new Official Veterinarians (OVs), covering the Essential Skills, Statutory Surveillance and TB Testing.

Funding will also be provided for the revalidation of Essential Skills, as well as TB Testing for existing OVs. This is the second round of financial support from the Scottish Government for OVs.

BVA president Simon Doherty said he is “delighted” with the announcement.

“Official Veterinarians’ work in safeguarding animal health and welfare and ensuring food safety is invaluable,” he added. “This announcement has come at a crucial time, with Brexit and an uncertain future ahead, the role of OVs will be more important than ever in enabling the UK’s trade in animal products.