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Nominations open for BVNA Council elections
Important attributes for candidates are a strong commitment to promoting the ideals of the BVNA as well as the veterinary nursing profession in general.'
Full and student members invited to apply 

Nominations for the 2019/2020 BVNA Council elections are now open.

This year the BVNA is calling on both full and student members to stand for election.

The BVNA writes: ‘This year we have three full member (RVN) seats and two student member seats available on BVNA Council so if you are passionate about our profession and would like to make a difference nominate yourself and join us as the voice for veterinary nurses.’

To be eligible for election as a BVNA Council Member, nominees must be a full (RVN) member, be resident in the United Kingdom and be nominated to the position of Council Member be a Full Member.

BVNA Council Members must also have their nomination seconded by another Full Member (RVN).

Student Council Member nominees must be enrolled and undertaking an FE or HE in veterinary nursing and have no less than six months left in education at the time of being ratified as a Council Member.

HE students should have confirmation of support from their college tutor while FE vocational students must have a confirmation of support from their clinical coach.

‘Important attributes for candidates are a strong commitment to promoting the ideals of the BVNA as well as the veterinary nursing profession in general and a willingness to devote time and effort to representing their fellow members,’ the BVNA said.

For more information about the elections and to submit a nomination click here

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Wales to ban third party puppy and kitten sales

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 The Welsh Government has said it will ban third party sales of puppies and kittens, after a consultation showed overwhelming public support.

A consultation in February received nearly 500 responses, most of whom called for greater action to improve the welfare of cats and dogs at all breeding premises.

Concerns were also raised about online sales, impulse buying, breeder accountability and illegal puppy imports.

A consultation will now be held on plans to implement a ban. Environment minister Lesley Griffiths said she will also revisit the current breeding regulations to improve welfare conditions.  

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WHO declares Congo Ebola outbreak an international health emergency

The World Health Organisation has declared the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.

The move comes after a meeting of the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee for Ebola in the DRC. The committee cited recent developments in the outbreak in making its recommendation, including the first confirmed case in Goma - a city of almost two million people on the border with Rwanda, and the gateway to the rest of DRC and the world.

The committee also reinforced the need to protect the livelihoods of the people most affected by the outbreak by keeping transport routes and borders open.