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BSAVA welcomes new president
“There are so many new initiatives in the pipeline I can’t wait to get started" - Susan Paterson. 

Susan Paterson to drive forward BSAVA’s strategic plan

RCVS and European Specialist Susan Paterson has been named president of the BSAVA for 2019/2020.

Sue took over the role from Philip Lhermette at
BSAVA Congress (4-7 April), while Professor Ian Ramsey became vice president.

Qualifying from Cambridge in 1984, Sue spent time in mixed practice in Devon before taking her certificate and then British and European Diplomas in Veterinary Dermatology.

Sue has been an RCVS and European Specialist in Veterinary Dermatology for more than 20 years. She was recently elected as Fellow of the RCVS for meritorious contributions to clinical practice, is a
n elected member of RCVS Council and is senior vice president of the European Society of Veterinary Dermatology.

During her presidency, Sue aims to bring together everything she believes to be great about the Association.

“BSAVA has just completed a three-year strategic plan and my Presidency is going to be all about driving this forward,” she said. “There are so many new initiatives in the pipeline I can’t wait to get started.

“I am looking forward to working with my dynamic teams of BSAVA officers and our amazing Woodrow House staff to show just how great BSAVA really is.”

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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.