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Vets must ‘pull together’ to navigate challenging times ahead
BVA president Simon Doherty with new BVA Scottish branch president Kathleen Robertson.
BVA president addresses guests at annual Scottish Dinner

BVA president Simon Doherty has called on the Scottish veterinary community to work together to navigate the challenging times ahead.

Speaking the BVA’s annual Scottish Dinner last night (21 May), Mr Doherty said: “Vets have high levels of public trust in our insights and expertise, and strong connections with our colleagues, clients and the communities we serve.

“And, in these uncertain times, it’s more crucial than ever that the veterinary community pulls together to navigate the difficult landscape ahead and continues to provide the best possible standards of care.”

Around 80 guests attended the dinner at Scottish Parliament, including the minister for rural affairs and the natural environment, Mairi Gougeon, MSPs, key representatives from animal health and welfare organisations, and colleagues from across the veterinary profession.

During his speech, Mr Doherty spoke about the significant work being done to keep members and stakeholders informed about Brexit. He recognised the contribution non-UK EU vets make to the workforce and asked guests to continue to support BVA’s campaign for vets to be restored to the Shortage Occupation List.

Speaking about wider workforce issues, Mr Doherty praised a range of projects that are underway to address recruitment and retention challenges in Scotland and ensure that vets have access to guidance and support at all stages of their careers.

He also touched on crucial projects that are working to improve mental health provision and signposting both for vets and agricultural communities, saying:

“Poor mental health is a huge issue in our profession and in rural communities.  Only by working together and by supporting one another can we hope to tackle it.”

 

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New road sign to protect small wildlife

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 Transport secretary Chris Grayling has unveiled a new road sign to help cut traffic accidents and protect small wildlife, particularly hedgehogs.

Local authorities and animal welfare groups are being asked to identify accident and wildlife hotspots where the sign - which features a hedgehog - should be located.

Government figures show that more than 600 people were injured in road accidents involving animals in 2017, and four people were killed. These figures do not include accidents involving horses. The new sign will be used to warn motorists in areas where there are large concentrations of small wild animals, including squirrels, badgers, otters and hedgehogs.  

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NOAH members re-elect Jamie Brannan as chair

Jamie Brannan, senior Vice President of Zoetis, has been re-elected as chair of NOAH for 2019/20, during this year’s AGM, held in London.

Mr Brannan joined Zoetis and the NOAH board in 2016, becoming NOAH’s vice-chair in 2018 and replacing Gaynor Hillier as chair later that year.

He commented: “I am extremely pleased to have been elected by the NOAH membership and am proud to be able to represent our industry at such a critical time for the UK animal health industry. I look forward to driving forward our new NOAH Strategy and to working with our members, old and new, in the coming year.”