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RCVS publishes new blogs on VN careers
“The veterinary nursing profession offers many opportunities for career progression."
Career case studies posted as VNAM comes to an end 

The RCVS has posted a series of new blogs on veterinary nursing careers, to mark the end of Veterinary Nursing Awareness Month.

Published on the VN Futures website, the new blogs aim to highlight differing career pathways available to veterinary nurses.

VN Futures is a joint initiative by the RCVS and BVNA, which aims to help the veterinary nursing profession visualise future challenges and respond to them.

Three case studies have been uploaded from Carl Rudkin, an oncology nurse at Davies Veterinary Specialists; Samantha Thompson, a clinical nursing manager at North Downs Veterinary Referrals; and Claire Speight, a head nurse at Vets4Pets Kettering.

VN Futures project manager Jill Macdonald said: “The veterinary nursing profession offers many opportunities for career progression, and the case studies, from veterinary nurses in a wide variety of different roles, are a great way to help nurses find more about the diverse career pathways available.”

In addition to the blogs, there is a section introducing the VN Futures board members and an update on a recent meeting.

 

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Endangered turtles rescued from smugglers

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 A group of endangered turtles have found a new home at London Zoo after being rescued from smugglers.

The four big-headed turtles arrived at the zoo at the end of last year, after smugglers tried to illegally import them to Canada, labelled as toys.

One of the turtles, named Lady Triệu after a Vietnamese warrioress, has moved to a new exhibit in the zoo’s reptile house. She is the only one of her kind in a UK zoo.

Big-headed turtles have such large heads that they cannot pull them back into their shells. To compensate, they have armour plating from head to tail and a very sharp beak to fend off predators. They are ranked number 18 on ZSL’s EDGE of Existence reptile list, which puts threatened species at the forefront of conservation action. Image © ZSL  

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RCVS Fellowship board chair elections get underway

Voting for the 2019 RCVS Fellowship Chair election is now underway. This year four candidates are standing for election, including Dr Robert Huey, Professor John Innes, Professor Liz Mossop and Professor Ian Ramsey.

The Chair will attend and preside over Fellowship meetings and take the lead in consolidating the Fellowship’s position as the learned society of the RCVS. Fellows will receive an email containing a link to the online voting form, as well as candidates’ details and manifestos. Voting closes at 5pm on Thursday, 5 September.