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RCVS invites tenders for new building
The College is currently based at Belgravia House in Westminster.

College is selling its headquarters in London 

The RCVS is inviting tenders for finding a new building for the College.

Currently based at Belgravia House in Westmister, London, the College said the building is no longer suitable to meet its needs because it has grown substantially in size.

‘We are selling our building and have appointed agents to help us with this process and are now looking for advisors to assist us in finding a replacement property,’ the RCVS writes on its website.

‘The property should be in central London, near good transport hubs, have sufficient space for administration areas and flexible meeting spaces.’

There are currently 100 staff based at Belgravia House and a range of meeting rooms. The College is now looking to increase its desk capacity and meeting room spaces.

'We hold Disciplinary Committee (DC) hearings which need up to eight rooms, mainly small rooms and one large room, and one of the requirements for the replacement building would be to have sufficient capacity to accommodate DC hearings and several other meetings at the same time.

'The building should provide sufficient capacity for growth of the College for the next 25 years.'

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New York to ban sale of foie gras

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 New York City councillors have voted overwhelmingly in favour of legislation that will see the ban of foie gras in the city. The move, which comes in response to animal cruelty concerns, will take effect in 2022.


 Councillor Carlina Rivera, who sponsored the legislation, told the New York Times that her bill “tackles the most inhumane process” in the commercial food industry. “This is one of the most violent practices, and it’s done for a purely luxury product,” she said.


 Foie gras is a food product made of the liver of a goose or duck that has been fattened, often by force-feeding. New York City is one of America’s largest markets for the product, with around 1,000 restaurants currently offering it on their menu. 

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Humane Slaughter Association student scholarships open for applications

Applications for the Humane Slaughter Association’s student/trainee Dorothy Sidley Memorial Scholarships are now open.

The Scholarships provide funding to enable students or trainees in the industry to undertake a project aimed at improving the welfare of food animals during marketing, transport and slaughter. The project may be carried out as an integral part of a student's coursework over an academic year, or during the summer break.

The deadline for applications is midnight on the 28 February 2020. To apply and for further information visit www.hsa.org.uk/grants or contact the HSA office.