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BVA Congress reveals 2019 programme
The full programme for BVA Congress includes sessions on the ethics of large-scale puppy farming.
Experts to discuss anti-vax movement and puppy-farming 

Some the veterinary profession’s biggest challenges and most talked about issues are set to go under the spotlight at this year’s BVA Congress (14-15 November).

A highlight of the London Vet Show, the event will include sessions on sustainability, the rise of ‘anti-vaxxers’ and diversity in the workplace. It will also include a thought-provoking discussion on EMS and whether the current system is truly sustainable.

Launching the programme, BVA President Simon Doherty said: “This year’s BVA Congress will provide a platform for delegates to come together to lift the lid and debate issues such as sustainability within the profession, pet obesity, diversity within the profession, anti-vax attitudes, and EMS.

“It’s an opportunity for vets of all career stages to take time out of clinical CPD and sink their teeth into wider issues that we all feel passionately about.”

The full programme for BVA Congress includes sessions on the ethics of large-scale puppy farming in association with the AWF, the future of the veterinary nurse with the BVNA and pet obesity with Mars Petcare.

Dr Temple Grandin, Professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University, will deliver the highly-anticipated Wooldridge Memorial Lecture in which she will give ‘a unique insight’ into the minds of animals. Dr Grandin is a pioneering animal scientist, best-selling author and autism spokesperson named by Time Magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world.

For more information about the event visit london.vetshow.com. BVA members can get access to the full BVA programme, as well as the usual London Vet Show programme, for 15 per cent less than the lowest advertised price.

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World Bee Day celebrations begin

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 Today (20 May) marks the fifth annual World Bee Day, which raises awareness of the importance of bees and pollinators to people and the planet. Observed on the anniversary of pioneering Slovenian beekeeper Anton Jana's birthday, this year's celebration is themed: 'Bee Engaged: Celebrating the diversity of bees and beekeeping systems'.

Organisations and people celebrating the day will raise awareness of the accelerated decline in pollinator diversity, and highlight the importance of sustainable beekeeping systems and a wide variety of bees. Slovenia, the initiator of World Bee Day, will be focusing on teaching young people about the significance of pollinators. 

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Further avian flu cases confirmed

Three cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1 have been confirmed in recent days, bringing the total number of cases in England to 98.

On Thursday, the APHA confirmed two cases of HPAI H5N1 near Redgrave, Mid Suffolk and Market Weston, West Suffolk. A case H5N1 was also confirmed in poultry at a premises near Southwell, Newark and Sherwood, Nottinghamshire.

Protection and surveillance zones are in place around the affected premises. Further details are available at gov.uk