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BVNA Council election results revealed
Jack Pie, Matthew Wright and Samantha Payne.

Overall voter turnout less than five per cent

The results of the 2019 BVNA Council elections have been revealed. 


This year sees three new council members and two new student council members joining BVNA Council.

Samantha Payne, Jack Pie and Matthew Wright were elected for full membership, while Charlotte Ottewill and Hilary Wood were appointed as student members.

BVNA President Wendy Nevins said: “I am thrilled we have once again had a contested election for Council. We should all be grateful to the candidates who were willing to put themselves forward for selection by the membership.”

This year’s election saw fewer voters than in 2018, with there overall turnout being less than five per cent.

“It was strange to see more candidates but slightly fewer voters. I do think the appetite is growing amongst Members to represent the profession,” Wendy Nevins continued. “They can see the impact the BVNA has through initiatives like VN Futures, the relevance it has to them as professionals and the support it can offer them day-to-day in the workplace.

“The challenge now is to translate that into voting – something we will take a close look at in the year ahead.”

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Kennel Club appoints new chief executive

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 The Kennel Club has announced the appointment of Mark Beazley, who was previously Cats Protection's director of operations, as chief executive. Mark replaces Rosemary Smart, who stepped down from the role in April after 18 years.

Mark has held several senior strategic and executive roles, including executive director at Dogs Trust Ireland and chair of the Companion Animal Working Group at Eurogroup for Animals. He was also heavily involved in the establishment of the Eu Cat and Dog Alliance.

Mark will take up his new role in October. 

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International Cat Care appoints new head of veterinary division

International Cat Care (ICC) has announced the appointment of Nathalie Dowgray as head of the charity's veterinary division.

Nathalie, who is an RCVS advanced practitioner in feline medicine, will lead the International Society of Feline Medicine (ISFM) and a play key role in advancing knowledge and research in feline medicine.

Claire Bessant, iCatCare's chief executive said: "We're absolutely delighted to be welcoming Nathalie to the charity. She brings a depth and breadth of feline expertise and understanding which fits perfectly with the charity's work and development, and her enthusiasm for cats is infectious."