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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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Zoo animals step on the scales for annual weigh-in

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 Squirrel monkeys, penguins and meerkats are just some of the animals that stepped on the scales on Thursday (22 August) for the start of ZSL London Zoo’s annual weigh-in.

The annual event gives keepers a chance to check the animals in their care are healthy, eating well and growing at the correct weight. Keepers say that a growing waistline can also help them to detect pregnancies, which is vital as many of the species at the zoo are endangered.

The data is then added to a database shared with zoos and conservationists across the globe. This helps keepers to compare information and provide better care for the species they are fighting to protect.  

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Professor Abdul Rahman announced as keynote speaker for BVA Members’ Day 2019

Celebrated Indian vet and parasitologist Professor Abdul Rahman is set to deliver the keynote speech at BVA Members’ Day 2019.

Professor Rahman will present his insights into the human behaviour challenges of controlling zoonotic disease in his talk: ‘A One Health approach to rabies elimination in Asia’. The talk will outline efforts to gain political support for dog vaccination programmes in China, as well as the need for a collaborative approach between vets, public health, livestock and animal welfare agencies.

The event takes place on Thursday, 19 September at Brangwyn Hall, Swansea. Tickets are free but must be reserved through the BVA website as places are limited.