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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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Pair of endangered Amur leopard cubs born at Colchester Zoo

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 Keepers at Colchester Zoo are hailing the arrival of a pair of critically endangered Amur leopard cubs.

The cubs were born to first-time parents Esra and Crispin on the 9 September. This is the first time the Zoo has bred Amur leopard cubs on-site.

Amur leopards originate from the Russian Far East and north-east China. In the wild they are threatened by climate change, habitat loss, deforestation and the illegal wildlife trade.

The cubs are said to be “looking well” and are expected to emerge from their den in a few weeks.  

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RCVS names Professor John Innes as chair of Fellowship Board

Professor John Innes has been elected chair of the 2019 RCVS Fellowship Board, replacing Professor Nick Bacon who comes to the end of his three-year term.


Professor Innes will be responsible for making sure the Fellowship progresses towards fulfilling its strategic goals, determining its ongoing strategy and objectives, and reporting to the RCVS Advancement of the Professions Committee on developments within the Fellowship.