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2020 FVE General Assembly set for London
RCVS and BVA to co-host FVE General Assembly in June 2020 

This is a biannual event in which the organisation – an umbrella body for veterinary associations and regulators from 40 European countries – meets to hear reports from its various committees and working groups and make recommendations on veterinary policy.
 
The 2020 event will be taking place from Thursday 4 to Saturday 6 June at Church House in Westminster and will include a reception for delegates to be held at the House of Lords and hosted by Professor the Lord Trees. It is the first time that the UK has hosted an FVE General Assembly since the Federation met in Belfast in 2002.  
 
Former RCVS and BVA president, the late Peter Storie-Hugh CBE, was a founder member of the FVE serving from 1975-1979 as its president. Through the RCVS and BVA, the UK has remained a member ever since, and recently instigated the successful ‘VetFutures Europe’ project based on the UK’s own programme to shape the future of the veterinary profession.
 
Highlights of the event will include:
an address from Rens van Dobbenburgh, FVE president for 2019 to 2021
updates from working groups such as Animal Welfare and Statutory Bodies
reports from the FVE sections that represent different aspects of the pan-European profession.
 
Further details about the agenda will be made available closer to the General Assembly.
 
Niall Connell, RCVS president, commented: “We are delighted and proud to be joining the BVA in hosting next year’s FVE General Assembly and welcoming our friends, colleagues and peers from across Europe to the UK to discuss matters of importance to the continent’s thousands of veterinary professionals. 
 
“The fact that the UK is hosting next year also sends an important message that, whatever the wider political situation between the UK and its neighbours, we want to continue to work collaboratively with our European colleagues to improve veterinary standards, animal welfare and quality of life for veterinary professionals across the continent.”
 
Simon Doherty, BVA president, said: “The BVA is really looking forward to co-hosting this prestigious event, which brings together veterinary professionals from across Europe to share learning, celebrate achievements and explore the challenges and opportunities ahead for the sector.
 
“It feels especially timely to be holding the Assembly in the UK in 2020, highlighting that however things pan out politically over the coming months, vets from across the broader European veterinary community recognise the importance of continued collaboration and support for the benefit of animal health and welfare and public health.”

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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.