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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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Rare chimp birth announced at Edinburgh Zoo

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 The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) welcomed the birth of a critically endangered western chimpanzee on Monday 3 February at Edinburgh Zoo's Budongo Trail.

The baby girl will be named in the coming days through a public vote, and staff will carry out a paternity test during its first health check to determine the father.

Mother Heleen's first infant, Velu, was born in 2014, making this new baby only the second chimpanzee born in Scotland for more than 20 years.

Budongo Trail team leader Donald Gow said: "While we celebrate every birth, this one is particularly special because our new arrival is a critically endangered Western chimpanzee, a rare subspecies of chimpanzee."

Image (c) RZSS/Donald Gow. 

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BEVA offering free membership to vet students

The British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) is offering free membership to veterinary students. As part of a new initiative with the aim of encouraging more veterinary professionals into equine practice.

According to BEVA, less than one in ten veterinary students choose to work in equine practice. The association hopes that this initiative will provide insight into the field and the benefits of a career in equine medicine.

Benefits of membership include:
▪ access to a network of nearly 3,000 members
▪ special student rates to attend BEVA Congress
▪ online access to BEVA's Equine Veterinary Education (EVE) journal
▪ free access to the association's online learning platform
▪ free access to BEVA's practical veterinary apps
▪ exclusive discounts on a range of things from cinema tickets to grocery shopping.

BEVA will be releasing a series of short videos over the next few months from BEVA Council members, explaining what inspired them to work in equine practice.

Image (c) BEVA.