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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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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.