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Chief Army nursing officer to deliver keynote speech
Colonel McCourt was awarded an OBE in the 2015 Operational Honours and Awards List.

Alison McCourt OBE will share her experiences of leadership in challenging situations

Chief Army nursing officer Colonel Alison McCourt OBE has been announced as a keynote speaker for the BSAVA Summit (16-17 December 2019).

Colonel McCourt was awarded an OBE in the 2015 Operational Honours and Awards List for her contribution to the fight against Ebola in Sierra Leone. Kickstarting day two of the event, McCourt will be one of several high-profile speakers aiming to tackle some of the contentious and non-clinical issues facing the veterinary profession today, including workforce issues, telemedicine and over-diagnosis.

‘’BSAVA Summit has been designed to challenge mindsets and stimulate discussion on the profession’s achievements,” said BSAVA president, Sue Paterson.

“To commence discussions on day two, ‘The Profession Tomorrow’, we are excited that Alison will be sharing her experiences of leadership in very challenging situations where medical and humanitarian care were thrown into a political and media spotlight. The care delivered in the treatment centre she led, changed global protocols and improved care in Africa and Alison and her team pushed the boundaries to deliver it.’’

Other industry speakers who will be taking part in the event include GP and medical journalist Graham Easton, RCVS CEO Lizzie Lockett and Veterinary Defence Society risk manager Catherine Oxtoby. All sessions will be held in a workshop format to enable delegates to collectively lead and shape the discussions.

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Image (C) BSAVA.

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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.