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Farming and agriculture to feature at congress
Speakers to 'go behind the headlines' at BVA Congress
Speakers to ‘go behind the headlines’ on some of the profession’s biggest challenges

This year’s ‘going behind the headlines’ theme at the BVA Congress means there is a wealth of topical and current content on the programme – from more sustainable and green practice, to why we should care about diversity and inclusion in the veterinary profession.

Those looking for specific themes relating to farm animal welfare or large and mixed practice may find the following sessions of particular interest:
  • Wooldridge Memorial Lecture: Improving stockmanship and welfare
  • Costing the earth? Now is the time to green the vet profession
  • Veterinary workplaces: the good, the bad and the ugly
  • The value of difference: why we should all care about diversity and inclusion in the workplace.
The much-anticipated Wooldridge Memorial Lecture will see animal welfare science pioneer, Temple Grandin focus on improving livestock stockmanship and welfare. Dr Grandin will lead this prestigious session by sharing her unique insight into the handling of farm animals – covering visual distractions and handling facilities and ‘point of balance’ principles to reduce stress.

There is also the dedicated BVA Farm Animal stream that covers everything from Day One competences to the essentials that all general practitioners need to know.

The BVA is an education partner for the London Vet Show which is being held at London Excel on 14-15 November. BVA members will have access to all areas of the show as well as a 15 per cent discount on the advertised price. Student members will receive a 20 per cent discount.

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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.