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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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Cats Protection launches Christmas animation

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 Leading feline charity Cats Protection has launched a heartwarming Christmas animation to raise awareness of the important work it does. The animation is based on a true story of a kitten that went missing earlier this year. Freezing cold and hungry, the kitten was dumped in a box on a roadside and somehow became separated from her brother and sisters.


Thankfully there is a happy end to this tail, and Libby - now named Misty - was eventually reunited with her littermates. Misty’s owner, Amy Smith, said: “Misty has settled amazingly well into our home, she has found a best friend in my daughter Lily and likes to follow her around the house. She also loves to chase bugs in the garden. We feel very lucky to have her.” 

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WSAVA launches certificate programme focusing on companion animals in One Health

The first certificate programme focusing specifically on the role of companion animals in One Health has been launched by the One Health Committee (OHC) of the World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA).

The online programme, which is free of charge for WSAVA members, has been developed in recognition of the growing impact of companion animals in human society. Pet ownership is becoming more popular globally, and this has increased the implications for One Health, regarding the human-companion animal bond. The WSAVA OHC hopes that this course will bridge the knowledge gap between veterinary surgeons and human physicians. New modules are being added weekly, with a total of 20 modules expected to be available by early 2020.