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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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Kennel Club appoints new chief executive

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 The Kennel Club has announced the appointment of Mark Beazley, who was previously Cats Protection's director of operations, as chief executive. Mark replaces Rosemary Smart, who stepped down from the role in April after 18 years.

Mark has held several senior strategic and executive roles, including executive director at Dogs Trust Ireland and chair of the Companion Animal Working Group at Eurogroup for Animals. He was also heavily involved in the establishment of the Eu Cat and Dog Alliance.

Mark will take up his new role in October. 

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International Cat Care appoints new head of veterinary division

International Cat Care (ICC) has announced the appointment of Nathalie Dowgray as head of the charity's veterinary division.

Nathalie, who is an RCVS advanced practitioner in feline medicine, will lead the International Society of Feline Medicine (ISFM) and a play key role in advancing knowledge and research in feline medicine.

Claire Bessant, iCatCare's chief executive said: "We're absolutely delighted to be welcoming Nathalie to the charity. She brings a depth and breadth of feline expertise and understanding which fits perfectly with the charity's work and development, and her enthusiasm for cats is infectious."