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Voting opens for BVA regional representatives
The results of the election will be announced on 19 February 2020.

Members encouraged to vote to have their voice heard

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has announced that voting is now open for three new regional representatives to represent the views of veterinary surgeons in their area to BVA’s council.

There are two candidates in the East Midlands, West Midlands and Wales respectively. Members in these areas are encouraged to vote for their preferred candidate to serve on Council for a three-year term.

Regional representatives provide vital insight in the activities of the Council. Representing members views on matters of veterinary policy and informing BVA’s Policy Committee.

BVA president Daniella Dos Santos said: “With an increasingly complex veterinary landscape, and wide range of issues and potential outcomes for animal health and welfare and the veterinary profession it’s essential that members have the best person to represent them at the highest level within BVA. I’d encourage everyone who’s eligible to vote to take this opportunity to elect someone who can be a strong voice for vets in their region.”

Voting closes at 5pm on 17 February and the results will be announced on 19 February. Candidate biographies and voting instructions are available on BVA’s website.

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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.