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BVNA Council elections results announced
"I would like to thank all of the 296 members for taking the time to vote" - Jo Hinde, BVNA president.
Six new full Council members and one new student council member.

The results of the 2020 BVNA Council elections have been announced.

This year's election saw six new full Council members and one new student council member added to the BVNA Council. A total of 14 candidates stood for full membership, and the following members were elected:

  • Lyndsay Hughes
  • Charlotte Pace
  • Lacey Pitcher
  • Laura Richards
  • Laura Rosewell
  • Craig Tessyman
Molly Vallance was appointed, uncontested as a student member.

“2020 continues to be a year of curveballs and resulted in an interesting conundrum for our council elections,” commented BVNA president Jo Hinde. “For the first time in BVNA history, there was a tie for the final council seat!

“On Sat 11 July, during the main council meeting, the full council were presented with the Anonymized manifestos of the two tied candidates and each council member voted for their preferred candidate. This was an unprecedented situation for us and I’m very pleased that we were able to resolve the issue in a fair and timely manner.

She continued: “I would like to thank all of the 296 members for taking the time to vote and I am very much looking forward to meeting our newly elected council members soon.”

Katie Spackman, head of membership and events at BVNA added: “We’re delighted to see the number of nominations for the 2020 elections increase by 100 per cent from last year. During the online event ‘Meet the Candidates’ I was really impressed by the professionalism and the passion of each candidate and of the content of their manifestos.

“I look forward to working with the new council members to continue to build our reputation as the Voice of Veterinary Nursing.”

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Face covering rules expanded

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 New rules came into force in England on Saturday (8 August) making it mandatory for clients to wear a face covering in veterinary practices.

The rules, which also apply to cinemas, museums and places of worship, follow a recent spike in coronavirus cases. All clients in England must now wear a face covering when inside a veterinary practice unless they are exempt for age, health or equality reasons. 

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BSAVA webinars to shine the spotlight on selected journal papers

A free series of webinars that take a closer look at selected papers published in the Journal of Small Animal Practice has been produced by the BSAVA.

In the new BSAVA Science webinar series, authors of the featured papers discuss their results with a panel and how they may impact clinical practice. The authors then answer questions submitted by audience members.

The webinars are available via the BSAVA Webinar Library, covering four different papers. JSAP editor Nicola Di Girolamo, said: "Discussing the research with the authors - experts in their field - really helps to bring the papers to life."