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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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MSD Animal Health announces three new research bursaries

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 MSD Animal Health has announced three new research bursaries for veterinary surgeons in the areas of swine, poultry and aquaculture. The bursaries, worth up to £4,000, add to MSD's existing bursaries in ruminant and companion animal research.

Projects are expected to be completed within one to two years, and the proposals will be judged by university academics to ensure that assessment remains independent. Full project design and application guidelines, including the specific disease/subject areas, can be found on MSD Animal Health's website

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VMD and VPS announce joint open information day

The Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) and the Veterinary Products Committee (VPC) have announced a joint open information day covering topics such as veterinary medicines regulations, antimicrobial resistance, scientific advice and novel therapies.

Taking place on Wednesday 18 November, the virtual event will take the form of a series of pre-recorded webinars and a 'Slido' Q&A session. Links to the webinars and full instructions on how to use Slido will be available on gov.uk on 18 November. To join the mailing list for the event, email director.support@vmd.gov.uk