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BSAVA's Regions Now programme to continue virtually
Both BSAVA members and non-members can join the CPD sessions.
Popular sessions offer high-quality CPD in 12 regions of the UK.

The BSAVA has announced that its popular Regions Now programme is to continue in its virtual format.

Regions Now was introduced in September 2020 to enable the continued provision of CPD during the COVID-19 pandemic. The online sessions offer high-quality learning in 12 areas of the UK but can be accessed from any location.

Chair of Regions Now, Beckie Smith, said: “It’s obviously disappointing to be unable to go ahead with our plans to develop Regions Now from virtual to face-to-face meetings. Our virtual Regions Now programme with its ‘community format’ has been very well received so far and we plan to build on this beyond March.”

She added: “Our regional volunteers are all committed to continue to deliver relevant, engaging, educational and practical content throughout the regions, despite the ongoing constraints of the pandemic.”

Both BSAVA members and non-members can join the sessions, which begin with an hour of pre-recorded content available up to a week before the main live session.

The live events are followed by a question and answer session with the main speaker, after which participants will be able to offer their observations and share their experiences in an online discussion forum.

BSAVA members may attend the sessions free of charge while the fee for non-members is £50.00. Priority booking will be offered to the particular region hosting the event, although the events are open to members around the country. For more information and to book a place, visit bsava.com

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Born Free video highlights how humans are to blame for COVID-19

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 Wildlife charity Born Free has released a video emphasising the importance of changing the ways in which humans treat wildlife in order to prevent pandemics from occurring in the future.

The video, narrated by founder patron Joanna Lumley OBE, says: "To deal with the very immediate threat of another global catastrophe, we have to focus on ending the destruction and conversion of natural habitats and the devastating impact of the wildlife trade.

"The vast majority of these viruses originated in wild animals before infecting us. Destroying and exploiting nature puts us in closer contact with wildlife than ever before."

Born Free has compiled an online resource with information on how to take action and improve protections for wildlife here.

To view the video, please click here.

Images (c) Jan Schmidt-Burbach. 

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RVC opens 2021 Summer Schools applications

The Royal Veterinary College (RVC) has opened applications for its 2021 Summer Schools, with students in Years 10, 11 and 12 invited to apply.

Taking place between July and August 2021, the event gives budding vets from all backgrounds first-hand insight into what it's like to study at the Campus.

Much of this year's content is likely to be delivered virtually, including online lectures and practical demonstrations, but the RVC hopes to welcome each of the participants to campus for at least one day to gain some hands-on experience.

For more information about the Schools and to apply, visit: rvc.uk.com/SummerSchools Applications close on the 2 March 2021.