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Dr Richard Stephenson resigns from RCVS Council
"We thank Richard for his service to the RCVS over the past year" - RCVS President, Mandisa Greene.
Professor Stephen May will take up the remainder of Richard's term

The RCVS has announced the resignation of RCVS Council member Richard Stephenson.

Dr Stephenson was elected onto Council in 2020, having previously served as an elected member from 2008 to 2016. 

In a press release, the RCVS said that Dr Richardson had resigned for personal reasons 'with immediate effect'. 

“We thank Richard for his service to the RCVS over the past year and in his previous terms,” commented RCVS President Mandisa Greene. “We particularly thank him for his contribution to a number of committees he has served on during both his periods on Council including the Disciplinary, Finance & Resources and Preliminary Investigation Committees. We wish him all the best for the future.” 

Professor Stephen May will take up the remainder of Richard's term on Council to July 2024, as he received the next largest amount of votes in the 2020 RCVS Council election.

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Vets asked to opt-in to Scottish SPCA fostering programme

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 The Scottish SPCA is encouraging veterinary practices to opt into its new fostering programme, by agreeing to register foster animals when approached by one of the foster carers.

The programme goes live in August 2021, and will help to rehabilitate animals under the Scottish SPCA's care until they are able to be properly re-homed. The programme will help the animals to receive care and attention in a stable and happy home environment, as some animals do not cope with a rescue and re-homing centre environment as well as others.

Specific information for veterinary practices on the new programme can be found at www.scottishspca.org/veterinarysurgeons 

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Webinar provides insight into old age pets

A new webinar providing insights into the BSAVA PetSavers Old Age Pets citizen science project is now available free of charge to its members via the BSAVA Library

The webinar presents an exclusive insight into the research process and progression of the study, which aims to help veterinary professionals and owners provide the best care for their senior dogs.

It also discusses the study's research methods, the researchers' personal interests in this area of study, and how they envisage the findings being used to create a guidance tool to improve discussions between vets and owners about their ageing dogs.