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Experts to debate the future of veterinary medicines marketing
The VMA debate at the House of Lords will explore the challenges facing animal health marketers.

VMA to host annual discussion in the House of Lords.

The future of veterinary medicines marketing will go under the spotlight at the 2022 Veterinary Marketing Association (VMA) debate in the House of Lords.

Taking place in the Palace of Westminster (15 June), the annual event will see delegates discuss and debate topics including:

  • the challenges facing the supply of POM-V medicines to Northern Ireland
  • the challenges of ensuring existing/new/innovative products
  • sustainability for animal health marketers.

Speakers will include Dawn Howard, chief executive of the National Office of Animal Health; Simon Doherty, director of Vet Sustain; Marian Boss, interim head of the legislation and enforcement officer at the Veterinary Medicines Directorate; and Roshan Kapoor from WeAreMBC. 

The VMA is the representative body for members working in all areas of the animal health industry and the veterinary profession interested in the promotion of products, services or health and welfare information. 

The event is suitable for all animal health marketers and will culminate with a prosecco reception and four-course lunch in the surrounds of The Terrace beside the River Thames. For more information, visit vma.org.uk

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World Bee Day celebrations begin

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 Today (20 May) marks the fifth annual World Bee Day, which raises awareness of the importance of bees and pollinators to people and the planet. Observed on the anniversary of pioneering Slovenian beekeeper Anton Jana's birthday, this year's celebration is themed: 'Bee Engaged: Celebrating the diversity of bees and beekeeping systems'.

Organisations and people celebrating the day will raise awareness of the accelerated decline in pollinator diversity, and highlight the importance of sustainable beekeeping systems and a wide variety of bees. Slovenia, the initiator of World Bee Day, will be focusing on teaching young people about the significance of pollinators. 

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Further avian flu cases confirmed

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On Thursday, the APHA confirmed two cases of HPAI H5N1 near Redgrave, Mid Suffolk and Market Weston, West Suffolk. A case H5N1 was also confirmed in poultry at a premises near Southwell, Newark and Sherwood, Nottinghamshire.

Protection and surveillance zones are in place around the affected premises. Further details are available at gov.uk