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Search for BVA's Young Vet of the Year underway
The Young Vet of the Year Award is open to self-entry and nominations.
Award recognises and celebrates vets in the early stages of their careers.

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) is on the hunt for inspiring young vets who have already made a difference and positive contribution to the profession.

The BVA Young Vet of the Year Award recognises and celebrates vets in the early stages of their career and champions those who have backed causes in the sector.

Sponsored by Zoetis, the award is open to all RCVS-registered vets in the first eight years of their careers. Applications may be from those working within the veterinary sphere, including clinical practice, research, education or politics.

The winner will be announced at the London Vet Show BVA Gala Dinner in November and will receive a prize package including £1,000, a year of free BVA membership, a mentoring opportunity with Zoetis and career development opportunities.

BVA President Justine Shotton said: “The last few years have been challenging. Not only have vets had to cope with workforce issues related to Brexit and covid, but there has been a huge increase in demand for services following the unprecedented boom in pet ownership in the last few years.

“But veterinary professionals across the UK, including young vets, have stepped up and met these challenges head-on and we applaud them all. We are excited to announce that now is the time to celebrate the contributions of those vets in the early stages of their careers."

She addded: “We know there are going to be so many inspiring entries this year, highlighting the hard work of those who have shown exceptional dedication through a very difficult time and we are already anticipating finding it difficult to choose an overall winner.”

The Young Vet of the Year Award is open to self-entry and nominations. Entries will remain open until Monday,29 August 2022. To find out more, visit bva.co.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

Three cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1 have been confirmed in recent days, bringing the total number of cases in England to 98.

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