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BVNA seeks vet nurses to stand in council election
Candidates must be nominated by the end of March.
Three RVN candidates will be elected this year.

The British Veterinary Nursing Association (BVNA) is asking its registered veterinary nurse (RVN) members to consider standing in its upcoming council elections.

Nominations are open from 1 March to 31 March 2024. A BVNA member must be nominated by two other members to become a candidate.

Voting on candidates for the council will open in early June, with the results announced in July. Three council seats are available.

The BVNA Council is made up of 12 RVNs and three student veterinary nurses elected by the membership. The council decides on the BVNA’s strategic direction and represents the organisation at veterinary events.

Council members each serve for three years, with the terms staggered so that every year some of the council seats are up for election.

BVNA president Lyndsay Hughes said: “With ongoing work such as BVNA’s Protect the Title campaign, and lobbying towards wider legislative reform of the Veterinary Surgeons Act, it’s such an exciting time to be a veterinary nurse – and a BVNA Council Member.

“Putting yourself forwards for election onto BVNA Council is an incredible opportunity for veterinary nurses to represent and champion our members, being involved in conversations and decisions which impact our current and future profession.

“If you feel you have what it takes to contribute to BVNA’s ongoing work as the voice of the veterinary nursing profession, we would urge you to consider being nominated for election. Not only will you learn more about the profession, but you will also learn more about yourself and grow as an individual too.”

Nominations can be made via the BVNA’s online portal.

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RCVS Knowledge appoints Veterinary Evidence editor-in-chief

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 RCVS Knowledge has welcomed Professor Peter Cockcroft as editor-in-chief for Veterinary Evidence.

A world-renowned expert in evidence-based veterinary medicine, Prof Cockcroft will lead the strategic development and editorial quality of the open-access journal. He was previously in the role from 2017-2020.

Katie Mantell, CEO of RCVS Knowledge, said: "We are excited about the extensive knowledge of evidence-based veterinary medicine and clinical veterinary research that Peter brings, and we look forward to working with him over this next phase of the journal's development." 

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