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BVA Live 2024 debate topics revealed
As part of a debate, BVA will be launching its Great Workplaces scheme.
Sessions will discuss ‘dangerous dogs’ and RCVS governance.

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has announced the key topics that will be addressed at BVA Live 2024.

The topics will be discussed at BVA Live Interactive Zone, at a two-day event to be held 6-7 June.

Delegates will be invited to debate the latest veterinary news which has been directly affecting the sector. This includes discussion on the impact of the Competition and Markets Review into the profession, as well as considering the opportunities to improve transparency and client care.

The future of ‘dangerous dog’ legislations will be up for debate, as more countries implement rules banning XL bully type dogs. This will be an in-depth consideration of the recent changes to the Dangerous Dog Act, and a review on the future of Breed Specific Legislation.

There will also be conversations on the future of pet ownership. BVA has invited veterinary professionals to argue whether pet ownership should be viewed as a ‘luxury’, and whether ownership is detrimental to environmental sustainability.

The veterinary industry itself will be explored, as delegates consider whether the RCVS council should be appointed or elected to their roles.

As part of BVA Live 2024, the association will be launching its ‘Great Workplaces’ project. BVA says that its new workplace accreditation will support veterinary leaders in creating a workplace where their teams can thrive.

Veterinary leaders are invited to discuss how they can develop their own workplaces.

The debates are to be led by BVA officers, with president Anna Judson, senior vice president Malcolm Morley and junior vice president Elizabeth Mullineaux facilitating the discussions.

BVA Live 2024 will be at NEC Birmingham, from 6-7 June. The full programme will be published online.

Dr Judson said: “BVA live is a truly interactive event and the hot topic debates in the interactive zone are your chance to be heard on the key issues affecting our profession right now.

“Robust and respectful discussions are essential if we’re going to tackle these challenging issues and I’m looking forward to hearing from colleagues across the profession in what promises to be a fascinating range of sessions.”

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Reporting service for dead wild birds updated

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 The Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) has updated its online reporting service for dead wild birds.

The new version allows those reporting a dead bird to drop a pin on a map when reporting the location. It also includes a wider range of wild bird species groups to select from when describing the bird.

The online service, which helps APHA to monitor the spread of diseases such as avian influenza, can be accessed here

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NI chief vet urges bluetongue vigilance

Northern Ireland's chief veterinary officer (CVO) has urged farmers to be vigilant for signs of bluetongue, after the Animal and Plant Health Agency warned there was a very high probability of further cases in Great Britain.

There have been 126 confirmed cases of bluetongue virus serotype 3 in England since November 2023, with no cases reported in Northern Ireland. The movement of live ruminants from Great Britain to Northern Ireland is currently suspended.

According to the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA), the virus is most likely to enter Northern Ireland through infected animals or germplasm (semen or ova) being imported.

Brian Dooher, Northern Ireland's CVO, said: "Surveillance for this disease within Northern Ireland has been increased to assist with detection at the earliest opportunity which will facilitate more effective control measures."

Farmers should report any suspicions of the disease to their private veterinary practitioner, the DAERA Helpline on 0300 200 7840 or their local DAERA Direct Veterinary Office.