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Leadership video released to mark VNAM
“As I’ve mentioned, whether it’s specialising, leadership, teaching or research, RVNs have so many transferable skills that can be used across the sector in many different roles” – Betsy Malamah-Thomas.
Short film features a nursing and clinical support manager.

The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) has released a short film showcasing a veterinary nurse in a leadership role to mark Veterinary Nursing Awareness Month (VNAM).

Part of the college’s Leadership Stories series, the film features Betsy Malamah-Thomas, nursing and clinical support manager at the Royal Veterinary College’s Queen Mother Hospital for Animals.

In the video, Ms Malamah-Thomas talks about her role at the hospital, how she got into the veterinary sector, and the importance of showcasing diverse leaders and career opportunities to help increase the diversity of people working in the profession.

Gurpreet Gill, RCVS leadership and inclusion manager, said: “The theme for VNAM this year is ‘progression’, and we hope that this film will inspire members of the veterinary community, or those aspiring to become members, to find their own inner leaders.

“There are so many different opportunities working in the veterinary sector, but it’s often difficult to know what could be possible.

“We hope, that by sharing the leadership stories of people like Betsy, we can help demystify the landscape slightly and help to show people that there are many opportunities out there that they may not have previously considered or even be aware of.”

Ms Malamah-Thomas added: “It was a brilliant opportunity to work with the team at the RCVS on such an important project. As I’ve mentioned, whether it’s specialising, leadership, teaching or research, RVNs have so many transferable skills that can be used across the sector in many different roles.”

The film, alongside others in the Leadership Stories series, can be viewed on YouTube.

Image © Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons

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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.