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BVNA Council election candidates announced
Members will be able to vote from 3 June 2024 to 28 June 2024.
Voting will open next month.

The candidates for this year’s British Veterinary Nursing Association (BVNA) Council elections have been announced.

There are seven candidates, nominated by the BVNA’s members, who are standing for three RVN seats.

The candidates are:
  • Simone Bennet
  • Jessica Bold
  • Chloé Carpenter
  • Hamish Morrin
  • Amber Smith
  • Helen Stewart
  • Leanne Walsh
A profile of each candidate can be read on the BVNA website. Among the issues that the candidates want to prioritise are mental health support, career development opportunities, and protecting the title ‘veterinary nurse’.

Voting will open on 3 June 2024 and close on 28 June 2024. BVNA members will be sent an email on how to vote. The results will be announced in July and the successful candidates ratified at BVNA Congress on 13 October 2024.

The BVNA Council is made up of 12 RVNs and three student veterinary nurses, with the three-year terms staggered so that there are seats are up for election each year. The council decides on the strategic direction of the organisation and represents it at veterinary events.

BVNA president Lyndsay Hughes said: “I am delighted that seven RVNs have been put forwards to stand for our council elections this year.

“I would like to thank all candidates for having the courage and dedication to our profession in order to do so. It is an exciting time to be part of BVNA Council, and the successful candidates who join us will be part of our work to shape the future of the veterinary nursing profession.”

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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.