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BVNA announces council election results
“I would like to thank all those who put themselves forward for election, plus members who voted this year” – Lyndsay Hughes.
Three RVNs join BVNA Council after membership votes.

The British Veterinary Nursing Association (BVNA) has announced the results of its recent election to fill three RVN seats on its Board of Council.

Simone Bennett, Hamish Morrin, and Helen Stewart have been elected to the council after members voted between 1-30 June. The unsuccessful candidates were Jessica Bold, Chloe Carpenter, Amber Smith, and Leanne Walsh.

The BVNA Council comprises 12 RVNs and three student veterinary nurses. Each member serves a three-year term, with the terms staggered so that each year there are some seats up for election. The council decides on the BVNA’s strategic direction and represents it at veterinary events.

The three successful candidates will be presented to the BVNA annual general meeting for ratification on 13 October 2024. The event will also see the ratification of the incoming BVNA officer team for the 2024/25 term.

Lyndsay Hughes will serve as president, Sarah Holliday as junior vice-president, Steph Worsley as honorary secretary, and Nikki McLeod as honorary treasurer.

Ms Hughes said: “I would like to thank all those who put themselves forward for election, plus members who voted this year. It is an exciting time to be part of representing the veterinary nursing profession, and we look forward to ratifying the successful candidates onto BVNA Council at the AGM in October.

“We are also pleased to announce the incoming officer team; a group of our council members who have committed even more of their time to step into a more senior role within BVNA Council.

“It is a privilege to work alongside the passionate and dedicated veterinary nurses who make up our entire council team, and who volunteer their time to represent and champion the veterinary nursing profession.”

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Special imports digital service set to change

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 From Monday, 15 July, Special Import Certificate (SIC) applications will only be accepted via the Veterinary Medicines Directorate's (VMD's) new special imports digital service.

The original online special import scheme will be decommissioned. The VMD says that the new service is easier to use, more secure and reliable, and meets accessibility legislation.

The VMD is urging veterinary surgeons who have not yet signed up for the new service to do so before 15 July. The new digital service can be accessed here

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RCVS course explains concerns process

A free, online course from the RCVS Academy has been launched, designed to clarify RCVS' concerns procedure.

The content will give veterinary surgeons and veterinary nurses a better understanding of the process, and what they can expect if a concern is raised about them. It includes details of common concerns.

The interactive resource has been developed in collaboration with Clare Stringfellow, case manager in the RCVS Professional Conduct Team.

Ms Stringfellow said: "We appreciate that concerns can be very worrying, and we hope that, through this course, we can give vets and nurses a better understanding of the process and how to obtain additional support."

The course can be accessed via the RCVS Academy. Users are encouraged to record their learning for CPD.