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Chemical hazards in foods from animals

28 February 2019

Reviewed by Ed van Klink, senior lecturer in public health at Bristol veterinary school.

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Katharine Elizabeth Borer-Weir

28 February 2019

A valued member of the equine and veterinary anaesthesia community and a superb mentor and friend to many. Those who knew her will remember her smile and her love of life.

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Working together to strengthen the veterinary profession

28 February 2019

At BVA’s recent annual London Dinner in Westminster, BVA President Simon Doherty championed the hugely diverse and influential attributes of the veterinary profession.

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Broaden your horizons with a BVA travel grant

28 February 2019

Applications are currently being accepted for BVA’s overseas travel grants and scholarships. BVA Public Affairs Manager Helena Cotton explains the criteria for each.

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Nominate an outstanding vet for a BVA award

28 February 2019

A highlight of the BVA year is the presentation of our various awards at Members’ Day. These awards showcase the outstanding achievements of, and contributions made by, members of the veterinary profession.

Our oldest award, the Dalrymple-Champneys Cup and Medal, recognises work of outstanding merit which will encourage the advancement of veterinary science.

The Chiron Award recognises contributions to veterinary science or outstanding services to the veterinary profession, judged in either case as being of a calibre commanding international or interprofessional recognition.

The Trevor Blackburn Award is presented in recognition of contributions to animal health and welfare in a developing country.

There are undoubtedly many worthy candidates from within the veterinary family and we would strongly encourage BVA members to nominate a colleague who is deserving of such recognition.

• Further information is available at www.bva.co.uk/About-BVA/BVA-Awards/

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Introducing the 2019 AWF Discussion Forum

28 February 2019

Chris Laurence, AWF Chair of Trustees, discusses the upcoming AWF Discussion Forum and the sessions he is particularly looking forward to.

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New Officer team for BVA Northern Ireland Branch

28 February 2019

BVA Northern Ireland Branch and the North of Ireland Veterinary Association have elected Aurelie Moralis as their new President. BVA Policy Officer Michael McGilligan introduces her and her fellow Officers.

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Internships under the spotlight

28 February 2019

Chloe Roberts, BVA Council recent graduate representative and former equine intern, calls for meaningful change in the conditions endured by many interns.

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BVA members offered the chance to learn without limits at The Webinar Vet

28 February 2019

As a BVA member you can now ‘learn without limits’ with 25 per cent off an all-inclusive membership with The Webinar Vet.

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Divisional notices

28 February 2019

Divisional notices for BVA territorial and specialist divisions are published in BVA News. Notices should be e-mailed to divisionalnotices@bva.co.uk at least five weeks before each meeting. Please include details of the title/theme of the meeting and any speakers, as well as the date, venue and time, together with a contact email from which further information can be obtained.

ESSEX VETERINARY SOCIETY

The atopy jigsaw . . . how to fit the pieces together. An overview of atopic dermatitis diagnosis and treatment, including newer options

Evening meeting with speaker Johanna Forsyth, senior veterinary technical manager with Avacta Animal Health. The meeting will be sponsored by Avacta Animal Health and is open to vets and veterinary nurses.

• 12 March 2019, 19.45 for 20.30

Colchester North East Essex Postgraduate Medical Centre, Colchester General Hospital, Colchester

Details from Lorraine Liles, telephone 07947 788 5033, email: essexvetsoc2@hotmail.co.uk

LINCOLNSHIRE & DISTRICT DIVISION

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The skills and logical thinking I use as a neurologist give me a buzz

21 February 2019

Specialist neurologist Laurent Garosi joins CVS Group next month to lead on its teleneurology service and assist with challenging cases; he will also deliver neurology CPD to its vets.

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Experiencing veterinary life in Kenya

21 February 2019

Westpoint Farm Vets recently sent vet Anna Gerard to Kenya where she spent time with a livestock service company learning about the issues faced by local farmers. Here, she describes the experience.

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Career CPD - exploring potential together

21 February 2019

The Society of Practising Veterinary Surgeons (SPVS) Lancaster Final-Year Seminar team has joined forces with Vets: Stay, Go, Diversify (VSGD) and Facebook group Veterinary Voices to pilot a new ‘roadshow’ format for its Lancaster event.

The long-term aim is to take a ‘Lancaster Roadshow’ to each of the vet schools, where it will provide the skills and advice necessary for new graduates to gain a job that gives them the best first step up onto the career ladder. The first pilot event will be held on 7 March at Surrey vet school. The event will offer the most popular features of the seminar, such as CV writing and grilling recent graduates and bosses, and combine them with opportunities to explore the diverse range of careers that vets find themselves in.

SPVS says it wants to inspire students by introducing them to a host of vets for whom a life...

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News section PDF

21 February 2019
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Legal loophole remains a problem

21 February 2019

Non-stun slaughter of livestock is banned in the UK – except in cases where the intention is to provide food for Muslims or Jews.

Why should followers of these two religions be exempt from a rule everyone else adheres to?

It’s a fair question, and the frustrations of secularists are not helped by what was arguably an overly liberal interpretation of religious freedom in the first place.

Since at least the 1930s, legislators in the UK have sought to balance animal welfare with the right to practise one’s religion. Hence, lawmakers decided it was important to permit kosher (shechita) and halal (dhabihah) slaughter. Yet neither Islam nor Judaism actually oblige their adherents to eat meat, and many practising Muslims accept pre-slaughter stunning, so it’s hard to argue that forcing Muslims and Jews to follow the same rule as everyone else would, in and of itself, prevent them from practising...

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Quarter of UKs non-stun sheep meat is exported

21 February 2019

By Josh Loeb

The BVA is urging the UK government to stop all exports of meat from animals killed by non-stun slaughter.

The association issued the demand after a Food Standards Agency (FSA) report showed that nearly a quarter (24 per cent) of sheep meat produced in this way in England and Wales is being exported to other EU countries each year.

This means that meat from at least 720,000 sheep killed in the UK by non-stun methods is sent abroad. Some such meat even goes to countries such as Belgium and Germany, which have either banned or very tightly restricted non-stun slaughter in their own jurisdictions.

The data will embarrass the UK government, which has previously said it would prefer all animals to be stunned before slaughter but respects the right of Muslims and Jews to eat meat prepared in accordance with their beliefs.

Under EU and UK...

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'Phase out antimicrobials for growth promotion

21 February 2019

By Josh Loeb

All countries must immediately institute their own national bans on ‘last resort’ antimicrobials being used to help animals gain weight more quickly.

That demand from the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) comes after research showed that, as of 2017, antimicrobials were being deployed routinely for growth promotion in animals in dozens of countries worldwide.

Of 155 countries that provided data to the OIE, 45 (29 per cent) still permitted one or more antimicrobials to be used to promote growth in farm animals.

The OIE did not identify the countries but said that one was in the Middle East, two were in Europe, 10 were in Africa, 18 were in the Americas and 14 were in Asia/Oceana.

Two of these countries have subsequently brought in bans. Of the remainder, just over half have no policy at all on the use of antimicrobials in animals – something...

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Golden girl Muir smashes British record

21 February 2019

By Georgina Mills

Vet Laura Muir has broken the British record for the women’s indoor mile, which had stood for 31 years.

Cruising to the finish line at Birmingham’s Müller Indoor Grand Prix, Muir finished in four minutes and 18.75 seconds, breaking the previous record by over five seconds.

Her time is the third fastest in indoor history.

She will head to Glasgow next month for the 2019 European Athletics Indoor Championships, where she hopes to defend her 1500 metre and 3000 metre European indoor titles.

Muir qualified from Glasgow veterinary school last year.

David Davies/PA Wire/PA Images

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Lucky and her owner take a long walk for charity

21 February 2019

A homeless man has raised £5500 for the veterinary charity that provided essential treatment for his dog when he could not afford the cost of surgery.

Phil Bradshaw and 12-year-old Staffordshire bull terrier Lucky (pictured right) completed a five-month, 1500-mile trek. They set off from Southampton last July and took in south-west England, Wales, the Lake District and Scotland, before finishing in St Albans.

Along the way, he raised funds for StreetVet, a charity that provides care for the animals belonging to homeless people in London, Bristol, Brighton, Birmingham, Cambridge, Plymouth, Southampton, Cornwall and Cheltenham.

Bradshaw explained that he was living in a hostel when he found a lump on Lucky.

‘I was so scared that I wouldn’t be able to save her because I simply didn’t have the resources to do so.

‘I’ve had Lucky since she was 12 weeks old and she’s now 12, so I couldn’t...

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'Disappointing statistics on vet nurse CPD

21 February 2019

By Josh Loeb

Registered vet nurses (RVNs) who have failed to adhere to requirements on continuing professional development (CPD) for three years or more could find themselves facing disciplinary action.

Members of the RCVS’s VN council decided earlier this month to expedite the process of investigating RVNs with relatively long-term non-compliance with CPD requirements.

The move comes after the RCVS revelaed that eight RVNs have been continually non-compliant for seven years.

According to the most recent audit of RVNs’ CPD status, carried out last year, a total of 267 RVNs are not currently compliant with the requirement that they must undertake 45 hours of CPD in any three-year period (with an average of 15 hours per year).

Any RVN who has been non-compliant for three years or more is now set to have their case referred to an oversight group. The group will then flag the most serious cases...

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