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BVA Scottish Branch welcomes new president
Kathleen Robertson has been named president of the BVA’s Scottish Branch.
Moray vet Kathleen Robertson has been named president of the BVA’s Scottish Branch. She took over the role from Melissa Donald at the association’s annual general meeting, held in Edinburgh on Tuesday (21 May).

A University of Glasgow graduate, Kathleen has held diverse positions spanning clinical practice, teaching, inspection and consultancy work. She sits on the Scottish Antimicrobial Stewardship Group, the Livestock Health Scotland Board and the Veterinary Delivery Landscape project and is an Honorary Secretary of the Society of Practising Veterinary Surgeons.

Kathleen said: “It is an honour to be elected as President of BVA Scottish Branch. I believe my varied clinical and non-clinical experience and previous veterinary representative roles will enable me to represent the broad range of issues that matter to vets in Scotland, including the current uncertainties around Brexit.

"I look forward to working with the BVA Scottish Branch team and veterinary colleagues throughout Scotland to provide a strong voice for vets and to champion the tremendous work that BVA does on their behalf to members.”

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Endangered turtles rescued from smugglers

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 A group of endangered turtles have found a new home at London Zoo after being rescued from smugglers.

The four big-headed turtles arrived at the zoo at the end of last year, after smugglers tried to illegally import them to Canada, labelled as toys.

One of the turtles, named Lady Triệu after a Vietnamese warrioress, has moved to a new exhibit in the zoo’s reptile house. She is the only one of her kind in a UK zoo.

Big-headed turtles have such large heads that they cannot pull them back into their shells. To compensate, they have armour plating from head to tail and a very sharp beak to fend off predators. They are ranked number 18 on ZSL’s EDGE of Existence reptile list, which puts threatened species at the forefront of conservation action. Image © ZSL  

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RCVS Fellowship board chair elections get underway

Voting for the 2019 RCVS Fellowship Chair election is now underway. This year four candidates are standing for election, including Dr Robert Huey, Professor John Innes, Professor Liz Mossop and Professor Ian Ramsey.

The Chair will attend and preside over Fellowship meetings and take the lead in consolidating the Fellowship’s position as the learned society of the RCVS. Fellows will receive an email containing a link to the online voting form, as well as candidates’ details and manifestos. Voting closes at 5pm on Thursday, 5 September.