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The BVA gains much from liaising with colleagues from other parts of the world, as Harvey Locke, the BVA President, explains.

THE BVA is part of the International Veterinary Officers Council (IVOC), which meets annually to discuss areas of mutual professional interest. Last September, the BVA hosted a two-day meeting of IVOC, involving the presidents and chief executive officers of the American, Canadian, Australian, New Zealand, South African and British veterinary associations.

As a result of this close working relationship, I was a guest of the New Zealand Veterinary Association (NZVA) at its annual conference in June. The meeting was scheduled to take place in Christchurch, but had to be relocated to Hamilton in the North Island because of the earthquakes. Despite the change of venue, a record number of delegates – 550 of the 2000 vets in New Zealand – attended, probably due to the NZVA's concerted effort to …

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