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THE value of collaboration was emphasised by the BVA President, Sean Wensley, in a speech in Stormont last week. Speaking at the BVA's annual dinner in Northern Ireland, Mr Wensley highlighted the importance of working together on issues ranging from surveillance and disease eradication to animal welfare and antimicrobial resistance, and to protection of the veterinary nurse title and the future of the veterinary profession.

The annual dinner is one of four that the BVA holds in each region of the UK each year. The aim is to bring issues of importance to the veterinary profession to the attention of policymakers, the agriculture industry and others with an interest in animal welfare.

Noting that the theme for his presidential year was ‘Vets in the human-animal age’, he said that this recognised that human beings were one animal among many, and also their commonality with animals in terms of shared disease susceptibility and shared capacity to feel. ‘It does so within the concept of One Health, which links and fosters interdisciplinary working on the health and wellbeing of humans, animals and the environment,’ he said.

Joint working was key in tackling issues such as antimicrobial resistance, where the BVA was collaborating with the British Medical Association and the British Dental Association to share insights into resistance and on key initiatives such as European Antibiotic Awareness Day on November 18.

Highlighting the value of the veterinary team, Mr Wensley said that the BVA and the British Veterinary Nursing Association were supporting the RCVS's campaign to legally protect the title ‘veterinary nurse’. Veterinary nurses were integral parts of the veterinary team, he said, and deserved recognition of their training and qualifications.

Turning to the eradication of bovine brucellosis from Northern Ireland, Mr Wensley said that it was ‘fantastic’ that the collaborative …

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