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Northern Ireland considering culling badgers
£4 million research programme to be commissioned

Northern Ireland Agriculture Minister Michelle O'Neill has responded to recent criticism from the Ulster Farmer's Union (UFU) of the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development’s (DARD) policy on badger culling as a means of countering the spread of bovine Tuberculosis (bTB) by confirming that controlling the disease is a 'key priority'.

Ms O'Neill stated that “We are investing around £4million to commission a programme of TB and wildlife research and studies towards the ultimate aim of eradicating TB in cattle. We will use the evidence produced by this programme to inform a comprehensive approach that deals with all aspects of TB and will help to reduce the level of disease in cattle.”

“We already have a rigorous EU Commission approved eradication programme in place. We also need to build a sound evidence base to underpin further interventions in cattle and/or wildlife that could help to reduce TB as part of our eradication programme.” the Minister added.

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Nomination period for 2017 Council elections open

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 The nomination period for the 2017 RCVS Council and VN Council elections is now open.

In order to stand, candidates for either Council will need to submit a nomination form, submit a short biography and personal statement and supply a high resolution digital photo. Each candidate also needs two nominators.

Nomination forms, guidance notes and frequently asked questions for prospective RCVS Council candidates can be found at The equivalent documents for VN Council candidates are available at  

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New WSAVA president elected for two-year term

WSAVA has elected Dr Walt Ingwersen as its new president. Taking over from Professor Colin Burrows at the organisation's world congress in Colombia last month, Dr Ingwersen will serve a two-year term.

As president, Dr Ingwersen will lead of delivery of WSAVA's strategic plan, which focuses on engaging its membership into an active, connected and supportive community of peers across the globe.