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Advice on employing overseas graduates
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"This guidance should assist employers in identifying the skilled workforce they need."
BEVA publishes new guidance to help employers uphold standards

New guidance has been published to help practice managers to employ overseas veterinary graduates with the necessary linguistic and clinical skills.

Many foreign veterinary graduates register to work in the UK every year. It is hoped the advice will help employers to uphold the reputation of the profession and make it easier to understand the differences between graduates from various veterinary schools across Europe.

The guidance has been developed by the British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA), who stress that while employers should not discriminate based on nationality, language or place of graduation, they have a duty to ensure employees can perform their role safely and effectively.

Former BEVA president Tim Greet said "…it seems only common sense to make sure that a new employee, from whatever background, can cope with the necessary level of communication, so fundamental in modern veterinary practice.

"A certain level of practical skill should also be expected to avoid compromise to patient welfare and to underpin continued professional development."

The guidance includes:
  • Advice on interpreting English Language Qualification test results
  • A list of European veterinary schools that are not approved by the European Association of Establishments of Veterinary Education
  • A reminder that extra mural studies are only compulsory for veterinary students in the UK and Ireland


BEVA's president elect Mark Bowen commented: "At a time when politicians are debating language skills amongst medical graduates, it is useful to remind employers of the complex language skills required to provide the public with the service they expect.

"This guidance should assist employers in identifying the skilled workforce they need, while navigating the complexities of different English Language Qualifications and different veterinary qualifications."

View the guidance on BEVA's website: http://www.beva.org.uk/_uploads/documents/language-skills-in-non-uk-gradutes.pdf

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Pair of endangered Amur leopard cubs born at Colchester Zoo

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 Keepers at Colchester Zoo are hailing the arrival of a pair of critically endangered Amur leopard cubs.

The cubs were born to first-time parents Esra and Crispin on the 9 September. This is the first time the Zoo has bred Amur leopard cubs on-site.

Amur leopards originate from the Russian Far East and north-east China. In the wild they are threatened by climate change, habitat loss, deforestation and the illegal wildlife trade.

The cubs are said to be “looking well” and are expected to emerge from their den in a few weeks.  

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Professor Innes will be responsible for making sure the Fellowship progresses towards fulfilling its strategic goals, determining its ongoing strategy and objectives, and reporting to the RCVS Advancement of the Professions Committee on developments within the Fellowship.