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Survey seeks views on graduate competencies
The VSC hopes that schools will use the information to make analyses of their own graduates.
Questions based on standards defined by the RCVS
The Veterinary Schools Council (VSC) has launched a national employer survey to provide data on graduate competencies.

The survey asks for the employer’s feedback on the performance of the most recent graduate from a UK, Irish or Dutch Veterinary school.

The questions ask about both clinical and non-clinical aspects of a graduate’s performance and are based on the standards defined by the RCVS, the Veterinary Council of Ireland and the American Veterinary Medical Association.

“It is the employers who see the results of our hard work in the veterinary schools. For this reason, it is important to build on our relationship with them and ensure that dialogue is strong,” commented Professor Ewan Cameron, chair of the VSC.

“This survey will be an excellent way to do this while helping us to ensure the continued quality of our students. Through it, we can work with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons to ensure that the outcomes for graduates, which define the goals of veterinary education, are meeting the needs of employers.”

The VSC hopes that schools will use the information to make analyses of their own graduates, while the VSC will issue a report which analyses graduates as a whole.

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Outreach work in Mongolia aims to learn about Pallasís cat

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 The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) is supporting work in Mongolia to help improve understanding of the Pallasís cat (Otocolobus manul). The society is working with local communities to raise awareness and learn more about how people interact with the cats. The aim is to gather knowledge on the species and the threats it faces, to inform global conservation efforts.  

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New canine health awareness week launches

The Kennel Club has launched Canine Health Week (13-19 November) to raise awareness of the most common health issues in dogs. Canine Health Week is set to become an annual initiative to highlight resources, research and information to make a difference to dog health.

According to clinical veterinary data from VetCompass, the five most common health issues are ear canal disease, dental disease, anal sac impaction, overgrown nails and arthritis. It is hoped the awareness week will help to familiarise dog owners with common conditions, to better meet the healthcare needs of their dogs.